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Apple Fritter Muffins

One of my favorite cookbooks in recent years is Cooking Light: Way to Cook. It’s a fabulous collection of some of their greatest recipes- and the best part about it is that they show you a visual step-by-step how to make things and different techniques, etc.  They have a new cookbook out now called Cooking Light: Way to Bake– with the same concept! Lots of step-by-step photos and instructions for different methods of baking. I tested out Apple Fritter Muffins from Way to Bake.

I know they sound evil with the whole “Apple Fritter” title and all. Apple fritters are among my most favorite evil breakfast donuts on the planet. Well, the title is a little deceiving because these aren’t like *those* apple fritters.

They’re a muffin… full of chunks of fresh apples… not deep fried or evil in any way.

And they’re topped with a sweet and simple glaze.

You can pretend like you’re eating an apple fritter (without all of those deep-fried, apple fritter calories).

I’ve included calorie and weight watcher’s point information… in case you might be headed in the direction of caring about that kind of stuff come January 1st.  Don’t expect them to taste like Apple Fritters, but they are very good, healthy apple muffins with a sweet glaze.  We didn’t have any problem gobbling them up within a couple of days.

This recipe comes from this wonderful new cookbook: Cooking Light Way to Bake.

Here’s a peek at the inside.  I don’t know about you, but I need this kind of stuff when I cook.  That’s why I love step-by-step recipe bloggers!! 🙂

The book focuses on showing you how to bake in a healthier way w/ step-by-step instructions and 150+ recipes.  There are more than 600 photos- great for us visual learners, right?

For a chance to win one of three copies of Way to Bake, leave one comment below telling me something that you’d really like to learn how to bake. Three winners will be chosen randomly via on the evening of Wednesday, Dec. 28th and will be contacted via email (please be sure to provide a valid email address). This giveaway is open to anyone with a USA mailing address. Each winner will receive one copy of the Way to Bake cookbook. This giveaway is now closed.  Randomly selected winners are commenters #5 (Beverly), #193 (Amanda) and #227 (Dee).  Congrats & thanks to all for entering!

Yield: 12 muffins

Prep Time: 15 min

Cook Time: 18 min

Apple Fritter Muffins


1 1/2 cups cake flour (6 ounces)
1/2 cup whole-wheat flour (2.38 ounces)
1/2 cup packed light brown sugar
1 tablespoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 cup vanilla almond milk or soy milk
3 tablespoons vegetable or canola oil
6 ounce carton of plain, fat- free yogurt
1 large egg
1 cup finely diced, peeled Granny Smith apple

1/4 cup powdered sugar
1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla almond milk or soy milk


1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

2. Fill a 12-cup muffin pan with paper liners. Spray them lightly with cooking spray.

3. In a medium bowl, whisk together flours, brown sugar, baking powder, cinnamon and salt. Make a well in the center of the dry ingredients.

4. Stir together vanilla milk, oil, yogurt and egg in a small bowl. Add it to the dry ingredients and stir just until moist. Gently fold in the apple chunks. Spoon about 2 tablespoons batter into each muffin cup.

5. Bake for 18 minutes, or until the muffins spring back when touched lightly in the center. Remove muffins from pans immediately and place them on a wire rack.

6. Combine glaze ingredients, stirring with a whisk until smooth. Drizzle 1/2 teaspoon glaze over each muffin. Serve warm.


*Why use cake flour? It produces a lighter, fluffier muffin with a tender crumb. All-purpose flour won't produce the same results.
*If you have access to Saigon cinnamon, use that. It's a variety of cinnamon that has a sweet flavor and a more intense aroma.
*It's okay to substitute regular milk for the almond milk.

