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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)

236 Responses to “Apple Fritter Muffins”

  1. postedDec 26, 2011 7:47 PM

    Thanks so much for sharing. Can’t wait to try them 🙂

  2. postedDec 26, 2011 8:09 PM
    Shay D.

    That cookbook looks awesome! I’d love to learn how to bake macarons and meringues.

  3. postedDec 26, 2011 8:42 PM

    I would love to learn how to make scones or biscotti

  4. postedDec 26, 2011 9:46 PM
    April was in CT now CA

    Baking bread is something I would love to be better at.

  5. postedDec 26, 2011 11:43 PM

    I’d love to lear how to make a jelly roll that doesn’t crack!
    Thanks for this recipe.

  6. postedDec 26, 2011 11:46 PM

    I’d like to master pie crust.

  7. postedDec 27, 2011 12:21 AM

    There are few if anythings that I haven’t at least made one attempt at baking, but I wish I was more comfortable with yeast products, especially the delicate pastry type breads….

  8. postedDec 27, 2011 12:39 AM

    I would love to learn how to make French Macaroons!! I’ve bought several books on just macaroons and have all the ingredients, but for some reason I can’t make that leap.

  9. postedDec 27, 2011 1:38 AM

    I still have not mastered pie crust!!

  10. postedDec 27, 2011 2:33 AM

    I’d like to learn how to bake a really good cheesecake.

  11. postedDec 27, 2011 2:51 AM

    I would love to be able to make light fluffy parker house rolls. My grandmother was a master at it.

  12. postedDec 27, 2011 3:30 AM

    I would love to learn how to bake better yeast breads.

  13. postedDec 27, 2011 3:49 AM

    I am going to bake these apple muffins…they sound great…would like to learn to make croisants (sp)…. an easy way from scratch

  14. postedDec 27, 2011 4:00 AM
    Lauren at Keep It Sweet

    I can’t believe these are cooking light, they sound amazing! I’d love to make pizza dough.

  15. postedDec 27, 2011 4:02 AM

    I am afraid of yeast!!! So I’d love to learn how to bake bread without being afraid.

  16. postedDec 27, 2011 4:14 AM
    Susan G

    I love to bake and this looks like a great recipe and wonderful cookbook. We’re starting to face a variety of minor health issues as we all get older here at home, so learning how to cook “healthier” is definitely something I’m interested in doing.

  17. postedDec 27, 2011 4:19 AM
    Kelly Schaefer

    I would like to learn how to knead and make bread or a pie crust! Many thanks! Kelly

  18. postedDec 27, 2011 4:29 AM

    I would like to try making some yeast breads.

  19. postedDec 27, 2011 4:50 AM
    Dianne Nanney

    I consider myself a competent cook and I enjoy eating! The past year I am learning how to eat responsibly: healthier! This cookbook sounds like an awesome educational tool:) HAPPY NEW YAR!

  20. postedDec 27, 2011 5:15 AM

    I would LOVE to learn how to make lightened versions of all my sweets!!

  21. postedDec 27, 2011 5:17 AM

    Love to bake, searching for recipes that are healthier but still TASTY

  22. postedDec 27, 2011 5:41 AM

    I would love to make a cheesecake. I love to bake but never attempted that one.

  23. postedDec 27, 2011 5:44 AM

    I would love to learn how to make a souffle. I’ve always been afraid to try. Beyond that, lighter versions of baked goods would be wonderful!

  24. postedDec 27, 2011 5:46 AM

    I would love to learn how to bake bread and pies. YUM!

  25. postedDec 27, 2011 5:47 AM

    I would love to learn how to make cinnamon rolls with the filling staying IN the roll…my filling always floods out during baking. A close second would be learning how to make yeast breads, I just can’t seem to get it! My yeast rolls always end up like hockey pucks! :(.
    Thank you for the opportunity! I love Cooking Light magazine, didn’t know about these cookbooks!
    Happy New Year!

  26. postedDec 27, 2011 6:04 AM

    I love to learn how to make and bake brioche.

  27. postedDec 27, 2011 6:12 AM
    Cindy Reed

    I thoroughly enjoy your site. My request… Homemade light, buttery and FLAKEY biscuits! I am prepared to break up my long-term partnership with the little dough boy. 🙂

  28. postedDec 27, 2011 6:22 AM
    Amy S.

