Oct 6, 2013

Whole Grain Apple Nut Muffins



Whole grain apple muffins made with fresh apple, applesauce, walnuts plus a combination of bran flour, white whole wheat and almond meal with a granola topping.

It's apple season and I picked up some gala apples at the farmer's market last week to make a great big batch of crock pot applesauce. Last year I used that applesauce to make an applesauce nut bread which I love, and it inspired me to experiment with almond meal, wheat bran and flax to come up with these delicious muffins. I love how moist they turned out, and I saved the extra in my refrigerator to eat for the week – they stayed moist for days!


Whole Grain Apple Nut Muffins
Skinnytaste.com
Servings: 12 • Size: 1 muffin • Old Points: 3 pts • Points+: 4 pts
Calories: 149 • Fat: 5 g • Carb: 30 g • Fiber: 4 g • Protein: 4 g • Sugar: 19 g
Sodium: 172 mg • Cholesterol: 0 g

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup (from 1 large) apple,  peeled cored and grated
  • 1/4 tsp + 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tbsp honey
  • 1/2 tsp lemon juice
  • cooking spray
  • 3/4 cups King Arthur white whole wheat flour
  • 3/4 cup coarse wheat bran flour
  • 1/4 cup almond meal
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1/8 tsp ground nutmeg
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1 1/2 tbsp ground flaxseeds
  • 1 1/2 cups homemade applesauce (or store bought)
  • 3/4 cup brown sugar, not packed
  • 1 tbsp coconut oil (or canola)
  • 2 large egg whites
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 oz walnuts, chopped
  • 1 oz granola (I used Cascadian Farms)


Directions:

In a medium bowl combine grated apple, 1/4 tsp cinnamon, honey, and lemon juice. Set aside.


Preheat oven to 350°F. Line a muffin tin with liners and lightly spray them with cooking spray.

In a medium bowl, combine flour, bran, almond meal, flax, baking soda, nutmeg, cinnamon, and salt with a wire whisk; set aside.

In a large bowl mix applesauce, coconut oil, egg whites, sugar, and vanilla; beat at medium speed until thick. Scrape down sides of the bowl.

Add the flour mixture, then blend at low speed until combined. Do not over mix. Fold in apples and walnuts.


Pour batter into muffin tins and top each muffin with 1/2 teaspoon of granola, then bake in the center rack about 35 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.

Let them cool and serve room temperature.

46 comments :

  1. 3/4 "cup" coarse wheat bran flour? Just clarifying as the recipe is missing the measurement. Thank you.

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  2. Too many ingredients!

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  3. I agree. They look yummy, but too many ingredients

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  4. they look yummy but who has all those flours? I agree with Anon 12:25 - too many ingredients to buy but if I had them on hand I'd sure give these a try.

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    1. You can replace them all with whole wheat flour if you don't want the added fiber.

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  5. I can see how it seems like a lot of ingredients if you're not a baker, but as someone who bakes a lot, these are all things I have on hand regularly :)

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    1. Right? I can't stand the complainers. If you don't want to try something, don't try it and move on. Don't force your negativity on everyone else! (And of course by "your negativity", I don't mean you!) Some of us love cooking and baking and are happy to see recipes that call for a little bit of challenge rather than the same old, same old. Isn't that how we got to a place where we need "skinny" recipes?

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  6. Me too, plus I am always challenging myself to use new grains and flours.

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  7. I'm loving all the nutritious ingredients here, Gina! Yum!

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  8. Was this inspired by Laura Vitale (Laura in the Kitchen)? Because she made this recipe a couple days ago on youtube

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    1. I don't even know who she is, but no, I based this off of my apple bread recipe, just turned then into muffins. I'm sure lots of people are making apple this time of year

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  9. My son has a nut allergy so I was wondering if I could replace the almond meal with flour? I wasn't sure if it was the same thing. These look delicious! I love your site and make so many recipes of yours! Thanks!

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    1. Yes, I usually make it with all white whole wheat and they are great.

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  10. Looks great but I am allergic to wheat. What could I use in place of the wheat bran? Thank you!

    ~Emilia

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    1. I would use a gluten free flour blend

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  11. these look great!! is wheat bran flour just wheat bran ground up, like in a blender? Lately I have been wanting something a little sweet for breakfast, but not poptart sweet, and still healthy.

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  12. Interesting how some people take the time to leave a comment just to whine about the ingredient list! Oh man... there's just no patience...
    These muffins look amazing and I can't wait to try them!

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    1. Was thinking the same thing!