Nutritional Information per serving:
Serving size: 1 muffin
Calories per serving: 178
Fat per serving: 4.3g
Saturated Fat per serving: .4g
Fiber per serving: 1.2g
Protein per serving: 3.7g
Cholesterol per serving: 18mg
Carbohydrates per serving: 31.7g

WW POINTS per serving:
Points Plus Program: 5 Old Points Program: 4

Source: (Adapted from Way to Bake)


  1. postedDec 26, 2011 3:12 AM
    Laura Kaufman

    I would love to learn how to make a really great frittata

  2. postedDec 26, 2011 3:16 AM
    Averie @ Love Veggies and Yoga

    I’d really like to learn how to bake bread and not feel intimidated by it!

    Your muffins look the big apple chunks!

  3. postedDec 26, 2011 3:28 AM
    Lily B

    My “love to learn” recipe would be real Paris-style macarons!

  4. postedDec 26, 2011 3:48 AM

    Pie crust!! I do a fair job but could definitely improve!

  5. postedDec 26, 2011 3:53 AM

    I would love to learn how to bake rustic/artisan loaves of bread.

  6. postedDec 26, 2011 4:20 AM

    Challah or brioche. I’ve done most other types of breads, but I’ve yet to do these.

  7. postedDec 26, 2011 4:44 AM

    Lori, what great pictures! I jumped off my reader to come to your site as soon as I saw Apple Fritter Muffins…. how excited I was that they are LIGHT! Yay! Cannot wait to make these. That’s what I love about Cooking Light magazines and Cook Books… great dishes that are also good food choices. This book is on my wish list.

    I’d love to learn to bake “light”. I love making desserts. But this year as I get back on track with WW after too much holiday indulgence, I look forward to making them light.

  8. postedDec 26, 2011 5:09 AM
    Alicia Keen

    i would love to learn how to bake good popovers

  9. postedDec 26, 2011 5:25 AM

    I would like to get more comfortable baking breads and pie crusts.

  10. postedDec 26, 2011 5:51 AM

    Apple fritters are my favorite doughnut and it’s what I almost always pick if I’m indulging. These muffins sounds wonderful and the liners are so cute!

  11. postedDec 26, 2011 6:09 AM

    The muffins look great! I would like to make buns…fluffy whole wheat buns…help!

  12. postedDec 26, 2011 6:17 AM

    These look delicious! I’d love to learn how to make cheesecake though, I made one once and it was disastrous lol

  13. postedDec 26, 2011 6:27 AM
    Rhonda Kay

    These muffins look yummy. I would like to make whole wheat bread.

  14. postedDec 26, 2011 6:33 AM

    I love cookbooks with lots of pictures! I want to learn how to make creme brulee!

  15. postedDec 26, 2011 6:33 AM
    Tracy Meyer

    I’d really like to learn to bake healthier treats like this for my family. I’ve been gradually switching them to as much whole grain and simple foods as I can!

  16. postedDec 26, 2011 6:52 AM
    Cheryl R

    Pie crust – or anything that you roll out.

  17. postedDec 26, 2011 7:05 AM

    I would like to learn to make prune tarts but I hear it is a lot of work.

  18. postedDec 26, 2011 7:18 AM

    I would start with the apple fritter muffins! They look wonderful!

  19. postedDec 26, 2011 7:22 AM
    Wendy Zachariewicz

    I always wanted to learn how to make bread and those muffins look delicious as well. I have a lot of apples so I will be making those over Christmas break ( I work for a school system). I would love to win one of those cookbooks!

  20. postedDec 26, 2011 7:22 AM

    I like to learn how to bake a perfect challah.

  21. postedDec 26, 2011 7:24 AM

    I’ve always wanted to try to make a pumpkin roll – they scare the heck out of me!

  22. postedDec 26, 2011 7:32 AM

    I’d like to learn how to bake a pie–for some reason I’m too scared to attempt it!

  23. postedDec 26, 2011 7:49 AM

    i’d lovee to learn how to bake a cheesecake! never done it before….

  24. postedDec 26, 2011 7:52 AM
    Julie Cendejas

    I’ve always wanted to learn to bake bread – yeast is always scary to me for some strange reason.
    LOVE the looks of these muffins – I love ANY apple type of dessert!