    I’d love to learn the tricks of sourdough bread!

  29. postedDec 27, 2011 6:23 AM
    Andrea Holloman

    I would like to be able to bake healthy, homemade brownies that don’t turn out like hockey pucks!

  30. postedDec 27, 2011 6:28 AM

    I would like to learn how to make pie homemade crust and all. I found a pie pan on sale this weekend and want to use it!

  31. postedDec 27, 2011 6:37 AM
    Kristin J.

    I would like to learn to bake sourdough bread. It’s my favorite and I’ve never attempted it.

  32. postedDec 27, 2011 6:38 AM
    Mary Anne Perlmutter

    I want to know how to make a whole wheat pizza crust that is soft and tender. I love Cooking Light Cook Books. I would love to add this to my collection. Happy New Year!

  33. postedDec 27, 2011 6:40 AM

    So, I guess it doesn’t really go with the “Cooking Light” theme, but I sure would love to learn to bake those awesome chocolate molten lava cakes where the sinfully delicious chocolate oozes from the center… Mmmmmm! 🙂

  34. postedDec 27, 2011 6:41 AM
    Carol Sharp

    Povotica is an old Italian style cinnamon/date bread. I’ve read where it is found in other countries as well, sometimes spelled a little different but basically the same recipe. I tried it once and it was delicious – but it took all day to make. I’d like to make this bread more often but rarely find a full day to invest. It can also be filled with dried fruit and other favorite ingredients.

  35. postedDec 27, 2011 6:58 AM

    Anything that says pastry but is light. I have a sweet tooth

  36. postedDec 27, 2011 6:58 AM

    I would like to learn how to make bread EASILY 🙂

  37. postedDec 27, 2011 6:58 AM
    Cristina F.

    I would really love to learn to bake a homemade apple pie! If there’s a healthier version of it, so much the better!!

  38. postedDec 27, 2011 6:59 AM

    These look exceptional. Both of my parents (in their 60s) have decided to go on a diet and let this novice chef (me) help them. I would love to learn how to tweak their favorite recipes to make them healthier and or create new favorties for them. Thanks!

  39. postedDec 27, 2011 7:06 AM
    Sharon Victor

    I have always wanted to bake biscotti and orange or cimmamon rolls

  40. postedDec 27, 2011 7:13 AM

    I would love to learn not one recipe, but a full themed menu especially for Valentines Day of light but luscious recipes.

  41. postedDec 27, 2011 7:14 AM

    I would love to learn how to make low calorie bread, cookies and cake. I have 100 pounds to lose.

  42. postedDec 27, 2011 7:18 AM
    Judy White

    I’d love to find a recipe for a light version of red velvet cake — the Waldorf Astoria version, not the southern version with cream cheese frosting. This one has the light & fluffy version of frosting. My family’s favoriite!!

  43. postedDec 27, 2011 7:21 AM

    I am just beginning to test out my baking skills! I have made some of your dinner rolls for Thanksgiving and they were a hit! I would love to move on to some of the trickier breads!

  44. postedDec 27, 2011 7:44 AM
    Kim (@zurichnee)

    Oh, I love the look of that book – how to pictures are great! I’d like to learn how to make homemade bagels, croissants and I’ve never tried a Red Velvet Cake, so would love to give that a go too!

  45. postedDec 27, 2011 8:06 AM

    I want to try my hand at yeast rolls.

  46. postedDec 27, 2011 8:11 AM

    I would love to learn how to bake a cake from
    Scratch and decorate it!!!

  47. postedDec 27, 2011 8:11 AM

    I would love to learn how to bake homemade pretzels. I love them.

  48. postedDec 27, 2011 8:14 AM

    I could use some help with pie crusts!

  49. postedDec 27, 2011 8:17 AM

    It appears that baking bread might the hands-down most requested “I’d like to try…..” I would have to agree that thinking of baking yeast bread makes me want to stay far away from the kitchen! I would love to have a picture directory on how to make a perfect loaf of bread!

