Apple Crisp Muffins

Made with 100% whole grains, oats, fresh apples, and yogurt, this wholesome Apple Crisp Muffins recipe incorporates all the essential ingredients for apple crisp but in MUFFIN form!  With a wonderfully moist and tender crumb, these delicious muffins are sure to be a hit!

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I love the texture sensation of chomping into a muffin with crunchy sweet crumblies on the top and a soft and chewy interior.  And simply nothing beats a rack of freshly baked muffins hot out of the oven!  This Apple Crisp Muffins recipe is just what you need to get your day started.   These sensational apple streusel muffins are perfect for an on-the-go breakfast, a midday snack, or with a glass of milk before you head to bed.

Wonderful anytime of the year, the flavor and fragrance of spicy cinnamon makes these especially perfect for the cool weather!

The concept for these muffins was born several years ago when I was at Walmart and came across Yoplait’s special seasonal edition flavor, Apple Crisp.  I love adding yogurt to baked goods because it makes them so rich and moist, and when I saw this yogurt I immediately envisioned doubling up on the apple flavor (because really, is there such a thing as too much?) by incorporating this yogurt with traditional apple crisp ingredients to create something luscious.  Double the apple crisp flavor – yes, please!

And they were a hit.  Every hand in our home grabbed one, devoured it (in this case the mouth, not the hand), and divided up the remaining two.

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And you know me, most of the time my conscience forces me to turn these creations into healthier versions.  And so I did!

These wholesome, whole-grain muffins are packed with goodness, including 100% spelt (you can use whole wheat) flour, oats, fresh apples, and yogurt.  Since the yogurt already sugar in it we’re using less in the recipe.  The yogurt and buttermilk soften the whole grain flour to give you that wonderful moist interior and then the sweet crunchy streusel topping takes these muffins to a new level.

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The next time you’re craving something sweet that you don’t have to feel too guilty about, whip up a batch of these.  An on-the-go version of your favorite apple crisp dessert, you can take these with you anywhere!

This recipe makes either 6 jumbo muffins (which is what I made) or 12 regular-sized muffins.  I especially like these particular muffins in jumbo size.

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Apple Crisp Muffins Recipe

Let’s get started!

Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F. Butter a 6-cup jumbo muffin pan or a 12-cup regular muffin pan. In a medium-sized bowl, combine the flour with the salt, baking soda, baking powder and cinnamon. Set aside.

In a large mixing bowl beat together the eggs, brown sugar, oil and vanilla extract until combined.

combining dry and wet ingredients

Next add the yogurt and beat until combined.

Gradually stir in the flour mixture but don’t thoroughly combine.

beating dry and wet ingredients together

Stir in the oats and apples before the mixture is completely combined.  Be careful not to over-stir or the muffins will be heavy and dense.  The batter will be thick.

Spoon the batter into the muffin cups, filling them just barely over the 3/4 full mark.

adding oats and apples and spooning batter into muffin pan

Make the streusel topping:

Combine all the ingredients in a bowl and work with your fingers to make crumbles.

making the streusel topping

Sprinkle the streusel over the muffins.

Bake on the middle rack for 22-25 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the center of a muffin comes out clean.

Let the muffins sit for a couple of minutes before carefully removing them from the pan.

baking the apple streusel muffins

Transfer the muffins to a wire rack to cool for a few minutes.

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Eat while still warm, that’s how they’re best!

Enjoy!

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Originally published on The Daring Gourmet October 20, 2015

 

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