Traditional Valencian Muffins Recipe

Valencian muffins are ideal to accompany tea or infusions. Would you like to make them at home? Here's the recipe.
Traditional Valencian Muffins Recipe
Saúl Sánchez Arias

Written and verified by the nutritionist Saúl Sánchez Arias.

Last update: 14 October, 2022

Preparing real Valencian muffins is quite simple. With few ingredients and in a short time you’ll obtain an ideal sweet to accompany breakfasts or snacks. They’re even a good option to share with guests during special celebrations or family gatherings.

Of course, you must be careful how many you eat, as they contain flour, sugar and fat, which, in excess, can affect metabolic health. However, included in the framework of a healthy and varied diet, they can be enjoyed without feeling guilty.

How to prepare Valencian muffins

The typical recipe for Valencian muffins is easy to prepare and doesn’t require much time. However, there are several versions of this recipe. Here’s the traditional one.

Valencian muffins.
Valencian muffins can be included in your diet, but you shouldn’t eat too many.


  • 3 eggs
  • 210 grams (8.5 oz) of sugar
  • 70 milliliters of milk
  • 220 grams (9 oz) of soft olive oil
  • 250 grams (10 oz) of pastry flour
  • 1 pinch of salt
  • 8 grams of baking powder
  • Lemon zest (to taste).


Step-by-step instructions

  • First of all, you’ll need to have special molds to shape the muffins. These will be placed on a tray in the oven.
  • Once this is done, it’ll be time to weigh the ingredients, otherwise you might not get the desired results.
  • To make the dough, start by sifting the flour together with the chemical baking powder or yeast. Then add a little salt at the end.
  • In the same bowl, grate the peel of a lemon and keep it for later.
  • From here it will be necessary to have another container to place the sugar and the eggs in.
  • With the help of a mixer, whip them until they whiten. This can also be done manually, although it will take more time. With a food processor with whisking the process is simple.
  • Once this step is completed, the oil is added little by little, beating it all the time. When everything is well mixed together, mix this liquid part with the solid part gradually.
  • You need to add a little of the flour mixture, stir with a spatula, and then add more of it gradually.
  • Once the dough acquires a relatively smooth consistency, it can be finished off with an electric mixer.
  • The result should be left to rest in the refrigerator for 30 minutes. After this time, fill the molds individually up to 3/4 full.
  • Sprinkle a little sugar on top and put the tray in the oven at 200 degrees Celsius (390 Fahrenheit) for 10 to 15 minutes. Finally, let them cool before eating.

Considerations regarding Valencian muffins

Valencian muffins are really tasty, but we must bear in mind that it’s high in simple sugars.

This ingredient has been shown to increase the risk of developing certain chronic pathologies when consumed in excess. Therefore, it should be included in the diet in moderation.

However, it’s also true that this ingredient can be replaced by artificial sweeteners. In this case, the energy value of the final result is reduced and also the subsequent insulin release. However, all that glitters isn’t gold.

Most sweeteners are fermented inside the digestive tract, which causes changes in the configuration of the microbiota. This is evidenced by research published in Nutrients.

When using this type of additive, it’s best to opt for stevia, which is considered a natural sweetener. There’s evidence to suggest that this ingredient has less impact on the microorganisms that live in the digestive tube, which makes it one of the safest. However, it isn’t advisable to use it in excess.

Valencian muffins.
Due to their sugar content, these muffins shouldn’t be eaten in cases of diabetes or metabolic disorders.

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Prepare Valencian muffins at home in a simple way

Valencian muffins are a typical sweet that people usually eat with herbal teas, tea, or coffee. They are very tasty and both adults and children love them. Even so, excessive intake should be avoided so as not to go over the top with calories.

Likewise, it’s best to prepare them at home to ensure the quality of the ingredients used. Industrial versions usually introduce low-quality fats, large amounts of sugars, and other additives that are harmful to health.

All cited sources were thoroughly reviewed by our team to ensure their quality, reliability, currency, and validity. The bibliography of this article was considered reliable and of academic or scientific accuracy.

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This text is provided for informational purposes only and does not replace consultation with a professional. If in doubt, consult your specialist.