I’m not sure about your kids, but sheesh during the holidays the quantity of food my kids seem to eat rises exponentially! I find baking like these healthy apple muffins fill their tummies up giving me a little reprieve from the constant holiday snacking!

Apple muffins on a wooden chopping board scattered with rolled oats.

Why This Recipe Works

  • Loaded with rolled oats, filling, providing sustained energy.
  • Delicious comforting apple flavours
  • Perfect for breakfasts, snacks, and lunchboxes.

Ingredients you will need

To make my healthy apple muffins you will need grated apple and unsweetened apple sauce. From the pantry, you will need rolled oats, flour, cinnamon, brown sugar, and baking powder, plus some milk, vanilla essence, and oil.

The ingredients to make healthy apple muffins laid out on a bench with text overlay.

Substitutes

  • Apple sauce: This can be substituted for an egg, the muffins will work but the apple flavour will not be as intense.
  • Milk: Any milk or milk alternative can be used, (soy milk, almond milk, rice milk)
  • Mild olive oil: This can be substituted for melted butter or any mild flavoured oil.
  • Brown sugar: This can be substituted with any granulated sugar. If you would like to make this muffin with no added sugar, you can increase the apple sauce to 1 cup and skip the sugar. The muffins will be a little denser than if the granulated sugar is included.
  • Flour: This recipe does work with a gluten-free baking mix

I am an ambassador for Countdown supermarket, they support my blog by providing ingredients for recipe creation and testing. I used rolled oats, mellow olive oil, cinnamon, and no-added-sugar apple sauce from their range in this recipe.

Some of you my regular readers may have noticed the ingredients and process for this recipe have changed a little. I’ve updated this recipe so that it makes a more classic apple muffin. This means this recipe now contains a little refined sugar.

As described above you can make this healthy apple muffin recipe with 100% apple sauce. Or check out my apple sauce muffins, spinach muffins or baby-led weaning muffins for younger children.


Step by step instructions

Step one: Prep rolled oats and apples in advance: Grate the apple. Soak the rolled oats and grated apple and vanilla in the milk. This is best done for at least 20 minutes, you can totally do it overnight if you want as well. Soaking the rolled oats makes the muffins soft and fluffy.

Grated apple and rolled oats soaking in milk in a glass mixing bowl

Step two: Heat the oven to 180 degrees celsius approx 350 F. Prepare a 12 cup muffin tray, grease it or line with paper cups. I actually use a silicone muffin tray so I don’t need to grease or line the muffin tray.

Step three: Place the dry ingredients; flour, baking powder, cinnamon and brown sugar in a large mixing bowl, use either a whisk or fork to combine them.

Dry ingredients in a large glass mixing bowl being combined with a whisk.

Step four: Combine the wet ingredients: Add the apple sauce and oil to the soaked oats and mix well.

Wet ingredients in glass bowl, apple sauce visible and yet to be stirred through.

Step five: Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients and gently combine until just mixed. 

Wet muffin ingredients being folded through dry ingredients.

Step six: Portion batter into the muffin tray.

Healthy apple muffin batter portioned into a red silicone 12 cup muffin pan

Step seven: Bake for 25-30 minutes. The muffins will be golden when cooked and will bounce back when gently pressed in the centre. Allow to cool in the tray for 5 minutes before removing.

Over head shot of apple muffins on a wooden chopping board scattered with rolled oats.

Top Tips

Here is how you can make this healthy apple muffin recipe perfectly every time!

  • Be sure to soak the rolled oats If you skip this step the oatmeal muffins will have a very dense and chewy texture.
apple muffins in a cream muffin tray cooling on a black wire rack.

FAQs

Does applesauce replace eggs?

Yes in many baking recipes, such as cakes and muffins ¼ cup of apple sauce can replace one egg.

Can I freeze healthy apple muffins?

Absolutely, these muffins once cooled can be popped into an airtight container and frozen for up to 3 months.

