Apricot and cranberry muffins

  • 45min
  • 12
  • 155 kcal
  • Easy
  • Nut free
  • Dairy , Wheat , Eggs

Per 65 g contains

155 kcal 653 kj
4.3 g
1.1 g
6.5 g
0.6 g

of an adult's recommended intake.
Typical energy values per 100g: 1005kj/239kcal

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Authored by Peer reviewed by Ros Jones
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These oat-topped muffins have a fruity burst of apricots, cranberries and orange zest. Delicious warm, or cold in a lunchbox.

These muffins are crammed full of fruity goodness to give your little ones, or you, a tasty snack on the go. Dried fruit gives a natural sweetness, whilst minimal sugar is used and a small amount of sweetener, making these a healthier muffin for everyone.


  • Banana, very ripe
    100g 4oz
  • Skimmed milk
    200ml 7fl oz
  • Sunflower oil
    30ml 1 fl oz
  • Free-range eggs, large
    100g 4oz
  • Orange, zest
    3g 0.1oz
  • Orange, juice
    45ml 1.5fl oz
  • Self-raising flour
    250g 10oz
  • Bicarbonate of soda
    5g 0.2oz
  • Granulated sweetener
    25g 0.9oz
  • Soft light brown sugar
    30g 1oz
  • Ginger, ground
    2g 0.07oz
  • Vanilla extract
    2g 0.07oz
  • Dried apricots
    50g 1.9oz
  • Dried cranberries
    30g 1.1oz
  • Desiccated coconut
    10g 0.3oz
  • Rolled oats
    10g 0.3oz
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Cooking Method

  1. Preheat the oven 200°C/180°C Fan/Gas 4. Line a 12-hole muffin tray with large muffin cases.
  2. In a bowl, mash the banana with a fork. Add the milk, sunflower oil, beaten eggs, orange zest and juice to the bowl. Mix well.
  3. In a separate large bowl, mix together the flour, bicarbonate of soda, brown sugar, sweetener, ground ginger, vanilla essence and dried fruit. Add the banana mixture and mix until just combined.
  4. Spoon the mixture into the muffin cases and sprinkle the desiccated coconut and rolled oats on top. Bake on the middle shelf of the oven for 15 minutes, until the muffins are golden on top and firm to the touch.
  5. Remove the tray from the oven and allow the muffins to cool on a wire rack (or enjoy whilst still slightly warm).

Nutritional Information

Typical Valuesper 100gper 65g serving
239 kcal
1005 kj
155 kcal
653 kj
of which saturates
6.6 g
1.7 g
4.3 g
1.1 g
of which sugars
37.1 g
10 g
24.1 g
6.5 g
Fibre2.7 g
1.8 g
Protein6.5 g
4.2 g
Salt0.9 g
0.6 g


A dried fruit that counts towards your 'five a day'. Also a good source of non-haem iron - an essential mineral for growth, repair, immune function and normal energy levels.


Provide a delicious tartness in these muffins to cut through the sweetness, and an additional fruity punch, also counting towards your '5 a day'.


There are lots of options on the market now, some of which are zero-calorie whilst others are very minimal. Using a sweetener helps to reduce the sugar and calorie content yet retain the sweetness. 

Rolled oats

Provide a unique type of soluble fibre called beta glucan which has been shown to have blood cholesterol-lowering properties.

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