These scrumptious apple and pecan muffins have a light and moist texture and are sweet to taste. They have a little cinnamon sugar topping that brings them to only 173 calories each! It’s all about making your own and knowing exactly what ingredients you’re using that can help you to maintain a healthy sensible weight for life.
The apple and pecan muffin recipe is at the end of the post. For now here’s my latest update.
The Great Scottish Run 10k
I finally did it and in style too. On Sunday I finally had my chance to put a disappointment that happened 4 years ago behind me. I completed The Great Scottish Run 10k in Glasgow. 😀
Four years ago I’d entered the very same race but something really weird and extremely painful happened. I was just walking along normally, in Glasgow City Centre, and I stepped down off a kerb to street level and something in my knee cap went. I have no idea what it was or where it came from because before I had a chance to see a doctor it stopped. However then it came back again and from time to time over the course of 2 years it plagued me, quite painful stabs when I tried to run or walk at a quicker pace. 🙁
However, and this is where I touch wood (my head) and cross fingers (and everything else) it seems to have gone. As long as I keep training on the treadmill, cross stepper and keeping myself active with my hillwalking, I haven’t felt a twinge in a while. 🙂
That’s why I was completely elated at completing the run. Not only that, I over-achieved the time I set out to achieve. Training in the gym I had been about 52mins – 55 mins for 10k. I said I would be happy if I finished in about an hour, and my official finish time on Sunday was this:-
Yep 50 mins 20 seconds. 😀 We attached tracking chips to our shoes so there’s definitely no mistake about the timing! I really enjoyed the run and felt invigorated as outside running is not something I do. Along with the other 30,000 people taking part, as usual with a Glasgow event, in my home town, like with the Commonwealth Games, the atmosphere was really special. I’ll definitely be signing up for next year and finding a charity to get sponsorship for THIS time. 😛
Apple and Pecan Muffins
Right so I’ve gushed / waffled enough about the race; let’s get on to the actual apple and pecan muffins recipe. Just one more thing – this is a muffin recipe and yes, this is NeilsHealthyMeals but as I advocate (yawn) in my Healthy Living section it is all about moderation. Eat healthy for 80% of the time, have a regular exercise routine and then provided you are at a sensible weight you should be able to indulge for 20% of the time. Lecture / reminder over. 🙄
- For the Muffins
- 200g self-raising flour
- 1 tsp bicarbonate of soda
- Pinch of salt
- 250ml 0% fat yogurt (plain or Greek)
- 75g light brown soft unrefined cane sugar
- 1 large egg
- 2 eating apples (about 100g) peeled, cored and grated
- 50g chopped pecans
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- For the Topping
- 25g unsalted butter
- 25g granulated sugar
- 1 tsp ground cinnamon
- Preheat oven to 180C (fan)
- In a bowl sift the flour, bicarbonate of soda and pinch of salt.
- In a separate larger bowl mix together the yogurt, sugar, egg, grated apple, pecan nut and cinnamon.
- Add the dry flour mixture from the first bowl to the larger bowl and fold the ingredients together.
- Spoon the muffin mixture into silicon muffin trays, just enough mixture to fill ¾ of each hole.
- Bake for 15 – 20 minutes in the centre of an oven until risen and brown. Check the centre of one with a tooth pick to ensure it comes out clear, and is therefore cooked through.
- Allow to cool in the silicon muffin trays and then transfer to a wire rack.
- Once cooled add all of the topping ingredients to a small saucepan and heat on low until the ingredients are liquid. Allow to cool a little.
- Use a spoon to divide the cinnamon sugar topping between the muffins.
Oh and noted in the recipe ingredients, I tried out several variations of either cupcakes or muffins. Some of my colleagues preferred the cup cakes and some preferred the muffins. Myself I prefer the muffins but that’s just a personal preference. 😉 What about you?
I made a batch of these before Lynne and I went to Wales recently and they lasted all week, just kept inside a sealed plastic container, without any loss of taste or flavour.
I’ll catch up with you all on Thursday, when I will finally be posting the pictures of the day out Lynne and I had with her first hillwalking expedition earlier in October! 😎
See ya then!