Apple Muffins

Apple Muffins are incredibly moist and full of cinnamon apple flavor. Super easy recipe to make and a great way to use up those fresh apples you have laying around.  Add these cinnamon apple muffins to your “keeper” file because they are a tasty breakfast. For healthy apple muffins, replace the vegetable oil with applesauce.


I had just bought a pack of 16 apples from Costco and was wondering how in the world I was going to eat all of them when I decided to make these apple muffins.

They are so easy. I literally had them in the oven in under 10 minutes. We sat down to watch television and I handed John a warm muffin.

He semi-shouted “Wow.”

I quickly scanned the TV to see what I had missed.

No…the muffins. They’re really good. 

These apple muffins have a brown sugar topping that gives the top a slight crunch and then the inside is super moist. Love ’em. 



Granny Smith apples are often used in baking because they are tart apples and helps offset the sweetness of the baked goods. You can definitely use any kind of apples: Even sweet apples like Honeycrisp apples, Gala apples, or Pink Lady apples will work as well.

diced apples

You want the apple chunks fairly small so they cook while baking.

apple muffin batter


Yes! When you’re mixing it, it will be the texture of cookie dough and when you add in the apples the moisture from the apples will thin it out a tiny bit. It should still be really thick though.

Fill each muffin tin 3/4 of the way full. The muffins will rise a little but not a ton. I always use an ice cream scoop to fill the tins. 

apple muffin batter

Sprinkle the tops of the muffins with brown sugar before baking.

apple muffin batter

The brown sugar mixture crystallizes on top of the muffin and makes a nice crunchy topping. Sure you could have a streusel topping but this simple version is all the soft muffins need. 

apple muffins

I wish you could see how incredibly moist these warm cinnamon tender muffins are.


There are a couple of tweaks you can make to these muffins if you want make them a little healthier.

  1. You can reduce the sugar from two cups to 1 1/2 cups.
  2. This recipe calls for 1 cup of oil. For the healthy apple cinnamon muffins, replace 1/2 the oil with applesauce.


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees and line muffin pan with paper liners.

  2. In a large mixing bowl, cream together sugar, eggs, oil, and vanilla. Sift flour, baking soda, salt, and ground cinnamon. Add dry ingredients to the wet ingredients and mix until combined. The batter will be very thick. Add the diced apples.

  3. Fill the prepared muffin pan cups about 3/4 of the way full. Sprinkle with brown sugar crumb topping.

  4. Bake at 350 degrees for 20-24 minutes. 




  • 2 cups sugar, (or use 1 1/2 cups for a less sweet muffin)
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup oil (vegetable, canola, or coconut oil)
  • 1 Tablespoon vanilla
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 3 cups peeled, cored, diced apples (around 3 apples)
  • Brown sugar for topping, (around 1/2 cup)


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees and line muffin pan with 18 paper liners.
  2. With a mixer, cream together sugar, eggs, oil, and vanilla. The mixture should be a pale yellow.
  3. In a separate bowl, whisk together flour, baking soda, salt, and ground cinnamon. Add dry ingredients to creamed mixture and mix until combined. The batter will be very thick almost like the texture of cookie dough. Mix in the diced apples. The dough will loosen up a bit when the apples are mixed in.
  4. Fill paper liners almost to the top, about 3/4 of the way full. Sprinkle each muffin top generously with brown sugar.
  5. Bake at 350 degrees for 20-24 minutes. Makes 18 muffins.


NUTRITIONAL INFO: This is calculated without the brown sugar topping since that varies.

Source: Marissa Pinon

Nutrition Information:

Yield: 18

Serving Size: 1 grams

Amount Per Serving:

Calories: 280Total Fat: 13.2gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCarbohydrates: 39.3gSugar: 24gProtein: 2.7g

Apple Muffins

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