Blackberry, Apple & Speculaas Muffins

By Camilla Hawkins •

Camilla shows us how easy it to bake the family a healthy sweet treat with her recipe for Blackberry, Apple & Speculaas Muffins, which are a great way to contribute to your 5 a day and add plenty of roughage into your diet too.

I came up with these muffins when I wanted to bake the family a healthy sweet treat. Hence I used wholemeal flour, unpeeled apples and blackberries to provide plenty of roughage as well as contributing to our 5-a-day! I also decided to use speculaas spice mix which is a fairly new kid on the block, hot on the heels of the popularity of Speculoos Spread, to provide a warm back note to the muffins. If you’ve ever eaten a Lotus biscuit then you will be familiar with the taste of speculaas spice mix which is a combination of cinnamon, ground ginger, ground cloves, nutmeg, ground white pepper, coriander, aniseed (or fennel), mace and ground cardamom. There are many recipe variations to be found on the internet and you can also buy ready-made speculaas spice mix if you don’t fancy preparing it yourself.

This year seems to have been a bumper year for blackberries and I don’t think I have ever foraged so many in such a short space of time, plus the season started a lot earlier than usual. With all this free fruit at our fingertips there really is not excuse not to make full use of it and get baking! I used Coxes apples in the recipe but if you can find a dessert apple tree to forage from that would be even better!

Blackberry, Apple and Speculaas Muffins are really easy to make and by using the blackberries straight from the freezer you will avoid them breaking up and staining the muffin mixture purple. I froze half my batch put them in my family’s packed lunches for a healthy treat. I do hope you will try these healthy and delicious muffins for yourself as they prove that food that is good for you needn’t be boring!

Blackberry, Apple & Speculaas Muffins


100g Plain wholemeal flour
200g Plain white flour
4 tsp Baking powder
¼ tsp Salt
2 tsp Speculaas spice mix
3 Coxes apples, chopped, peel on (or dessert apples) about 350g
125g Frozen blackberries
150g Light brown Muscovado sugar
150 mls Light olive oil
2 Eggs, lightly beaten
200g Greek or Greek style yogurt

Pre-heat the oven to 180⁰C.

Line 2 muffins trays with 18 muffin cases.

Put the wholemeal flour in a bowl and sieve in the plain flour, baking powder, speculaas spice mix and salt, then mix well.

In another bowl whisk together the egg, yogurt and oil.

Mix the sugar, chopped apple and blackberries into the flour mixture and then mix in the oil mixture with a wooden spoon until just combined.

Spoon the mixture into the muffin cases.

Bake for 20 minutes until spring back to the touch or an inserted skewer comes out clean.

Allow to cool for a few minutes before transferring to a wire rack to cool.

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Camilla Hawkins

Camilla is a half Danish, Surrey based food writer and recipe developer. She loves the culmination of art and science involved in cooking and enjoys making fabulous food, simply and cheaply. More time eating, less time cooking is her ethos! Her popular blog Fab Food 4 All was started in March 2012 and each recipe she posts has to meet the scrutiny of her husband and 2 children! 

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