Pineapple Lemon Mini Muffins

Perfect for breakfast or a mid-morning snack, these light and delicate mini muffins get their bright, tropical flavor from chopped pineapple and fresh lemon zest.

Pineapple Lemon Mini Muffins

Pineapple Lemon Mini Muffins

Yield: 24 mini muffins
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes

Studded with bits of pineapple and fresh lemon zest, these mini muffins have a bright, tropical flavor and make a great mid-morning snack.


  • 1 cup finely chopped fresh pineapple
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 4 tablespoons butter, melted and cooled
  • 1/2 teaspoon lemon extract (or vanilla)
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons fresh lemon zest


  1. Preheat the oven to 375°F and lightly grease the cups in a mini (or standard - see notes) muffin tin.
  2. Place the chopped pineapple in a fine-mesh strainer, set it over a bowl and, using the back of a large spoon, press out the excess juice. Let the pineapple continue draining while you prepare the muffin batter.
  3. Whisk the flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt together in a mixing bowl and set aside.
  4. In a larger mixing bowl, whisk the egg, milk and sugar together until frothy, then stir in the melted butter, lemon extract and lemon zest.
  5. Add the dry ingredients and mix until thoroughly blended, then stir in the pineapple. The batter will be rather thick.
  6. Divide the batter between the prepared muffin tins and bake for 11 to 13 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the center of a muffin at the center of the pan comes out clean.
  7. Cool the muffins in the pan for 5 minutes, then transfer to a cooling rack. Store in an airtight container and refrigerate after one day.


To make standard-sized muffins:

Follow the recipe as written and increase the baking time to 14 to 16 minutes.

Nutrition Information:
Serving Size: 1 muffin
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 81Total Fat: 2gCholesterol: 13mgSodium: 83mgCarbohydrates: 13gFiber: 1gSugar: 5gProtein: 1.5g
Note: Nutrition information is estimated and may vary from your actual results.