Fresh Fig Muffins with Lifeway Kefir

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moist fig muffins with kefir

Blueberry season is almost over. Pears are ripening on the trees. Right now, we have an abundance of figs on our farm. After picking figs last year, I discovered that there are not many fresh fig recipes online. Most call for dried figs. I've tried dehydrating them, but I've also had fun experimenting with new recipes. One of the few recipes I found that uses fresh figs is fig cookies. They were a hit with our family and friends. 

This year, we are recreating old favorite recipes to use fresh picked fruit as much as we can. Lifeway Kefir can replace milk, buttermilk, and even water for a nutritious boost of probiotics to homemade recipes; for instance blueberry kefir is a perfect addition to blueberry muffins or blueberry smoothies. Even the flavor of a boxed cake mix can be enhanced by replacing the water with an equal amount of Lifeway Kefir. What #KefirCreations would you like to try? 

My growing son seems to always be hungry, and I try to plan healthy options for his snacks. The kids went with me to our local Winn Dixie. We shopped for Lifeway Kefir 32oz Lowfat Cultured Milk Smoothies and a few more supplies for biscuits, homemade fig jam, and these fresh fig muffins. Lifeway Kefir was right in the center of the dairy aisle, and they had four varieties. This time, the kids chose raspberry and strawberry-banana flavors. Plain, strawberry, and blueberry are other options. We have tried them all. The plain is the most versatile in recipes, but the kids like drinking the fruit flavored ones best. Our family has enjoyed drinking kefir since Grandmommie introduced it to us a few years ago. My son's favorite kefir flavor is strawberry. For this #CollectiveBias shop, we used the $1 off coupon we printed at home after signing up through this link on their website.


"Lifeway Kefir enhances feelings of well-being for you and your family. Lifeway Kefir is a smooth, tart, refreshing cousin of yogurt, often thought of as the “Champagne of Dairy.” Originating in Eastern Europe over 2000 years ago, kefir’s probiotic cultures have long been enhancing feelings of well-being. Lifeway Kefir contains 12 live and active Probiotic cultures that support the immune system and balance digestive health. It is naturally Gluten Free, 99% Lactose Free and contains No Artificial Sweeteners and is rich in Calcium. Lifeway also only uses milk that comes from cows that are not treated with pesticides, antibiotics, or synthetic growth hormones. The cows are grass fed and GMO free."

Inspired by our favorite fig cookie and blueberry muffin recipes, my oldest daughter helped me create these fresh fig muffins. 

how to use fresh figs

Fresh Fig Muffins


4 cups flour (we use three parts whole wheat flour to one part white all purpose flour)
1 3/4 cups sugar
4 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon lemon peel, cardamom, cinnamon, or your favorite spice 
1 cup melted butter (add salt if using unsalted butter)
1 cup Lifeway Kefir Cultured Milk Smoothie
2 eggs
2 teaspoons almond extract
4 cups diced fresh figs
1/3 cup sugar for topping

fig muffin recipe


Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Stir together dry ingredients. Add wet ingredients; stir gently just until mixed. Add fruit. Scoop approximately 1/2 cup of batter into cupcake/muffin pan. Paper liners make cleanup much easier. After the first pan, my daughter remembered we had walnuts. 1/4 cup chopped walnuts was mixed into half of the batter. This recipe can easily be varied with different fruit or nuts. Be very generous with the sugar on top. It makes a crispy topping on top of a perfectly moist muffin. This recipe makes 24 large muffins. Bake 20-25 minutes until they begin to brown on top. 

muffins with jam and clotted cream

The crispy sweet topped moist muffin paired perfectly with a glass of tangy Lifeway kefir. We topped them with raspberry fig jam and clotted cream. My daughter shared muffins with Grandmommie and Pappy. Everyone who has tried these has liked them. We will be repeating this recipe! We enjoyed these for Sunday morning breakfast and plan to grab them for a quick breakfast as we leave early in the morning for the girls' driver's ed class. 

Disclosure:  I am a member of the Collective Bias®  Social Fabric® Community.  This is a sponsored post for #CBias. All opinions are my own. 


  1. I adore that brand of Kefir. It's like a yummy bubbly milkshake!

    1. Good description! Add healthy to that. I'm glad my son likes it, too.

  2. I haven't baked with Kefir yet but I love using buttermilk or yogurt in baking so I am guessing that I will love using Kefir too! :) Your fig muffins have the perfect muffiny texture! :)

    1. You will like baking with it. Thanks! The texture did turn out just right.

  3. I'm excited about trying this new recipe. Pinned it for later and excited to work with Kefir. Thank you!

  4. I bet the Kefir would add loads of flavor but do you find that baking with it kills the probiotics? I mean it would still be somewhat healthy but I would imagine you aren't getting any of the good "gut" stuff in your baked goods. Would that be the case? Curious. Those muffins look amazing!

    1. Good question, Penny. With a glass of kefir and a muffin the probiotics are there for sure. :)


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