Tuesday, September 29, 2015

More Apples Muffins

Apple season is back! Got a lot of apples? Here is a recipe for apple muffins with more apples than a dough. So moist, so flavorful, so delicious! Yep, easy too!

Blog's Category: My Own Fast and Easy, Perfect Breakfast, Snacks, Vegetarian


Recently, at a local market, I've got a huge bag of McIntosh apples. It's probably my favorite choice among endless sorts of apples. Crispy fresh, obviously just picked from a tree, they are were just great to eat fresh. But having that much apples gave me idea to bake something very appl-y. Despite the fact that my kitchen renovation is not finished yet and in place of normal oven, I have just small toaster-oven :)

Inspired by Italian olive oil cake recipe, I decided to go for it, just adding apples in an out-of-proportion large amount. Outcome? It has exceeded my expectations big time. I'm afraid, I'm settled for an apple muffin recipe forever.

What is it?

Just a few simple and healthy ingredients - a lot of apples, a little of flour, eggs, a generous amount extra virgin olive oil and some brown sugar. All this mixed up and baked in my ultra-convenient silicon muffin cups. In my toaster-oven! 

Taste Description

These muffins are so moist, light and just burst with an apple flavor. Topped with brown sugar and pecan pieces, they have nice crunchy muffin-top.


- If you don't have pecans, use any nuts you have around. A week ago, I made these muffins with hazelnut topping - worked perfect as well.

- I used McIntosh apples. Any apples can be used. Depending on a sort, you will get softer or a bit tougher muffins.

More Apples Muffins

For 24 small muffins:
  • 8 medium apples, quartered, then diced, keep skins (see video below, in a pictures section, how I do this)
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • 2/3 cup brown sugar + 2 tbs for topping
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 tsp soda
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/3 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla (optional)
  • 1/4 cups pecans, coarsely chopped
- Prepare and chop apples into a large bowl.

- In a separate bowl, with a whisk, mix eggs, olive oil, salt, sugar and vanilla (if using). Add flour. On a top of flour, add soda and baking powder and work them with your fingers into a flour a little bit to start on leavening magic. Then mix flour into egg mix just to combine all together.

- Add dough into bowl with apples and stir to coat apple pieces nicely.

- Fill muffin cups to the top with apple dough. If you use silicon muffin cups, no need to grease them. If using any other kind, even non-stick, grease them with an olive oil first.

- Prepare topping combining 2 tbs brown sugar and chopped pecans.

- Top muffins with a 2/3 tsp topping mix.

- Bake in a preheated to 350F oven until golden brown.

- Enjoy!



I get used to cut some fruits and veggies not on cutting board but holding them in hands, like my mom and grandmoms did. Please be careful trying to do this.

Some of my silicon muffin cups I got from Sur La Table, some bought in a Walmart. Love them! Sooo convenient, no greasing before baking, easy to clean after.

As you can see it's more apples than dough!

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