Apple Filled Granola Topped Muffins

by zesty on May 9, 2011 · 3 comments

Happy Monday! A while back, I was fooling around with muffin recipes and I made an apple granola muffin that was a 6-7 out of 10. Apples were a little bland and they were nothing to facebook and tell your friends. This time around I altered the ingredients slightly. I used organic hemp granola with a pumpkin flavor and added nutmeg into the mix for some more flavor.

Results…. ummm these are delicious! Give them a try and let me know what you think.

I have been craving homemade muffins without a huge amount of oil. I recently picked up a new box of hemp granola (pumpkin) so I thought I would incorporate that into a basic muffin mixture with some apples. This is what I came up with. A delicious muffin, moist on the inside with a little crunch on the outside from the granola.

I was really impressed with the texture of the muffin, last time I thought that maybe the apple was a little “BLAH“. This time, I added some nutmeg to the apple before hand and I think it was the final tweak.


  • 2 Large Apple (Peeled and Cored)
  • 1/2 Cup Brown Sugar
  • 2/3 Cup All-Purpose Flour
  • 2/3 Cup Whole Wheat Flour
  • 2 Tsp. Baking Powder
  • 1 Tbsp. Ground Cinnamon
  • 1 Tsp. Nutmeg
  • 1/2 Tsp Salt
  • 3/4 Cup Granola
  • 4 Tbsp. Canola Oil
  • 1 Large Egg (beaten)
  • 1 Cup Skim Milk


  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Lightly grease a 12- hole muffin pan.

  2. Place the apple and half the sugar in a bowl and set aside for 5 minutes.

  3. Sift together remaining sugar, flour(s), baking powder, cinnamon, nutmeg and salt.

  4. Stir in granola (reserving some for top of muffins).

  5. In a small bowl, beat together remaining ingredients. Stir this liquid into the dry ingredients and lightly stir together.

  6. Divide the mixture among the holes in the muffin pan, filling each about 2/3 full.

  7. Top with remaining granola.
  8. Place in the oven and bake for 20-25 minutes until lightly brown.
  9. Remove the muffins from the oven and turn out immediately onto a cooling rack to cool.
  10. Serve warm or at room temperature.

  11. ENJOY!

Zesty Tip: When mixing the dry ingredients with the wet – be sure not to over mix, lumps and some flour still showing is OK. If you over-beat the batter, the muffins will be flat.

So next time you are on the hunt for a muffin – give these a try.  I beckon they would work great with any fruit if you are in a pinch.  Have a great start to your week and stay tuned for some garden chatter.

Take care


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1 Sues

These are beautiful!! I love apples in any baked goods :)


2 Jen

I saw this yesterday…and ran right out to the kitchen to make them for an after school snack. I used 2% milk…and actually used Quaker Harvest Crunch in place of granola….and they were delicious! The kids all loved them too, so I will be adding them to my rotation. Thanks!


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