Sky High Apple Pie Muffins.

Sky High Apple Pie Muffins. Learn how to make bakery-style (and healthier!) muffins at sallysbakingaddiction.com

I am quite certain that there is nothing in this world comparable to a warm, freshly baked muffin to wake up to in the morning.  Bonus points if it’s healthy!

Typically, most muffins you find in bakeries are cupcakes in disguise – relying heavily on oil, butter, and cups of sugar for their sweetness.  When I’m craving a healthy muffin, I find the only way I can truly enjoy them is to just make them myself.  Plus they make my apartment smell like a bakery. ;)

These homemade low fat apple pie muffins are soft, fluffy, and full of good-for-you ingredients like whole oats, fresh apples, and white whole wheat flour.  In lieu of butter and oil, I used fat free yogurt and applesauce to give the muffins their moisture.  I also used as little sugar as possible – but feel free to reduce the amount of sugar or add more, depending on your tastes.

What I love most about these guys is that they are SKY HIGH.  I’m talking super tall bakery sized muffins.  Flat muffins??  No thank you. It’s taken some practice, but I finally found a few tricks to bake up mile high, fluffy muffins – no more flat, dry muffins here!

How to bake high-domed, fluffy muffins

  • You need a very, very thick batter.  Much thicker than cake or cupcake batter – you want “spoonable” batter, not “pourable.”
  • Do not overmix the batter- this will create hard, tough, + flat muffins.
  • Do not be afraid to fill your muffin tins.  Fill all the way to the top.  Filling your muffin tins only 1/2 or 2/3 of the way to the top is not enough batter to produce a high-domed muffin.  Fill to the brim.
  • Start off with a very oven hot temperature, then lower it down – doing so lifts the muffin top up quickly and creates a tall crust. Typically, muffins are baked at 350F – 375F the whole time, but set the oven to 425F initially, then bring back down to 350F or 375F.

You better believe that each muffin I bake from now on will be tall and sky high, just like these.  Enjoy!

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Sky-High Apple Pie Muffins

Yield: 14-16 muffins

Ingredients:

Muffins

  • 3 cups white whole wheat flour (or all-purpose flour)
  • 1 and 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp ground nutmeg
  • 1 cup almond milk (or soy or regular)
  • 1/2 cup dark brown sugar, packed
  • 1/4 cup + 2 Tbsp fat free apple yogurt* (or vanilla or plain)
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened apple sauce (or vegetable oil)
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 3 and 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/8 tsp baking soda
  • 2 heaping cups chopped apple (cored + peeled, if you prefer peeled chunks - I did not peel mine)

Oat Streusel Topping

  • 1/4 cup dark brown sugar
  • 2 Tbsp all-purpose flour
  • 2 Tbsp old-fashioned rolled oats
  • 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 2 Tbsp unsalted butter

Directions:

Preheat oven to 425F. Spray muffin tin with nonstick spray. Set aside.

Prepare oat streusel topping by mixing everything together until the mixture resembles course crumbs.  Set  aside.

Prepare the muffins: in a large bowl combine the flour, cinnamon and nutmeg.  Set aside.  In a separate large bowl, whisk together the milk, sugars, yogurt, apple sauce, eggs, baking powder, salt and baking soda.  Gently fold wet mixture into the flour, stirring until *just combined* - do NOT overmix. Gently fold in the apples.

Spoon the batter into 12 muffin tins, making sure each one is filled to the very top.  Sprinkle reserved oat streusel topping over each muffin.
Bake for 5 minutes at 425 degrees, then immediately reduce the oven temperature to 375 degrees and bake for another 15-18 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Cover leftover muffins tightly and store at room temperature for up to 5 days. Muffins may be frozen, up to 2-3 months.

Sally's Notes: *In my muffins, I used Chobani 0% Apple Cinnamon flavor. If you can't find an apple flavored yogurt, plain or vanilla yogurt would work as well. The unsweetened applesauce gives these muffins moisture- just as oil would - without the added fat. Feel free to use vegetable oil in lieu of the applesauce, which would lend a softer muffin with a higher fat content.

