• Heat oven to 400 degrees F. Fill 18 indents of 2 muffin pans with liners; set aside.

  • In a small bowl, whisk together flours, baking soda, cinnamon, salt and nutmeg. In another small bowl, stir together 1/4 cup brown sugar and half of the apple pieces; set aside.

  • Beat butter and remaining 3/4 cup brown sugar together on medium-high speed until well blended, about 2 minutes. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each. Beat in applesauce and vanilla extract.

  • Reduce speed to low and alternately add flour mixture and buttermilk, starting and ending with flour. Stir in remaining apple pieces.

  • Fill each muffin liner with 1/4 cup batter. Sprinkle 1 tablespoon apple¿brown sugar mixture on top of each muffin. Bake muffins at 400 degrees F for about 20 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool on a rack for 15 minutes, then remove from pan and allow to cool completely.

Nutrition Facts

142 calories; 3 g total fat; 31 mg cholesterol; 159 mg sodium. 26 g carbohydrates; 3 g protein;