March 11, 2013

Spiced Whole Wheat Raisin Bran Muffins with Apple Walnut Struesel Topping (Low Fat)

I know these might sound slightly intricate and a tad complicated but believe me these muffins are easy to make and you definitely will not burn a hole in your pocket shopping for the ingredients. You can actually use your everyday Raisin Bran cereal as the main ingredient; now doesn't that sound interesting - Eating one of the most healthy cereals in the form of a gourmet muffin?  

When I first came across this recipe I knew this was right down my alley, making for the perfect, easy and healthy "Grab'n go weekday breakfast muffin" for the busy mornings. I did modify the recipe quite a bit though, substituting yogurt for applesauce, slightly increasing the oil content as I felt the original recipe yielded a rather dry muffin; and of course added some flair, by finishing it with a Streusel topping. Believe me - I have tried and tested this recipe quite a few times now in order to attain the perfect balance between being healthy and delicious- Hope you become a fan too!! 

Partially adapted from here

1-1/2 Cup - Wheat flour 
1/2 Cup - Brown sugar 
1 1/2 Tsp - Baking powder 
1 Tsp - Baking soda 
1 1/4 Tsp - Ground cinnamon 
1 - Egg 
1 Cup - Fat-free milk 
1/3 Cup - Fat free yogurt OR Applesauce
¼ Cup - Oil 
1-1/2 Cups - Raisin Bran Cereal 
1  - Apple, finely chopped (about 1 cup) 
¼ Cup – Raisins 
1/2 Cup - Walnuts, chopped  
1 Tsp - Vanilla essence 
1/2 Tsp - Salt 
1 Tbsp - Chia seeds (optional) 

Walnut apple streusel topping 
1/4 Cup - Walnuts, chopped 
1/2  Cup - Apple, chopped 
2 Tbsp  - Butter 
2 Tbsp  - All purpose flour (Maida)
1/4 Tsp - Cinnamon 

  • Preheat oven to 425°F.  
  • Mix wheat flour, sugar,salt, baking powder and cinnamon in large bowl and set aside.  
  • Beat egg, milk, yogurt, vanilla and oil in small bowl with wire whisk until well blended.  
  • Stir in cereal and Chia seeds and let stand 5 min.  
  • Add to flour mixture and stir just until moistened. (Batter will be lumpy.)  
  • Stir in apples, raisins and walnuts. 
  • Spoon batter evenly into 12 greased or paper-lined medium muffin cups and top it with the Struesel mixture 
  • Bake 16 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean.  
Notes and Tips 
  • Bake muffins as directed; cool completely. Wrap individually in plastic wrap, then place in freezer-style re-sealable plastic bags. Freeze up to 1 month. Thaw at room temperature before serving. 
  • Use an ice cream scoop to scoop the batter into the muffin cups. 
  • I used organic apple and hence I did not peal the apples
  • You can either use yogurt or applesauce in this recipe - Both will work just fine


  1. Loved the light in the first picture. The closeup view sure makes the muffin appealing.

  2. looks really healthy... glad to have found your blog!!! :)

  3. Lovely presentation. Perfect texture

  4. Picture(s) Perfect...lusting to bite them Shema,

    do visit my space in leisure.


  5. looks perfect and done nicely.. This looks great

  6. Healthy and delicious muffins! I love your presentation too. :)

  7. Awesome job Shema...Pictures, recipe everything looks perfect! Keep going!


  8. I love these kind of muffins, very healthy and tasty. My dream is to wake up in the morning and smell fresh baked goodies-)) Love to have them for my breakfast on a weekend with a cup of coffee. Thank you for the recipe! The pictures are very beautiful as usual!

  9. wow this is a wholesome and healthy muffin....gr8 job.....awesome dear....beautiful pics too....perfect in everyway...bookmarked it to try... :)

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  10. Delicious! Those healthy muffins must taste really great.



  11. stunning pics and the muffins looks swell :)

  12. Low Fat - is a must!! tasty and healthy - how you can go wrong with it! I love your photo. Just wish to have that breakfast:)) It looks like I am going to make this breakfast for my hub!!!


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