Recipe: Nectarine muffins for your child’s lunchbox

Nectarine muffins recipe

By Renate Engelbrecht

Thursday, Jan 13

When you need to keep your kids’ lunchboxes filled with fun favourites, it’s often hard to think of new, exciting snacks that keep on coming as each new day arrives. These nectarine muffins could be one delicious, healthy snack to add to the list.

In a recent post I mentioned that our eldest, Catha (4) has just started at a new school and that it comes with the challenge of me having to pack a daily lunchbox, which I am so not used to. Hence, I’ve taken it upon myself to make a list (even if it’s just in my head) of healthy, wholesome, fun favourites that I know she would love to see in her lunchbox as she opens it at snack time. (P.S. I also shared some handy lunchbox hacks in the post).

As I write this post, I can only imagine her face as she opens her lunchbox and sees one of these yummy muffins. As stone fruit is currently in season, it’s the ideal alternative to the oh-so-boring bran muffin and it’s something that she and I can even bake together over the weekend.

So, here’s to nectarines and to Karen Heart for sharing her recipe:

Whole Wheat Peach / Nectarine Muffins

Makes 12 muffins

Nectarine muffins
Nectarine muffins. Image: Juicy Delicious


1 cup whole wheat flour

1/4 cup cake flour

11/2 cup oats 

1/2 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda

11/4 tsp baking powder

1/4 tsp salt

1/4 tsp nutmeg

½ tsp cinnamon

11/2 cups peeled and diced fresh peaches or nectarines (2 peaches/nectarines)

1/3 cup buttermilk

1 tsp vanilla extract

1/3 cup honey

1/3 cup sunflower or canola oil

1 egg

Extra oats to sprinkle on top (optional)


In a large mixing bowl, whisk together the flours, oats, baking soda, baking powder, salt, nutmeg and cinnamon. Stir in the peaches. In a separate bowl, combine the buttermilk, vanilla, honey, oil and egg. Add wet ingredients to the dry ingredients and stir until it is just mixed. Spoon the batter into a 12-hole muffin tin, lined with paper liners. Sprinkle a little oats over each muffin (optional). Bake in a preheated oven of 180ºC for 18 – 20 minutes or until cooked through and golden brown. Cool on a wire rack before serving.

These nectarine muffins are certainly easy enough and could come in quite handy for a busy mom, as you’ll have a dozen muffins to pack into lunchboxes!


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