Blackberry, Apple & Speculaas Muffins

Blackberry, Apple & Speculaas Muffins, healthy, nutritious, 5-a-day, snack, packed lunch, high fibre, vegetarian

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 (or speculoos) 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 & Speculaas Muffins, healthy, nutritious, 5-a-day, snack, packed lunch, high fibre,vegetarian

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!


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Blackberry, Apple & Speculaas Muffins
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A fabulous muffin made with foraged blackberries, apples and speculaas spice mix.
Recipe type: Snack
Cuisine: British
Serves: 18
  • 100g Plain wholemeal flour
  • 200g Plain white flour
  • 4 tsp Baking powder
  • ¼ tsp Salt
  • 2 tsp Speculaas or speculoos 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
  1. Pre-heat the oven to 180⁰C.
  2. Line 2 muffins trays with 18 muffin cases.
  3. Put the wholemeal flour in a bowl and sieve in the plain flour, baking powder, speculaas spice mix and salt, then mix well.
  4. In another bowl whisk together the egg, yogurt and oil.
  5. 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.
  6. Spoon the mixture into the muffin cases.
  7. Bake for 20 minutes until spring back to the touch or an inserted skewer comes out clean.
  8. Allow to cool for a few minutes before transferring to a wire rack to cool.

For more Blackberry inspiration you might like my:

Blackberry Tofu Brulee
Blackberry & Raspberry Jam
Blackberry & Apple Jam
Blackberry & Apple Loaf

What’s your favourite way to use up foraged blackberries?


NB: This recipe was previously featured on Great British Chefs.

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  1. Anne Dalzell

    Just made these with freshly picked apples from the garden and blackberries from the park. These are light and tasty and perfect for Autumn

    1. Camilla

      Thank you for your feedback Anne, so glad you like them:-)

  2. Eb Gargano

    These look lovely. I love the sound of speculaas spice mix – so many lovely flavours!!

    1. Camilla

      Thanks Eb, yes they work so well here:-)

  3. Paul Wilson

    I have blackberries and apples at the moment – this would be ideal!

  4. Maya Russell

    Ooh, this would be perfect to do today as yesterday we went blackberry picking and apple harvesting.

    1. Camilla

      Excellent Maya:-)

  5. Tracy Nixon

    Great recipe for a Halloween party!

  6. Abigail Cullen

    These muffins look delightful, like the fruit that has been added too.

  7. Kirsty Fox

    These look and sound delicious, I am always looking for new recipes using blackberries.

  8. Adam garratt

    I love it when the new season blackberries come in, it’s like finding treasure when you spot the glistening black jewel along the hedgerow. The only problem is you end up scrathing your arm to ribbons trying to get the best ones, which are inevitably right out of reach.

    They will always have a prominent place in my heart, because my nanny used to take me out to her secret spots around the village, returning with armfulls of plastic tubs filled with them.

    1. Camilla

      Aah, lovely memories:-) Someone really needs to invent the thornless bramble!

  9. Togger

    Been using the to make jams!

  10. Ann Robinson

    They’re healthy and look delicious, what more do you need

    1. Camilla

      Thank you:)

  11. Ursula Hunt

    this recipe makes very tasty muffins

  12. YOLANDA (yoey) DAVIS

    I usually make apple & blackberry crumble when I’ve picked blackberries, so it will be great to try something different. They look delicious and I can’t wait to try them myself.

    1. Camilla

      Glad to have inspired you:-)

  13. Galina V

    We managed to forage quite a lot of blackberries this year too, but I don’t have much space left in my freezer from all the red and black currants from the garden. Lovely flavourful muffins!

    1. Camilla

      Thank you:-) You’d better make jam then to preserve them:-)

  14. Fiver Feeds

    Yummy :) Blackberry muffins are one of the best!

    1. Camilla

      They are really good aren’t they:-)

  15. Florence Cross

    Perfect for this time of year, and with all the apples & blackberries we have the garden it would be a great opportunity to use some of the,

    1. Camilla

      Thank you:-)

  16. Nazima

    these look fab! love the spices in speculooos biscuits and must be lovely with these seasonal fruits

    1. Camilla

      Thank you Nazima:-)

  17. Ursula Hunt

    gorgeous moist looking muffuns

    1. Camilla

      Thank you:-)

  18. Paul Wilson

    What kind of spices does the Speculaas spice mix contain?

    1. Camilla

      They are all listed in my post on Great British Chefs along with the recipe:-)

      1. Paul Wilson

        Cheers. Will take a looksee.

  19. George Worboys Wright

    They look gorgeous!

  20. Jeanne Horak-Druiff

    Mmm, blackberry and apple are such a fab combination – and I do love me a good muffin!

    1. Camilla

      Thanks Jeanne:-)

  21. Stuart Vettese

    Love these Camilla and I bet your speculaas mix sets them off just perfectly!

    1. Camilla

      Thanks Stuart:-)

  22. gouldie7

    We have a thornless bramble in our garden, and have lots of berry smithies and blackberry & apple crumles!

    1. Camilla

      Oh joy a thornless bramble, wish they grew around here!

      1. William Gould

        It’s a variety called “Loch Ness”. Someone bought us one – fab present!

        1. William Gould

          oops – just put the Tweet url in the Pinterest box….

          1. Camilla

            I’ll remember that then:-)

        2. Camilla

          Lovely, not heard of that before!

  23. Anne Wallwin

    now these would be lovely with a scoop of vanilla ice cream!

    1. Camilla

      Ooh I’d want them warm then:-)

  24. Paul Wilson

    They look brilliant – seasonal too.

    1. Camilla

      Thanks Paul:-)

  25. Sarah (@tamingtwins)

    These look delicious, I love the fact that they are technically healthy too – hurrah! Def going on my to bake list.

    1. Camilla

      Thank you Sarah, yes one doesn’t need to feel quite so guilty eating one of these:-)

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