These healthy apple muffins are moist and packed with flavor, plus they're easy to make. A great grab and go snack.
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We love apples at any time of year, but we get all the more excited during apple picking season. It's become a tradition for our family to go at least once each year.
My eldest was already quite the pro at picking good ones last year so I can't wait to see both him and my younger one in action this year. It's just as well we all love eating apples to use up the haul we'll no doubt have.
While we all love to eat them just as they are, I have made my fair share of recipes using apples as well. Things like my sour cream apple cake, maple apple donuts and apple bacon cornmeal scones have become firm favorites, as you might imagine.
Plus my more unusual ideas like caramelized apple and bacon jam crostini were an instant hit as well.
These healthy apple muffins are my latest way of using some in a bit of a treat and one we all instantly loved. Don't let the healthy description put you off: they are packed with flavor.
Being hand-held bites, these muffins make a great snack or breakfast on the go. For us, they are ideal for that afternoon hungry time!
These tasty muffins are made partly with almond flour and have some sliced almonds on top. The nuttiness really adds to the flavor as well as helping them be wonderfully moist.
There's a double doze of apple, too, with both applesauce and grated apple. Between this and the little bit of maple syrup, you really don't miss the sugar.
How to make these easy healthy muffins
You simply mix up the dry ingredients then toss the grated apple in them. Adding the apple to the dry ingredients helps to keep the pieces separated when you mix everything up.
Then whisk together the wet ingredients and mix the two. It's a pretty runny mixture but don't worry, it works! Top with the sliced almonds and bake.
These healthy apple muffins disappeared in no time in our house and I know we'll be making them again soon. Wonderfully moist, with fantastic apple flavors and a lovely crunch from the almonds on top. You'd never guess they were healthier, so go ahead, have another.
Looking for more healthier baking ideas? Try these:
- Healthy apple oatmeal cookies
- Sweet potato brownies (vegan and no refined sugar)
- Healthy carrot and apple spice muffins.
Plus get more snack recipes, both sweet and savory, in the archives.
Healthy apple muffins
- ½ cup whole wheat pastry flour 70g
- ½ cup almond flour 60g
- ¼ cup oat bran 28g
- 1 ½ tsp baking powder
- ½ tsp baking soda
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- ¼ tsp salt
- ½ apple coarsely grated
- 1 egg
- ¼ cup sour cream 60ml
- 2 tbsp milk
- 3 tbsp maple syrup
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- ½ cup unsweetened applesauce 120ml, homemade best or else store bought
- 2 tbsp coconut oil melted, or melted butter
- 2 tbsp flaked almonds slivered almonds
- Preheat the oven to 375F/190C and line 8 muffin cases.
- Measure out the whole wheat flour, almond flour, oat bran, baking powder, baking soda and salt in a large bowl and mix together. Grate the apple and add to the bowl, tossing so the apple is coated with the flour mixture.
- In a separate bowl/jug, add the egg, sour cream, milk, maple syrup, vanilla, applesauce and coconut oil. Mix them together well then add to the flour mixture. Mix until well combined but try not to overmix.
- Divide the mixture between the lined muffin cases and scatter a few flaked almonds on top of each. Bake for approx 20 minutes until a skwer inserted in the middle of one of the muffins comes out clean. Allow to cool slightly before removing from casing/serving.
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Try these other apple ideas:
Apple Brickle Mini Tarts with Oatmeal Crust from The Freshman Cook
Apple-Cinnamon Baked Oatmeal from Amy's Cooking Adventures
Oatmeal Crusted Apple Stuffed French Toast from Jolene's Recipe Journal
Apple Cobbler French Toast Casserole from Tip Garden
Apple Fritter Yeast Bread from House of Nash Eats
Creamy Maple Gouda Apple Soup with Pecan-Oat Granola from Culinary Adventures with Camilla
Apple Bacon Turkey Burgers from Jonesin' for Taste
Savory Apple Sausage Tart from The Crumby Kitchen
Vanilla Brined Pork Chops with Applesauce from Bear & Bug Eats
Salted Caramel Apple Cake from Grumpy's Honeybunch
Swedish Apple Oatmeal Pie with Vanilla Sauce from All That's Jas
Cinnamon Apple Cider Sangria from The Redhead Baker
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