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Apple Pecan Muffins Recipe

This lighter healthier apple pecan muffin recipe, slightly adapted from Ellie Krieger, is light, tender and delicious.
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Total Time35 mins
Servings: 12
Calories: 213
Author: Martha McKinnon | Simple Nourished Living


Topping Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons firmly packed brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup chopped pecans (walnuts would work too)
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon

Muffins Ingredients

  • 1 cup flour
  • 1 cup whole wheat pastry flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 cup firmly packed brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup canola oil
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup unsweetened applesauce
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 3/4 cup buttermilk
  • 1 apple peeled, cored, and chopped


  • Position an oven rack in the middle and preheat the oven to 400F degrees. Coat a standard (2-12-inch) 12-cup muffin pan with cooking spray.
  • In a small bowl mix together topping ingredients and set aside.
  • Whisk together flours, baking soda, cinnamon and salt in a medium bowl and set aside.
  • Whisk the sugar, oil, eggs, applesauce, vanilla, and buttermilk in a large bowl until well combined. Stir the flour mixture into the liquid mixture just until combined. Gently stir in apple chunks.
  • Divide the batter equally among the muffin cups. (I like to use an OXO Good Grips Cookie Scoop ) Sprinkle with nut mixture.
  • Bake until the muffins are lightly browned and a toothpick comes out clean when inserted into the center, about 15-20 minutes.
  • Cool the muffins in the pan for 10 minutes and remove them to a wire rack to cool completely or enjoy while still warm.

Recipe Notes

Serving size: 1 apple pecan/walnut muffin
Weight Watchers PointsPlus: *6
Weight Watchers Freestyle SmartPoints: *7
Nutrition Facts
Apple Pecan Muffins Recipe
Amount Per Serving (1 muffin)
Calories 213 Calories from Fat 72
% Daily Value*
Fat 8g12%
Carbohydrates 35g12%
Fiber 2g8%
Protein 4g8%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
Course: Breakfast, Brunch
Cuisine: American
Keyword: apple breakfast muffins, healthy brunch muffins, muffins with apple and pecan