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My Strawberry Banana Muffins are completely fat free and weigh in at only 90 calories each.  They are FULL of flavor thanks to the mashed banana and applesauce.  Applesauce is my secret weapon in baking- use it to replace oil or butter.  And you can’t even taste the apple!

 

Single Serving Chocolate Chip Muffin is perfect when I don’t have time or a need to bake an entire batch of muffins.  It is low fat, whole wheat, and full of chocolate chunks.  Sometimes I just don’t need 11 extra muffins laying around!

 

 Nutella Stuffed Cinnamon Sugar Muffins aren’t quite as healthy as today’s muffins, but they sure are tasty anytime of day. Plus, how can one resist that crunchy cinnamon sugar coating?

   

135 Responses to “Sky High Apple Pie Muffins.”

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    Rosieposted April 24, 2014 at 7:50 pm

    These look absolutely DELICIOUS! When I saw the pictures of these I just had to bake some :) But I don’t have any ground nutmeg…is there a substitute for them that you would recommend? I don’t want to substitute the wrong thing! :)

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    • Sallyreplied on April 24th, 2014 at 8:45 pm

      I would simply leave it out, Rosie. Enjoy!

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    Soumyaposted April 24, 2014 at 11:49 pm

    These came out extremely well! I had never made streusel before, so I was a bit skeptical but it was so yummy! I gave the muffins to my neighbors as well and they absolutely loved it!! I have only one ques-my streusel did not stick to my muffins after baking. It was crumbly(in a good way) and some of it fell while picking out the muffins from the muffin stand. Could you tell me what did I do wrong?

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    • Sallyreplied on April 25th, 2014 at 7:12 am

      That’s simply because there is no butter in the streusel. It’s supposed to be crumbly – try pressing down on the streusel after topping the muffin batter with it. That will help it adhere.

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      • Soumyareplied on April 25th, 2014 at 11:09 am

        Thanks for the tip!

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    Robinposted May 7, 2014 at 10:53 am

    Hi Sally,

    I have whole wheat flour and AP flour on hand. Would you recommend subbing all AP flour for the white whole wheat flour or could I do a combo of part whole wheat and part AP? If so, in what ratio do you recommend?

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    • Sallyreplied on May 7th, 2014 at 1:55 pm

      I recommend all all-purpose flour. Or you can do half AP and half whole wheat.

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    Elsieposted June 19, 2014 at 3:21 am

    Hello! These muffins sounds great, thank you for sharing this recipe! Just wondering if you would recommend using 1/8 cup applesauce and 1/8 cup canola oil instead of all applesauce or all oil? I like having a little oil for the softness of the muffin but not too much you see!

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    • Sallyreplied on June 19th, 2014 at 7:54 am

      Hey Elsie! Yep, 1/8 of each would be just fine. Enjoy!

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    Alexposted June 19, 2014 at 2:41 pm

    Would you be able to use Greek yogurt instead of a regular yogurt?

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    • Sallyreplied on June 20th, 2014 at 9:51 am

      Yes, that would be fine.

      Reply

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    Saraposted July 29, 2014 at 12:18 pm

    Hi Sally, these look really good, and I was wondering if you know the rough estimate of how many carbs/calories are in each muffin? Would they be about the same as your other skinny muffins or slightly higher? Or do you have any tips for substituting some of the ingredients?

    I made her your Blue-berry Banana muffins and she loved those! She was surprised on how delicious and moist they were and only so little calories. Will be making more of those in the future.

    I really enjoy making your recipes, every single one I did turned out delicious and fun to make. Thank you so much!

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    • Sallyreplied on July 29th, 2014 at 1:58 pm

      Hi Sara, I am unsure of the nutrition information for these muffins. Perhaps you can make another skinny muffin recipe and add apples if you like them better?

