Fresh honeycrisp apples, home-made applesauce and yogurt come together in these well-balanced and delicious muffins. The granola topping is a wonderful toouch, but definitely not necessary.
World please meet my newest muffin. This Fresh Apple Muffin is simple and delicious, and full of real apple goodness! Plus it’s a pretty fantastic way to start the day!
This muffin also has several components that are really quite good for you! I also love to add yogurt to many of my muffins and mini loaf recipes. It’s a great way to make them tender and moist. Of course the home-made applesauce helps with that as well. 🙂
Apples: You see here freshly chopped Honeycrisp apple. You don’t have to use Honeycrisp! I used Honeycrisp because that’s what I had on hand. Remember you can chop the apple as large, or small as you want to.
Muffins: Just to give you an idea of what the muffins look like before they’re popped into the oven. The batter is fairly thick.
Simply Balanced: This is Simply Balanced apple cinnamon muesli cereal made with natural ingrdients, available at Target. I used this for the granola topping. It was perfect! Again this is completely optional.
I’ve said it before and I will say it again, I truly believe it is the simple, well done, recipes that bring the most satisfaction! The people I bake and cook for prefer simple food over complex food, hands down any day of the week.
This muffin is simple, fresh and delicious!
I really try to come up with recipes you can easily adapt and play around with to change them any way you want to. Do whatever makes you and the people you cook for happy. 🙂
Do you see that piece of apple shinning through? Because it’s a close up shot the piece of apple looks bigger than it actually is. Remember, you can chop the apples as large or small as you want to.
Hope you enjoy these muffins!
Simply Delicious Fresh Apple Muffins
1 box spice cake mix
3/4 cup applesauce, I used home-made but you can use any type of store bought applesauce you want
3 eggs, brought to room temperature
1/4 cup canola oil
1 container (6 ounce) Apple Turnover Yoplait light yogurt, any brand will do
1 cup, chopped Honeycrisp apples, but you can use any variety you like
1-2 tablespoons melted butter
1 teaspoon sugar
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 cup Simply balanced apple cinnamon muesli cereal
In a medium bowl, combine the melted butter, sugar and cinnamon. Make sure they’re combined well. Gently toss the Simply balanced cereal in the melted butter mixture; set aside.
3/4 cup powdered sugar
3 teaspoons milk, you may need a little more milk, add the milk 1/2 teaspoon at a time
In a smaller bowl, whisk together the powdered sugar and milk.
Preheat oven to 350F degrees. Spray cups of two muffin pans with nonstick spray, or place paper liners in 18 muffin cups. Set aside.
Mix cake mix, applesauce, eggs, and oil together until smooth. Stir in apples and yogurt. Fill muffin cups 3/4 full. Bake 16-20 minutes or until baked all the way through. My muffins took exactly 18 minutes.
Place muffins on wire rack to cool completely. Once muffins are drizzle muffins with glaze if desired. Then top each muffin with a small amount of the cereal mixture.
Makes about 18-20 Muffins.
Megamommy Note: If you like your apples more on the tart side maybe you want to go with a Haralson, or another variety you enjoy. If you prefer something a little sweeter than that maybe a Sweet 16, or Fireside would be just right for the occasion. Use any kind of apple you want, just make sure your apples are fresh. 🙂