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Wholewheat English Muffins – A Healthy Breakfast treat!

1 March 2011 57 Comments

wholewheat english muffins for healthy breakfast

‘I am a Muffin Man’..and here is what I baked, an English Muffin on a griddle! And my daughter never stopped humming the rhyme the whole day with these muffins in her hand 🙂 Ever since I made my healthy Palm sugar Mixed fruit preserve I was thinking of a great accompaniment to supplement it. And what better than a hot whole-wheat English Muffins right from the griddle.

Unlike the oven baked muffins with leavening agents, these English muffins baked with yeast are extremely light and soft in texture. These are actually quick-baking breads and make a good breakfast when smeared with butter, honey or fruit preserves. These are generally made in small portions and are generally not very sweet and are devoid of frosting. Made in flat circular shape these muffins are traditionally split open with a fork and served with hot butter with tea.

I made both the wholewheat and the refined flour muffins to compare the texture and taste. I even baked half of the batch in oven and got lovely puffed up muffins.

Wholewheat English Muffins

Wholewheat dough after first rise..


(6 muffins)

  • 1 1/2 cup Wholewheat flour
  • 1 cup warm milk
  • 1 tsp. active dry yeast
  • 2 tsp. oil
  • 1 tsp. honey/white sugar
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • Coarse cornflour to dust the tray
Wholewheat English Muffins

Refined flour dough after first rise..

Method: Combine warm milk, honey and the yeast in a small bowl and keep it aside for 10 minutes. Yeast will become active and start forming bubbles on the top.

Take a broad vessels and pour the wholewheat flour in it. Make a small well in the center and pour the yeast mixture, salt and the oil in it. Mix the whole ingredients into a smooth dough. The dough will be very sticky to knead, oil your hand to make it easy.

Keep the dough in a greased bowl, cover and let it rise until it doubles. Mine took one hour to become double.

Wholewheat English Muffins

Cut into circles after first rise..

Sprinkle a working area with flour and punch down the dough, knead it for a few minutes. Flatten the dough using a rolling pin and cut into 6 roundels using a cookie cutter.

Sprinkle cornmeal flour on the baking tray and place these roundels onto it, leaving some gap between the muffins. Slightly flatten the rounds and sprinkle the cornmeal over them. Cover the tray and keep aside for 30 minutes for the second rise.

Wholewheat English Muffins

Second rise..

The roundels with refined flour are very well risen as against the wholewheat flour rounds.

Wholewheat English Muffins

English Muffins on Skillet..

Heat a griddle and brush off the extra cornmeal from the muffins. Dry roast the English muffins on the griddle till it turns golden brown in color on both the sides.

Wholewheat English Muffins

Baked English Muffins…

You can bake the toasted muffins again for a much crisp and firm edges. Cool the muffins before serving.

Wholewheat English Muffins

Soft from inside..

Use a fork to split open the English Muffins from the center. Serve them with butter, spread of any fresh fruit preserve.

Wholewheat English Muffins

A closure view!

The texture is same for both the muffins from inside. Though a little bit dense, the wholewheat muffin is filling and has nutty taste of grains in it.

Wholewheat English Muffins

English muffins baked and cooked on skillet..

The threesome awesome! My preference is still my wholewheat muffins over the refined flour version.

Wholewheat English Muffins

A creation from my daughter!

This one is a small Mixed fruit Jam filled muffin my daughter made. I could see the proud baker dancing all around with her possession, after it came out from the oven, crisp and beautiful 🙂


  1. The cornmeal dusting & griddle baking is very traditional to this English Muffins.
  2. Increase the sweetness of these muffins by adding extra spoons of sugar or Honey while kneading the dough.
  3. Try adding Palm sugar in the dough for a nutty and flavorful English Muffins.
  4. Griddle baking give a very earthy and rustic feeling to these baked goodies.
  5. Refined flour does make a fluffy and light muffin but I am satisfied with my wholewheat version.


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  • Ekta said:

    lovely !!
    li’l one’s creation….bestest !!!

  • Deepa said:

    Muffins look so delicious and healthy. Thanks for sharing step by step illustration.

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  • Lubna Karim said:

    Wow…they look perfect and yum….
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  • Cool Lassie said:

    These muffins look fabulous! Love the stepwise pictures!
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  • prathibha said:

    Looks awesome….just love it..:)
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  • Krithi said:

    This is absolutely gorgeous and healthy too..

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  • Samira said:

    Yum… Yum… Yummy!!!!!

  • Nishi said:

    This looks yummy Sanjeeta!!! This is another one of your recipes that I wanna try out ASAP 🙂

  • sanjeeta kk (author) said:

    @Nishi, thanks for liking it. I do remember you trying out the Ragi bake from Lite Bite, and your Ragi muffins did look very good. Hope you like this one too, I have become a fan of these wholewheat English Muffins.

