Friday, October 30, 2009

Whole Wheat Apple Muffins

My son loves muffins. His nickname for most of his life has been Muffin. So, I try to make muffins for him as often as I can. When I saw these on Tracey's blog, I got to work right away. I had wanted a hearty breakfast treat with apples in it, and these were perfect.

The original recipe comes from the King Arthur Flour website. I made a few changes, the most significant being an egg substitute, as I was all out.

Whole Wheat Apple Muffins
adapted from King Arthur Flour

1 cup whole wheat flour
1 cup unbleached white flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
2 tablespoons arrowroot
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
1/2 cup butter, softened
1 cup palm sugar
1 cup buttermilk
2 large apples, peeled, cored and coarsely chopped

Preheat oven to 450. Grease and flour 12 muffin tin. Mix flours, baking powder, baking soda, arrowroot, salt, cinnamon and nutmeg. Set aside. In the bowl of a stand mixer, cream the butter and 3/4 cup of palm sugar, beating for about 2 minutes, until fluffy. With the mixer on low, add the buttermilk in a stream. Don't worry if the mixture looks curdled, it will be fine once the dry ingredients are in. Stir in dry ingredients, mixing until just incorporated. Stir in apple pieces. Divide batter evenly among muffin cups, sprinkle remaining 1/4 cup of sugar on top. Bake for 10 minutes at 450, then turn oven down to 400 and bake for another 15-20 minutes, or until a tester inserted into the center of the muffins comes out clean. Let the muffins cool for 5 minutes in the pan, then transfer to wire rack.

I made 6 muffins and 2 mini loaves. They baked in the same amount of time

We loved these. They are a wonderful Fall breakfast treat. Fluffy, just barely sweet, full of apples, and they have a light crunch on top from the sugar that is sprinkled on before baking. I wasn't sure how the palm sugar would do as a topping, but it worked great.

This is definitely one I'll be making again.


  1. I have to get to these, yours look wonderful. I am finding that I love that many things there. I made the pumpkin pie from the fall catalog (inside front cover) and we all loved it! So easy, too. Your muffins look so delicious and I love how you style everything so nicely all the time.

  2. I have my eye on these too. Good to know that they were a hit! I am definitely going to try them. Beautiful as always.

  3. I love your site... everything looks so tempting and I've bookmarked quite a few recipes to try... and these muffins are definitely among the top of the list. Just a quick question, did you also leave out the butter? Just wondering, 'cos love how fluffy your muffins look... and hey if they are healthy too, all the better. Thanks!

  4. Jaden,

    Glad you caught that! There is 1/2 cup butter in the recipe that I forgot to add to the list of ingredients. It is there now. If you make them, I'd love to hear/see how they turn out!


  5. Oh yum!! I will bring the butter.

  6. These look absolutely wonderful, I love baked goods that have lots of fruit in them and that aren't too sweet, I can't wait to make these!

  7. Those look like such a wholesome breakfast treat. I'll have to mark this recipe. I have tons of apples to use. :)

  8. I love a good muffin and these look very yummy. Im glad your son liked them too!

  9. Beautiful. Glad that we could provide a little inspiration. Happy Baking! Frank @ KAF, baker/blogger.

  10. So glad you enjoyed them too Sarah! This was a good one :) I gave most of mine away to my mom and stepdad so I'm going to have to make them again next time I have apples. Yours look fantastic!


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