  50. postedDec 27, 2011 8:27 AM

    Oh, I’d love to learn how to bake an old-fashioned, by scratch, chocolate layer cake that taste like my Granny’s. And with that decadent frosting that almost tastes like fudge. Yummmm. Sigh. Sorry, I lost in a choco-induced haze of memories….

  51. postedDec 27, 2011 8:30 AM
    Ashley Palmer

    I would LOVE to learn how to make my grandmother’s yeast rolls. She doesn’t have a recipe though, so I don’t know if that will happen 🙁

    I would also love to learn how to make a real cheesecake for my husband- his all-time favorite!

  52. postedDec 27, 2011 8:47 AM

    I had never had success at making bread – that’s what I would like to know how to do well!

  53. postedDec 27, 2011 8:49 AM

    These muffins look great and sound amazing!! Who doesn’t love an apple fritter?

  54. postedDec 27, 2011 8:58 AM
    Lori Hensley

    I would love to learn how to bake healthier things for my family.

  55. postedDec 27, 2011 8:59 AM

    Pie crusts! Mine never turn out. Many a pie crust thrown out and a Pillsbury one used instead.

  56. postedDec 27, 2011 9:02 AM

    I’d really like to learn some really good muffin recipes. I have a hard time finding muffins that aren’t dry and bland!

  57. postedDec 27, 2011 9:15 AM

    I’d like to learn how to bake rye bread

  58. postedDec 27, 2011 9:19 AM

    I would love to learn how to bake an apple pie.

  59. postedDec 27, 2011 9:26 AM

    Muffins – it’s so hard to find a good recipe that’s tender and moist but not on the verge of being a cupcake.

  60. postedDec 27, 2011 9:36 AM

    Chocolate Babka! I’ve tried, but the dough always turns to goo because my kitchen is too warm 🙁

  61. postedDec 27, 2011 9:50 AM
    Sue Ames

    I have a big problem with making pie crusts from scratch that iare tender and tasty as well as having them not soggy.

  62. postedDec 27, 2011 9:54 AM

    I’d love to learn to bake brownies that are not from a box, are yummy, and relatively healthy… This looks like a great cookbook, thanks for hosting the giveaway!!! 🙂

  63. postedDec 27, 2011 10:34 AM

    I would really like to learn how to bake great pies!

  64. postedDec 27, 2011 11:01 AM

    Hi, Lori – I am working on 31 days of healthy recipes for January (after a pretty crazy month full of sugar, butter, wine, etc.) and I think this one will be on my list! Thanks for sharing and for the beautiful pictures!

  65. postedDec 27, 2011 11:02 AM
    Kathy M.

    I woud like to learn to make shortbread cookies!

  66. postedDec 27, 2011 11:20 AM
    Carol P.

    Pie crusts!! I can’t make a pie crust worth a darn.

  67. postedDec 27, 2011 11:36 AM

    Homemade bread! I’ve made a few things with yeast, but I haven’t attempted a loaf of bread.

  68. postedDec 27, 2011 12:05 PM
    Kim W.

    I’d like to make a Pavlova!

  69. postedDec 27, 2011 12:09 PM
    Debbie Caraballo

    I also would love to be able to make a perfect pie crust! Just to say that I can…lol. And would love to win one of these awesome cookbooks….the muffins look heavenly!

  70. postedDec 27, 2011 12:33 PM

    I would love to learn how to make a cheesecake… I haven’t attempted to make one yet because I’m so intimidated!

  71. postedDec 27, 2011 12:40 PM
    Mary S

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

  72. postedDec 27, 2011 12:44 PM

    Homemade croissants! I tried them once to no avail.

  73. postedDec 27, 2011 1:48 PM

    I’d love to learn how to bake crusty, sourdough bread!

  74. postedDec 27, 2011 1:59 PM

    I’d like to learn more about bread baking. Just your average loaf of soft sandwich bread costs an arm and a leg out here on my island these days. It would be great to have my own fresh bread more often.

  75. postedDec 27, 2011 2:03 PM

    I would really like to learn to bake bread. Good crusty french bread.

  76. postedDec 27, 2011 2:24 PM

    I am a bread lover, therefore I would love to make yummy breads! I woukld be in hog heaven in my kitchen creating! Thanks!

