Friday, September 24, 2010

Whole Wheat Apple Muffins

I've been searching the internet high and low for good apple recipes since Keith and I went apple picking two weeks ago.  So far, I have baked an apple tart and made cinnamon spiced applesauce, in addition to eating an unnatural amount of fresh apples.  Next up, we have whole wheat apple muffins using both fresh apples and homemade applesauce.  I found a great recipe from smitten kitchen and made a few adjustment to make my low(er) fat version.  I won't lie to you, these were definitely not the butteriest muffins ever, but they still tasted really good, moist and very apple-y.  If you would like the full-indulgence version, checkout the the original recipe.

This is how the muffins looked in the oven after 10 minutes.  I couldn't help it, I had to turn on the oven lights to look inside.  I fought every urge to keep the oven door closed while I looked!

Whole Wheat Apple Muffins
From smitten kitchen, slightly adapted to make the low-fat version

Yield: 12 Muffins

1 cup (4 ounces) whole wheat flour
1 cup (4 1/4 ounces) all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon cinnamon
1/4 cup (1/2 stick) unsalted butter, at room temperature
1/4 cup homemade applesauce, unsweetened
1/2 cup (3 1/2 ounces) granulated sugar
1/2 cup dark brown sugar, packed and divided into 1/4 cup portions
1 large egg, lightly beaten
1 cup (8 ounces) non-fat yogurt
2 large apples, peeled, cored, and coarsely chopped

Preheat the oven to 450°F.  Line 12 muffin cups with paper muffin cups and set aside.

Combine the flours, baking powder, baking soda, salt, and cinnamon in a small bowl.  In a separate medium bowl, cream the butter and add the granulated sugar and 1/4 cup of the brown sugar. Beat until fluffy.  Mix in applesauce.  Add the beaten egg and mix well.  Blend in the yogurt.  Stir in the dry ingredients and fold in the apple chunks.

Divide the batter evenly among the prepared muffin cups, sprinkling the remaining 1/4 cup of brown sugar on top.  Bake for 10 minutes, turn the heat down to 400°F, and bake for an additional 5 to 10 minutes (mine were done after about 8 minutes), or until a toothpick inserted into the center of a muffin comes out clean.  Cool the muffins for 5 minutes in the tin, then turn them out onto a wire rack (or any flat surface) to cool completely.


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Erin said...

Yum! I love how you used big chunks of apple instead of just applesauce, it looks so appetizing and a wee bit healthy that way LOL

Anonymous said...

You do know how to take food pictures. All my attempts to have some food photographed were disaster.
When I'm looking at these pictures, I think I can small cinnamon!

kitsapFG said...

Those look totally tempting! Yum! Thanks for sharing the recipe. Another wonderful way to eat a bounty of apples - is baked apples. I like to core the apples and then place them in a pan... brown sugar and a couple of cinnmon candies in the center or a sprinkle of plain cinnamon and top with a pat of butter. Cover the dish with foil and then bake in a 350 degree oven until the apple is softened. Absolutely heavenly served warm as a dessert.

Sherri B. said...

Those look like they turned out moist and the texture is nice. I have had problems with whole wheat in baking and may give it another look after seeing how yours turned out. Thanks and have a nice weekend.

Bub said...

They look gorgeous! It's getting to that time of year (well, it is here) when the nights are drawing in, the days are getting cooler and my thoughts turn to comfort food - this recipe is definitely going on the list!

Dan Owen said...

Your documentation and pictures are just the best. Were that I was not on this dad gum diet!

Dan said...

I have to try them! I got an applesauce cake recipe from Daphne last fall. It is so good, I'll make one and post the recipe. It has butter/sugar/spice globs throughout, so good :-)

Kelly said...

Those look really good, and I love that there is yogurt in the recipe.

Char's Gardening said...

Those muffins look yummy! Nice job with the pictures.

~Holly~ said...

Those muffins look yummy!!

Wendy said...

whoa - that's some nice muffin-top!

Though I do like my butter, these muffins look really moist and delicious.

We'll be apple picking this weekend, so I may be back for this recipe!

Sara said...

I started to smell cinnamon!

thyme2garden said...

Erin - I really liked the apple chunks in these muffins. Not only do they look healthy, these muffins really are on the healthy side of the muffin-scale!

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vrtlarica - Thank you so much! I do have my share of disaster pictures. I just don't share them on the blog. :-)

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kitsapFG - baked apples sound wonderful, too!

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Sherri B - this was my first time baking with whole wheat flour, and I was pleased with the way that these muffins turned out. Hope you had a nice weekend, too!

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Bub - thank you! I know what you mean about cooler nights and comfort food.

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Dan Owen - Thank you! I hope your diet goes well so that you can enjoy small indulgences in moderation in the near future!

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Dan - Please let me know if you do! I've also been eyeing an applesauce cake, too, but did not get around to baking it this weekend.

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Kelly - I love using yogurt, especially non-fat yogurt, in recipes, too. It makes it see that much more healthier. :)

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Char's Gardening - thank you!

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Holly - thanks!

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Wendy - I know, these were really good muffin tops!

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Sara - these muffins were definitely apple-y and cinnamon-y.

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