Apple and Pecan Muffins

These scrumptious apple and pecan muffins have a light and moist texture and are sweet to taste. They have a little cinnamon sugar crunchy topping but are only 173 calories each!

These scrumptious apple and pecan muffins have a light and moist texture and are sweet to taste. They have a little cinnamon sugar crunchy topping but are only 173 calories each!

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!

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:-

Final 10k Result 2014

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. 🙄

These scrumptious apple and pecan muffins have a light and moist texture and are sweet to taste. They have a little cinnamon sugar crunchy topping but are only 173 calories each!
Apple and Pecan Muffins
Prep Time
20 mins
Cook Time
20 mins
Total Time
40 mins

These scrumptious apple and pecan muffins have a light and moist texture and are sweet to taste.

Course: Home Baking
Servings: 12 muffins
Calories: 173 kcal
For the Muffins
  • 200 g self-raising flour
  • 1 tsp bicarbonate of soda
  • Pinch of salt
  • 250 ml 0% fat yogurt (plain or Greek)
  • 75 g light brown soft unrefined cane sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 2 eating apples (about 100g) peeled, cored and grated
  • 50 g chopped pecans
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
For the Topping
  • 25 g unsalted butter
  • 25 g granulated sugar
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  1. Preheat oven to 180C (fan)
  2. In a bowl sift the flour, bicarbonate of soda and pinch of salt.
  3. In a separate larger bowl mix together the yogurt, sugar, egg, grated apple, pecan nut and cinnamon.
  4. Add the dry flour mixture from the first bowl to the larger bowl and fold the ingredients together.
  5. Spoon the muffin mixture into silicon muffin trays, just enough mixture to fill ¾ of each hole.
  6. 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.
  7. Allow to cool in the silicon muffin trays and then transfer to a wire rack.
  8. 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.
  9. Use a spoon to divide the cinnamon sugar topping between the muffins.
Recipe Notes

You can use a cup cake tray which will make about 18 mini cupcakes. Line this with paper cases before adding the mixture in.

Nutrition Facts
Apple and Pecan Muffins
Amount Per Serving
Calories 173 Calories from Fat 54
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 6g 9%
Saturated Fat 1.9g 10%
Cholesterol 22.8mg 8%
Sodium 134.2mg 6%
Total Carbohydrates 27.2g 9%
Dietary Fiber 1.8g 7%
Sugars 12.7g
Protein 3.5g 7%
Vitamin A 2%
Vitamin C 3%
Calcium 4%
Iron 3%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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 to Ben Lomond.

See ya then!

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  1. Sounds like an awesome run! Congrats! And these muffins sound so amazing – love the yogurt instead of butter!!

    • says:

      Thanks Shashi, it was. I loved every moment. I’m just going to keep up my training too and continue to run the 2 10k distances weekly that I was doing for my training and I’ll look around the U.K. here for other potential running events! 🙂

      I’m so delighted at how these muffins eventually turned out after many tweaks at the recipe, thank you! 🙂

      I loved your Chocolate Manicotti Recipe. Wow, that’s a winner in my eyes, good luck with your entry I’ll be checking back to see how you got on. 😀

  2. those muffins look and sound delicious!

    • says:

      Thanks for the comment and stopping by Linz.

      Yeah. They took a while to perfect, but I’m really happy with them now. 🙂

  3. dana @ IveGotCake says:

    Lookls tempting indeed

  4. says:

    Hi Linda, I’m lucky in that the Food Blogger Pro membership I have (link in side bar for more details) not only has excellent resources and training videos for taking your food blog to the next level, but it also has the tool I use to calculate all these details for me. I just enter the ingredients and their quantities. However, you can get a reasonable estimate of these values for free, if you use the website and enter your recipe details there. 🙂

  5. These muffins sound and look great for a post workout snack or breakfast on the go.

    • says:

      Thanks Angie 🙂 , I couldn’t agree more with you.

      When I was trialling the recipe I took them into work on a Wednesday morning for after my gym run and they were just ticket!

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