Low fat apple oatmeal muffins

These muffins remind me of warm apple and cinnamon porridge on a cold winter’s morning.

They also remind me of being backstage while in a play. My other love, besides baking (read: eating), is treading the boards in community theatres. It’s a very welcoming place where you instantly inherit an urban family. Something very handy when you tend to move home towns a bit.

I’m a theatre school drop-out. I switched to a business degree in my second year at university; I lacked the courage those in the arts have to embark on what is a rather uncertain career.

Luckily I really enjoy my day job in Communications. It was a good choice for me. Then I run off once or twice a year when a kindly director lets me pretend to be someone else for three weeks.

Globe theatre in London

These muffins, being full of oats and apples, tend to be my mid play snack of choice. They’re healthier than most and I kid myself that there as good as eating an apple. Then I follow them up with an entire pack of sour worm lollies. Mmmm.

I also learn lines while I bake. I used to bribe my little sister with said baked goods to sit in the kitchen while I cooked and test me. Now my dear patient boyfriend has inherited the task. Chocolate chip cookies work well on both of them.

So without further ado, let me present low fat apple oatmeal muffin!

4 large apples
1 1/2 cups plain flour
2/3 cups firmly packed brown sugar
1 cup quick oats
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 cup fat-free milk
2 tablespoons olive or canola oil
1 tablespoons vanilla extract
1 cup plain fat-free yoghurt
2 egg whites


  1. Preheat oven to 190 C. Grease a 12 cup muffin tin or line with patty cases and spray with cooking oil.
  2. Peel and grate the apples, should make around two cups worth. Blot shredded apple on paper towel to get rid of a little of the excess moisture. Set aside.
  3. Place flour, oats, brown sugar, baking powder, baking soda, salt and cinnamon in a large bowl. Mix with a whisk.
  4. Combine milk, oil, vanilla, yoghurt and egg whites. Stirring until well blended. Add wet ingredients to flour bowl, add apple and mix with a wooden spoon until just combined.
  5. Spoon into the prepared muffin tin and bake for 20-25 minutes or until a skewer comes out clean and muffins are golden. Makes 12.

Healthy? Awesomely so. One of the most delicious and moist low fat muffins I’ve ever found. 165 calories per muffin.

Gluten free? I have done this. Substitute the flour and oats with GF versions of each and it converts across really well.

Storage: They freeze well, otherwise best eaten within a couple of days.

18 Comments on Low fat apple oatmeal muffins

  1. Ginger
    14 August 2011 at 3:37 pm (7 years ago)

    First of all, you have an awesome hobby! It must be so much fun to be an actor! I’m envious! Secondly, your photos are beautiful, I love your plating! Lastly, these sound like the perfect energy snack! I look forward to making them!

    • Aimee@clevermuffin
      15 August 2011 at 9:35 am (7 years ago)

      They really are super filling, and one of the bigger muffins on this site too, worth all the effort of grating the apples!

  2. lovetotrain
    14 August 2011 at 8:53 pm (7 years ago)

    WOW these look amazing. NOthing like warm cinnamon apple porridge- I eat it all the year round, even in the humidity and insane summer heat!

    • Aimee@clevermuffin
      15 August 2011 at 9:34 am (7 years ago)

      I love porridge as well, I can’t do it in the middle of summer but one of the few things that inspire me out of bed in winter is warm porridge! I think I’ll need to some posts on them come winter time.

  3. thefooddoctor
    15 August 2011 at 9:13 am (7 years ago)

    Apples, oats and cinnamon have to be right at the top of my favorite ingredient list..MUST try these when autom comes..
    and you are really lucky to have a chance to practice your hobby and keep your work..the best of both worlds combo 🙂

    • Aimee@clevermuffin
      15 August 2011 at 9:33 am (7 years ago)

      Thanks! I think so too! Though I must admit about three weeks in to a run when i’ve been living off 6 hours sleep a night I wonder what I’m doing 🙂

  4. foodblogandthedog
    15 August 2011 at 3:54 pm (7 years ago)

    Lovely sounding muffins, grated apple moistness, delish! Your picture of the Globe makes me miss London, even at this restless time. Hope it’s all getting back to normality where you are, scary!

    • Aimee@clevermuffin
      15 August 2011 at 4:04 pm (7 years ago)

      Things have chilled out – except for the poor police who are still non-stop keeping up a high presence. I feel for them. But the globe is awesome, I’m off to another show next week!

  5. Geni - Sweet and Crumby
    15 August 2011 at 8:00 pm (7 years ago)

    I can’t believe how soft these muffins look even though they have very little fat. I can’t wait to give it a try!

  6. Kay aka Babygirl
    15 August 2011 at 8:20 pm (7 years ago)

    These apple oatmeal muffins look amazing. They remind me of oatmeal cookies for whatever reason.. but I can just imagine how decadent they would be right out of the oven. Great recipe

  7. Barefeet In The Kitchen
    15 August 2011 at 8:44 pm (7 years ago)

    Those muffins sound delicious. I liked the shot of one muffin split in half. The texture looks perfect!

  8. overtimecook
    21 August 2011 at 3:47 am (7 years ago)

    These look amazing- I absolutely love apple-cinnamon oatmeal-imagine that baked into a muffin! I’m going to have to try these.


  9. bonny85
    6 October 2011 at 7:02 pm (6 years ago)

    I am gonna try these over the weekend!!

  10. The Hook
    12 October 2011 at 12:31 am (6 years ago)

    Very cool closing pic!

  11. easybaked
    31 October 2011 at 10:10 pm (6 years ago)

    I don’t like cooked apples– but I LOVE your blog 🙂 I love your stories and your photos of life (and your recipes without cooked fruit in them!) I’m so glad I found you- your posts make me smile 🙂

  12. Lynn
    4 November 2013 at 10:11 am (4 years ago)

    made these today and oh so yummy! Used half Whole wheat flour and e wduced the sugar to half a cup. Very moist…a definite keeper!


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