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Apple-Almond Muffins

I like to snack on apple slices slathered with almond butter. That's the flavor combo that inspired these muffins. Add a dash of almond extract to boost the nuttiness. —Kelly Alesso, Chicago, IL
  • Total Time
    Prep: 15 min. Bake: 20 min.
  • Makes
    15 muffins

Ingredients

  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup whole wheat flour
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup packed brown sugar
  • 3 teaspoons baking powder
  • 3/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 large egg
  • 1-1/4 cups 2% milk
  • 1/3 cup creamy almond butter
  • 2 tablespoons canola oil
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 medium apple, peeled and finely chopped
  • 1/2 cup slivered almonds, divided

Directions

  • Preheat oven to 400°. In a large bowl, whisk the first seven ingredients. In another bowl, whisk egg, milk, almond butter, oil and vanilla until blended. Add to flour mixture; stir just until moistened. Fold in apple and 1/4 cup almonds.
  • Fill 15 greased or paper-lined muffin cups three-fourths full. Sprinkle with remaining almonds.
  • Bake 18-20 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool 5 minutes before removing from pans to wire racks. Serve warm.
    Freeze option: Freeze cooled muffins in resealable plastic freezer bags. To use, thaw at room temperature or, if desired, microwave each muffin on high for 20-30 seconds or until heated through.
Editor's Note
To toast nuts, bake in a shallow pan in a 350° oven for 5-10 minutes or cook in a skillet over low heat until lightly browned, stirring occasionally.
Nutrition Facts
1 muffin: 168 calories, 8g fat (1g saturated fat), 16mg cholesterol, 189mg sodium, 22g carbohydrate (9g sugars, 2g fiber), 5g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 1-1/2 starch, 1 fat.

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