Apple Walnut Spice Muffins

Apple Walnut Spice Muffins

With a yogurt base, these apple muffins are moist, tender and spotted with diced apples that truly melt in your mouth. Topped with toasted walnuts, spiced with cinnamon, nutmeg and ginger, these make a delicious quick breakfast or afternoon snack. Made with whole wheat flour, low-fat yogurt and olive oil, these muffins land much closer to the Good-For-You side of the scale rather than the Just-Kill-Yourself-Now prepackaged muffins from most chain coffee shops.

Ingredients

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3 cups white whole wheat flour

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wheat pastry flour is milled from soft white wheat, whereas regular whole wheat flour is milled from hard red wheat. It has a lower protein content than regular whole wheat flour and it makes wonderfully tender whole grain baked goods.

3 cups white whole wheat flour

3/4 cup granulated sugar

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ugar is the generalized name for sweet, short-chain, soluble carbohydrates, many of which are used in food. They are composed of carbon, hydrogen, and oxygen. There are various types of sugar derived from different sources.

3/4 cup granulated sugar

1 tablespoon baking powder

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Because baking powder is a leavener that contains both the sodium bicarbonate and the flavor-saving acid, it is usually paired with non-acid ingredients like whole milk and Dutch-processed cocoa. Baking soda need an acid. Baking powder has an acid.

1 tablespoon baking powder

1/2 teaspoon salt

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Common salt is a mineral composed primarily of sodium chloride, a chemical compound belonging to the larger class of salts; salt in its natural form as a crystalline mineral is known as rock salt or halite.

1/2 teaspoon salt

2 eggs

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Eggs are laid by female animals of many different species, including birds, reptiles, amphibians, mammals, and fish, and have been eaten by humans for thousands of years.

2 eggs

1 cup lowfat plain yogurt

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Strained yogurt, Greek yogurt, yogurt cheese, or labneh, is yogurt that has been strained to remove its whey, resulting in a thicker consistency than unstrained yogurt, while preserving yogurt's distinctive, sour taste.

1 cup lowfat plain yogurt

1/4 cup olive oil

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Olive oil is a fat obtained from the olive, a traditional tree crop of the Mediterranean Basin. The oil is produced by pressing whole olives and is commonly used in cooking, cosmetics, pharmaceuticals

1/4 cup olive oil

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

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Vanilla extract is a solution containing the flavor compound vanillin as the primary ingredient. Pure vanilla extract is made by macerating and percolating vanilla pods in a solution of ethyl alcohol and water.

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

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Cinnamon is a spice obtained from the inner bark of several trees from the genus Cinnamomum that is used in both sweet and savoury foods. The term "cinnamon" also refers to its mid-brown colour.

1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg

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Nutmeg is one of the two spices

1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg

1/2 teaspoon ground ginger

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It is a herbaceous perennial which grows annual stems about a meter tall bearing narrow green leaves and yellow flowers. Ginger is in the family Zingiberaceae, to which also belong turmeric (Curcuma longa), cardamom (Elettaria cardamomum), and galangal. Ginger originated in the tropical rainforest in Southern Asia. Although ginger no longer grows wild, it is thought to have originated on the Indian subcontinent. The ginger plants grown in India show the largest amount of genetic variation. The larger the number of genetic variations, the longer the plant is thought to have grown in that region. Ginger was exported to Europe via India in the first century AD as a result of the lucrative spice trade and was used extensively by the Romans.

1/2 teaspoon ground ginger

1 cup grated apples, drained and patted dry

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The apple tree is a deciduous tree in the rose family best known for its sweet, pomaceous fruit, the apple. It is cultivated worldwide as a fruit tree, and is the most widely grown species in the genus Malus.

1 cup grated apples, drained and patted dry

1 cup finely diced apples

Ingredient Image

The apple tree is a deciduous tree in the rose family best known for its sweet, pomaceous fruit, the apple. It is cultivated worldwide as a fruit tree, and is the most widely grown species in the genus Malus.

1 cup finely diced apples

1 cup chopped walnuts, toasted (plus some extra to sprinkle on the top)

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A walnut is the nut of any tree of the genus Juglans, particularly the Persian or English walnut, Juglans regia. Technically a walnut is the seed of a drupe or drupaceous nut, and thus not a true botanical nut.

