Lightened Up Apple Pie Muffins

Lightened Up Apple Pie Muffins

By Renee's Kitchen Adventures

Published 03/24/2014

Lightened Up Apple Pie Muffins


  • 1 cup whole wheat pastry flour
  • 1 1/4 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 tsp. baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 2 tsp. ground cinnamon, divided
  • 1/2 tsp. ground ginger
  • 1/4 tsp. fresh ground nutmeg
  • 1 cup low-fat buttermilk
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce
  • 3 TBS canola oil (or vegetable oil or coconut oil)
  • 1 tsp. pure vanilla extract
  • 3/4 cup brown sugar, packed
  • 2 cups fine diced apples, about 2 medium apples peeled and cored. (I used my chopper to get them fine diced)
  • 1/4 cup golden raisins
  • 1/4 cup chopped walnuts
  • 1 TBS granulated sugar


  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Line a 12 cup standard muffin tin with paper liners.
  2. In large bowl, combine the flours, baking soda, salt, 1 tsp. cinnamon, ginger, and nutmeg. Set aside.
  3. In a medium bowl or 4-cup measuring cup, combine the buttermilk, egg, unsweetened applesauce, oil, and vanilla. Add in the sugar and stir until it is dissolved.
  4. Add the wet mixture to the center of the dry mixture and stir until just combined. Fold in the apples, raisins and walnuts.
  5. Fill muffin tins to the top with batter. (These muffins will not raise a lot because they have no baking powder in them, just soda) Combine the granulated sugar with 1 tsp. cinnamon in a small bowl. Sprinkle the muffin batter evenly with the cinnamon sugar mixture.
  6. Bake in oven for about 25 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the centers some out clean.
  7. Allow to cool on wire rack for about 15-20 minutes before eating. Store covered. They are even better the next day!

Yield: 12-13 muffins

Prep Time: 00 hrs. 15 mins.

Cook time: 00 hrs. 25 mins.

Total time: 40 mins.

Tags: muffins, breads, apple, cinnamon, breakfast