Apple Oat Bran Muffins

what a fine breakfast choice 🙂

O.K. confession time….I’m not really a breakfast person

I know ‘they’ say that breakfast is the most important meal of the day, but actually, I don’t agree (was that a gasp I heard?).

I do agree that it’s a good idea to eat something for breakfast

And a healthy option is a great way to start the day as you are more likely to continue eating well for the rest of the day

But I am not someone who gets really hungry at breakfast, and a bowl of cereal is usually too much for me

However a muffin…well….now we’re talking!

Especially one of these muffins

one of these, a handful of walnuts and a coffee and I’m set for the day 🙂

You may notice that this recipe is a variation on my last recipe – sticky date and banana puddings

I replaced the bananas with apple

Reduced the flour a little and added oat bran

Plus I reduced the sugar and added blackstrap molasses which gives the muffins a lovely deep dark colour

And slightly chewier texture…

Oat bran binds cholesterol in the gut and blocks its absorption.

We had some blueberries in the fridge, so I added them to half of the muffins, which was a lovely addition
But they are just as delicious without

apple only…but add whatever you like, like ginger or pecans or walnuts or just some cinnamon or other lovely spices…

Easy to make and absolutely deeelicious

I hope you give these muffins a go

with or without blueberries, these muffins are very delicious!

Apple Oat Bran Muffins
Prep time
20 mins

Cook time
20 mins

Total time
40 mins


Author: Caroline Trickey from Healthy Home Cafe
Serves: 18

  • 12 Medjool dates, pitted (180 grams when pitted)
  • 1 teaspoon bicarb soda
  • 1 cup boiling water
  • ¾ cup wholemeal plain flour*
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • ½ cup oat bran
  • 1 teaspoon psyllium husks (optional)
  • ¾ cup stewed apple or apple puree
  • ¼ cup macadamia oil
  • 1-2 tablespoons rapadura or soft brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon black strap molasses (or just 1 extra tablespoon of sugar)
  • 2 medium eggs (100 grams without the shell)
  • blueberries, optional

  1. Start by placing the pitted dates in a small bowl
  2. Add the bicarb and boiling water and set aside for 15 minutes until cooled
  3. Sift flour, baking powder, oat bran and psyllium together and set aside
  4. Preheat oven to 175 degrees and line muffin trays with paper (see below on how to do this)
  5. When cool, add the dates and apples to the bowl of a food processor and blend until smooth
  6. Speed 6 for 10 seconds in thermomix
  7. Remove from bowl
  8. Add oil, sugar, blackstrap molasses and eggs to bowl and blend together
  9. Speed 4 for 10 seconds in thermomix
  10. Add blended date mix and flour to bowl and mix until just combined
  11. Speed 4 for 6 seconds in thermomix
  12. Pour into prepared muffin trays and bake for 15-20 minutes
  13. Allow to cool for a few mins before removing from tray
  14. Store muffins in airtight container


Would you like to know how to line your muffin trays with baking paper?

cut lengths of baking paper

cut each length into 3 even squares

cut diagonally into each corner about 1/3 of the way

and in it goes….ready for the batter

I'm a dietitian, food lover and passionate cook With the back-ground of running a successful cafe and catering business for more than 12 years in Melbourne, I then completed my dietetic studies and have been working in private practice for more than 10 years. I now also run cooking classes from my home in Sydney My blog is full of delicious, gourmet-style, interesting, healthy meals and more. I want to inspire people to cook more and show them how healthy food can be incredibly delicious and how you can use food as medicine

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