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Apple Biscoff Hazelnut Muffins

apple biscoff hazelnut muffins recipeDuring the holiday season I consume more than my fair share of cookies, cakes, and treats. Even when I am on a healthy eating kick, I still like to have things that are homemade and that come in the form of a baked good. Not all baked goods have to be unhealthy, right? A few simple swaps and you have made something that can be on the notsogood side really sort of well, healthy. I love whole wheat pastry flour as a replacement for white flour. It seems like when I use all whole wheat flour, whatever I am making turns to rocks and I need to cut it and use white flour anyway. But whole wheat pastry flour is much lighter in texture and I love the texture that it gives in a muffin or cookie.

Every once in awhile, my husband and I will have a morning when the kids are in school and he has a little extra time before he needs to be at work. We like to go to Old Town and have breakfast at Le Pain Quotidien. I love that the coffee is served in bowls. They have a muffin with these flavors and I love it, so I came home and tried to make my own version. Not only did I succeed, but I think that I might like these better.

If you are doing some holiday baking, then head over to Hodgson Mill to enter their Baker’s Holiday Gift Pack Sweepstakes. They are giving away 50 holiday packs of flours, mixes, all kinds of fun stuff. There are good coupons over there too.

apple biscoff hazelnut muffins recipe2 cups Hodgson Mill Whole Wheat Pastry Flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 Tablespoon baking powder
1 cup milk
1/2 cup sugar
1/4 cup vegetable oil
2 eggs
1/2 cup Biscoff spread
1 cup apples, peeled and chopped
1/2 cup hazelnuts, toasted, peeled, and chopped
2 Tablespoons turbinado sugar (optional)

apple hazelnut biscoff muffin recipeIn a small bowl, whisk together whole wheat pastry flour, salt, and baking powder. In another bowl, add milk, sugar, oil, eggs, and Biscoff.

apple hazelnut biscoff muffin recipeCombine the wet ingredients into dry ingredients and mix until just combined. Lumps are okay, we want a light and tender muffin, and this is the key.

apple hazelnut biscoff muffin recipeA tip for removing hazelnut skins, roll the hazelnuts in a kitchen towel. The skins will peel off.

apple hazelnut biscoff muffin recipeFold in the apple and hazelnuts.

apple hazelnut biscoff muffin recipeScoop the batter into a muffin tin lined with paper liners.

apple hazelnut biscoff muffin recipeSprinkle the tops of the muffins with turbinado sugar.

apple hazelnut biscoff muffin recipeBake in a preheated 400 degree oven for 15 to 20 minutes.

apple hazelnut biscoff muffin recipe
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Apple Biscoff Hazelnut Muffins


Ingredients

  • 2 cups Hodgson Mill Whole Wheat Pastry Flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 Tablespoon baking powder
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup vegetable oil
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 Biscoff spread
  • 1 cup apples, peeled and chopped
  • 1/2 cup hazelnuts, toasted, peeled, and chopped
  • 2 Tablespoons turbinado sugar (optional)

Instructions

  1. In a small bowl, whisk together whole wheat pastry flour, salt, and baking powder. In another bowl, add milk, sugar, oil, eggs, and Biscoff.
  2. Combine the wet ingredients into dry ingredients and mix until just combined. Lumps are okay, we want a light and tender muffin, and this is the key.
  3. A tip for removing hazelnut skins, roll the hazelnuts in a kitchen towel. The skins will peel off.
  4. Fold in the apple and hazelnuts.
  5. Scoop the batter into a muffin tin lined with paper liners.
  6. Sprinkle the tops of the muffins with turbinado sugar.
  7. Bake in a preheated 400 degree oven for 15 to 20 minutes.

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  1. Blog is the New Black

    December 6th, 2012 at 7:21 am

    Loving all these flavors!

  2. Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar

    December 6th, 2012 at 7:39 am

    Love baking with Biscoff. These sound particularly lovely!

  3. Cara

    December 6th, 2012 at 9:16 am

    my grandmother’s tea cakes are my favorite holiday item!

  4. Katrina @ In Katrina's Kitchen

    December 6th, 2012 at 9:21 am

    I love hazelnuts but I’ve never baked with them. Mmm

  5. bakedbree

    December 8th, 2012 at 3:32 pm

    The flavor is so much better when they are toasted. Messy, but taste good.

  6. Katie @ Blonde Ambition

    December 6th, 2012 at 2:45 pm

    During the holiday season when I’m tempted to overload on sweets, I love challenging myself to make healthy baked goods (like muffins!) that don’t taste as healthy as they are. These look like they definitely achieve that!

    I’ve never used whole wheat pastry flour, my grocery store only carries regular whole wheat so I always have to do a combination of WW and all purpose.

  7. Carla @ Carlas Confections

    December 6th, 2012 at 4:21 pm

    So hard to say what my favorite holiday baked good is, because I love baking so much! But if I had to choose, I would say monster cookies with red and green m&ms in them. I just love Christmas! And these muffins look so perfect! Im a huge fan of Biscoff, and the addition of apples and hazelnuts sound so perfect!

  8. Paige Reeves

    December 6th, 2012 at 5:16 pm

    I love to make cupcakes year round, but I really love to make Christmas flavored cupcakes.

  9. Phyllis

    December 6th, 2012 at 7:52 pm

    I love Buckeyes.

  10. Elizabeth@ Food Ramblings

    December 7th, 2012 at 10:15 am

    love all the flavors!!!!

  11. Days

    December 7th, 2012 at 11:25 am

    I finally got my hands on some Biscoff spread and can’t wait to start baking with it.

    One thing I noticed: there’s no unit on the Biscoff measurement here. I’m guessing it’s a 1/2 cup and hoping it’s not a 1/2 jar!

  12. bakedbree

    December 8th, 2012 at 3:18 pm

    yes! half cup, sorry, thanks for letting me know.

  13. Stephanie

    December 7th, 2012 at 11:52 pm

    favorite holiday baked good…most likely some sort of toffee!

  14. Allison (Spontaneous Tomato)

    December 11th, 2012 at 7:38 pm

    I love Biscoff, and I can just imagine how well it would go with apples! (…and hazelnuts of course.) Such a nice idea for muffins. : ) Yum!

  15. bakedbree

    December 16th, 2012 at 2:47 pm

    Apples and Biscoff is a standard snack around here.

  16. Katie | The Hill Country Cook

    December 13th, 2012 at 5:39 pm

    Now THIS could be a good thing! I don’t like apples, but hey, anything with Biscoff is worth a shot!

  17. bakedbree

    December 16th, 2012 at 2:12 pm

    You don’t like apples? I have never heard anyone say that before!

  18. Maureen

    May 20th, 2013 at 9:11 am

    What type of apples work best? Also, if you don’t have whole wheat pastry flour, what’s the best substitute, whole wheat flour, white cake and pastry flour, or just white all purpose flour? I assume nuts can be optional? Taking those to a nut free location. Also, I don’t have any on hand. They sound great, though.

  19. bakedbree

    May 23rd, 2013 at 9:21 pm

    Any baking apple, but I like Golden Delicious. I would use plain flour, or cut the whole wheat with all-purpose.

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