apple muffins

I don’t know why I feel the need to state this every year, but, again, for the record: I am pro New Year’s Resolution. Yes, we all know that you can resolve to make changes any day of the year. So what? New Year’s Day is the official last day of holiday craziness. It’s the perfect day to start thinking about new routines.

Besides, this year, I also moved from the East Coast to the Southwest; from a suburb of one of the country’s largest cities to a very small, very isolated town; from an apartment to a house; from the subtropics to the desert. Dave is starting a new job; I’ll be starting one new job this week, plus interviewing for two others. I didn’t just make a New Year’s resolution; I made a resolution for this new life.

My goal is, in a nutshell, to be perfect. That sounds obtainable, right? More realistically, it’s to be a person I can be proud of. And, yes, part of that, the easier part actually, involves fitness.

Fortunately, eating healthy isn’t a bit challenging when there are recipes like this one. Nothing about these indicates that they’re better for you than most muffins. But with whole wheat pastry flour substituting for half of the flour and applesauce taking the place of some of the fat, they’re downright wholesome. They’re also fluffy and light and delicious.

Muffins = one small step toward a more perfect me! Now I just need to keep it up for ever or so, plus be more productive, creative, organized, active, outgoing, focused, positive, motivated…

Two years ago: Macaroni and Cheese, Banana Cream Pie

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Apple Muffins (from Ellie Krieger)

12-16 muffins

My batter seemed a little too liquidy. Next time I’ll reduce the buttermilk to ½ cup.

The original recipe says it makes 12 muffins, but I had extra batter.

cooking spray
¾ cup (5.25 ounces) plus 2 tablespoons packed brown sugar
¼ cup chopped pecans
½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 cup (4.8 ounces) all-purpose flour
1 cup whole-wheat pastry flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
½ teaspoon salt
¼ cup canola oil
2 large eggs
1 cup natural applesauce
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
¾ cup lowfat buttermilk
1 Golden Delicious apple, peeled, cored and cut into ¼-inch pieces

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Coat a 12-capacity muffin pan with cooking spray.

In a small bowl, mix together 2 tablespoons of the brown sugar, the pecans and cinnamon.

In a medium bowl, whisk together the all-purpose and whole-wheat flour, baking soda and salt.

In a large bowl, whisk the remaining ¾ cup sugar and oil until combined. Add the eggs, one at a time, whisking well after each addition. Whisk in the applesauce and vanilla.

Whisk in the flour mixture in two batches, alternating with the buttermilk. Whisk just until combined. Gently stir in the apple chunks.

Pour the batter into the prepared muffin pan and sprinkle with the pecan mixture. Tap the pan on the counter a few times to remove any air bubbles. Bake for 20 minutes or until a wooden pick inserted in center of one of the muffins comes out clean.

Let cool on a wire rack for 15 minutes. Run a knife around the muffins to loosen them and unmold. Cool completely on the rack.


  1. Sounds like you have a year of new beginnings ahead of you! Have fun.

  2. Good luck with everything! The muffins look delicious, thanks for sharing.

  3. These look perfect for a breakfast I am hosting soon. Thanks and good luck to you.

  4. woooweee these look incredible! Definitely adding this to my must-try-immediately list!

  5. What exciting things you have going on in your life! Good luck in your quest to become a perfect person 😉 I think our imperfections are what make us interesting, though, right? These muffins sound tasty and wholesome, and I am a huge fan of muffins for breakfast. Nothing easier when you’re running out the door in the morning!

  6. Just stumbled upon your blog! What a great blog you have! Definitely bookmarking it. 🙂

  7. mmmm…these look good! i love whole wheat. tastes so great, that it’s just an added plus that it’s healthier!

  8. Hi Bridget, I have been reading some of your blog entries and I love your site! I especially like the recipe comparisons. Thank you for doing those comparisons so the rest of us don’t have to! This apple muffin recipe looks great. I have a similar recipe for banana muffins (without buttermilk), and I can never tell they are healthy. Even my health-food hating BF likes them. I’ll be sure to check your blog more often!

  9. these look wonderful! I’m trying to eat healthier too but I’m having baking withdrawal- I will be making these sometime this week, thanks for the recipe!

  10. I make these muffins all the time — they are one of my absolute favorites!