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    2. Thanks Silvia! I actually made them THREE times playing around with the amounts of flour and these were perfect! If you make them exactly as written, I promise you wont be sorry!!

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    3. agree with that statement! Just use wheat flour for everything...Gina I LOVE your recipes and iv'e been on WW for 6 months and I have lost 35lbs..and MOST of my meals..came from your recipes! Most of the ingredients you buy you will use them again in another recipe..not a problem here! Can't wait for your cookbook!

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  13. Gina, these look delicious! Gorgeous photos (as always!) that make me just want to reach through the screen to grab one of these to go with my morning coffee! Thanks!!!! :D

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  14. I have a dietary restriction regarding nuts but I am allowed to have seeds. Is there another flavorful flour option I could use instead of almond? Also, what would you use to replace the walnuts? Man I miss almonds and walnuts! Love those flavors in baking but can't have them anymore. :( thanks!! BTW, your site has helped me in my WW journey. I've lost 55 pounds so far AND gotten healthier in the process. You're the BEST!!

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    1. I love the crunch the nuts add, so maybe a pepita or some kind of seed would be great. You can swap the almond flour for more whole wheat flour and they will be great, or maybe coconut flour!

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  15. There are a couple of ingredients - coconut oil & flaxseeds - that are in the ingredients list but not mentioned in the process. So I completely forgot to add them! When would be best to do so?
    They were absolutely delicious without them by the way, thanks!

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    1. Oops, thanks for letting me know. Will go back to my notes and fix that asap.

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  16. They look amazingly delicious!! My husband loves apple cinnamon muffins and I'm always looking for ways to add more fiber. I can't wait to try these muffins!!! Thanks so much for the recipe!!

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  17. WOW! Just in time for apple harvest. I have so many apples on my trees and am always looking for healthy recipes to use apples. These look wonderful and I have all the ingredients. Making them today! Thank you Gina!

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  18. I have all this on hand so will be making these soon! It's not really a lot of ingredients, especially for muffins. I think that to a lot of people "healthy" automatically means minimal. Thanks for another great recipe!

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  19. These look awesome. I just finished eating a batch of your applesauce that I made last week and am planning to make another batch. I'll have to reserve most of it to make these yummy looking muffins! Thanks for sharing!

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  20. Why do some of your bread/muffin recipes, like your Mango Nut Bread or Banana Pumpkin call for butter, but not oil, and then others such as this one and the Pumpkin Chocolate Chip muffins, call for oil and not butter? Otherwise the recipes basically seem the same

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  21. Just made these-delicious! My 4 year old helped and we'll be bringing them to preschool tomorrow to share at snack time. Thank you!!!

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  23. These look fabulous but I'm not sure I'm going to attempt them right seeing as I have no kitchen... We are the middle of a remodel and I am going to lucky to have a kitchen back by thanksgiving. :(

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  24. Can't wait to try these! Do you think they would freeze well?

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  25. I just made these and am pleased with the way they turned out- very moist with a really good flavor. It did seem like a lot of ingredients but if your local Whole Foods has a good bulk bin selection it makes picking up everything really easy and inexpensive :)

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    1. Almost a week later and I'm still eating leftovers from the freezer. The taste and texture have grown on me so much that I'm prepared to call this one of my favorite muffin recipes ever. I top one with a little Reddi-whip alongside my morning coffee and feel like I'm eating apple cake for breakfast (while keeping very healthy). Love these, thanks Gina!!

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  26. I made these today and they were great! Can't wait to try other fruits but I do want to mention that according to the WW Recipie Builder these are 5P+ each. Nonetheless these are excellent and well worth the points. Thank you so much!

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  27. Mmmm!! looks absolutely mouthwatering!

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  28. I made these muffins this evening substituting rolled oats for the coarse wheat bran flour because that is what I had that was coarse:) I had everything else. They are super yummy! Thanks Gina, I always look for recipes first from you!

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  29. When I printed the 'print friendly' recipe, it didn't list the cinnamon in the ingredients list, so I had to go back your post here to find the amount to put into the flour mixture.

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  30. I rarely post back on a site when I make a recipe, but I just have to for these. I've been making these muffins for months now, and they are my absolute favorites! They refrigerate/freeze very well, so I can make a bunch at a time and keep them on hand for quick breakfasts or snacks. So portable! I feel so healthy noshing on 1 or 2 of these!

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  31. I am wondering if you could add some carrots, banana, & pineapple to this? Am I going crazy with this or do you think irt would be okay?

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