Apple Spice Muffins


Think of crème fraîche as sour cream's richer, thicker, less-sour sibling. In this healthy muffin recipe, it's the secret ingredient that gives these muffins a light texture and rich flavor. The batter is made with extra spices and tons of sweet fruit, which means you won't notice the minimal amount of white sugar.

Cook Time:
30 mins
Additional Time:
1 hr
Total Time:
1 hr 30 mins
20 muffins


Muffin Batter

  • 1 ¾ cups white whole-wheat flour

  • 2 teaspoons baking powder

  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon

  • 1 teaspoon ground ginger

  • ½ teaspoon baking soda

  • ½ teaspoon kosher salt

  • ¼ teaspoon ground cloves

  • cup granulated sugar

  • 8 tablespoons unsalted butter (1 stick), melted and at room temperature

  • ½ cup crème fraîche, at room temperature

  • ½ cup reduced-fat milk, at room temperature

  • 2 large eggs

  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract

  • ¾ cup dried cranberries or raisins, divided

  • 3 ½ cups finely chopped peeled Granny Smith apples (2-3 large)

  • 1 cup rolled oats

Crumb Topping

  • ¾ cup rolled oats

  • ½ cup white whole-wheat flour

  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

  • ¼ teaspoon kosher salt

  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter (1/2 stick), melted

  • 3 tablespoons honey

  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract


  1. Position racks in upper and lower thirds of oven; preheat to 350 degrees F. Line 20 muffin cups with paper liners.

  2. To prepare batter: Sift 1 3/4 cups flour, baking powder, 2 teaspoons cinnamon, ginger, baking soda, 1/2 teaspoon salt and cloves into a mixing bowl. Add sugar and 8 tablespoons butter and stir to combine. Add crème fraîche, milk, eggs and 1 tablespoon vanilla; beat on low speed for 10 to 15 seconds. Increase speed to medium-high and beat until light and fluffy, about 20 seconds.

  3. Chop about half the cranberries (or raisins) into small pieces. Fold all the cranberries (or raisins), apples and 1 cup oats into the batter. Divide the batter among the prepared muffin cups.

  4. To prepare topping: Mix oats, flour, cinnamon and salt in a medium bowl. Whisk butter, honey and vanilla in a small bowl; drizzle on top of the oat mixture and mix until well incorporated. Top each muffin with some of the crumb topping.

  5. Bake on the upper and lower racks, rotating top to bottom halfway through, until lightly golden and firm to the touch, 30 to 35 minutes. Let cool in the tins on a wire rack for at least 30 minutes before serving.


To make ahead: Store individually wrapped for up to 2 days at room temperature or up to 2 weeks in the freezer; defrost overnight at room temperature before serving.

Equipment: 2 muffin tins with 12 (1/2-cup) cups, paper liners

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

220 Calories
10g Fat
29g Carbs
4g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 20
Serving Size 1 muffin
Calories 220
% Daily Value *
Total Carbohydrate 29g 11%
Dietary Fiber 3g 10%
Total Sugars 12g
Added Sugars 6g 12%
Protein 4g 8%
Total Fat 10g 13%
Saturated Fat 6g 31%
Cholesterol 42mg 14%
Vitamin A 262IU 5%
Vitamin C 1mg 1%
Folate 7mcg 2%
Sodium 138mg 6%
Calcium 60mg 5%
Iron 2mg 13%
Magnesium 24mg 6%
Potassium 130mg 3%

Nutrition information is calculated by a registered dietitian using an ingredient database but should be considered an estimate.

* Daily Values (DVs) are the recommended amounts of nutrients to consume each day. Percent Daily Value (%DV) found on nutrition labels tells you how much a serving of a particular food or recipe contributes to each of those total recommended amounts. Per the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the daily value is based on a standard 2,000 calorie diet. Depending on your calorie needs or if you have a health condition, you may need more or less of particular nutrients. (For example, it’s recommended that people following a heart-healthy diet eat less sodium on a daily basis compared to those following a standard diet.)

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a special diet for medical reasons, be sure to consult with your primary care provider or a registered dietitian to better understand your personal nutrition needs.

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