Kinako & Honey Muffins

Kinako & Honey Muffins

No need for sugar! How about healthy muffins filled with kinako and honey? This recipe makes comforting, not too sweet, and classic muffins.

Ingredients: 6 muffins

◆Cake flour
100 g
20 g
◆Baking powder
1 teaspoon
Butter (preferably unsalted)
50 g
50 g
1 large
60 ml
(Optional) Chocolate chips, red beans
as desired


1. Sift together the dry ingredients marked ◆. Bring the butter to room temperature. Line the muffin pan with paper cups. Preheat the oven to 180℃.
2. Add butter to a bowl and mix with a whisk until smooth. (If the butter is still hard, soften it a little in the microwave).
3. Add the honey and egg. Whisk until the mixture is the same consistency throughout.
4. Add the sifted ingredients marked ◆ and fold in with a rubber spatula.
5. Once mixed together, add the milk a little at a time and mix with each addition until the mixture becomes smooth.
6. Pour the mixture into the muffin pan (until each cup is about 70% full) and remove air pockets by dropping the pan lightly on the counter a few times.
7. Bake in a preheated oven for 25 - 30 minutes, or until risen and golden. Then cool on a rack.
8. <<If using chocolate chips>> Add the chocolate chips after Step 5 and mix well, then pour the mixture into the muffin pan.
9. <<If using tsubu-an>> Add the tsubu-an after Step 5 and mix well, then pour the mixture into the muffin pan. They'll turn out better if you don't mix too much. So moist!

Story Behind this Recipe

When I thought about making muffins for the first time in ages, I found kinako in my cupboard. I decided to try it. Because I used kinako powder, which is nutritious, I didn't add sugar and sweeted with honey instead. Honey and kinako actually go really well together!