Apple and Pecan Muffins

These scrumptious apple and pecan muffins have a light and moist texture and are sweet to taste. Made from low fat Greek yogurt they’re only 143 calories each!

These scrumptious apple and pecan muffins have a light and moist texture and are sweet to taste. Made from low fat Greek yogurt they're only 143 calories each!

The healthy apple and pecan muffin recipe is at the end of this post, please scroll down for that.

First of all though I wanted to update on my results from the Great Scottish Run.

I certainly think I deserve one of two of these delicious muffins!

These scrumptious apple and pecan muffins have a light and moist texture and are sweet to taste. Made from low fat Greek yogurt they're only 143 calories each!

The Great Scottish Run 10k

Neil_Start_2014

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!

These scrumptious apple and pecan muffins have a light and moist texture and are sweet to taste. Made from low fat Greek yogurt they're only 143 calories each!

Healthy Apple And Pecan Muffins Recipe

Right so I’ve gushed / waffled enough about the race.

As promised, here is 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.

These scrumptious apple and pecan muffins have a light and moist texture and are sweet to taste. Made from low fat Greek yogurt they're only 143 calories each!

Read all about the 80/20 rule for eating here.

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These scrumptious apple and pecan muffins have a light and moist texture and are sweet to taste. Made from low fat Greek yogurt they're only 143 calories each!
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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: 143 kcal
Author: neil@neilshealthymeals.com
Ingredients
For the Muffins
  • 200 g self-raising flour
  • 1 tsp bicarbonate of soda
  • Pinch of salt
  • 250 ml low fat Greek yogurt (plain or Greek)
  • 75 g light brown soft unrefined cane sugar
  • 1 large egg, whisked
  • 2 eating apples (e.g. Golden Delicious) (about 100g) peeled, cored and grated
  • 50 g chopped pecans
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
For the Topping
  • 100 g icing sugar
  • 4 tsp cold water
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 180C (fan) and line a 12 hole muffin tray with paper cases.

  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 the 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 a little in the muffin trays and then transfer onto a wire rack.

  8. Once cooled mix the icing sugar with the water and spoon over the top of each muffin equally.

Recipe Notes

Store in a sealed container for up to 3 days.

Nutrition Facts
Apple and Pecan Muffins
Amount Per Serving
Calories 143 Calories from Fat 37
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 4.1g 6%
Saturated Fat 0.8g 4%
Cholesterol 16.8mg 6%
Sodium 143.8mg 6%
Total Carbohydrates 21.9g 7%
Dietary Fiber 1.2g 5%
Sugars 8.3g
Protein 5.2g 10%
Vitamin A 1%
Vitamin C 1%
Calcium 4%
Iron 2%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

These scrumptious apple and pecan muffins have a light and moist texture and are sweet to taste. Made from low fat Greek yogurt they're only 143 calories each!

I tried out several variations of these apple and pecan muffins and trailed them on my work colleagues who loved them!

They keep well for 3 days inside a sealed plastic container, without any loss of taste or flavour.

Hope you enjoy and let me know what you think in the comments below.

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.

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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!

Comments

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

    • neil@neilshealthymeals.com 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!

    • neil@neilshealthymeals.com 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. These muffins sound and look great for a post workout snack or breakfast on the go.

    • neil@neilshealthymeals.com 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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