1 cup chopped walnuts, toasted (plus some extra to sprinkle on the top)

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Ingredient Image

wheat pastry flour is milled from soft white wheat, whereas regular whole wheat flour is milled from hard red wheat. It has a lower protein content than regular whole wheat flour and it makes wonderfully tender whole grain baked goods.

3 cups white whole wheat flour

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Ingredient Image

ugar is the generalized name for sweet, short-chain, soluble carbohydrates, many of which are used in food. They are composed of carbon, hydrogen, and oxygen. There are various types of sugar derived from different sources.

3/4 cup granulated sugar

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Ingredient Image

Because baking powder is a leavener that contains both the sodium bicarbonate and the flavor-saving acid, it is usually paired with non-acid ingredients like whole milk and Dutch-processed cocoa. Baking soda need an acid. Baking powder has an acid.

1 tablespoon baking powder

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Ingredient Image

Common salt is a mineral composed primarily of sodium chloride, a chemical compound belonging to the larger class of salts; salt in its natural form as a crystalline mineral is known as rock salt or halite.

1/2 teaspoon salt

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Eggs are laid by female animals of many different species, including birds, reptiles, amphibians, mammals, and fish, and have been eaten by humans for thousands of years.

2 eggs

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Ingredient Image

Strained yogurt, Greek yogurt, yogurt cheese, or labneh, is yogurt that has been strained to remove its whey, resulting in a thicker consistency than unstrained yogurt, while preserving yogurt's distinctive, sour taste.

1 cup lowfat plain yogurt

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Ingredient Image

Olive oil is a fat obtained from the olive, a traditional tree crop of the Mediterranean Basin. The oil is produced by pressing whole olives and is commonly used in cooking, cosmetics, pharmaceuticals

1/4 cup olive oil

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Ingredient Image

Vanilla extract is a solution containing the flavor compound vanillin as the primary ingredient. Pure vanilla extract is made by macerating and percolating vanilla pods in a solution of ethyl alcohol and water.

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

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Ingredient Image

Cinnamon is a spice obtained from the inner bark of several trees from the genus Cinnamomum that is used in both sweet and savoury foods. The term "cinnamon" also refers to its mid-brown colour.

1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

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Ingredient Image

Nutmeg is one of the two spices

1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg

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Ingredient Image

It is a herbaceous perennial which grows annual stems about a meter tall bearing narrow green leaves and yellow flowers. Ginger is in the family Zingiberaceae, to which also belong turmeric (Curcuma longa), cardamom (Elettaria cardamomum), and galangal. Ginger originated in the tropical rainforest in Southern Asia. Although ginger no longer grows wild, it is thought to have originated on the Indian subcontinent. The ginger plants grown in India show the largest amount of genetic variation. The larger the number of genetic variations, the longer the plant is thought to have grown in that region. Ginger was exported to Europe via India in the first century AD as a result of the lucrative spice trade and was used extensively by the Romans.

1/2 teaspoon ground ginger

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Ingredient Image

The apple tree is a deciduous tree in the rose family best known for its sweet, pomaceous fruit, the apple. It is cultivated worldwide as a fruit tree, and is the most widely grown species in the genus Malus.

1 cup grated apples, drained and patted dry

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Ingredient Image

The apple tree is a deciduous tree in the rose family best known for its sweet, pomaceous fruit, the apple. It is cultivated worldwide as a fruit tree, and is the most widely grown species in the genus Malus.

1 cup finely diced apples

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Ingredient Image

A walnut is the nut of any tree of the genus Juglans, particularly the Persian or English walnut, Juglans regia. Technically a walnut is the seed of a drupe or drupaceous nut, and thus not a true botanical nut.

1 cup chopped walnuts, toasted (plus some extra to sprinkle on the top)

3 cups white whole wheat flour

Ingredient Image

wheat pastry flour is milled from soft white wheat, whereas regular whole wheat flour is milled from hard red wheat. It has a lower protein content than regular whole wheat flour and it makes wonderfully tender whole grain baked goods.

