by Donna Amis Davis / @DonnaAmisDavis

Apple Walnut Oat Muffins

This week, Tuesday is another election day here in my home town of San Diego. (Thanks to our embarrassing former mayor.) My husband and I are poll workers again for this election. Election days are long days for poll workers. We arrive at our polls at 6 am to set up. The polls open at 7 am, and don’t close until 8 pm. Then we have to count the ballots, fill out forms, and take down the polls. We won’t be home until 9 pm or later.

Healthy, Filling Snack for a Long Day

So today I mixed up a batch of Apple Walnut Oat Muffins to take to the poll. The muffins are full of good nourishing ingredients – rolled oats, chopped apples and walnuts, yogurt, whole wheat flour, all made delicious with the addition of pumpkin pie spice.  I have a jar of leftover Trader Joe’s Pumpkin Pie Spice from the holidays. It is extra special. Besides the usual suspects of cinnamon, ginger and cloves, it contains citrus and cardamom. Super yummy.

Maybe I should I call them Apple Walnut Oat Yogurt Spice Muffins. AWOYSM for short.

Apple Walnut Oat Muffins
Apple Walnut Oat Muffins

Bake the Winter Away!

Winter days are perfect for baking. Yesterday, the news said 67% of the United States was covered in snow. Baby, it’s cold out there. Get your baking on! The oven warms the house, while delicious aromas drift out of the kitchen. Muffins are some of the easiest things to bake. Tell your family or friends how much they mean to you with a fresh-baked treat.

The recipe makes about a dozen-and-a-half muffins – enough to share with our fellow poll workers. Good nutrition to fortify us while we do our community service.

Three Apple Muffins
Three Apple Muffins

Make a Kid Version of Apple Walnut Oat Muffins

may have mentioned my grandchildren before. When filling the muffin cups, I made a few of them purposely scanty, with the grandkiddos in mind. These Apple Walnut Oat Muffins will be a healthy snack the next time we go to the park or zoo together. Little kids seem to enjoy small food, that they can hold in their little hands.

Apples and Muffins
Apples and Muffins

The Recipe is Easy!

Apple Walnut Oat Muffins

18 muffins

Apple Walnut Oat Muffins

Delicious, nourishing muffins, filled with fruit, nuts, and spices, made extra filling and healthy with rolled oats and whole wheat!


  • 3/4 cup rolled oats
  • 1 cup vanilla yogurt
  • 1/4 cup butter, softened
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 large apple, peeled, cored, and finely chopped
  • 1/2 cup walnuts, finely chopped
  • 1/2 cup whole wheat flour
  • 1/2 cup white flour
  • 2 tsp. pumpkin pie spice (I used Trader Joe's)
  • 1 tsp. baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp. soda
  • 1/4 tsp. salt


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Put cupcake liners in cupcake pan.
  3. Combine rolled oats and yogurt in small bowl. Set aside.
  4. Mix softened butter and brown sugar in medium bowl. Beat in egg until combined.
  5. Mix apples and walnuts into the butter, brown sugar, and egg mixture.
  6. Stir the yogurt and oats into the mixture.
  7. Sift remaining ingredients over batter, and gently stir until just mixed.
  8. Spoon mixture into muffin cups until 3/4 full.
  9. Bake 20 minutes, or until golden brown.
  10. Remove from oven and cool on wire racks.

Adapted from Butter Baking

Pile of Apple Muffins
Pile of Apple Muffins