These muffins are dense, grainy, fruity and delicious. A double dose of apple--diced fresh apple and dark, spiced apple butter (Smucker's brand is good)--makes them extra moist and flavorful.

Ken Haedrich
Source: EatingWell Magazine, Fall 2002


Recipe Summary

40 mins
Nutrition Profile:


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Instructions Checklist
  • Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Coat 12 standard 2 1/2-inch muffin cups with cooking spray. Place raisins in a small bowl and cover with hot water. Set aside.

  • Whisk whole-wheat flour, all-purpose flour, baking powder, salt and cinnamon in a large bowl. Stir in bran.

  • Whisk egg, milk, apple butter, brown sugar (or Splenda), oil and molasses in a large bowl until blended. Make a well in the dry ingredients and pour in the wet ingredients. Drain the raisins; add them and the diced apple to the bowl. Stir until just combined. Scoop the batter into the prepared pan (the cups will be very full).

  • Bake the muffins until the tops spring back when touched lightly, 18 to 22 minutes. Let cool in the pan for 5 minutes. Loosen the edges and turn the muffins out onto a wire rack to cool slightly before serving.


Wrap leftover muffins individually in plastic wrap, place in a plastic storage container or ziplock bag and freeze for up to 1 month. To thaw, remove plastic wrap, wrap in a paper towel and microwave on Defrost for about 2 minutes.

DIY Muffin Cups: Make your next batch of muffins or cupcakes the ultimate grab-and-go treat by lining your tin with muffin liners. No liners? No problem. Use 5-inch squares of parchment paper, coat each muffin cup with cooking spray, and push each square into the cups using a small can or bottle, pressing the paper up the sides. (It's OK if some of the paper is sticking out over the rim.) Fill each cup as directed.

Nutrition Facts

204 calories; protein 3.9g; carbohydrates 37.6g; dietary fiber 3.7g; sugars 16.9g; fat 5.7g; saturated fat 0.6g; cholesterol 16mg; vitamin a iu 46.6IU; vitamin c 0.7mg; folate 5.5mcg; calcium 106.2mg; iron 1.9mg; magnesium 38.1mg; potassium 236.9mg; sodium 147.5mg; thiamin 0.1mg; added sugar 14g.

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Rating: 5 stars
Wonderful flavorful muffins. I made these because I noticed they called for apple butter and I had a half jar of homemade left in the fridge from a friend that I didn't want to waste......not a mistake! I also make my muffins in Texas muffin tins so I got 6 beauties baked for 30 minutes. They make lovely gifts too! Read More
Rating: 5 stars
Added 1 and a half finely chopped apples and used low fat buttermilk. Sprinkled oats on top. Muffins turned out moist and stayed good for a couple of days. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
These are so yummy!! I used applesauce instead of canola oil and the result was extremely moist flavorful and fruity muffins! A new favorite! Read More
Rating: 4 stars
Moist flavorful even without oil I had some VERY Sweet/Spicy Apple butter to use. So I eliminated the extra brown sugar/spice. I kept the molasses. I increased the Apple butter to 1 cup and eliminated the oil. shook about a tsp of nutritional yeast in. DELICIOUS. I may try with all Whole Wheat pastry flour next time rather than 1/2 WW and 1/2 White. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
Since my family doesn't think they like raisins I substituted dry cranberries. These are incredible! Read More