Have you felt “the change” yet?
It’s in the air. It’s still hot out, but something about the air is crisper, the evenings and mornings are cooler, and the smell is somehow different outside. Our calendars may still say summer, but even here in Texas, I’ve definitely felt the shift to fall.
What better way to celebrate the seasonal transition than with these AMAZING Whole Grain Apple Pie Muffins?
It was all I could do to hold off until September to post a fall recipe. I didn’t want to cause any resentment to anyone enjoying the last few days of summer, or anger this guy. But mark my words: fall recipes will abound on Bowl of Delicious starting now! And on my honor, I vow to not post a Christmas recipe until at least November.
Now. These muffins. First, let’s talk about how delicious they are. They are super moist and fluffy, packed with soft cooked apples and loaded with cinnamon, just like apple pie. They’re sweet, and made even sweeter by the crunchy brown sugar topping. The texture is awesome- kind of crumbly (use a napkin for these guys), super soft on the inside, and crispy on the outside. They’re similar to a coffee cake, actually.
Now, let’s talk about how healthy they are!
These muffins are made with 100% whole grains: half whole wheat flour, half old fashioned oats. They do have some refined sugar: 1/2 a cup of brown sugar in the batter, which is less than other muffin recipes, since I also added some pure maple syrup to add some sweetness without too much refined sugar. But I ask you: what is apple pie without sugar?! Other than the sugar, these muffins are made with 100% real, whole ingredients. So you don’t have to feel too guilty about eating one for breakfast.
Speaking of which- usually I wouldn’t tell you to eat just one muffin for breakfast. But these are SUPER filling. Between being packed with fresh apples and being 100% whole grain, you will feel totally satisfied eating one. I tried eating two yesterday because they were so delicious, but I couldn’t finish the second one. And if you know me at all, you’ll know that’s unusual! Another perk of the wonder that is whole grains: not only are they more nutritious and full of fiber, but they fill you up way faster, meaning you can limit your portions without crying into your empty plate wishing you had more….