Healthy apple muffins

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Make these ideal lunchbox treats in less than half an hour, gently spiced and filled with dried fruit, pecans and fresh apples

Healthy apple muffins

SERVES

12

PEOPLE

PREP TIME

10

MINUTES

COOKING TIME

16

MINUTES

CUISINE

COURSE

Baking

Method

  1. Preheat the oven to 200°C.

  2. Line a muffin tin with 12 deep paper cases. Sift the flour, baking powder and mixed spice into a bowl. Tip in the bran left in the sieve and stir in with the wheat bran.

  3. Add the sugar to the flour mixture with the sultanas, apples, pecans and dates and mix lightly with a wooden spoon. Measure the oil out in a jug, break in the eggs, add the yoghurt, then lightly beat to combine.

  4. Make a well in the centre of the dry ingredients and pour in the oil mixture. Stir lightly until just mixed (don’t over-mix). Spoon the mixture equally into paper cases until two-thirds full.

  5. Sprinkle sesame seeds over the top. Bake for 16–18 minutes, until golden brown and firm to the touch. Leave to cool for 5 minutes, then serve warm.

Ingredients

  • 75g self-raising flour

  • 2 tsp baking powder

  • 1 tsp mixed spice

  • 50g wheat bran (such as Odlum’s)

  • 50g light muscovado sugar

  • 50g sultanas

  • 2 eating apples, peeled, cored and finely chopped

  • 25g pecan nuts, chopped

  • 50g dates, pitted and chopped

  • 100ml sunflower oil

  • 2 eggs

  • 2 tbsp natural yoghurt

  • 1 tsp sesame seeds

Method

  1. Preheat the oven to 200°C.

  2. Line a muffin tin with 12 deep paper cases. Sift the flour, baking powder and mixed spice into a bowl. Tip in the bran left in the sieve and stir in with the wheat bran.

  3. Add the sugar to the flour mixture with the sultanas, apples, pecans and dates and mix lightly with a wooden spoon. Measure the oil out in a jug, break in the eggs, add the yoghurt, then lightly beat to combine.

  4. Make a well in the centre of the dry ingredients and pour in the oil mixture. Stir lightly until just mixed (don’t over-mix). Spoon the mixture equally into paper cases until two-thirds full.

  5. Sprinkle sesame seeds over the top. Bake for 16–18 minutes, until golden brown and firm to the touch. Leave to cool for 5 minutes, then serve warm.