Apple Muffins – Low Fat, Healthy & Delicious

Healthy Apple Muffins

I made these apple muffins for the first time when Kai had his friend Taylor over for a play date.  The apple muffins were part of a picnic lunch for the kids.  And they were a hit.  With a 1/4 cup of canola oil spread out over 12 muffins, they are low in fat.  The apple chunks and apple sauce turn them into moist and flavorful treats that I am happy for the kids to stuff their faces with.  Oh, and the adults are just as enthusiastic about these apple muffins as the kids are.

Healthy Apple Muffins

Apple Muffins

Ingredients:

  • cooking spray
  • 3/4 cup plus 2 tbsp. packed brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup chopped pecans
  • 1/2 tsp. ground cinnamon
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup whole-wheat pastry flour
  • 1 tsp. baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1/4 cup canola oil
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 cup natural applesauce
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 3/4 cup lowfat buttermilk
  • 1 golden delicious apple, peeled, cored and cut into 1/4-inch pieces

 

Directions:

  • Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F and coat a 12-capacity muffin pan with cooking spray.
  • In a small bowl, mix together 2 tbsp. of the brown sugar, the pecans and cinnamon.
  • In a medium bowl, whisk together the all-purpose and whole-wheat flour, baking soda and salt.
  • In a large bowl, whisk together the remaining 3/4 cup sugar and oil until combined.  Add the eggs, 1 at a time, whisking well after each addition.  Whisk in the applesauce and vanilla.
  • Whisk in the flour mixture in 2 batches, alternating with the buttermilk.  Whisk just until combined.
  • Gently stir in the apple chunks.
  • Pour the batter into the prepared muffin pan and sprinkle with the pecan mixture.
  • Tap the pan on the counter a few times to remove any air bubbles.
  • Bake for 20 minutes or until a wooden pick inserted in the center of 1 of the muffins comes out clean.
  • Let cool on a wire rack for 15 minutes.
  • Run a knife around the muffins to loosen them and unmold.
  • Cool completely on the rack.

Makes: 12 muffins

Enjoy!

(Recipe by: Ellie Krieger)

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These Apple Muffins are great as part of a picnic lunch: combine it with the Cheese Sandwich with Sour Cream Spread, Radishes & Alfalfa Sprouts for the adults, the Cheese Sandwich with Sour Cream Spread & Cucumber for the kids, a mixed fruit salad, and a Raspberry Spinach Smoothie and you have yourself a delicious picnic.


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4 Responses to Apple Muffins – Low Fat, Healthy & Delicious

  1. kelly_jeanie says:

    These look great, thank you!

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