Healthy Muffins for my Niece

I have to admit I’m not a big fan of muffins. For no particular reason, I just think there are other, not even necessarily better, cakes out there. However muffins are very popular in my family and it started some time ago, when my niece made them for the first time and felt in love with them right away. I know, you are going to say, not a big deal, but muffins were definitely not part of MY childhood, so imagine how surprised I was when I called my mom and she said “We are making muffins!” Awww πŸ˜€ My niece is 11 years old and is one of the most funny and brightest kids I’ve never known. And I say that not because she’s my niece, it’s simply a statement of fact. When she was born I still lived in the country so I could watch her grow and I still remember when I saw her for the first time- she was exactly 6 weeks old and I was so scared while holding her!! I remember those big, blue eyes looking at me, probably thinking “And there you go, another one, who is going to stare at me and keep saying how cute I am…” Well, it was true. I couldn’t take my eyes off her, because she was a stinking CUTE BABY! She looked like she was born just to be admired and adored by the whole family.

Muffins 1

When this whole muffin madness started, I was skeptical about it, mostly because I know we as a family love pancakes for sure- so muffins, really? But almost every week I was getting text messages from my sister saying that they just made muffins with this, and muffins with that… OK! I get it! Give me the recipe! My niece has two favorite recipes and today I’m sharing one of them. I modified it a little bit, to make it more healthy, and I think the result was fantastic. It’s so simple and fast, that you can just get up on Sunday morning, when the whole house is still sleeping and make them for breakfast. Apples are part of the original recipe, and I added some hazelnuts and sunflower seeds. Also instead of normal plain yogurt, I used the goat one and also added some cream. My last modification was the orange water- to make the pastry more puffy. This is the easiest muffin recipe ever, I promise! Well, it has to be if even the 11 years old can make it πŸ™‚



Makes 10 muffins, preparation time- 15 min, time in the oven- 20 min, oven temperature- 180C

  1. 250 g of flour
  2. 1 egg
  3. 100 g of sugar
  4. 80 ml of olive oil
  5. 250 ml of yogurt- I took 150 ml of goat yogurt and 150 ml of thick cream- my sister told me with cream these muffins are even better
  6. vanilla sugar
  7. 2 teaspoons of baking powder
  8. 1 apple
  9. a few hazelnuts- around 15-20
  10. 2-3 tablespoons of sunflower seeds
  11. 3 tablespoons of fresh lemon juice

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In advance prepare the apple- chop it into small pieces and spread the lemon juice over it. Fry the sunflower seeds for a few minutes until golden and do the same with hazelnuts. Chop the hazelnuts into small pieces too.


In a big glass bowl combine all ingredients together until the pastry is smooth. At the very end add the apples and the nut mixture and make sure everything is combined evenly.

Muffins 1

I baked my muffins in ramekins but feel free to use the usual muffin pans. Sparkle some sunflower seeds and hazelnut over the muffins. Place them in the oven- you have to preheat it, and bake them for about 20 min in 180 C. Let the muffins cool down before served. Enjoy!



34 thoughts on “Healthy Muffins for my Niece

  1. They look amazing – you’d easily forget they’re healthy πŸ˜‰ It’s one of the drawbacks of living abroad that you don’t see family regularly enough, especially kids. And they grow up so quickly! My cousin’s daughter turned 18 this year, but I still have albums full of pictures of her as a 7 or 8-year old. Time flies.


    • Goat milk is a basic in France and Luxemburg where I live. I make these yoghurts at home very often. We also love so called brebis yoghurts and cheese of any kind made out of goat milk. It’s very good for you especially if you’re allergic to cow milk πŸ™‚


    • Thank you πŸ™‚ They were truly delicious- I think the orange flower water also makes the difference, so it’s important to use it. It’s great breakfast but I had some before dinner too πŸ˜‰ sneaky me


  2. Wow! What beautiful, moist-looking muffins! I am a huge muffin fan, but have to stay away from conventional muffins because of the sugars and other unhealthy content. This looks like a recipe I can definitely try! xx


    • Thank you Ngan. My boyfriend is a huge fan of chocolate muffins from Starbucks, and I was thinking that next time I really have to try that choco version of my niece πŸ™‚ I had 3 of those yesterday- 1 for breakfast and 2 before my dinner!! Just couldn’t resist…


  3. I feel exactly as you do about muffins, I am not crazy about muffins but this recipe with the apples, hazelnuts and yogurt looks like a heavenly breakfast!
    Your niece is lucky to have such a creative and talented auntie πŸ™‚


  4. They look absolutely scrumptious, Marta πŸ™‚ I can imagine how cute is your niece. I would love to eat so many of these for my breakfast πŸ˜€ Have a wonderful week and I’m sure you are a wonderful Aunt xx


  5. Your niece seems like a lovely kid that I really love to see her photo (s) whenever you are ready to share with all of us πŸ™‚

    Also, talking about your photos, they are wonderful. I particularly love your ingredients shot, not that I don’t love the rest, which I do. What a great job, Marta. I can’t wait to see many more photos to come. xoxo


  6. These look extremely delicious Marta! Your niece obviously has great taste, and lucky her since you are auntie and chef extraordinaire! My niece’s Bday is this coming up this weekend…I am in charge of making her a cake out of banana bread…hope she likes it as much as your niece likes these! πŸ˜‰


    • I know right?? Italians call it a moment of weakness!! Seriously though, of course I’m sensitive, the only thing if you work in finance you can’t really show it as often as you wish to πŸ˜€ now I can see it clearly that I should have gone for medical engineering- you guys are free like birds πŸ˜‰


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