Apple muffins

Apple muffins



  • 2 cups self raising flour (for Gluten-free see notes below)
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • ½ cup caster sugar
  • 1/3 cup (80mL) olive or vegetable oil
  • 1 cup low fat natural yoghurt
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 red apple, grated
  • ½ cup pecans, chopped (or walnuts or almonds)
  • ½ cup dates, chopped


Preheat oven to 180°C and place paper cases in muffin tray (12 large or 18 cupcake size).

Sift flour and cinnamon into large mixing bowl, add caster sugar.

In a glass jug, measure out oil (to 1/3 cup), add yoghurt (to 11/3 cup) and eggs, whisk to combine.

Pour liquid into dry ingredients and mix until just combined.

Stir in apple, pecans and dates.

Spoon mixture into paper cases.

Bake for 20-25 minutes until a skewer inserted into the muffin comes out clean.



  • If you need to hide the fruit, peel the apple before grating and puree the dates with some hot water to make a paste.
  • The pecans add a lovely crunch to these muffins, but omit if you are a nut-free household.
  • This is a great way to use up that challenging-tasting natural yoghurt that you bought in a healthy phase, but is now languishing at the back of the fridge!
  • Make gluten-free by using gluten-free plain flour (e.g. Orgran) and 3 teaspoons gluten-free baking powder. A smidgeon (about 1/8 teaspoon) of xanthan gum (from health food shops and some supermarkets) gives the ‘gluten-like’ consistency.
  • Recipe created by Melissa Hughes for Kidspot.

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