  25. postedDec 26, 2011 8:05 AM

    I have a bit of a muffin obsession, and I think I need to add these to my list! I would love to learn how to make macarons – I think I’m going to attempt them this weekend!!

  26. postedDec 26, 2011 8:12 AM

    cheesecake (waterbth and all) HANDS DOWN!!!!

  27. postedDec 26, 2011 8:20 AM

    hmm, i’d love love love to learn how to make pannetone because it looks gorgeous and it’s yummy and calorie-ful whee.

  28. postedDec 26, 2011 8:50 AM

    My husband just had a mild heart attack and I need to learn how to cook healthier – but favorful meals.

  29. postedDec 26, 2011 9:12 AM

    I would love to learn how to make souffle. My husband and I had some for our anniversary in November and it was sooo tasty!

  30. postedDec 26, 2011 9:15 AM

    I’d love to learn how to make a traditional Buche de Noël with meringue mushrooms. Maybe one day I will be adventurous enough!

  31. postedDec 26, 2011 10:28 AM

    I would love to learn to bake Croissants!

  32. postedDec 26, 2011 10:45 AM
    Angel Gladden

    I would love to get better at baking sourdough bread — that stinkin’ starter always gets me!

  33. postedDec 26, 2011 11:00 AM

    I would love to learn to bake a healthy version of carrot cake. It would put a smile on my face & I am pretty sure my boyfriend would appreciate it as well!

  34. postedDec 26, 2011 11:10 AM

    I would like recipes for different types of pies!

  35. postedDec 26, 2011 11:18 AM

    I’m unable to make any of my baked goods look pretty. I can’t make a pretty pie crust or decorate a cake. I’d love to get better at that.

  36. postedDec 26, 2011 11:21 AM

    I would love to learn to make brioche! It’s just so yummy!

  37. postedDec 26, 2011 11:23 AM
    Jamie W

    i’d love to learn how to make a beautiful, lightened up, and delicious apple pie!

  38. postedDec 26, 2011 11:48 AM
    Patti Z

    I love to bake but have never been successful at layer cakes. I’d love to bake beautiful layer cakes.

  39. postedDec 26, 2011 12:04 PM
    Heidi Diller

    I would love- love- love to know how to make my own pretzels. You know, those type you need all the willpower in the world to walk by in the mall. But can you “health em up” for the New Year? Varieties like whole wheat or even sourdough would be great!

  40. postedDec 26, 2011 12:35 PM

    I would love to learn how to bake anything Red Velvet for my boyfriend! It’s his favorite flavor!!!

  41. postedDec 26, 2011 12:35 PM
    Kristi DuBay

    I would love to learn to bake a really pretty lattice top pie because mine always end up stained from the berries.

  42. postedDec 26, 2011 12:39 PM

    would love to figure out how to make a souffle.

  43. postedDec 26, 2011 12:42 PM

    love cookbooks with detailed how to pictures!

  44. postedDec 26, 2011 12:42 PM

    Yum! Definitely trying these. I want to learn to bake scones!

  45. postedDec 26, 2011 12:43 PM

    I would like to learn how to make macaroons – they look so delicious!

  46. postedDec 26, 2011 12:43 PM

    I love to bake, but have never made a great pumpernickel (spelling?) bread1

  47. postedDec 26, 2011 12:45 PM

    Looks yummy! Def on my “to bake” list:)

  48. postedDec 26, 2011 12:50 PM

    My all time favorite are croissants. One of these days I will find the time and patience to bake them 🙂

  49. postedDec 26, 2011 12:51 PM

    I’d like to be able to make bread more often…but I’m a little scared of using yeast!

  50. postedDec 26, 2011 12:51 PM

    You know, it would be great to bake anything without a mix. I’m a simple woman, but I’d like to bake healthier, if anything.

  51. postedDec 26, 2011 12:51 PM

    This would be an awesome addition to my cookbook collection! Plus trying to find healthy good tasting recipes for my husband who has to eat low fat low sodium is difficult!

  52. postedDec 26, 2011 12:53 PM

    I want to perfect my cakes for my kids’ birthdays!!

