Cream Cheese Stuffed Apple Streusel Muffins

1 Nov

I’ve been itching to bake something seasonal and this fit the bill. Adapted from a recipe from the Closet Cooking blog.

Time: 15 min prep, 25 min cook                 Serves: 12

Ingredients


  • Cheesecake Filling


  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 8 oz. cream cheese, room temp (may used reduced fat)
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • Streusel Topping


  • 3 tbsp butter, room temp
  • 1/2 cup flour
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1/4 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/4 cup rolled oats
  • Muffins


  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 3/4 cup plain Greek yogurt (I used 0%)
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened apple sauce
  • 1/4 cup oil (I used sunflower)
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp lemon juice
  • 2 tbsp almond milk/milk
  • 1 cup unbleached AP flour
  • 3/4 cups whole wheat flour
  • 3/4 cup rolled oats
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp nutmeg
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 2 large apples, cored and cut into small cubes (I used Gala and Macintosh)

How to make it


  • Preheat oven to 375F. Prepare muffin tins with liners or cooking spray.
  • Cheesecake Filling


  • Combine ingredients in a mixing bowl. Beat until smooth.
  • Streusel Topping


  • Combine ingredients in a mixing bowl and mix until crumbly.
  • Muffins


  • In a large bowl, combine brown sugar, yogurt, apple sauce, oil, egg, vanilla, lemon juice and almond milk.
  • In a separate bowl, combine flours, oats, baking powder & soda, cinnamon, and salt.
  • Slowly stir dry ingredients into wet, mix until well incorporated. Fold in apples.
  • Spoon half of mixture into prepared muffin tins. Create a small indentation in the batter before spooning 1 tbsp cheesecake filling into each. Top with remaining muffin batter.
  • Sprinkle streusel mixture over top of each muffin. Bake for 20-25 minutes, use the toothpick test.
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