Apple Muffins

One of my favorite cookbook authors is Ellie Krieger from Food Network magazine and Cooking Channel.  I own three of her cookbooks to date.  Her spin is creating healthy dishes without sacrificing flavor.  Gotta love that, right?  I am definitely into healthy eating the majority of the time, so this kind of food is right up my alley.  I do love baking muffins often, and it isn’t easy to find recipes that are healthy and moist.  There is nothing worse than a muffin that is so full of butter or oil that the paper liner is soaked with it (not to mention what it does to your fingers while eating it!).  I guess there is something worse…a “healthy” muffin that tastes like cardboard.  Enter Ellie’s apple muffins from her cookbook “The Food You Crave”.  These muffins are the perfect balance between moist, flavorful, and decadent.  The moistness in these muffins come from the applesauce, which takes the place of most of the fat.  The flavor comes from a double dose of apple — small chunks of real green apple and applesauce.  Like apple pie in a muffin.  The part that makes these so irresistible is the cinnamon-sugar-pecan topping.  The topping is reminiscent of coffee cake — the pecans are covered in cinnamon and sugar and get nice and toasty while they bake.  It adds a sweet, spicy crunch that makes this muffin extra special.  So since it’s fall and there is an abundance of crisp, juicy apples, you have no reason not to make these, right?

Apple Muffins