  77. postedDec 27, 2011 2:47 PM


  78. postedDec 27, 2011 2:50 PM

    I would love to learn to make a light and luscious Valentine’s Day theme menu!

  79. postedDec 27, 2011 3:44 PM
    courtney flud

    i love how to teaches you to cook things you Love but healthier !! thats very important to me i have a husband with a heart condition so cutting out as much fat and sugar from the things i make for our family is very important to us. i love baking and anyway i can continue to do that and have him enjoy it too would be great 🙂

  80. postedDec 27, 2011 4:18 PM

    I would love to begin baking sourdough bread in 2012! We love to eat it but I’ve always thought it was really difficult….

    Thanks for the opportunity to win the Cooking Light cookbook! Really enjoy the magazine…I’ve subscribed for years. 🙂

  81. postedDec 27, 2011 4:27 PM

    I love to bake and I am addicted to cookbooks 🙂

  82. postedDec 27, 2011 4:44 PM

    I have two cooking goals for 2012– one is to learn how to make a pie crust without having a meltdown, and the second one is to get better at making sauces.

  83. postedDec 27, 2011 5:01 PM

    I would really like to learn how to bake macarons…I hear they can be difficult, so I’ve been a little afraid to attempt them. I don’t like failures in the kitchen! But I need to work up the courage and try it!

  84. postedDec 27, 2011 5:21 PM

    Yum, these look great and perfect after a month of eating holiday meals. I’m a terrible baker, so would love to learn how to bake a wonderful fruit tart just in time for spring. Obviously, I’m completely ready to skip winter!

  85. postedDec 27, 2011 5:21 PM
    Dee in Idaho

    Please enter me for the cookbook giveaway!

  86. postedDec 27, 2011 5:26 PM
    Sara Burnette

    I would love to learn how to bake healthy breads!

  87. postedDec 27, 2011 5:43 PM

    Dang, I’m too late for the giveaway, but these muffins will probably be a great consolation prize! I ADORE apple fritters, they are my weak spot, for sure!!

  88. postedDec 27, 2011 6:28 PM

    I would like to know how to bake artisan breads.

  89. postedDec 27, 2011 7:25 PM

    Great healthy twist to regular apple fritters. Need to make some. Soon 🙂

  90. postedDec 27, 2011 7:30 PM

    Those look yummy! I would love to win the cookbook!

  91. postedDec 27, 2011 7:32 PM

    I would love to learn to bake healthy treats for my family!

  92. postedDec 27, 2011 8:17 PM

    Love your site, and these look wonderful! I love any kind of baking, but pie crust is where I lack (I end up relying on store-bought.)

  93. postedDec 27, 2011 9:33 PM

    I’d like to learn how to make somewhat healthier donuts. Got a donut pan for Christmas and a mini donut maker! Can’t wait to try them out.

  94. postedDec 27, 2011 10:44 PM

    I would like to learn how to bake with yeast.

  95. postedDec 28, 2011 2:35 AM
    Kim K.

    I tackled macarons in 2011 so next year it’s going to be croissants.

  96. postedDec 28, 2011 4:00 AM

    I love this recipe! The cookbook looks great too. I want to learn how to make a perfect souffle

  97. postedDec 28, 2011 4:18 AM
    Tracey A

    I have never made biscotti before, the real way. What a great book!

  98. postedDec 28, 2011 4:55 AM

    I also love apple fritters! Will have to hang on to this recipe. I would love to learn how to bake a chocolate pie (with meringue). Haven’t even tried it yet but would love to find a good recipe for it. My Mother-in-law makes a mean chocolate pie and I am looking for my own recipe because my husband already has in his mind that anyone else can not possibly make his Moms’ recipe as good as her. Would love to be one of the chosen few!! :o)

  99. postedDec 28, 2011 5:59 AM

    These look so delicious..we love the apple fritters @ The Apple Barn in Pigeon Forge. Can’t wait to try these!

  100. postedDec 28, 2011 6:17 AM
    Dawn P

    I would love to learn how to make pies with homemade pie crusts. (Rather than the frozen pie crusts I always resort to now because I’m too intimidated by the idea of making my own!)

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