Apple Cinnamon Muffins

Soft textured and so flavorful, these Apple Cinnamon Muffins will be your new favorite fall snack. These muffins are packed with nutrients, flavored with warm spices and loaded with FRESH APPLES. Also, these are refined sugar-free and low in calories – perfect HEALTHY grab-and-go meal.

Healthy Apple Cinnamon Muffins

And here it is. Another APPLE recipe. Yeah, I know… Well, what can I say? I’m obsessed with apples. + They are now in season, so juicy and so beautiful. With their gorgeous colors and super sweet, who can resist them. I certainly can’t.

Apples are constantly on my menu for past few weeks. I love having Apple Cinnamon Overnight Oats or Apple Carrot Muffins for breakfast. My kiddo love these too. But I also love having apples fresh – I just slice them and have them as a midday or late-evening snack (topped with peanut butter, oh that’s THE BEST snack ever!). With so many apples going on in my life right now, I can only promise to bring you MORE apple recipes in days to come. Because … well, why NOT!?

This Apple Cinnamon Muffins recipe is currently a huge hit in my house. We all love these muffins because they are soft, flavorful and honestly so darn GOOD! Topped with cinnamon coated fresh apples, beautifully flavored with warm Fall spices, and so delicious. These muffins are just gorgeous.

Healthy Apple Cinnamon Muffins

To make these delightful Apple Cinnamon Muffins I used only HEALTHY real ingredients – FRESH APPLES and whole grain flour. I used Spelt flour but you can use wheat if you prefer. Whole grain flour added some nutrients to these yummies but also contributed to overall muffin rustic taste.

I sweetened these muffins with pure Maple syrup, but It only needed about 1/4 cup to make muffins sweet enough. Rest sweetness (and moisture) comes from all naturall APPLESAUCE. Applesauce is basically pureed cooked (or baked) apples. You can make it yourself at home or grab the jar from the store. Just read the labels and buy one without added sugars.

Apple Cinnamon Muffins are absolutely irresistible. So fragrant and beautifully spiced. That has to do with warm spices – Ceylon cinnamon, nutmeg, and allspice that are just MUST in apple combos like this. Also, these muffins have soft, almost cake-like texture. Sooo good!

Healthy Apple Cinnamon Muffins

On the top of muffins, I added a bit of diced fresh apples coated with cinnamon which gave a nice tartness and balanced the muffin sweetness, giving some freshness. The spices and fresh apple both turned these muffins into a perfect Fall-inspired delight.

I like to use sweet apples when I’m making these, but any type will do. Find whatever is fresh and local to you. Just keep in mind that these muffins are low in added sugars, meaning sweetness depends on apples you choose so don’t go crazy with tart apples. But again, if you’re into green tart apples, go ahead. Make it as will please your pallets.

Healthy Apple Cinnamon Muffins

Healthy Apple Cinnamon Muffins

Apple Cinnamon Muffins are very nutritious – packed with dietary fibers good for our digestion, proteins and healthy fats from coconut oil. They make easy grab-and-go breakfast, but you can also make a batch for afternoon coffee or tea break. I love sharing these with my neighbors.

This recipe is perfect for the family and busy weekday mornings, not to mention picnics and outdoor fun. Also, it’s a great healthy kids lunchbox choice.

One of the best things about this Apple Cinnamon Muffins recipe is that is very easy to make. You can whip up these beauties in no-time, and they are done, from starts to finish in less than 30 minutes. WIN!

Enjoy!

Healthy Apple Cinnamon Muffins
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Apple Cinnamon Muffins

These HEALTHY Apple Cinnamon Muffins will be your new favorite snack. These muffins are soft, flavorful and loaded with nutrients. + Refined sugar-free.

Course Breakfast, Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword apple, apple cinnamon, healthy, muffins
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Servings 12 muffins
Calories 183 kcal
Author Natalie

Ingredients

  • 1 3/4 cup whole grain flour I used Spelt
  • 2 teaspoon Ceylon cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon allspice
  • 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 cup pure Maple syrup
  • 1 cup applesauce unsweetened
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 cup coconut oil melted and cooled
  • 1 1/2 cup apple grated

Topping:

  • Apple finely chopped
  • Ceylon cinnamon for coating
  • Coconut sugar for topping, optional

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 375°F (190C). Line a 12-cup muffin tin with cupcake liners or grease with coconut oil.
  2. In a bowl, mix the dry ingredients - flour, spices, soda, baking powder and salt until well combined. Set aside.
  3. In a separate larger bowl whisk the eggs with coconut oil, syrup, applesauce and vanilla. Add grated apple and mix well.
  4. Slowly whisk in the flour mixture. Fill muffin tins 3/4 full.
  5. In a small bowl, coat thinly chopped apples with cinnamon.
  6. Top each muffin with chopped apples and press them into the batter. Sprinkle with coconut sugar (optional). 

