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Easy Apple Cinnamon Muffins Recipe

These easy-to-make Apple Cinnamon Muffins are fluffy, airy, and not too sweet but extremely satisfying. They are perfect for breakfast, a quick snack in the afternoon, or as a pick-me-up before sports practice. This muffin is the perfect sidekick to a nice glass of milk or cappuccino.

Cooling rack, with 12 muffins, top-down view.

Are you looking for something you can make and just grab out the door or pass to the kiddos on the way to their next activity?

Cinnamon Apple Muffins are quick to make on the weekend and grab when you need a quick bite on the go or when you’re ready to kick back for a few minutes.

Why You’ll Love These Easy Apple Cinnamon Muffins

Light and airy. This is not a heavy muffin batter. As long as you do not over mix the ingredients you will get light and fluffy muffins every time!

Homemade Quality. No added preservatives, extra sugar, or unknown ingredients. What you put in is what you get out! Plus homemade is just so tasty.

Equipment Needed To Make the Cinnamon Apple Muffins Recipe

Best Apples for Baking Apple Cinnamon Muffins

  • Jonagold. A large, sweet apple with a thin skin. Perfect if you like to leave the skins on!
  • Honeycrisp. A perfectly crisp sweet and sour apple that works great for baking and is also a great snacking apple.
  • Braeburn. A tasty, classic, firm and sweet apple perfect for baking.
  • Mutsu. Also called a Crispin apple.
  • Winesap. Sweet apples with a tangy finish.
  • Pink Lady. This apple is very similar to a Honeycrisp, but not quite as crisp or sweet raw. They are great for baking!
Ingredients: yogurt, apples, flour, sugar, baking soda, baking powder, cinnamon, nutmeg, salt, pecans, eggs, vegetable oil, brown sugar, Maple syrup.

Ingredients For Your Apple Cinnamon Muffins

  • Apples. Choose your favorite apple for baking or pick one from our list to try.
  • Lemon Juice. Use fresh or purchase a bottle of lemon juice for convenience.
  • All-Purpose Flour. Bleached or unbleached will both work.
  • Baking Soda.
  • Baking Powder.
  • Ground Cinnamon.
  • Ground Nutmeg.
  • Salt.
  • Vanilla Yogurt. You can use plain flavor and add ½ teaspoon of vanilla extract.
  • Pecans. Other types of nuts such as walnuts will also work.
  • Eggs. I like to get Large, Grade A eggs.
  • Vegetable Oil. Canola oil, corn oil or vegetable oil will all work.
  • Brown Sugar. Dark or light can both be used for this recipe. Dark brown sugar may intensify the flavor profile.
  • Granulated Sugar. White table sugar.
  • Maple Syrup. This ingredient is totally optional. But it is also highly recommended. You will love it!

Please note, that the recipe card has more complete instructions. This is intended as an overview.

Dry ingredient mixture in a mixing bowl. Top down view.

How To Make Cinnamon Apple Muffins

No-stress homemade muffins are a blessing for everyone at the table. Mix these up in a jiffy and enjoy them hot with butter or cream cheese for a special treat. Here’s the step-by-step breakdown.

Step One. Get your oven and muffin tin ready. You can use non-stick cooking spray or cupcake liners.

Step Two. Peel, core, and dice the apples. Coat them with lemon juice and maple syrup.

Step Three. Mix your dry ingredients until combined.

Step Four. Add the pecans and the apples and mix to coat.

Step Five. In a new bowl, mix the remaining ingredients (liquid, fat, sugar) until fully incorporated.

Step Six. Add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients and combine but do not over mix.

Step Seven. Fill the muffin pan.

Step Eight. Bake.

Step Nine. Cool.

What to Serve With Your Easy Apple Cinnamon Muffins

Although great on their own, these tasty muffins are the perfect addition to your breakfast or brunch. Here are a few of our favorite brunch recipes.

Sausage and Potatoes

Southwestern Chorizo Hash with Poached Eggs

Easy Sausage, Hashbrowns and Egg Casserole

A muffin torn in half showing pecans and pieces of apple.

Substitutions & Additions

You can substitute the ground cinnamon and nutmeg with 2 teaspoons of apple pie spice.

You could replace the Greek Yogurt with plain yogurt. We made them with sour cream, and it gave this tangy taste that we did not like.

How To Reheat and Store Apple Cinnamon Muffins

Best Way To Store Cinnamon Apple Muffins Recipe

Keep leftover muffins in an airtight container at room temperature or in the refrigerator. They may get soggy with extended storage. The muffins will keep for two or three days.

How Long Will Cinnamon Apple Muffins Last In the Fridge?

Two or three days before they become too soggy.

Can I Freeze and Thaw the Easy Apple Cinnamon Muffins

Yes. If you will have plenty of leftovers I definitely recommend freezing the extra muffins in airtight containers or freezer quality plastic zip bags. Thaw for thirty seconds in the microwave.

