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Apple fritter muffins

Gina is the author of the food blog, Running to the Kitchen where she shares healthy, whole food recipes in a fun, approachable way. She works full time as a consultant in higher education. When not in the kitchen, she enjoys CrossFit, r...

From fritter to muffin

Deep-fried fritters take a healthy turn with these apple fritter muffins. All the flavor, way less guilt.

Apple fritter muffins

Who doesn't love a warm apple fritter on a cool fall day? These muffins have all the delicious taste of a fritter, down to the sweet glaze on the outside with a healthier approach you can easily make at home. Decadent enough to call dessert, healthy enough to call breakfast. Your pick!

Apple fritter muffins recipe

Yields 9 muffins

Ingredients:

Apples

  • 1 Granny Smith apple, finely chopped
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1 tablespoon all-purpose flour

Muffins

  • 1-1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 tablespoons unsweetened applesauce
  • 2 tablespoons coconut oil, melted (or canola oil)
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 cup milk

Glaze

  • 1/2 cup powdered sugar
  • 2 tablespoons warm milk
  • 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F and line a muffin tin with paper wrappers.
  2. Cook the apples: Melt the butter in a large skillet over medium heat. Add the apples, cinnamon, brown sugar and water. Cook for about 5 minutes until apples are softened a bit. Add the flour to the skillet and toss to combine. Set aside.
  3. Next make the muffin batter: In a medium bowl, combine the flour, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon and salt. Stir to mix together.
  4. In a large bowl, combine the applesauce, oil, vanilla extract, brown sugar and granulated sugar. Whisk until smooth.
  5. Add the egg and milk to the large bowl and whisk again until fully combined.
  6. Slowly pour the flour mixture into the wet ingredients and stir until the flour is fully incorporated.
  7. Fold in the apple mixture from the skillet.
  8. Spoon the batter into the muffin cups until even with the top of the cup.
  9. Bake for 15-17 minutes.
  10. Remove the muffins from the oven and let cool in the pan for 5 minutes before transferring to a wire rack.
  11. While the muffins cool on the rack, mix together the ingredients for the glaze in a small bowl.
  12. Once the muffins have cooled for about 10 minutes, dip the tops into the glaze and let it harden and set. You can re-dip the muffin top for a thicker glaze once the first dip has hardened (about 5 minutes).

More fall apple recipes

Apple pie filled cupcakes
Apple ring pancakes

Caramel apple pancakes

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