Healthy Apple Oat Muffins

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Healthy Apple Oat Muffin on a blue plate

Healthy apple Oat muffins

By Amy // Posted May 7,  2022 // Category Muffins

These Healthy Apple Oat Muffins would be perfect as a morning/afternoon tea snack and are very quick and easy to make. 

Apples are usually picked January to June in Australia, so now’s a fantastic time to make use of the seasonal produce that is available. 

I used some crisp Pink Lady apples for these muffins that lend a gorgeous tartness to the muffins. Make sure you read my tips below to see what other apples you can use instead.

I love how these muffins are quite guilt-free. They don’t contain a lot of sugar and oil, yet is still moist and sweet due to the small diced apples that are scattered throughout. 

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tips

1. Ingredients

You need to use apples that can keep its structure after baking. If you like tart apples, Granny Smith, Pink Lady or Fuji would all work well. Other sweeter apples that bake beautifully are Jazz, Modi and Royal Gala. I would recommend dicing the apples into small pieces, as seen in the picture. You need rolled oats, not quick oats for this recipe. See tip below on how to make homemade buttermilk. 

2. Equipment

I used a Masterpro Muffin tin with 5cm by 2 cm cup holes. You could either use muffin liners or spray the muffin tin with oil. You also need a large mixing bowl, a measuring jug, a whisk and a spatula. 

3. Room temperature ingredients

Your eggs and buttermilk need to be at room temperature. Simply leave them on the counter for a few hours before baking. Room temperature ingredients don’t prolong the baking time and helps with the emulsion (trapping of air in baked goods).

4. Don’t overmix the batter

When adding the wet ingredients to the dry, you need to make a small well in the middle of the dry ingredients and place the wet ingredients in the well. Gently fold the ingredients, while scraping the sides and bottom, and stop as soon as the ingredients come together. Then do the same when you add the filling and stop mixing as soon as the ingredients are well dispersed.

5. How do you make your own buttermilk?

You can make your own buttermilk at home. Place 300ml of room temperature milk into a measuring jug and then put in a tablespoon and a quarter teaspoon of white vinegar. Gently mix and let sit for 5 minutes before using. Your milk mixture should curdle, just like store bought buttermilk. 

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Yields8 Servings
Prep Time15 minsCook Time20 minsTotal Time35 mins

 200 g self-raising flour (1 1/4 cups)
 125 g soft brown sugar(1/2 cup)
 45 g rolled oats (1/4 cup for muffin filling, 1/4 cup for topping)
 1 ½ tsp ground cinnamon
 50 ml neutral vegetable oil
 140 ml buttermilk, at room temperature
 1 tsp vanilla extract
 1 egg, at room temperature
 1 ½ apples, peeled/cored and diced small (1 apple for the muffin filling, 1/2 apple for the topping)

1

Preheat the oven to 200 C (390 F). Spray a muffin tin with some neutral oil or line it with some muffin liners.

2

Prepare the dry ingredients. In a large mixing bowl, whisk the flour, sugar, ground cinnamon, and the rolled oats (1/4 cup) together.

3

Prepare the wet ingredients. Combine the buttermilk, oil, egg, and vanilla extract together in a large bowl. Stir together well with a whisk or a fork.

4

Make a well in the centre of the dry ingredients. Place the wet ingredients in the middle of the well and then fold together gently. Do not over-mix. Add 1 apple that has been diced small into the batter and fold gently until evenly dispersed.

5

Spoon the muffin batter equally into the prepared muffin tin, you should fill around 8. Sprinkle the top with some rolled oats reserved for the topping and then place the remaining diced apple on top.

6

Bake the muffins for around 22-25 minutes or until a skewer comes out clean. Muffins also should spring back after pressed in the centre. Transfer to a cooling rack and serve when at room temperature. Store in an airtight container at room temperature for 2-3 days. Up to a week in the fridge.

Ingredients

 200 g self-raising flour (1 1/4 cups)
 125 g soft brown sugar(1/2 cup)
 45 g rolled oats (1/4 cup for muffin filling, 1/4 cup for topping)
 1 ½ tsp ground cinnamon
 50 ml neutral vegetable oil
 140 ml buttermilk, at room temperature
 1 tsp vanilla extract
 1 egg, at room temperature
 1 ½ apples, peeled/cored and diced small (1 apple for the muffin filling, 1/2 apple for the topping)

Directions

1

Preheat the oven to 200 C (390 F). Spray a muffin tin with some neutral oil or line it with some muffin liners.

2

Prepare the dry ingredients. In a large mixing bowl, whisk the flour, sugar, ground cinnamon, and the rolled oats (1/4 cup) together.

3

Prepare the wet ingredients. Combine the buttermilk, oil, egg, and vanilla extract together in a large bowl. Stir together well with a whisk or a fork.

4

Make a well in the centre of the dry ingredients. Place the wet ingredients in the middle of the well and then fold together gently. Do not over-mix. Add 1 apple that has been diced small into the batter and fold gently until evenly dispersed.

5

Spoon the muffin batter equally into the prepared muffin tin, you should fill around 8. Sprinkle the top with some rolled oats reserved for the topping and then place the remaining diced apple on top.

6

Bake the muffins for around 22-25 minutes or until a skewer comes out clean. Muffins also should spring back after pressed in the centre. Transfer to a cooling rack and serve when at room temperature. Store in an airtight container at room temperature for 2-3 days. Up to a week in the fridge.

Healthy Apple Oat Muffins
Nutrition Facts

Servings 8


Amount Per Serving
Calories 358
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 18g28%
Saturated Fat 1.6g8%
Cholesterol 21mg8%
Sodium 32mg2%
Potassium 150mg5%
Total Carbohydrate 45.3g16%
Dietary Fiber 2.5g10%
Sugars 20.6g
Protein 3.8g8%

Calcium 48%
Iron 2%
Vitamin D 10%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily value may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

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