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    Mimiposted July 31, 2014 at 4:31 am

    Hi Sally,
    these muffins look scrumptious. Do you think they can be frozen?
    Thank you!

    Reply

    • Sallyreplied on July 31st, 2014 at 7:56 am

      Yep. Up to 3 months.

      Reply

      • Mimireplied on July 31st, 2014 at 9:27 am

        That’s great, thank you for replying so fast! :-)

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    Caterinaposted August 7, 2014 at 4:23 pm

    Hi Sally,

    I made these last night and they are amazing. They really do taste like apple pie and thanks to your trick, they do come out sky high. Thank you for all of your wonderful recipes and for sharing them with us :)

    By the way, I always look forward to my next meal as a reward for getting through my run – especially my long Saturday morning runs!

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    Donnaposted August 13, 2014 at 1:31 pm

    Thank you for a great recipe! I gave it a summer spin with fresh peaches and blueberries, subbing ground ginger for the nutmeg, and they are fabulously yummy and gorgeous. A dz muffins and a nice mini-loaf!

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    Candaceposted August 17, 2014 at 4:17 pm

    Baking muffins has become my new Sunday ritual ever since I started routinely baking your scrumptious cookies. The fruit bowl’s neighbor on our counter is the cookie jar so with my boys, the cookies usually win. Last week it was a bowl of beautiful red apples vs your irresistible snickerdoodle cookies… needless to say the cookies triumphed again so the apples were used to bake these bad boys.
    I hit a snag with the streusel topping, probably because I didn’t have real butter? I just had a spread on hand so I used that. When I mixed the topping, the spread and the brown sugar just kind of melted together and it all became more of a mush than a crumbly topping, so I added some more oats and a bit of low fat granola and it crumbled up nicely. I was worried about the granola burning on the tops but it came out perfect! For the yogurt I used a container of Apple Cinnamon Chobani Greek Yogurt and Oats – I’m glad I had this on hand because it is excellent in this recipe. The milk was Silk Light vanilla. Instead of nutmeg I just used apple pie spice. When filling my muffin cups I was secretly hoping I would have enough batter left over to fill a small baking pan and I did :)
    These are SO very very delicious! I’m looking forward to having these on hand for breakfast this week.
    Sorry for the long-winded review, but I do have a question… I’ve tried making streusel a few times now and it never comes out quiet right. I’m guessing this time it was because I didn’t have real butter, but is there a trick to keep the brown sugar crumbly? It seems like it always just kind of melts if I use butter with it. And if I use just something like brown sugar and cinnamon, it still melts in the oven. How do you make yours come out so crumbly, even after baking?

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    Cherelleposted September 4, 2014 at 3:28 am

    Hi Sally :) Your recipes look SO scrummy! cant wait to get started and make some!! I too have a HUGE love for chocolate and peanut butter!! :D
    I was looking at some of your healthier recipes and a few of them i’d love to try, But i can’t find unsweetened applesauce or unsweetened cocoa powder anywhere :( i’m in the UK! is there anything else i could use instead?

    Many Thanks

    Cherelle :)

    ps congrats on the wedding! not long to go now!! :O

    Reply

    • Sallyreplied on September 4th, 2014 at 6:45 pm

      Hi Cherelle, you may try to make your own applesauce at home to use in the recipes. But for the cocoa powder, I am unsure of any suitable substitutes.

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    Samantha F.posted September 13, 2014 at 11:52 am

    Just made these this morning and they are delish! Mine looked just like the ones in the picture :)

    http://oi58.tinypic.com/2jdl0ts.jpg

    Thanks for the awesome recipe!

    Samantha

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    Celineposted September 16, 2014 at 10:34 am

    Hi Sally,
    I was wondering where I should store it after I make it and for how long. Btw these look delicious. Thanks in advanced

    Reply

    • Sallyreplied on September 16th, 2014 at 11:40 am

      Hi Celine – I added that to the instructions of the recipe.

      Reply

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