Healthy apple muffins are quick and easy to make with this easy recipe. They have all of the flavor without the guilt! In this post, I’ll show you exactly how to make them step by step.
These healthy apple muffins are the essence of all things cozy during the cooler seasons.
With notes that will remind you of a home-baked apple pie, your craving will be satisfied without all the guilt.
Not only will you enjoy the flavor, but you’ll also love the aroma that fills your kitchen when you bake them.
Right out of the oven, these healthy apple muffins melt in your mouth. They’re moist and delicious with the perfect cinnamon and sugar crunch on top, and a touch of fruit in each bite.
What Makes These Apple Muffins Healthy?
What makes this apple muffin recipe healthier than others for starters is the increased fiber from the whole grain flour and the fruit pieces.
I also swapped out traditional higher-calorie ingredients, like sugar, for natural substitutes so you don’t have to to sacrifice the sweetness.
In addition, I used heart-healthy fats such as olive oil rather than butter, as well as reducing the cholesterol by omitting egg yolks.
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How To Make Healthy Apple Muffins
These apple muffins are healthy and delicious, and my recipe is quick and easy. You won’t need any special ingredients or tools, which means anyone can make them.
Healthy Apple Muffin Ingredients
You only need a few ingredients, which you probably already have on hand. So you can whip up a batch whenever you have a craving.
- Apples: These add extra fiber, texture, and flavor. If you don’t have enough fruit, you could substitute half of the grated apples for applesauce instead. I used Fuji and Granny Smiths, but Golden Delicious would also be a good choice.
- Flour: This is the base of the recipe and provides structure. I used a mix of regular and whole grain flour, which adds extra fiber. If you prefer you could use only one or the other, rather than a mix of the two.
- Sweetener: I used stevia to save on calories. But you could use another sweetener alternative, or substitute for sugar itself if you would rather.
- Baking powder: This serves as a leavening agent, and it is activated by the moist ingredients we mix into the batter.
- Cinnamon: Adds a warm, rich, spicy, and slightly sweet flavor to the muffins, and is always a wonderful complement to apples.
- Baking soda: Helps the batter rise resulting in a light and fluffy texture that will melt in your mouth.
- Salt: This helps the gluten in the flour become stronger so that as it rises it does not tear.
- Low-fat buttermilk: Adds an acidity that creates a more tender balance. In a bind you could substitute with regular milk, the end result just may not be as soft and tender.
- Light olive oil: Provides some of the liquid needed in the recipe and helps add to the moisture once baked. Olive oil is a healthy unsaturated fat, but if you’re in a pinch, any vegetable oil will work.
- Egg whites: This supports the structure as well as the composition, and keeps the fat content down. But you could use one full egg instead of two whites if you prefer.
Tools & Equipment
Making this healthy apple muffin recipe is simple, and all you need are a few common baking tools. Gather everything beforehand to speed things up.
- Mixing bowl
- Cutting board
- Paring knife
- Mixing spoon
- Measuring cups and spoons
- Muffin tin
- Muffin liners
- Cooling rack
Tips For Making Healthy Apple Muffins
This healthy apple muffin recipe allows for some flexibility, here are a few adaptations you could try.
- If you’d like more fruit, you can grate or cut some of your apple pieces larger.
- Try adding a teaspoon of ginger or nutmeg for a bit more spice.
- You could sprinkle a few rolled oats on top of each before baking for a little extra flavor and texture.
Using & Storing Your Healthy Apple Muffins
These are amazing fresh out of the oven while they’re still warm. But they’re also perfect to have around for breakfast or a snack.
To keep them fresh, once they’re cool, place them in a zipper bag. Lay it flat with a paper towel inside placed underneath the muffins to absorb moisture.
They’ll be good for 2-4 days, or you can freeze them for up to 3 months.
This healthy apple muffin recipe is so satisfying and filling with less of the calories and unhealthy fats as other varieties. So you’ll get to enjoy all of the flavor without the guilt.
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