Bulgur Raisin Muffins

Yield: about 9 muffins

These muffins are hearty and dense. Packed with whole grains, they are a terrific way to start your day or satisfy your snack-tooth. Use the leftover bulgur to make Bulgur Pilaf with Roasted Squash and Mint.


  • 2 cups water
  • 1 tablespoon coconut oil
  • 2 1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon, divided
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 3 star anise
  • 1 cup bulgur (will yield approximately 2 1/2 cups cooked bulgur)
  • 1 cup whole wheat pastry flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1 cup plain yogurt
  • 1 egg
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 1 cup golden raisins

Procedure for bulgur:

  1. In a small saucepan, bring the water, oil, 1 1/2 teaspoons cinnamon, vanilla, salt, and star anise to a boil. Add 1 cup bulgur to boiling water mixture. Stir to combine. Lower heat to simmer, covered, for 20 minutes. Leave the lid on and set aside to cool. Remove the star anise from the cooked bulgur and discard.

Procedure for muffins:

  1. Pre-heat oven to 400 degrees. Fill a muffin pan with muffin cups.
  2. In a medium mixing bowl, combine the flour, baking powder, 1 teaspoon cinnamon, baking soda, and nutmeg .
  3. In a small mixing bowl, combine yogurt, egg, and honey.
  4. Combine wet and dry ingredients. Add one cup cooked bulgur (reserve the rest for another use). Add the raisins. Stir just to combine.
  5. Fill muffin cups about 2/3 full. Bake for approximately 15 minutes or until puffed and golden.

4 Responses to Bulgur Raisin Muffins

  1. Amy Converse Hunter August 29, 2012 at 9:41 pm #

    Do you leave in the star anise as whole in the muffins? does whole foods sell star anise or where do you buy it?

  2. chezdesblog August 29, 2012 at 11:33 pm #

    Amy – great catch! No, you do not keep the star anise in the bulgur: you discard it once the bulgur is cooked. I get star anise at my local Whole Foods Market. I will update the recipe. Thank you…

  3. Michelle May 24, 2019 at 6:11 pm #

    These are so good! The texture is dense and filling, and they’re just the right level of sweetness to make a great breakfast or snack.

    I doubled the recipe to use up all the bulgur, and I added 1C chopped walnuts.

  4. Kristen Desmond May 25, 2019 at 4:08 am #

    Sounds great! Glad you like them!

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