Apple Muffins (Whole Wheat, Honey and Oil)

A muffin that is rich in spice and light in ingredients

A muffin that is rich in spice and light in ingredients

In the words of Bing Cosby & others: It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas!

This weekend I brought my Christmas tree home and decorate it – this year it is glistening in cold sliver and pure white – beautiful!

As a little reward for lugging the tree, I made myself a treat: apple muffins -fluffy, moist and tasting of Christmas.

Ok, carrying the tree up a few stairs really was not that much work, but then these muffins are effortless and rather healthy so …. a perfect treat for a lazy Saturday…

…and a quiet Sunday…

….and on a wintery….eh monday.. (they seemed even moister the second day, but I did not have enough to test anything more than that)

(from the blog ‘Texanerin‘)
Serves: 6-10 muffins

130g (1 cup) whole wheat flour
1 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp nutmeg
1/4 tsp allspice (DE, NL: Piment – you can grind the berries in a coffe grinder)
1/4 tsp salt
1/2 tsp baking powder
3/4 tsp baking soda

90ml (1/4 cup) mild olive oil
70ml (100g, 1/3 cup) honey
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 egg
60ml (1/4 cup) buttermilk (see tip for alternatives)
about 1 (180g / 1 cup) apple

1 tbsp sugar
1 tsp cinnamon



  1. Pre-heat oven to 175C. Place 6-10 liners into a muffin tin.
  2. Mix the flour, cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice, salt, baking powder and baking soda in a mixing bowl.
  3. In a separate bowl whisk together oil, honey, vanilla and egg. When it is has combined
  4. Add buttermilk.
  5. Combine the dry and wet ingredients. Mix carefully and quickly; do not overwork.
  6. Peel the apple and cut into small cubes.
  7. Fold the apple into the batter.
  8. Fill liners with batter.
  9. Combine sugar with cinnamon and sprinkle on top of the muffins.
  10. Bake until done (until a skewer comes out clean). Around 15-25 minutes.

Tips & Variations

  • I have not tried it, but spelt flour might work instead of whole wheat
  • If you do not have buttermilk: mix 60ml milk with 1/2 tbsp (apple) vinegar or lemon juice and allow to sit for 5 minutes – the original recipe also suggests (vanilla) yoghurt as an alternative
    • afracooking said:

      They really are fabulous! As I had the last one for desert last night I am seriously considering whipping up another batch….

  1. Yum! Sounds good – always looking for some new muffin inspiration 😉 Cinnamon and Apple in the same recipe is always good.
    Is the All-Spice really required? Or can I add just more of the others? How does it taste like? Thanks! 😉

    • afracooking said:

      I am sure you will be fine without the all-spice! It has a flavour a little in the direction of cinnamon or cloves – the taste of christmas I guess 🙂

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