  • Roxan said:

    I’ve never made my own english muffins before but I can imagine how delicious they are. I love bread right out of the oven! I know I’m supposed to wait a little bit to let it cool but I’m never able to. These whole wheat muffins look great and I love the closeup shot you took where we can see the detail of the texture. Yummy.

  • Kairali sisters said:

    wow these looks too good, Sanjeeta

  • Swathi said:

    Looks delicious and healthy one.
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  • Raji said:

    WOW sanjeeta another healthy treat coming out of your oven..loved it.
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  • Priya said:

    Those muffins looks marvellous and wholesome…
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  • Kothiyavunu said:

    Healthy Yummy and perfect english muffins!

  • turmericnspice said:

    the recipe is very tempting!! would love to try it out
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  • biny anoop said:

    dats an amazing muffin recipe dear…it looks lovely

  • Juliana said:

    Homemade English muffins, they sure sound and look delicious. Love the creation that you made for your daughter 🙂

  • Panchpakwan said:

    Whole wheat english muffins looks really halthey and delicious..
    Using griddle is really creative…
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  • Jayashree said:

    Wow….they look so delicious and tempting.

  • Reshmi said:

    Hi Sanjeeta, first time here and u’ve a wonderful collection of recipes.. love to follow u!!
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  • Angie's Recipes said:

    Nicely done! They are not only delicious but also very healthy and nutritious!
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  • Maria @ Scandifoodie said:

    This sounds really great! I’m not a huge fan of plain wheat so this is definitely tasty!
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  • Tanvi@Sinfully Spicy said:

    These muffins look absolutely gorgeous..crisp on outside and soft on inside.
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  • Soma said:

    This looks marvelous!! I have to make English Muffins and I adore your mixed fruit jam. how beautiful is the color.
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  • Namitha said:

    Wonderful…the whole wheat ones look great,though they haven’t puffed up much, the texture looks perfect 🙂
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  • Nidhya said:

    Lovely muffins. Perfectly baked and healthy.

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  • Cham said:

    These muffins are fluffy and delicious with jam

  • Suman Singh said:

    Wow..Homemade English muffins and that too with wholewheat flour..nothing can beat that..looks perfect and delicious!

  • Sadhana said:

    Lovely looking muffins. Perfectly baked.

  • Sadhana said:

    Lovely looking muffins, perfectly baked.
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  • Malar Gandhi said:

    English muffins luks superb, love to try this soon..

  • Priya (Yallapantula) Mitharwal said:

    wow, they have come out so well, i love your step by step pics.
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  • Sommer@ASpicyPerspective said:

    YUM! they look fantastic!

  • Biren @ Roti n Rice said:

    Your homemade muffins look and sound delicious! They are lovely with jam.

  • Magic of Spice said:

    These look wonderful, I have never had them homemade before. Very nice 🙂

  • Heather @girlichef said:

    Your english muffins look great! I’ve had a few recipes bookmarked for ages and definitely think I need to try making some very soon. You’ve started me craving them again 🙂
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  • Heavenly Housewife said:

    Ii tried making English muffins about a month ago, but they didn’t come out right. Maybe I should try your recipe, these look great.
    *kisses* HH

  • Reshmi said:

    Muffins are superb…First time here…glad to follow your space…

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  • rebecca said:

    wow great job your such a great cook and baker, love it have a fun weekend Sanjeeta

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  • Neenu Praveen said:

    Lukin g8..happy to follow u..
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  • Anna said:

    WOW, these look wonderful, I’m a gonna try these little beauties tomorrow morning. Thinking Mr HG will dig them. 🙂
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  • pigpigscorner said:

    Healthy and delicious! The inside actually looks really soft!
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  • hima said:

    delicious.. I am going to book mark this as this do not include the baking process..
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  • Reshmi said:

    This looks superb….great for a healthy breakfast….

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  • Dewi said:

    Beautiful English muffins Sanjeeta!
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  • El said:

    There’s nothing like homemade English muffins. They look exceptional!

  • Dimah said:

    looks wonderful and so irresistible!

  • aipi said:

    This recipe is bookmarked. They look PICTURE- PERFECT!!

    US Masala

  • Joyti said:

    Yum! I really like the idea of using whole wheat in baked goods – I’ve been using some in chocolate chip cookies. And your English muffins sound delightful.
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  • Sweet Artichoke said:

    By seeing your pictures, I can say that it looks like a perfect breakfast! these muffins are awesome!

  • Joanne said:

    I’ve always wanted to make my own English muffins and these look just delicious! Great job.
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  • FOODESSA said:

    Sanjeeta…you’re so talented…love the way you put this whole post together as well as showing off those stunning English muffins…perfection ;o)

    Ciao for now and have a great week,
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  • sanjeeta kk (author) said:

    @Foodessa, Thanks and I resonate the same 🙂 Glad to have found a wonderful person and a friend to cherish!

  • Krishnaveni said:

    beautiful try, looks good, love your little one’s creation, cute
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  • stacey said:

    Your whole wheat english muffins look so much better than the ones you buy at the store and much healthier, I will have to give them a try.
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