Forgotten Fruit Muffins

by | Aug 23, 2021

Got wrinkly fruit forgotten in the fruit bowl?
Make ‘Forgotten Fruit Muffins’

I first began calling these forgotten fruit muffins, because here in the Otematata Village, which is a popular holiday destination, people leave their cribs and holiday homes to head back to work, just as the fruit begins to ripen. The fruit is often forgotten and left to drop. I have made friends with a few crib owners now who they let me forage their trees for fruit.

Always ask for permission if you are collecting fruit from someone else’s property.

Begin by preheating the oven to 180 degrees fan bake.

Into a large bowl place;
An egg
Oil (a mild flavour like a vegetable oil or light olive oil)
And yoghurt

Chop up one cup of fruit.
You could use any type of fruit. Canned and stewed fruit work just as well as fresh fruit.

Like I said earlier it’s a good time to use up wrinkly fruit in the fruit bowl, or even the toddler bitten apples.

Gently combine all the ingredients.

Spoon into your muffins cases and sprinkle on top of each muffin;
A pinch of brown sugar
A sprinkle of rolled oats
A few chopped walnuts (optional)

Cook for 25-30 mins

Tips and Tricks

– If you don’t have any self raising flour you can use 1 cup of plain flour and 1 1/2 tsp of baking powder per cup of self raising.

– Any flavour of yoghurt can be used. I like to use the bottom of the yoghurt container thats gone all gloopy that the kids won’t eat.

– Any type of fruit works well. You could use apricots, nectarines, peaches, banana, rhubarb, apple, pear, raspberry, black currant or feijoa.

If you have lots of fruit to use, you could try these recipes;

Laura’s easy strawberry ice cream

Jana’s oats fruity slice

Lucy’s apple and blueberry crumble

Erin’s rhubarb custard pie

Nadia’s banana pancakes

Forgotten Fruit Muffins

Got wrinkly fruit in the fruit bowl or ripe fruit dropping from tree? Make these!
Prep Time10 minutes
Cook Time25 minutes
Servings: 12


  • Mixing Bowl
  • Danish dough hook or whisk
  • Muffin tray (makes 12)



  • 1 egg
  • ½ cup neutral flavoured oil (a vegetable oil or light olive oil)
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1 cup yoghurt (any flavour will work)
  • 1 cup chopped fruit
  • 2 cups self raising flour
  • ½ cup sugar

Muffin topping

  • 1 pinch brown sugar (enough for each muffin)
  • 1 pinch rolled oats (enough for each muffin)
  • chopped walnuts (optional)


  • Preheat your oven to 180 degree fanbake
  • Place all the wet ingredients into a large bowl and mix.
  • Add the fruit.
  • Add the dry ingredients to the mixing bowl and gently combine.
  • Spoon equal amounts into muffin casings or a muffin tray.
  • Sprinkle equal amounts of brown sugar, rolled oats and chopped walnuts (optional) on each muffin.
  • Place in the oven and cook for 25-30 minutes