3 cups white whole wheat flour

3/4 cup granulated sugar

Ingredient Image

ugar is the generalized name for sweet, short-chain, soluble carbohydrates, many of which are used in food. They are composed of carbon, hydrogen, and oxygen. There are various types of sugar derived from different sources.

3/4 cup granulated sugar

1 tablespoon baking powder

Ingredient Image

Because baking powder is a leavener that contains both the sodium bicarbonate and the flavor-saving acid, it is usually paired with non-acid ingredients like whole milk and Dutch-processed cocoa. Baking soda need an acid. Baking powder has an acid.

1 tablespoon baking powder

1/2 teaspoon salt

Ingredient Image

Common salt is a mineral composed primarily of sodium chloride, a chemical compound belonging to the larger class of salts; salt in its natural form as a crystalline mineral is known as rock salt or halite.

1/2 teaspoon salt

2 eggs

Ingredient Image

Eggs are laid by female animals of many different species, including birds, reptiles, amphibians, mammals, and fish, and have been eaten by humans for thousands of years.

2 eggs

1 cup lowfat plain yogurt

Ingredient Image

Strained yogurt, Greek yogurt, yogurt cheese, or labneh, is yogurt that has been strained to remove its whey, resulting in a thicker consistency than unstrained yogurt, while preserving yogurt's distinctive, sour taste.

1 cup lowfat plain yogurt

1/4 cup olive oil

Ingredient Image

Olive oil is a fat obtained from the olive, a traditional tree crop of the Mediterranean Basin. The oil is produced by pressing whole olives and is commonly used in cooking, cosmetics, pharmaceuticals

1/4 cup olive oil

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Ingredient Image

Vanilla extract is a solution containing the flavor compound vanillin as the primary ingredient. Pure vanilla extract is made by macerating and percolating vanilla pods in a solution of ethyl alcohol and water.

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

Ingredient Image

Cinnamon is a spice obtained from the inner bark of several trees from the genus Cinnamomum that is used in both sweet and savoury foods. The term "cinnamon" also refers to its mid-brown colour.

1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg

Ingredient Image

Nutmeg is one of the two spices

1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg

1/2 teaspoon ground ginger

Ingredient Image

It is a herbaceous perennial which grows annual stems about a meter tall bearing narrow green leaves and yellow flowers. Ginger is in the family Zingiberaceae, to which also belong turmeric (Curcuma longa), cardamom (Elettaria cardamomum), and galangal. Ginger originated in the tropical rainforest in Southern Asia. Although ginger no longer grows wild, it is thought to have originated on the Indian subcontinent. The ginger plants grown in India show the largest amount of genetic variation. The larger the number of genetic variations, the longer the plant is thought to have grown in that region. Ginger was exported to Europe via India in the first century AD as a result of the lucrative spice trade and was used extensively by the Romans.

1/2 teaspoon ground ginger

1 cup grated apples, drained and patted dry

Ingredient Image

The apple tree is a deciduous tree in the rose family best known for its sweet, pomaceous fruit, the apple. It is cultivated worldwide as a fruit tree, and is the most widely grown species in the genus Malus.

1 cup grated apples, drained and patted dry

1 cup finely diced apples

Ingredient Image

The apple tree is a deciduous tree in the rose family best known for its sweet, pomaceous fruit, the apple. It is cultivated worldwide as a fruit tree, and is the most widely grown species in the genus Malus.

1 cup finely diced apples

1 cup chopped walnuts, toasted (plus some extra to sprinkle on the top)

Ingredient Image

A walnut is the nut of any tree of the genus Juglans, particularly the Persian or English walnut, Juglans regia. Technically a walnut is the seed of a drupe or drupaceous nut, and thus not a true botanical nut.

1 cup chopped walnuts, toasted (plus some extra to sprinkle on the top)

Directions

Serving Suggestion

  • A very flavorful muffin, this recipe is well-suited to use a sugar substitute (like Splenda) in place of the granulated sugar if you are looking for a low-sugar option. I use a combination of half Granny Smith apples and half Fiji or Gala apples for the best flavor combo, but feel free to experiment with apples you like.