  53. postedDec 26, 2011 12:53 PM

    I would love to bake healthy treats apple frittas look so good and only 4 ww points

  54. postedDec 26, 2011 12:57 PM

    I would love to learn more about easy healthy recipes.

  55. postedDec 26, 2011 1:00 PM

    Yum! I would love to learn to bake almost anything yummy and “light”!

  56. postedDec 26, 2011 1:02 PM

    I would really like to get better at baking yeast breads. My past few attempts have been flops.

  57. postedDec 26, 2011 1:08 PM
    Linda H

    Whole wheat bread — from grinding the wheat to making something that isn’t a brick. AND — how to do it at a high altitude.

  58. postedDec 26, 2011 1:08 PM

    These muffins look delicious! I’m going to have to try them soon!
    I would love to bake a perfect looking (and tasting) cheesecake.

  59. postedDec 26, 2011 1:09 PM

    I’d love to learn to bake tarts. Somehoe is it something I just haven’t attempted, but I LOVE the lemon tart at La Maddeline.
    The apple fritters look great. They are on my list of breakfasts for the week. I have some apples I need to use. Thanks!

  60. postedDec 26, 2011 1:15 PM
    Beth H

    I would love to learn to make a healthy, wheat pie crust. I’ve never tried, but am getting close to attempting it. I make a chicken pot pie, and would love a healthier crust for it.

  61. postedDec 26, 2011 1:15 PM
    Pam Dunlap

    Will be making these soon!!

  62. postedDec 26, 2011 1:19 PM
    Becky H

    I would like to learn how to make cinnamon rolls!

  63. postedDec 26, 2011 1:21 PM

    I would love to learn how to make and bake homemade puff pastry and Italian Panettone.

  64. postedDec 26, 2011 1:27 PM

    These look delicious! My husband loves apple pie but has promised to eat healthier as of Jan. 1. This looks like a great option!

  65. postedDec 26, 2011 1:35 PM
    Danielle D.

    Id love to learn how to make sourdough bread.

  66. postedDec 26, 2011 1:44 PM

    I want to learn how to make a cheesecake.

  67. postedDec 26, 2011 1:53 PM
    KJ in IA

    I would love to learn a lighter way to cheesecake.

  68. postedDec 26, 2011 1:57 PM

    I would like to learn how to bake breads!

  69. postedDec 26, 2011 2:27 PM
    Melissa C.

    I would love to learn how to make an amazingly rich chocolate mouse.

  70. postedDec 26, 2011 2:30 PM

    Ooh one of my favorite things ever used to be apple fritters! Until I discovered blueberry fritters… but I could be brought back to the fold with this one!

  71. postedDec 26, 2011 2:30 PM
    Paula Ramsay

    Those fritters look amazing and i will definitely be trying those! But I really want to learn to bake pies with the perfect pie crust. I’m a pretty decent baker, but pies intimidate me, so I totally avoid them!!! So sad!

  72. postedDec 26, 2011 2:45 PM
    Noreen Rak

    Great site! I love apple fritters so I plan on trying your recipe. Thanks for Sharing!

  73. postedDec 26, 2011 2:47 PM

    I love that this recipe won’t break the diet-bank… but still looks delicious! I need a cookbook that will allow me to bake some tasty, but healthy items! Thanks for the awesome giveaway

  74. postedDec 26, 2011 2:48 PM

    I would love to know how to make a few things one of them being a pie. I have a custard pie in specific in mind.

  75. postedDec 26, 2011 2:50 PM
    Noreen Rak

    Thank you again for scrumptious recipes! I would love to learn how to make caraway seed (dark or regular) rye bread. I seem to have a problem searching or deciding on what to put in it, so I would love it if you could help! Thanks!

  76. postedDec 26, 2011 2:53 PM

    I love apple fritters!! can’t wait to try this recipe! Thanks for sharing.

  77. postedDec 26, 2011 3:03 PM
    Patricia Pinkston

    Pies! I bake cakes and cookies, but have never mastered pie crust.

