Kefir Crumb Muffins Recipe for Breakfast On the Go

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Kefir Crumb Muffins Recipe

With our busy and hectic lives, it’s hard to always eat a healthy diet. When you’re always on the run, it’s tempting to skip meals or grab a not-so-good-for-you bite to eat. I know that when I am really busy I will often put off meals until I am absolutely starving and then any willpower I might have to choose a healthy meal and make sure I get things I need like vitamins, minerals and probiotics goes right out the window.

If I have easy-to-grab and good-for-me foods readily available, that healthy eating plan is much more likely to succeed. One of the hardest times of the day is breakfast. On days that I stay home, I am pretty good about making myself a big smoothie that has frozen pineapple, mango and strawberries along with a banana, spinach and Lifeway Kefir. It’s an easy way to get my day off to a bang with a bunch of good nutrition.

Lifeway Kefir Probiotic Smoothie

One of my favorite parts of my smoothie is the Lifeway Kefir Lowfat Cultured Milk Smoothie I put into it.  It actually tastes great by itself too – with a smooth, tart taste.  It’s similar to yogurt and originated in  Eastern Europe over 2000 years ago. Lifeway Kefir contains 12 live and active Probiotic cultures that support the immune system and balance digestive health. It’s naturally Gluten Free, 99% Lactose Free and contains No Artificial Sweeteners and is rich in Calcium. To top it all off, Lifeway Kefir only uses milk that comes from cows that are not treated with pesticides, antibiotics, or synthetic growth hormones. The cows are grass fed and GMO free.

Back to my dietary woes:  Anyway – – As I said, days that I stay home are usually good.  But, days I’m running out of the house I often don’t take time to eat breakfast first and that often means heading to a drive-thru and getting something that is usually filled with fat and empty calories. Not how I want to start the day!

Lifeway Kefir Measuring Cup

That’s where this awesome Kefir Crumb Muffins recipe comes in! As I head out the door on a busy morning, I can grab one of those along with a piece of fruit and feel happy to be eating something homemade!  This recipe is easy to adjust to make it as healthy, or unhealthy as you want it to be.  I have made a variation with half whole wheat flour and it still tastes great.  Another option is subbing applesauce for half the butter in the muffins and/or a Tbsp of soy flour in place of one of the eggs.  You can leave off the crumb mixture for a healthier muffin, or if you want to go for a more decadent treat, double the amount of crumb mixture!

Kefir Crumb Muffins Recipe


2 cups flour
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
1 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 cup butter, melted and cooled
2/3 cup sugar
2 eggs
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 cup Lifeway Kefir

Crumb Topping:

1/4 cup flour
2 Tbsp brown sugar, packed
2 Tbsp butter
1/4 tsp ground cinnamon

Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Line 12 muffin tins with paper liners or grease/spray with cooking spray.
To make topping, mix all four ingredients in a bowl and pinch together to make large crumbs. Set bowl in the freezer while making the rest of the muffins.
To make muffins, whisk together flour, baking powder and soda, cinnamon and salt. Set aside. In a large mixing bowl, mix together butter, sugar, eggs, vanilla and Kefir. Stir dry ingredients into wet ingredients, stirring only until combined.  Let batter sit for five minutes.
Spoon batter into muffin tins.  Top each muffin with the crumb topping. (If necessary, break crumbs apart with fork before using.)  Press down a bit to make sure crumbs stick.
Bake 18-20 minutes or until golden.

Kefir Muffins Crumbs

Kefir Muffins Bowl

Lifeway Muffins

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Kefir Crumb Muffins for Breakfast On-the-Go

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  1. Oh wow I did not know you could make / bake products out of Kefir, This is interesting. I will have to pick some up and give it a try.

  2. Those sound delicious!! I love muffins because they are easy to grab and take with me.

  3. I used to make my own kefir, then,… I found out the milk sugars were bothering me so I stopped making it. It was so good too. Your muffins look fantastic.

  4. I love simple recipes like this! Looks like something my whole family would enjoy nibbling on!

  5. These crumb muffins look delicious. I already love Kefir, so I’m sure the muffins will be to die for.

  6. These muffins look really good – and they are such an easy breakfast! I’m always trying to get things done days/the night before work so mornings run more smoothly (and I canNOT miss breakfast!)

  7. These look and sound tasty – I would of never thought to use Kefir in muffins. Great idea!

  8. I like that you were able to use the drink in a recipe. It is nice that the drink can stand on its own or be used in recipes.

  9. i’ve never had Kefir. I’ve bern hearing lots of good things about it though

  10. I’m not familiar with Kefir, but it seems to have a lot of great health benefits. I’ll have to check it out.

  11. I love smoothies for breakfast. It’s good to know that the Lifeway Smoothie is also low in Carbs. I’m on a low carb diet so carb numbers are important for me. Those muffins look good. They make for quick, on-the-go meals.

  12. That sounds really good. I have not seen Kefir before, but I will look for it now.

  13. I keep hearing about substituting applesauce for butter or oil and I’m totally going to do that soon. Glad to hear this is good with half wheat flour too.

  14. I have never had Kefir before but I would like to try it. These muffins look really delicious and a great way to give Kefir a try.

  15. Maria Oller says:

    thanks for the recipe I was looking for some kefir recipes lately

  16. Oh yum! I am loving the strawberry kefir. I was able to sample some a few months back and felt it was a god buy since it lasted so long. I added a bit to my fruit smoothies.

  17. I’ve not heard of Kefir before! Sounds like a great muffin recipe! Thanks for sharing.

  18. I have only recently heard of this brand. These muffins look great.

  19. shelly peterson says:

    I have not heard of Kefir before but the muffins look delicious. I love easy.

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