Apple & Special K Granola Muffins

Saturday, February 6, 2010

Apple Granola Muffins with Special K Granola

As part of the FoodBuzz Featured Publisher program, I get offers of free product to try. With a few clicks on the mouse, something edible is sent to me in the mail. I'll take it.

I received Special K Low-Fat Granola and Special K Fruit Crisps.

Apple Granola Muffins with Special K Granola
I decided to adapt an Everyday Food recipe and put this granola in a muffin.

Apple Granola Muffins with Special K Granola
The Special K Low-Fat Granola has, I feel, a long list of ingredients and lots of sweeteners which include (in order): Whole grain oats, sugar, corn syrup, oat bran, rice, honey, soluble wheat fiber, modified corn starch, soy grits, molasses, corn flour, natural flavor, salt, acacia gum, soy protein isolate, oat fiber, evaporated cane juice, malt flavoring, high fructose corn syrup...[and vitamins].

I also made a yogurt parfait with blueberries and granola. The cereal provided a nice crunch. I also had it in soy milk and it was yummy. I usually make my own granola (oats, nuts, dried fruit and a touch of maple syrup) so I'm not sure I would buy this product.

Apple Granola Muffins with Special K Granola Apple Granola Muffins with Special K Granola
The original Everyday Food recipe calls for pears but I subbed shredded apple. I also subbed the low-fat yogurt with non-fat Greek yogurt.

For the topping, I just put straight Special K Granola on top (the recipe has a crumble mixture you can make instead).

Apple Granola Muffins with Special K Granola

The muffin tasted like a Muffin. Not a mini-cake. But a muffin. The granola provided a nice crunch and made the topping very easy to make. By the way, here is my Homemade Granola recipe.

Apple & Special K Granola Muffins
Adapted from the Pear & Granola Muffin by Everyday Food

Click here for the printable recipe

1 cup all-purpose flour
3/4 cup whole-wheat flour (I didn't have any wheat flour and used all AP flour. I would like to try it with whole-wheat)
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
2 large eggs
3/4 cup packed light-brown sugar
1/2 cup plain low-fat yogurt (I used non-fat Greek yogurt because I had it on hand)
2 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
3/4 cup granola (I used the Special K Low Fat Granola)
2 cups shredded apple, with skin on (I used Fuji apples)

3/4 cup granola
(See the Everyday Food recipe for alternative topping)

1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Spray or place paper liners in a 12-cup standard muffin tin.
2. In a large bowl, whisk together flours, baking powder, salt, and cinnamon.
3. In a separate bowl, whisk together eggs, brown sugar, yogurt, and butter. Make a well in the center of flour mixture. Add egg mixture to well, and mix in flour mixture until just combined. Gently fold in the granola and shredded apple.
4. Fill each cup 3/4 full. Sprinkle with granola. Bake until a toothpick inserted in the center of a muffin comes out clean, about 20 minutes. Cool 5 minutes before removing from tin. Serve warm or at room temperature.

FTC Disclosure: I received two products free from Special K. No payment was made for this post. The opinions expressed are my own.
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Federica Simoni said... [Reply to comment]

splendidi questi muffin! è sempre un piacere passare nel tuo blog!! ciao!

Snooky doodle said... [Reply to comment]

yummy these look so good! I won t mind waking up for having these for breakfast :)

Chef Aimee said... [Reply to comment]

What a fantastic recipe using all of the ingredients!

CAHİDE said... [Reply to comment]

Süper bir lezzet bu ya!

Patricia @ ButterYum said... [Reply to comment]

Looks yummy and sounds healthy. What could be better!!


Sook said... [Reply to comment]

Oh what a great recipe! These would be a perfect breakfast or a snack.

SKIP TO MALOU said... [Reply to comment]

I would love to munch these muffins anytime of the day!

Deeba PAB said... [Reply to comment]

I like that it is a muffin that's a muffin, not a cake. Looks very delish Mary!

Unknown said... [Reply to comment]

Great idea Mary! I've been trying to figure out what to use my granola for and I think you've got a winner here!

Barbara Bakes said... [Reply to comment]

The muffins look tasty! I've seen this advertised and wondered how it tasted. Good way to use it since muffins need a fair amount of sugar any way.

Anonymous said... [Reply to comment]

Oh.. nothing better than healthy muffins for brekkie...Well done, love the recipe too = )

Esi said... [Reply to comment]

You're amazing. I get my sample and the only thing I can think to do is top Greek yogurt with the granola. These muffins looks so good!!

Nutmeg Nanny said... [Reply to comment]

This is perfect breakfast food! I could totally use one right now :)

Daily Freebies said... [Reply to comment]

Yumm, looks amazing!!

Eliana said... [Reply to comment]

These look super delish :)

How To Eat A Cupcake said... [Reply to comment]

They look so yummy! Can I ask you something about FoodBuzz? Last year I was asked to be a featured publisher, but I turned them down because I didn't want ads on my blog. Do you find it's worth it? Do you notice more traffic on your blog since teaming up with them?

Jennifer said... [Reply to comment]

I like the idea of granola in and on top of the muffins!! yum!

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