Lunch boxes

Taking a lunch box to school or work can be much healthier than buying meals and unhealthy snacks every day.

Apple and cinnamon muffins

Makes 12 muffins

Muffins are a delicious treat, but shop-bought muffins can be very high in sugar, fat and other additives – which is why homemade is always best. These muffins are easy to prepare and the whole family will enjoy them!


1 cup (250 ml) cake flour

1 cup (250 ml) wholewheat flour

1 tbsp (15 ml) baking powder

2 tsp (10 ml) ground cinnamon

½ cup (125 ml) sugar

1 cup (250 ml) grated apples

1 cup (250 ml) finely grated carrots

3 eggs, beaten

100 ml low-fat or fat-free milk

½ cup (125 ml) sunflower oil

1 tsp (5 ml) vanilla essence


  1. Preheat oven to 180 °C and place paper muffin cups into a 12-hole muffin pan.
  2. Mix dry ingredients together in a mixing bowl. Stir in apples and carrots until blended.
  3. Beat eggs, milk, oil and vanilla together. Stir egg mixture into the dry ingredients until just mixed through. Take care not to overmix.
  4. Divide batter between muffin cups and bake for 15-20 minutes or until golden brown and cooked through.
  5. Allow to cool on a cooling rack and pack as a lunch box treat or enjoy as an afternoon snack.


  1. The apples can be replaced with more carrots for a carrot muffin, if preferred.
  2. Prepare smaller muffins, by using smaller paper cups or a cupcake tray. Remember to practise portion control – although these muffins are homemade and healthier than shop-bought versions, they remain a treat. Serve one muffin per portion.

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