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Low-Fat Apple Spice Walnut Muffins

October 1, 2009

It’s Fall! The summer humidity has been whisked away on a crisp autumn breeze. Temperatures have plummeted. The days are getting shorter. The leaves are tinted with reds, oranges and yellows.

Ahhh, Fall. My favorite season. Half of what I love about Fall are the changes taking place outside, but the other half is the food. Apples, pumpkins, soups and chilis, cranberries, cinnamon, and a great excuse to eat all the comfort foods I love.


As the weather turned cooler last week, I was craving something warm and cozy with apples in it. I immediately thought of the hearty and comforting Low-Fat Oatmeal Blueberry Applesauce Muffins I made in the Spring. I thought the whole grains, oatmeal and cinnamon would be a perfect compliment to Fall’s first apples. I made a few more changes and additions, and in no time I had warm, delicious, perfectly Fall-ish low-fat apple spice walnut muffins.

Like their inspiration, these muffins have a hearty texture. No light fluff here. They’re moist and bursting with apple flavor. To make them a little more decadent, I topped them with a maple glaze. What? I said they were low-fat, not low-calorie!

Low-Fat Apple Spice Walnut Muffins

Low-Fat Apple Spice Walnut Muffins

Inspired by Joy the Baker
Makes about 12 muffins

Any oats will work, but use old fashioned or steel cut oats for a heartier texture. Depending on how sweet your apple butter is, you may need to adjust the amount of sugar in the recipe. My apple butter had no added sugar, so it wasn’t overly sweet. For an even lower-fat and healthier muffin, you can omit the walnuts and the maple glaze. Either way, they’re a delicious taste of Fall.

Ingredients for the Muffins

1 ¼ cups whole wheat flour
1 ¼ cups oats
1 tsp baking powder
½ tsp baking soda
¼ tsp salt
½ tsp cinnamon
3/4 cup unsweetened applesauce
1/4 cup apple butter
½ cup low-fat or non-fat buttermilk
scant (a little less than) ½ cup firmly packed brown sugar
2 tbsp canola oil
1 large egg, lightly beaten
1/4 cup chopped walnuts
1 medium apple, peeled and diced (I used Fuji because they’re my favorite)

Ingredients for the Maple Glaze

2-3 tablespoons of maple syrup
1/3 cup of powdered sugar
1/4 tsp of vanilla extract


Preheat oven to 375°F.

Line a 12 cup muffin tin with paper liners or spray with nonstick cooking spray. If you plan on eating them straight out of the oven, give the liners a spritz of cooking spray so the muffins won’t stick.

Whisk together flour, oats, baking powder, baking soda, salt and cinnamon in a large bowl. Combine applesauce, apple butter, buttermilk, sugar, oil and the egg in a medium bowl. Make a well in dry ingredients and add applesauce mixture, stirring until just moist. (Don’t over mix them! The batter will be thicker than your average muffin batter.) Carefully fold in diced apple and walnuts.

Divide evenly among 12 muffin cups. Bake at 375°F for 16-18 minutes, or until a toothpick comes out clean. Cool on a wire rack.

Combine the maple syrup, sugar, and vanilla in a small bowl until thick but pourable. Drizzle on cool muffins and allow to harden at room temperature.

  1. October 1, 2009 9:58 am

    These look awesome – especially that glaze on top!

  2. October 1, 2009 6:17 pm

    These look incredible and I love how healthy they are!

  3. October 2, 2009 12:45 am

    YUM! the picture looks amazing, and the recipe sounds even better. look forward to giving these a try. :)

  4. October 4, 2009 5:47 pm

    Nom Nom Nom these are tasty.

  5. oneordinaryday permalink
    October 7, 2009 12:04 pm

    Passing on some blog love. Please stop by my blog for an explanation. : )
    ~ Michelle

  6. margaret permalink
    October 23, 2009 6:52 pm

    These look delicious. My friend and I were just lamenting the lack of tasty low-fat baked recipes–definitely going to try this soon!

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