Cookie and Kate: Healthy Apple Muffins


By Cookie and Kate

It’s apple muffin time! You all really seem to love my banana muffinspumpkin muffins and carrot muffins and the blueberry muffins in my cookbook. Today, apple muffins are joining the club.

Like the others in the bunch, these muffins are made with 100 percent whole wheat flour and naturally sweetened with maple syrup or honey. They are nice and fluffy, with just enough sweetness to be irresistible.

Granted, I already have an apple oatmeal muffin recipe on the blog from four years ago, but I have significantly upped my muffin game since then. These muffins are the better of the two, by a long shot.

I based these healthy apple muffins off my carrot muffins, replacing grated carrots with fresh apple, and replacing half of the Greek yogurt with applesauce.

These muffins contain apple, three ways: freshly grated and chopped apple for the perfect texture, and applesauce for infused apple flavor. They’re the best apple muffins I’ve ever had.

Healthy Apple Muffin Notes

  • These apple muffins taste even better after resting for a few hours, if they last that long.
  • I particularly enjoy them with a spread of peanut butter.
  • Check my recipe notes for how to use honey instead of maple syrup, and some ideas for how to make the muffins vegan.

I think it’s time for another!

Baking Tips for Success

How to Measure Flour

How you measure your flour is important. Why? If you measure incorrectly, you could end up with up to 50 percent extra flour, which will make your muffins dense, dry and flavorless. Use the spoon and swoop method:

  1. Gently stir your flour to loosen any clumps.
  2. Spoon your flour into the measuring cup with a big spoon or a flour scoop. Do not scoop up the flour directly into the measuring cup.
  3. Level off the top of the cup with a knife. Repeat as necessary.

Baking Powder & Baking Soda Are Not the Same Thing

…and they are not interchangeable. Both are leaveners that help your baked goods rise (baking powder contains some baking soda, but that’s a long story).

This recipe relies on a combination of baking powder and baking soda to produce light and fluffy muffins. For ideal results, always follow the recipe and measure carefully.

How to Stir Your Batter

This muffin batter is super simple to stir together by hand, and that’s how I recommend making these muffins. Why? Whipping your batter will make the flour’s gluten protein too strong, yielding tough muffins.

I know it can be tempting to use a stand mixer or hand mixer when it’s within reach. Please don’t! Follow the instructions below and you’ll end up with light, fluffy muffins.

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