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May 25, 2020

Apple Blueberry Rye Muffins

These apple blueberry rye muffins are a wonderful grab-and-go breakfast or snack.

Apple Raisin Rye Muffins

These blueberry rye muffins are so easy to make, are super moist, and have a wonderful cinnamon apple flavor.

These muffins are made with both white wheat flour and rye flour, and are filled with applesauce and dried blueberries.

What is different about rye flour? 

Don't let the rye scare you away. What you think of as rye flavor in bread is actually caraway seeds in deli rye, along with sourness from commercial additives.

In reality, rye has a very mild and slightly sweet flavor, even milder than whole wheat flour. It's a pretty miraculous grain, in that it is very hardy and is easier to grow than wheat, especially in colder climates. It also retains its nutrients better than wheat during milling. It's usually sold as white rye, medium rye, dark rye, or pumpernickel, which is whole rye. (Source: King Arthur Flour Whole Grain Baking.)

Apple Rye Muffins

Rye, much lower in gluten than wheat flour, can be a challenge when baking bread because it can add a gummy texture if over worked. This is not usually a problem with muffins, because you are barely mixing the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients.

For example, I've made ham and cheese rye muffins that have a wonderfully light crumb, Cinnamon Applesauce Rye Muffins, as well as rye chocolate chip cookies that are delicious.

All I am saying... is give rye a chance (to "sort of" quote John Lennon).

Plus, if you add a good portion of all purpose wheat flour, you get the best of both worlds.

Apple Rye Muffins with blueberries

What if you don't have all of the ingredients for these muffins? (Ingredient substitutions):

I actually didn't have all of the ingredients for the original muffins, and, in trying to avoid an extra trip to the store, I made a few substitutions.

First, had a couple of those lunch pack containers of unsweetened applesauce, and needed another 1/2 cup. I found a can of pears in the pantry and chopped some of them up to make up the difference. You can see the little chunks of pears in the tops of these muffins! This substitution worked great!

I also didn't have enough of the dried blueberries, but I did have some dried cranberries in my pantry, so I substituted them for the blueberries. You could also substitute chopped dried apricots or dried currants. I'm a huge fan of dried blueberries, but I know they are pricey. However, they are amazing.

Apple Rye Muffins with applesauce

These muffins stay moist and fresh for three or four days in an airtight container. In fact, they stay so moist, you really don't need any butter for serving.. although I wouldn't object if you did slice and butter them.

You could also spread a little apple butter on them!

Apple Rye Muffins with cranberries

Please stay tuned, because I made some amazing rye chocolate cookies that I will be posting in July.

P.S. If you are ready to try your hand at rye bread, check out the following recipes:

I have many many more, so be sure to check out my recipe index.

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Apple Blueberry Rye Muffins

Apple Blueberry Rye Muffins

These apple blueberry rye muffins are soft, moist, and perfect for breakfast or tea time.

Be sure to check out the substitutions mentioned above if you don't have all of the ingredients.

Apple Blueberry Rye Muffins

Apple Raisin Rye Muffins
Yield: 12 muffins
These apple raisin rye muffins are soft, moist, and perfect for breakfast or tea time.


  • 180 grams (1 1/2 cups) unbleached all purposed flour
  • 78 grams (3/4 cup) rye flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 cup unsweetened applesauce
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped canned pears
  • 198 grams (1 cup) granulated sugar
  • 53 grams (1/4 cup) light brown sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 75 grams (1/2 cup) dried blueberries


  1. Heat your oven to 375 degrees F. 
  2. Line a 12 cavity muffin tin with muffin liners. 
  3. In one bowl, whisk together the flours, baking powder, cinnamon, and baking soda. 
  4. In another bowl, whisk together the applesauce, pears, granulated sugar, brown sugar, egg, and vegetable oil. 
  5. Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients and stir until just blended. 
  6. Fold in the blueberries. 
  7. Divide the batter among the muffin tins and bake for 20 to 25 minutes, until a toothpick comes out clean. 
  8. Cool on a wire rack. 
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This recipe was adapted from the bag of organic rye flour I purchased from War Eagle Mill.

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  1. Ohhh I LOVE this idea for a great way to use some of that rye flour - YUMM! And great ideas on subs!

  2. These would be delicious with the apple butter. I love rye, unfortunately I wasn't able to find any for our last bb event.

  3. That cupcake stand is the cutest! I love how much you embrace the rye - I need to do this too.

    1. I love my little cupcake stand! Plus it's always nice to fine recipes that will let me use what I already have.

  4. I have some rye flour and am always curious to find new ways to use it. These sound tasty!

  5. I don't utilize rye flour nearly enough in my baking. These muffins look like a delicious way to enjoy it!

  6. Great recipe. I did reduce the sugar by 25%. Used 80 grams cranberries. Added 1/2 each nutmeg, ginger and 1 extra tsp cinnamon. Great texture.

  7. Please confirm amount of flour? In text it’s not clear - is it 1 and 1/2 cups? You have a lone 2 in write-up. Thanks!

  8. These look delicious! Would it still work if I subbed the apple sauce and pears for oil?

    1. I haven't tried it so I can't say. Let me know if you try.


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