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Whole Grain Apple Nut Muffins

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Whole grain apple muffins made with apples, applesauce, walnuts, bran flour, whole wheat and almond meal with a granola topping.

whole grain apple muffins

Whole Grain Apple Nut Muffins

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

5 from 1 vote
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.
Course: Brunch, Snack
Cuisine: American
whole grain apple muffins
Prep: 25 mins
Cook: 35 mins
Total: 1 hr
Yield: 12
Serving Size: 1 muffin


  • 1 cup large apple peeled, cored and grated
  • 3/4 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tbsp honey
  • 1/2 tsp lemon juice
  • 3/4 cup white whole wheat flour (King Arthur)
  • 3/4 cup course 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 cup  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 walnits chopped
  • 1 oz granola (I use Cascadian Farms)


  • 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.

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Serving: 1 muffin, Calories: 150 kcal, Carbohydrates: 30 g, Protein: 4 g, Fat: 5 g, Sodium: 170 mg, Fiber: 4 g, Sugar: 19 g


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46 comments on “Whole Grain Apple Nut Muffins”

  1. These muffins are amazing. I cut the brown sugar to 1/3 of a cup. Plenty sweet for me. Also used maple syrup instead of honey cause I ran out. I just love this website.

  2. Do you know how many points these would be with the updated plans? For Green, Blue, and Purple? 

  3. I just made these last night! I have apples and homemade skinny taste apple sauce from my apple picking bounty in September! I like the idea of the different dry ingredients for added fiber. I just ground my own almond meal from raw almonds, and ground my own flax seeds. For my tastes the muffins were way too sweet. 3/4 cup of brown sugar combined with the sweet apple and apple sauce. I would love these oats or oat bran, and modified to taste less sweet.

  4. 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?

  5. 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!

  6. 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.

  7. 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!

  8. 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!