How To Reheat Apple Cinnamon Muffins

Room temperature muffins will reheat in ten to fifteen seconds in the microwave. Frozen muffins will reheat in thirty seconds or so in the microwave. Depending on your microwave you may need to adjust these times.

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Easy Apple Cinnamon Muffins FAQs

How long can muffin batter sit before baking?

You can let your muffin batter rest overnight if you wish. Mix up your batter the day before and cover the bowl with cling wrap. Chill the mixture in your refrigerator. When you wake up in the morning, your muffin batter is ready to go. You can put it directly in the muffin tins cold and put it in the oven.

How much do you fill muffin tins?

2⁄3 – 3⁄4 full. Your preference depending on how large you want your muffins.

Should muffins cool in the pan?

Always leave baked goods in the pan for a few minutes after baking. If you leave muffins in the pan until they are completely cool, you may end up with soggy muffins. After just a couple of minutes, remove the muffins using a dinner knife or metal spatula like the ones used for cake decorating.

Tips to Make Perfect Apple Cinnamon Muffins

Do not overmix the dough so you have nice, airy, and fluffy muffins. Mix by hand. No need to use a mixer.

When you insert a toothpick in the middle and it comes out clean or with just a few, they are ready.

Leave the muffins in the pan for two or three minutes to give them time to fully set. Then remove them to a cooling rack to finish cooling completely.

Foil cupcake liners are a family favorite because they are truly non-stick and peel right off without losing pieces of muffin.

Top down view of single muffin.

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Apple Cinnamon Muffins Recipe

Apple Cinnamon Muffins are fluffy, airy, and not too sweet but extremely satisfying. They are perfect for breakfast, a quick snack in the afternoon, or as a pick-me-up before sports practice.
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 15 mins
Total Time 30 mins
Servings 16
Author Julie Menghini

Ingredients

  • 2 cups apples – 2 or 3 apples peeled, cored & diced
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice
  • 2 cups all purpose flour – bleached or unbleached
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • tsp ground cinnamon
  • ½ tsp ground nutmeg
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 1 cup vanilla yogurt – you can use plain flavor and add ½ teaspoon of vanilla extract
  • 2 eggs – Grade A Large
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • ¾ cup brown sugar – light or dark
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 1 tbsp maple syrup – optional but recommended
  • ½ cup chopped pecans

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 350° F. Grease a muffin tin or fill it with cupcake liners. Set aside.
  • Peel, core, and dice the apples. Pour the lemon juice and maple syrup over the apples. Stir to coat
  • In a medium-size bowl, mix your dry ingredients; flour, baking powder, ground cinnamon, ground nutmeg, baking soda, and salt. Mix until combined.
  • Add the pecans and the apples. Mix until they are all coated. Set aside.
  • In a large mixing bowl, mix the yogurt, eggs, oil, brown sugar, and granulated sugar. Mix all ingredients until they are all incorporated.
  • Add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients using a spatula. Stir only until combined. Don't overmix.
  • Fill the muffin tin cavities 2/3 to 3/4 full using a 3 tablespoon-sized scoop.
  • Bake in the preheated oven for 15 to 17 minutes until nice and golden. When you insert a toothpick in the middle and comes out clean, they are ready.
  • Cool 2 to 3 minutes in the muffin tin and then remove the muffins from the pan. Continue cooling on a wire rack.

Nutrition

Calories: 170kcal | Carbohydrates: 32g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 3g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 2g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 21mg | Sodium: 163mg | Potassium: 158mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 19g | Vitamin A: 47IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 69mg | Iron: 1mg
This recipe was calculated using the exact brands and measurements I used to make this recipe. If you are following a strict diet please note changing anything will cause the nutritional info to change. My calculations are intended as a guide only.
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Recipe Rating




Tristin

Thursday 28th of July 2022

These apple muffins taste like fall, love how soft and fluffy they are!

Julie Menghini

Friday 29th of July 2022

I love apple anything, Tristin! Thank you!

Mindy

Wednesday 27th of July 2022

I didn't have nutmeg but it still tastes really good. Fluffy, soft and flavorful.

Julie Menghini

Friday 29th of July 2022

It's easy and versatile. Thanks, Mindy!

Michaela Kenkel

Wednesday 27th of July 2022

I just bought a HUGE bag of apples last weekend and was looking for new recipes to try when I came across this one. I baked up a double batch because I knew they would be good just from looking a the pictures!! I froze some and took some to the hub's office and they all loved them!

Erin

Tuesday 26th of July 2022

Gosh, these muffins are fall-flavored and SO delicious! I loved these, and so did my kids!

Amy

Monday 25th of July 2022

Absolutely delicious! Love the maple syrup addition - it's so good! These freeze great too!