If you’ve been following this blog, you know that I love to bake muffins*. I also love to bake with apples. As much as I enjoy baking my favourite apple muffins, sometimes I want to make something healthier. I was looking for a healthy muffin recipe to make for my son to put in his lunch box. I baked a batch of these Chai Spiced Apple Muffins, and he loved them. Anything that is healthy and tastes great is going to be a hit with kids and adults alike. These muffins totally passed the kid test. I really like them, too.
Full of delicious chai seasonings and sweet diced apple, these muffins are so satisfying. They’re made with oats and whole wheat flour, so they’re pretty healthy. They may not have any sugar, but the muffins get just the right amount of sweetness from the apples, unsweetened applesauce, and a little maple syrup. The maple and cinnamon flavoured glaze drizzled on top of the muffins adds more sweetness. If you would rather not do the glaze, you could add a sweet crunch to the top of the muffins by sprinkling coarse sugar on top before baking. I suppose the muffins would be even healthier without any topping, but I really love the glaze and highly recommend it.
Whether you’re trying to eat healthier for the new year, or you simply enjoy trying new recipes, I hope you’ll bake a batch of these delicious muffins. They’re so good!
Enjoy the recipe…
Chai Spiced Apple Oatmeal Muffins
Full of delicious chai seasonings and sweet diced apple, these muffins are so satisfying. They're made with oats and whole wheat flour, so they're pretty healthy. They may not have any sugar, but the muffins get just the right amount of sweetness from the apples, unsweetened applesauce, and a little maple syrup. The maple and cinnamon flavoured glaze drizzled on top of the muffins adds more sweetness.
This recipe was adapted from Ambitious Kitchen.
- 1 3/4 cups whole wheat pastry flour or white whole wheat flour
- 1/2 cup old-fashioned/ rolled oats
- 1 teaspoon baking soda/ bi-carb soda
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1/2 teaspoon cardamom
- 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
- 1/2 teaspoon ground cloves or allspice
- 1 cup/ 250g unsweetened applesauce
- 1/3 cup pure maple syrup
- 1 large egg, at room temperature
- 2 tablespoons milk
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1/4 cup/ 4 tablespoons/ 60g unsalted butter, melted and slightly cooled
- 1 medium apple, peeled, cored, and diced (about 1 cup diced apple)
- For the glaze:
- 1/3 cup powdered sugar/ soft icing mixture
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract or vanilla bean paste
- 2-3 teaspoons milk
- 1 teaspoon maple syrup
- A dash of cinnamon and/ or cardamom
- Alternative to glaze:
- Sprinkle coarse sugar on top of muffins before baking, for a sweet crunch
- Preheat oven to 350F/ 180C. Oil a 12-cup muffin pan with non-stick cooking spray or line with muffin liners/ pattypans. If you line with muffin liners, make sure to spray the inside of the liners with non-stick cooking spray, because these are low fat muffins and they will stick to the pan if the liners are not oiled.
- In a large bowl, whisk together flour, oats, baking soda/ bi-carb soda, salt, and spices. Set aside.
- In a separate large bowl, add applesauce, maple syrup, egg, milk, and vanilla. Whisk until combined well.
- Add dry ingredients to wet ingredients. Mix gently until just combined. Stir in melted and cooled butter. Gently fold in the diced apple.
- Divide batter evenly among the 12 muffin cups, filling each cup about 3/4 of the way full. If using coarse sugar topping, sprinkle on top of each muffin cup.
- Bake muffins for 23-28 minutes or until tester comes out clean or with just a few crumbs attached. Transfer muffins to a wire rack to cool for 5 minutes. Remove muffins from pan and transfer to wire rack to cool completely.
- Once muffins are cooling, make the glaze by whisking together the powdered sugar/ soft icing mixture, vanilla, milk, maple syrup, and cinnamon and/ or cardamom. If necessary, add in a little bit more milk. The consistency of the glaze should be thick yet pourable. Drizzle glaze evenly over cooled muffins.
This recipe was created by Kim Sequoia for a delicious moment.
All written content and photos are copyright Kim Sequoia 2019 for a delicious moment.
*Here are a few more of my muffin recipes…