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Fig and Apple Muffins

I got this recipe from a 2002 Robin Hood Baking Festival booklet. These are one of my favorite muffins and really it’s hard to believe that something so good is also healthy! If you’re extra health conscious, you can substitute half of the flour for whole wheat, use a little less sugar, and non-fat yogurt. If I don’t have figs, I use chopped dates.

  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 1 cup vanilla yogurt 
  • 1/3 cup butter, melted
  • 2 cups finely chopped apples
  • 1 ½ cups dried figs, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon butter, melted
  • ¼ cup brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup almonds
  • ¼ cup oats
  • ½ teaspoon cinnamon
  1. Combine dry ingredients in a large bowl. 
  2. Combine egg, yogurt and butter in small bowl. Add to flour mixture, stirring until just moistened. 
  3. Stir in apples and figs. 
  4. Spoon batter into greased muffin tins, quite full.
  5. Combine topping ingredients and spoon over muffins, pressing in a bit.
  6. Makes 12 large muffins (grease tops of muffin tin, if using regular size tins)
  7. Extra large muffin tins work well.
  8. Bake at 375 F for about 25 minutes, depending on size.


  1. We love apple muffins over maybe I'll try them with a new twist one of these days.

  2. I have that same booklet. Lots of really great recipes in there!

  3. My gosh, I would love one right now!

  4. Hi Anneliesse! How wonderful to have a recipe with figs and apple. Sounds so good!

  5. Anneliese..This looks like a nice moist muffin..I haven't ever made anything with figs. I used to not like them but I'd like to try again.

  6. Those do look good. I use dates alot so I will try this recipe with dates. Kathy

  7. I made these and they were delicious! I did alter the recipe a bit; I used oil instead of butter and I had walnuts on hand that needed to be used up so they replaced the almonds.

    Next time I'm going to try dried cranberries instead of figs.


  8. Feb 9,2010

    I made these this morning, with some changes and substitutions:

    3 Tbsp ground flax seed (flour measured scant to allow)

    1 cup figs, mixed dark and light, and because I only had one cup.

    1 teaspoon ground dried orange and lemon peel

    1/4 cup less brown sugar in the muffins, and none on top.

    All baked in a 9 X 13 inch pan.

    My substitutions were all "what you got".

    Thank you for this delicious and nutritious recipe. It turned out just fine in the baking dish rather than muffin tins. Fig Apple Cake. anon1

  9. The only thing missing for my "muffin cake" is a big slab of cheddar cheese to go with. This is my favourite muffin, ever. I'm mailing it out.