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cinnamon apple banana pecan muffins

Cinnamon Apple Banana Pecan Muffins

Cinnamon Apple Banana Pecan Muffins - perfect Fall treat.  They taste just like banana bread but with richer flavor thanks to apples and pecans.  These are low-fat muffins with only 5 tablespoons of butter used for 12 muffins.  The rest of butter is replaced with Greek yogurt and mashed bananas.   

Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Servings 12 muffins
Calories 288 kcal
Author Julia

Ingredients

Cinnamon Apple Banana Pecan Muffins

  • 1 cup sugar
  • 5 tablespoons unsalted butter , very soft, room temperature
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 bananas , very ripe, mashed
  • 1/2 cup Greek yogurt
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 1/2 cups apples , chopped
  • 1/2 cup pecans , chopped

Topping

  • 1/3 cup dulce de leche or caramel sauce
  • 1/3 cup pecans , chopped

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.  

  2. In a mixing bowl, using electric mixer, beat sugar and butter on high speed for 1.5 minutes. The consistency will be somewhat crumbly. Add eggs and continue beating for several more minutes until the mixture becomes fluffy and lighter in color.

  3. Add mashed bananas, Green yogurt, and vanilla extract and continue beating until all ingredients are well incorporated.
  4. In a separate bowl, sift together flour, baking powder, baking soda, and cinnamon.
  5. Add dry ingredients to wet ingredients and mix until just combined. Do not over-mix. 

  6. Fold in chopped apples and chopped pecans.

  7. Grease muffin pan. Fill each muffin cup almost to the top (about 3/4). Bake for about 25 minutes at 350 degrees F in the preheated oven. Watch baking times closely: do not overbake and keep in mind that the “actual” individual oven temperatures might vary. When inserted toothpick comes out clean – the muffins are ready!

  8. Warm dulce de leche in a microwave for 5-10 seconds. Using small spoon, drizzle some dulce de leche over the top of each muffin. Sprinkle with chopped pecans.
Nutrition Facts
Cinnamon Apple Banana Pecan Muffins
Amount Per Serving
Calories 288 Calories from Fat 90
% Daily Value*
Fat 10g15%
Saturated Fat 3g19%
Cholesterol 40mg13%
Sodium 128mg6%
Potassium 198mg6%
Carbohydrates 44g15%
Fiber 2g8%
Sugar 21g23%
Protein 4g8%
Vitamin A 210IU4%
Vitamin C 2.4mg3%
Calcium 44mg4%
Iron 1.4mg8%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.