Are apple muffins suitable for babies?

This recipe does contain refined sugar and as these muffins are made from oats that can be a bit dense and chewy than other muffins. If your child is under one year of age I would look for another baby muffin recipe.

I have loads of other muffin recipes to check out on my web, my pear muffins, blueberry muffins and feijoa muffins are great classic muffin recipes. My kids love my savoury muffins and my avocado banana muffins are always popular. You can find my healthy muffin recipes for kids in this roundup.

Apple muffins on a wooden chopping board scattered with rolled oats.

If you made my healthy apple muffins or any other recipes on the blog please :

  • leave me a comment and a star rating below to let me know how you got on, I love hearing from you.
  •  FOLLOW ME on FACEBOOK,  INSTAGRAM,  PINTEREST to see more kid-friendly food and what I’m getting up to.
Over head shot of apple muffins on a wooden chopping board scattered with rolled oats.

Healthy Apple Muffins

These healthy apple muffins are loaded with nutritious oats, yummy comforting flavours of apple and cinnamon, a delicious oatmeal muffin for breakfast, snack, or lunchboxes.

Print
Pin
Rate

Course: Baking

Cuisine: New Zealand

Keyword: healthy apple muffins, apple oat muffins, apple cinnamon muffins, apple muffins, apple muffin recipes

Servings: 12 muffins

Calories: 214kcal

Ingredients

  • 1 ½ cups rolled oats 160g
  • 1 ½ cups milk 375ml
  • 1 large apple 200g
  • 1 tsp vanilla essence
  • 1 cup flour 130g
  • 2 tsp cinnamon
  • 3 tsp baking powder
  • 80 g brown sugar This is one third of a cup, the internet seems to not like the symbol. 80g, any granulated sugar can be used.
  • ½ cup mild olive oil Can be subbed for ½ a cup of melted butter this is approximately 120g a 113g stick of butter will be close enough.
  • ¼ cup apple sauce If you don’t wish to use apple sauce you can sub one egg.

Instructions

  • Heat the oven to 180 degrees celsius approx 350 F

  • Prepare a 12 cup muffin tray, grease it or line with paper cups

  • Grate the apple. Soak the rolled oats and grated apple and vanilla in the milk. This is best done for at least 20 minutes, you can totally do it overnight if you want as well. Soaking the rolled oats makes the muffins soft and fluffy.

  • Place the dry ingredients; flour, baking powder, cinnamon and brown sugar in a large mixing bowl, use either a whisk or fork to combine them

  • Add the apple sauce and oil to the soaked oats and mix well.

  • Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients and gently combine until just mixed. 

  • Portion batter into the muffin tray.

  • Bake for 25-30 minutes. The muffins will be golden when cooked and will bounce back when gently pressed in the centre. Allow to cool in the tray for 5 minutes before removing.

Notes

Substitutions

  • Apple sauce: This can be substituted for an egg, the muffins will work but the apple flavour will not be as intense.
  • Milk: Any milk or milk alternative can be used, (soy milk, almond milk, rice milk)
  • Mild olive oil: This can be substituted for melted butter or any mild flavoured oil.
  • Brown sugar: This can be substituted with any granulated sugar. If you would like to make this muffin with no added sugar, you can increase the apple sauce to 1 cup and skip the sugar. The muffins will be a little denser than if the granulated sugar is included.
  • Flour: This recipe does work with a gluten-free baking mix

Tips

  • Be sure to soak the rolled oats If you skip this step the oatmeal muffins will have a very dense and chewy texture.

Storage

  • Store at room temp in an airtight container for up to 3 days 
  • Freeze in an airtight container for up to 3 months (they defrost beautifully in a lunchbox)

 

Nutrition

Serving: 1muffin | Calories: 214kcal | Carbohydrates: 27g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 11g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 3mg | Sodium: 122mg | Potassium: 123mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 11g | Vitamin A: 62IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 110mg | Iron: 1mg





Source link

Leave a comment