These are the perfect school or work snack – packed with the goodness of wholemeal flour, two fresh apples, pecans and the added bonus of no refined sugar they are sure to keep your mid-morning hunger at bay!
Who remembers the Spiced Apple Pie Muffins I made yonks – I love that word – ago?!
Well, I guess you could say that this post is a little bit of a ‘same, same but different’ one in this case because today I am posting ANOTHER muffin recipe that also happens to be apple flavoured and is ALSO the brainchild of the wonderful Sally’s Baking Addiction. Déjà-vu, maybe?
Well, sort of. Whilst they are both apple muffin recipes the one I am posting today is has the added inclusion allspice instead of nutmeg thus intensifying the flavour, pecans which add to the texture of the muffin, an extra egg to help bind the mixture, maple syrup for a subtle sweetness, coconut oil and unsweetened apple sauce, which both deepen the apple flavour and create a moist texture, vanilla extract, and lastly, grated apple rather than chopped. So you see, there are a few changes but there are also many similarities.
But one of the major changes in the two recipes is that these ones have no refined sugar. Instead the only sweetener is the maple syrup, making them a healthier version of everyone’s favourite treat. This means that you can eat these muffins whenever you want without the slightest hint of guilt because they are packed full of nourishing ingredients and free of nasties! But don’t worry, they certainly do not forgo on flavour.
I have been wanting to create a killer sugar-free muffin recipe for quite a while but unfortunately they just have NOT been working for me. They’re often too rubbery, not sweet enough, too dry, don’t rise, or just plain bland….you get the feeling right?! So I was over the moon when I saw that Sally posted a recipe for Whole Wheat Apple Cinnamon Muffins and they were just what I was looking for. I also happened to have a lot of apples at home despite it being summer here so I guess it was just meant to be!
Anyway I’ll quit rambling and give you the recipe because I guess that’s what you’re here for!
Wholesome Apple Cinnamon Muffins
Makes 12-15 muffins
- 2 cups wholemeal plain flour (260g)
- 2 teaspoons baking soda
- 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
- 1/2 teaspoon allspice
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 cup chopped pecans (64g)(optional) *
- 3 large eggs
- 2/3 cup pure maple syrup (160ml)
- 1/3 cup melted coconut oil (80ml)*
- 1/3 cup smooth unsweetened applesauce (60g)*
- 1 and 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
- 2 cups shredded/grated apple (about 2 apples) (240g)
- Preheat oven to 425°F (218°C)6. Spray a 12-count muffin pan with nonstick spray or use cupcake liners. This recipe makes 12-15 muffins, so prepare a second muffin pan in the same manner.
- In a large bowl, whisk the flour, baking soda, cinnamon, allspice, salt, and pecans together until combined. Set aside. In a medium bowl, whisk the eggs, maple syrup, oil, applesauce, and vanilla together until combined. Pour the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients, stir a few times, then add the grated apple. Fold everything together gently just until combined and no flour pockets remain.
- Spoon the batter into liners, filling them all the way to the top. Bake for 5 minutes at 425 then, keeping the muffins in the oven, reduce the oven temperature to 350°F (177°C). Bake for an additional 18 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. The total time these muffins take in the oven is about 23-24 minutes, give or take. Allow the muffins to cool for 10 minutes in the muffin sheet, then transfer to a wire rack to cool until ready to eat.
- Make ahead tip: Muffins stay soft, fresh and moist in the refrigerator for up to 5 days. Muffins freeze well for up to 2 months.
*You could also use the same amount of chopped walnuts.
*You can also use vegetable or canola oil.
*You can find my recipe for unsweetened apple sauce here.
You can find the original recipe here as well as all Sally’s additional notes.
Just remember because these muffins are refined sugar-free, so for obvious reasons they’re not going to be as sweet as the traditional type.
Delicious warmed up with a thick slather of crunchy peanut butter! Or for a more indulgent treat try them spread thick with cream cheese icing…..delicious!