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Apricot Muffins

This image courtesy of Joseph DeLeo

A tasty breakfast or snack. Other dried fruit can be substituted for the apricots, as well as other fresh fruit such as bananas or papaya. The bran included increases the insoluble, fiber content. For a low fiber version use all-purpose flour instead of whole wheat flour.

Makes12 medium muffins

Cooking MethodBaking

CostInexpensive

Easy

Total Timeunder 1 hour

Recipe CourseMain Course, Snack

Dietary ConsiderationHalal, Kosher, Peanut Free, Soy Free, Tree Nut Free, Vegetarian

MealBreakfast, Snack

Taste and TextureChewy, Fruity, Nutty

Type of DishBread, Muffins, Quickbreads

Ingredients

  • 5 tablespoons sunflower oil, plus extra for greasing
  • 2 medium eggs
  • ¾ cup superfine sugar
  • 2/3 cup low-fat plain yogurt
  • 1 heaping cup whole wheat or all-purpose flour, sifted
  • 1 cup bran
  • 1 heaping teaspoon baking powder
  • Pinch of baking soda (optional)
  • ½ cup dried apricots, chopped
  • Pinch of ground ginger and/or cinnamon
  • 2 tablespoons chopped roasted nuts, such as almonds or hazelnuts

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 375°F. Grease 12 muffin molds with sunflower oil.

  2. Whisk the eggs and sugar together until they double in volume or form a ribbon consistency.

  3. Add the sunflower oil, yogurt, sifted flour, bran, baking powder, baking soda, if using, chopped apricots, ginger and/or cinnamon, and half the nuts. Fold the mixture gently until just incorporated (do not beat) and spoon into the muffin molds, so that it is just level with the top. Scatter over the remaining nuts.

  4. Bake in the oven for about 15 minutes until the mixture is just firm and golden brown. Allow to rest in the molds for 5 minutes. Then turn out on to a wire rack to cool, or eat right away.

  5. 2g saturated fat, 0.12g sodium

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These are wonderfully moist and tasty. I'd like to try making these with papaya sometime, since that's another fruit I enjoy. These are perfect with a cup of tea or coffee. I've also quartered the muffins and served them as a dessert with a scoop of vanilla ice cream in the center. It's a great and easy muffin to make.

Hi Edmund - That is such a great tip about turning this muffin into an easy dessert. Love that idea! Thank you for sharing.

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