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My apple cinnamon muffins are the perfect breakfast for busy mornings.
My regular readers know that one of my favorite ways to get my kids to eat more fruits and vegetables is by using purees in my baked goods and substituting some of the oil for applesauce.
Not only are these muffins moist and flavorful from the applesauce, but the sweet topping means that you can use unsweetened applesauce. These are the perfect Fall muffin – I hope you give them a try!
How long will the Apple Cinnamon Muffins last?
I always suggest storing the muffins for no longer than 4 days. Of course, these are so delicious they will probably be gone in one day!
If you want to make an extra large batch, you can wrap each muffin in an individual freezer bag and store them in the freezer. Keep them in the freezer for up to 2 months. Then you can thaw them out in the refrigerator or use your microwave.
Can the apple cinnamon muffins be made gluten-free?
Yup! It’s so easy to make gluten-free apple cinnamon muffins. In my recipe, just replace the flour with your favorite gluten-free flour. There are a lot of wonderful varieties out there. My favorite is from Bob’s Red Mill.
Can I use cooked apples in muffins?
For some added fiber, you can definitely put some cooked apples in the muffins. If you want them to turn out the best, chop up the cooked apples into tiny pieces.
Apple Cinnamon Muffins Shopping List
Before you get to baking, make sure you have all the ingredients. This is what you’ll need.
- Granulated Sugar
- Baking Soda
- Baking Powder
- Vanilla Extract
- Quick-cooking oats
- Brown Sugar
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- Ice Cream Scoop
- Cooling Rack
- Hand mixer
- Wire Whisk
- Reusable Muffin Cups
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Apple Cinnamon Muffins
Here’s how to make the most amazing and flavor-packed apple cinnamon muffins ever!
- 3/4 cup sugar
- 1/4 pound plus 3 tablespoons butter softened
- 2 eggs
- 1 cup all-purpose flour
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 1/4 teaspoon cardamom
- 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1/2 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
- Dash of Salt
- 3/4 cup unsweetened applesauce
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
Brown Sugar Topping Ingredients
- 2/3 cup quick cooking oats
- 1/3 cup brown sugar packed
- 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- Preheat the oven to 350-degrees. Line your muffin tins with papers (or grease) and set aside.
- Make the topping first - in a small bowl, mix together the oats, brown sugar and cinnamon. Set aside.
- Beat together the sugar and butter until light and fluffy. Add the eggs and beat them in well. Add the dry ingredients and mix well. Finally, add in the applesauce and vanilla. Scrape down the bowl and spoon into the muffin cups (I like to use a muffin or ice scream scoop).
- Sprinkle the prepared topping over each muffin, pressing gently so that the topping doesn't all fall off.
- Bake for about 18-22 minutes, depending on your oven - a tester should come out clean, and the top should be golden brown. Remove the muffins from the oven and let set 5 minutes before removing to a cooling rack. Serve warm or chill in the refrigerator and serve cold - either way, these are delicious!
What To Serve With Your Apple Cinnamon Muffins
These muffins make the perfect grab and go breakfast. If you freeze a bunch you can have a healthy breakfast ready every morning!
If you want something else to eat with your breakfast muffin, try a banana, or some pre-sliced fruit. You can also eat these with a cup of your favorite yogurt.
For a sit-down breakfast or brunch, these pair really well with breakfast casseroles or quiche!
Time-Saving Hack – Use Cake Mix for Muffins
I honestly prefer to make my muffins from scratch. I like controlling how much flour and sugar I put into the mix. But if you are pressed for time, just grab a box of cake mix and just use applesauce instead of oil. It’s super simple and tastes just as amazing.
If you liked my Apple Cinnamon Muffins, you will LOVE these!
From left to right:
- Sweet Potato Muffins with Streusel Topping
- Apple Carrot Bread with Lemon Glaze
- Chocolate Marble Zucchini Bread
Try Some Other Sweet Breads
If you are ready to bake up some more sweet breads, give one of these a try.
- Zucchini Banana Muffins – Baked By An Introvert – This recipe brings all the goodness of both zucchini and banana bread into one amazing muffin.
- Blueberry Banana Zucchini Bread – Made to Be A Momma – Somehow adding blueberries just made this bread taste (and look) incredible.
- Cherry Pie Scones – The Bitter Side of Sweet – What makes these scones out of this world is the sugary topping.