Nutty Apple Honey Muffins with Sesame Oil at The Little Shop of Olive Oils

Nutty Apple Honey Muffins with Sesame Oil


  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1/4 cup unsalted butter, melted
  • 1 tablespoon sesame oil, plus extra for greasing
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup diced apples (peeled and cored)
  • Powdered sugar for dusting
  • Honey and apple slices for garnish


  • Preheat the oven to 375F. Use a small amount of sesame oil to lightly grease the muffin tin cups.
  • In a large bowl, sift together the flour, baking powder, salt, cinnamon, and nutmeg.
  • In another bowl, whisk together the sugar, honey, eggs, milk, melted butter, 1 tablespoon sesame oil, and vanilla extract.
  • Make a well in the center of the dry ingredients and pour in the wet mixture. Gently fold until just combined, being careful not to overmix.
  • Fold the diced apples into the batter.
  • Spoon the batter into the greased muffin cups, filling each about two-thirds full. Bake for 20-25 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.
  • Let the muffins cool in the pan for 5 minutes, then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely. Dust with powdered sugar, and drizzle with a bit of honey.


Sesame Oil: Since sesame oil has a strong flavor, using it only for greasing and adding a tablespoon to the batter is enough to impart its nutty essence without overpowering.

Apple Selection: Choose apples that are slightly tart and firm as they will add a nice contrast to the sweetness of the honey and hold up well during baking.

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