These apple bran muffins are easy to make with ingredients that you probably already have in your pantry. Low in fat and high in fiber — they’ll make a great breakfast for your whole family!

Healthy Apple Bran Muffins -- Make these your breakfast tomorrow! Find the recipe on RachelCooks.com

I’m always looking for healthy breakfasts that I can prep ahead of time and quickly pull out in the mornings and feed to my kids. Partly because I like to feed them healthy breakfasts. But mostly because I’d rather drink coffee than spend a lot of time in the kitchen first thing in the morning. My husband loves it too — something that he can grab and take into the bathroom while he shaves or something he can grab on the way out the door.

Meanwhile, I get to drink coffee.

I joked on my Facebook page yesterday about giving up coffee. I went without it for two days because I had a terrible stomach flu (seriously, I don’t think I’ve ever felt worse in my life). Which explains why it was (and is) a little quiet here this week. I have some catching up to do and a big week planned for all of you next week. Anyways, I’m getting off topic. So I went two days without coffee because it didn’t sound good. I had terrible headaches, maybe from the flu, maybe from the lack of coffee.

I always think — I’ve already started the coffee detox, maybe I should just continue and cut it out for good! But then I wake up and smell the coffee (literally and figuratively) and realize I have two toddlers to take care of, one of whom likes to get up before 6AM every day. Pour me some coffee and pass me a muffin. Stat.

Healthy Apple Bran Muffins on RachelCooks.com

These apple bran muffins are simple top make and are nutritious and so tasty. I’ve made similar blueberry muffins before but this time I actually used a combination of butter flavored olive oil and Greek yogurt rather than butter. They turned out amazing and even better for the waistline. If you don’t have butter flavored olive oil you can substitute with an extra light olive oil or butter.

Healthy Apple Bran Muffins

These apple bran muffins are easy to make with ingredients that you probably already have in your pantry. Low in fat and high in fiber — they’ll make a great breakfast for your whole family!

Ingredients:

  • 1 and 1/2 cups whole wheat flour
  • 2/3 cup wheat bran
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/4 teaspoon fine salt
  • 3 tablespoons butter flavored olive oil (a extra light olive oil would work too)
  • 1/4 cup plain nonfat Greek yogurt
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 and 1/2 cups chopped granny smith apples
  • 1 tablespoon turbinado sugar

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F and line 12 muffin cups.
  2. Whisk dry ingredients in a medium bowl, set aside.
  3. Using a mixer, beat oil, yogurt, and sugar on high until combined. Beat in eggs and vanilla until combined. With mixer on low, alternate adding flour mixture and milk (about half of each at a time). Fold in chopped apples.
  4. Divide into prepared muffin cups and sprinkle tops with turbinado sugar. Bake for 20-25 minutes.
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Verdict: Loved these and felt good about eating them for breakfast. With my coffee. Clearly.
Husband’s take: He loved these. Kids did too!
Changes I would make: None are necessary.
Difficulty: Easy!

 

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This post is NOT sponsored, but I did receive STAR Fine Foods Butter Flavored Olive Oil to try at no cost.