  7. Bake muffins for 20 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.
  8. Remove from the oven and let cool completely on a baking rack.

Recipe Notes

Keep in the airtight container up to 3 days.
I used US cup (240ml) as a measure.

Nutrition Facts
Apple Cinnamon Muffins
Amount Per Serving
Calories 183 Calories from Fat 90
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 10g 15%
Saturated Fat 8g 40%
Cholesterol 27mg 9%
Sodium 60mg 3%
Potassium 120mg 3%
Total Carbohydrates 21g 7%
Dietary Fiber 2g 8%
Sugars 7g
Protein 3g 6%
Vitamin A 1.1%
Vitamin C 1.1%
Calcium 2.2%
Iron 4.7%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

Check out these apple recipes too:
Apple Cinnamon Oatmeal Cookies
Apple Cinnamon Baked oatmeal
Apple Pie Energy Bites
Apple Peanut Butter Banana Smoothie
Apple Pear Crisp

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Healthy Apple Cinnamon Muffins with fresh apples and applesauce

Healthy Apple Cinnamon Muffins with fresh apples and applesauce

37 Comments

  1. These look so yummy! I have some apples that I need to use up too! Can’t wait to try these

  2. apple and cinnamon is the most genius combination! Definitely making these for my next baking sesh

  3. what a beautiful crown and color on these muffins. I just love cinnamon and apples it just shouts fall!

  4. I just love all of the fall flavors and spices! Yum

  5. I just went to the market today and picked up some orchard fresh apples. This recipe looks like the perfect place to use some. I would love one of these with my morning coffee.

  6. Oh, this sounds so wonderful – I’m loving all the apple we have around us this time of the year. Cinnamon and apple is always a perfect combination. looks so yum.

  7. These muffins are really impressive! That sounds so flavorful! One of my favs. I can’t WAIT to try this! So YUMMY!

  8. Marisa Franca

    Well you may be obsessed with apples but so am I. We’re going to the store and I can’t wait to see the supply they got in. And while I’m there I’d better pick up some more cinnamon because I can’t bake with apples unless I have cinnamon.

  9. Oh your apple cinnamon muffins look to die for and I bet they smelled delicious baking up! I want one right now with a cup of coffee. Perfection! 😀

  10. Apple and cinnamon goes really well. Love this apple cinnamon muffins. I need to try apple baking Your recipe sounds so easy and healthy.

  11. The flavors in this sound really yummy. I love that you’ve used maple syrup and applesauce for sweetness rather than a refined sugar so they are a guilt-free breakfast treat.

  12. I am always in search for recipes without any refined sugar! Love your muffins and will make them to my kids.

  13. You just can’t have too many apple recipes this time of year! Gorgeous photography too 🙂

  14. Love anything in this recipe. Your muffins looks delicious! thank you for sharing

  15. This is my kind of muffin recipe. Not too sweet and full of apple flavors. Thanks for sharing

  16. My kids will totally dig this for a school morning breakfast…and snacks! They look perfect!

  17. I’ve been craving apple muffins and just made a loaf of amish apple bread. My friend and I are going to an orchard to pick apples next weekend and we’ll spend the day baking. These are first on the list!

  18. I have few apples which are unused for sometime now,I can salvage them now! This recipe looks so good!

  19. Marisa Franca

    There are muffins and then there are apple cinnamon muffins with chunks of apples sticking out of the top. I can smell the wonderful aroma as they’re baking. Would love one for breakfast or an afternoon snack. Super yummy!!

  20. Apples and cinnamon is such a fabulous combination! I’m normally not a big fan of cooked apples–except in apple pie–but I think I need to make an exception for these muffing :_)

  21. These look super tasty. I love the look of them with the visible apple pieces. Just perfect

  22. Is it even possible to have too many apple recipes this time of year?!? And I just love all the nutritious upgrades in this recipe – the whole grains and natural sweetener … plus all those juicy, delicious apples! Truly something you can feel great about sharing with the fam! 😀

  23. There are never too many apple recipes! These look like a great treat – my kiddo would love finding one of these beauties in his lunchbox.

  24. These look like a mix between apple pie and coffee cake which is basically my dream come true. I wanna eat these with hot coffee on fall days!

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