What To Do With Leftover Muffins?

what to do with leftover muffins

It’s happened to all of us – we bake a dozen muffins and somehow, magically, they all get eaten.

But what do you do when you have a few leftover muffins?

Here are a few delicious ideas for using up those last few muffins.


Eat them for breakfast the next day

The first and easiest thing you can do is just eat the muffins for breakfast.

Because they’re already baked, it will just take a few minutes to heat them up and enjoy them with your favorite morning beverage.

Freeze them and eat them later

If you don’t want to eat them immediately, no problem.

Just freeze the muffins in a freezer-safe bag or container.

You can then pull them out of the freezer and heat them up later when you’re ready for another yummy breakfast.

They will last around one month in the freezer, so make sure to eat them before then.

Turn them into a smoothie bowl

Leftover muffins are especially great for turning into a smoothie bowl.

You can top it with fresh fruit, or something sweet like honey or syrup.

You can even add in some chocolate chips to make it extra delicious.

The biggest advantage to making a smoothie bowl with muffins is that it’s super quick.

Just dump the leftover muffins into a blender and blend them up until they’re finely chopped, then add banana as well as any other fruits you want to use for flavor and top it off with some granola or more fruit.

Make French toast with them

Another delicious way to use leftover muffins is by making French toast with them.

Just slice up the muffins and soak them in a mixture of beaten eggs, milk or cream, vanilla extract, cinnamon, and sugar until they’re nice and soft.

Then fry them up on both sides until they’re golden brown.

This recipe also works great with English muffins, croissants, or biscuits.

Bake them into cheesy garlic bread

Here’s another great idea for leftover muffins – make cheesy garlic bread.

Just slice each muffin in half and then mix together shredded cheese of your choice (cheddar, Colby jack, mozzarella, provolone…) and a bit of garlic powder and/or minced onion in a small bowl.

Then slather each muffin half with butter, sprinkle the cheese mixture on top, and place them back in the oven for around five minutes or until the bread is golden brown.

You can also add some Italian seasoning or Parmesan cheese on top if you like.

Add them to a salad

Here’s a tasty way to use up leftover muffins – simply add them to a tossed salad.

All you have to do is slice up the muffins and place them on top of a bed of lettuce dressed with your favorite dressing, then toss it together before enjoying.

This is a great way to use up leftover muffins that might be a little bit stale, as the water and oil in the dressing will soften them up.

Put them in a sandwich

If you don’t want to eat your muffins as breakfast food or a snack, why not put them in a sandwich?

First, toast the muffin and then top it with turkey slices and Swiss cheese.

Then place it back under the broiler for a few minutes until the cheese is nicely melted.

This makes a great lunch or dinner.

Serve them as dessert

If you’re looking for something sweet to serve with tea or coffee, there’s no easier way than by baking some muffins.

This is a delicious way to use up leftover muffins that might be a little bit stale because the heat from the oven will soften them up nicely.

Simply cut each muffin in half lengthwise and spread some butter or margarine on top, then sprinkle some sugar (or cinnamon and powdered sugar) over the buttered muffin halves.

Then place them in the oven until they’re golden brown.

This is a great way to dress up leftover baked goods without having to make a whole new batch of muffins.

Give them away to friends or family members

what to do with leftover muffins

If you have a lot of leftover muffins, they might be best given away to friends or family members.

You can even make up some extra batches specifically for this purpose.

Just place the muffins in freezer bags and seal them up tightly so they’ll last longer.

Or maybe serve your muffins with an ice cream sundae bar.

Here’s a great idea that’s perfect for an outdoor setting.

You can give your friends or family members some time to prepare their own custom sundaes by placing everything they’ll need for this recipe on a table outside, like different ice cream flavors (chocolate, vanilla, mint chocolate chip), hot fudge sauce, candied nuts, whipped cream, chopped peanuts, sprinkles, and of course – sliced muffins.

Make banana bread with them

If you’ve got leftover banana muffins on your hands, here’s an easy recipe for how to make banana bread.

First preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit (177 degrees Celsius), grease a loaf pan or muffin pan, and set it aside.

Then in a large bowl, stir together the dry ingredients – two cups of all-purpose flour, one teaspoon of salt, one teaspoon of baking soda, one cup of sugar, and three mashed ripe bananas.

Mix everything really well until you get a nice batter.

Then pour it into the greased pan or tins.

Bake the bread for around one hour or until a toothpick inserted into the center of it comes out clean.

Cool on a wire rack before slicing and serving.


Turn them into a muffin pan frittata

Here’s another great recipe for breakfast, lunch, or dinner – a muffin pan frittata.

First, preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit (177 degrees Celsius) and lightly grease a 12-cup muffin pan.

Then break three eggs into each cup.

Add in some leftover vegetables that you have on hand – like chopped tomatoes, spinach leaves, onion, and garlic – and any other ingredients you like.

Then add a quarter of a cup of milk or cream to each muffin cup.

Bake the frittatas for 20 minutes or until they’re firm in the center.

Cool on a wire rack before serving them up with some salad and garlic bread for a delicious meal.

Make mini muffin pizzas

Making your own pizza is a fun way to use up leftover baked goods, so why not try making some mini muffin pizzas?

First, preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit (177 degrees Celsius) and lightly grease a 12-cup muffin pan.

Then take some refrigerated biscuit dough or pizza dough, roll it out into a thin sheet, and cut it into 12 equal pieces.

Place one piece of the flattened dough in each greased cup.

Put whatever toppings you like on top of the mini pizzas – leftover vegetables, meats, etc.

Then sprinkle some shredded cheese over each mini pizza.

Bake them for ten to twelve minutes until the dough is a bit golden brown and crispy around the edges.

Remove them from the pan while they’re still hot, then serve while they’re still crispy.


There are all sorts of fun and easy ways to use up leftover muffins, so don’t worry if you have a few too many.

Just try out one of the recipes we’ve provided and enjoy your delicious creation.

And if you have any other ideas for how to use them up, be sure to share them with me.

I’d love to hear from you.

Further reading:

70 Muffin Recipes You’ll Want to Make Again and Again

English Muffin Nutrition Facts: Calories, Carbs

Tamara Pierce

Tamara Pierce is a food writer at Elapasony, passionate about exploring diverse cuisines and sharing recipes and food experiences. From trendy restaurants to local hotspots, she's always on the lookout for new and exciting flavors.

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