  78. postedDec 26, 2011 3:25 PM

    Cooking Light is my favorite magazine. Silly me I did’t think of looking for cookbooks by them. My hubby was just diagnosed with pre diabetes and I would love to learn how to bake without all the sugars.

  79. postedDec 26, 2011 3:31 PM

    I would love to learn how to make a healthy version of a cinnamon bun! Thanks!

  80. postedDec 26, 2011 3:35 PM
    Alice Terner

    I can’t wait to get home from our holiday travels so I can start to bake the apple muffins! I really appreciate the WW points information in the recipe. I am looking forward to a low sugar (Splenda is ok) and high protein cookie or bar cookie for my grandchildren with GSD (glycogen storage disease)
    Alice T

  81. postedDec 26, 2011 3:47 PM

    I’d love to learn how to bake stuff with puff pastry or phyllo dough. I have tried each one and didn’t have great success, so I’d love to find some great go-to recipes that use them!

  82. postedDec 26, 2011 3:52 PM

    I’d like to learn how to make a really good pound cake without having to whip and fold egg whites. Thank you Lori

  83. postedDec 26, 2011 3:56 PM
    Corey Crist

    I have been looking for a long time for a recipe for the Danish Butter cookies, like the ones sold in a tin at Christmas time. I came the closest this year, but still not there yet…I would love some help with this!!!!

  84. postedDec 26, 2011 5:02 PM

    I’d love to learn how to bake ethnic breads from all over Latin America

  85. postedDec 26, 2011 5:17 PM

    I would love to bake a Red Velvet cake, I bake cakes all the time but have never baked a Red Velvet cake!

  86. postedDec 26, 2011 5:21 PM
    dorothy mora

    apple fritters are one of those treats that call my name when i lose my ability to reason with myself- look forward to trying these!
    would like to learn how to use phyllo dough and to make a delicious but less caloric pound cake 🙂

  87. postedDec 26, 2011 5:32 PM

    I love cooking light, and I can’t wait to try these muffins!

  88. postedDec 26, 2011 5:40 PM

    Bread…I’ve done a couple loaves but I’m still intimidated!

  89. postedDec 26, 2011 6:01 PM

    I would love to learn how to bake breads and a cherry pie from scratch.

  90. postedDec 26, 2011 6:07 PM
    Donna Winans

    I would really like to learn how to bake Linzer Tart cookies!

  91. postedDec 26, 2011 6:15 PM

    I would really like to know how to make pies. Since mom can no longer make then I need to make them.

  92. postedDec 26, 2011 6:27 PM

    Love the magazine. So I know I would love the cookbook !!

  93. postedDec 26, 2011 6:34 PM
    Sue Pagano

    I would like to learn how to bake lighter and healthier baked goods….

  94. postedDec 26, 2011 6:37 PM
    Beatriz Bailey

    I’d love to bake all healthy treats – for our health, but also for our daughters. Teaching them to cook and bake “the healthy way” while still enjoying your meals and treats sounds wonderful. I have the CL way to cook, would love the bake one too 🙂

  95. postedDec 26, 2011 6:48 PM

    I really really want to learn how to make bread. I love freshed baked bread over store bought. I just had some over the holidays that my aunt made and I decided that homemade bread is better than store bought. It doesn’t have that processed taste and it was delicious.

  96. postedDec 26, 2011 6:55 PM
    Susan B

    I would love to learn how to make yeast breads (w/o my machine) and pie crusts. Those have always intimidated me.

  97. postedDec 26, 2011 7:18 PM

    I would love to learn to bake Ciabatta loaves.

  98. postedDec 26, 2011 7:20 PM

    I’ve never made biscotti-would like to try.

  99. postedDec 26, 2011 7:35 PM

    Would love to learn to make scones!

  100. postedDec 26, 2011 7:42 PM

    Omg those look delish!!! I would love to win that cookbook, i enjoy baking and knowing its healthier is even better!!

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