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Is there anything more amazing than the smell of something being baked? Bread, muffins, cakes, cupcakes, brownies – anything baking smells delicious. These cinnamon apple chocolate chip muffins are fantastic because they combine two of my favorite things – baking and Greek yogurt. Yes, I’m a shameless Greek yogurt devotee. It’s truly amazing stuff, and it totally takes the place of all traditional baking fats in this scrumptious recipe.
I know there are a lot of different Greek yogurts available today, but my favorite commercially available brand is Fage. I love how even the nonfat version tastes decadently creamy. You can, of course, use whatever you’d prefer, but Fage is my pick! Truth be told, Fage yogurt, honey, and frozen fruit is our go-to supper when we’re tired or full from too much lunch.
This recipe makes 6 of these extra large muffins, but could make more if you use a pan for smaller muffins. If you end up with empty muffin cups, fill these spots with water to promote even heat distribution to help the actual muffins bake.
These muffins freeze nicely. Simply arrange them on a baking sheet or parchment paper and place them in the freezer for 30-60 minutes before placing them all in an air tight container. This initial individual freezing helps ensure you can remove the muffins one at a time for thawing and enjoyment without having all the muffins turn into one huge chunk of muffin-ice!
For an extra tasty treat, mix up a little additional cinnamon and some sugar and sprinkle it on the muffins prior to baking. This will give you a delicious, sugary crust on top. Even though it may be tempting, try not to add extra cinnamon in the muffin batter – too much cinnamon quickly becomes bitter.
For folding in the apples and chocolate chips, nothing works as well as my favorite Tovolo silicone spatula. It rocks! It’s also really, really good at getting the last drips of batter from the bowl, which means men and children, alike, may hate it because there won’t be anything left to lick from the bowl!
I hope you love these apple chocolate chip muffins as much as we do!