Spiced Apple Muffins

Even when you’re dieting there are times when only a bit of cake will do and these spicy muffins go down a treat with a cup of tea. They are reasonably low in calories but if you like, you could make 24 little fairy cakes instead of 12 muffins. Just watch you don’t eat double the number!

Spiced Apple Muffins


Makes 12 muffins
Prep time
15 minutes
Cooking time
20-25 minutes
220 per serving


  • cake-release spray (optional)
  • 300g plain flour
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1⁄2 tsp bicarbonate of soda
  • 2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1⁄2 tsp ground nutmeg pinch of cloves
  • 200ml whole milk
  • 60g full-fat yoghurt
  • 60ml vegetable oil
  • 100g light soft brown sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 large eating apples, finely diced
  • 50g porridge oats


  1. Preheat the oven to 200°C/Fan 180°C/Gas 6. Line a muffin tray or fairy cake tins with paper cases or spray the tins with cake-release spray. 

  2. Put the flour into a bowl with the baking powder, bicarbonate of soda and spices, then whisk thoroughly to combine. 

  3. Put the milk, yoghurt, oil, sugar and eggs in a separate, larger bowl and whisk to combine. Add the flour mixture and most of the apples and oats to the wet ingredients, stirring briefly to combine. Try to keep stirring to a minimum as over-working the batter can give a tough result. 

  4. Divide the mixture between the cases – you will find the mixture will come almost to the top of them. Sprinkle over the remaining apple and oats. 

  5. Bake in the preheated oven for 20–25 minutes until well risen, golden brown and firm to the touch. Remove the cakes from the oven and place them on a rack to cool.