Low Fat and Healthy Apple Chai Muffins

Servings: 12 serving(s)

Prep time: 10 minutes

Total time: 30 minutes

Cooking time: 20 minutes

apple chai muffins

If you’re aiming for healthier muffins — lower in fat and less sweet – this is a recipe you’ll enjoy.

I still have one foot firmly planted in summer but I have to admit that the other foot is dragging itself towards the first week of September and the back-to-school rush. Early mornings, lunch packing and homework. Whether you have kids in school or not, September brings us all back to some sort of routine.

apple chai muffins

Apple Chai Muffins make a great lunchbox treat.

September for me means muffins cooling on the counter, stockpiled for school lunches and after school snacks.

If you’re aiming for healthier muffins — lower in fat and less sweet – this is a recipe you’ll enjoy. Rolled oats give them lots of texture and apple keeps them moist.

Feel free to add a few chocolate chips (about 3/4 cup) if you’d like to turn them into more of a chocolate chai muffin.

apple chai muffins

Apple Chai Muffin Recipe

Makes 12 muffins

Adapted from Simple Balance


  • 1 ½ cups spelt or whole wheat flour
  • 1 ½ cups old fashioned rolled oats
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp. ginger
  • 1/4 tsp cloves
  • 1/4 tsp nutmeg
  • ½ tsp. cardamom
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1 ½ tsp. cider vinegar
  • 1 cup unsweetened applesauce
  • 1 apple, grated with peel on
  • 1/3 cup Crosby’s Fancy Molasses
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 1 tsp. vanilla



  1. Preheat oven to 400 F and prepare 12 muffin cups.
  2. In a large bowl, combine flour, oats, baking powder, baking soda, salt and spices.
  3. In a medium bowl, combine milk and cider vinegar and let sit for a few minutes. Stir in applesauce, grated apple, molasses, egg and vanilla.
  4. Add wet to dry and mix very gently.
  5. Divide mixture among 12 prepared muffin cups and bake for about 20 minutes.

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4 thoughts on “Low Fat and Healthy Apple Chai Muffins

  1. Lorraine says:

    Love this recipe. It’s a great snack that’s hearty enough to take on hikes this time of the year. And since I’m an apple fan who keeps bringing home lots of them from the farmers markets this time of the year, it’s a nice way to use them. :)
    I’ll be making them again this weekend.

    1. Lynn Purdy says:

      Lorraine, I would think that they would freeze well, also. Make a couple of batches and freeze them individually so that you may take them out of the freezer, one at a time.

  2. Bonnie says:

    Are these supposed to have chia seeds? If so how many

    1. Bridget Oland says:

      Hi Bonnie, The muffins are made with chai spices, not chia. Although you could add chia seeds too. I would try 2 Tbsp. We do have a very good chia bran muffin recipe on the website: http://www.crosbys.com/healthy-chia-bran-muffins/

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