Apple Cinnamon Muffins so fluffy you’ll never want to eat another muffin again. Make a batch of these today for a healthy afternoon snack or breakfast.
Today we’re making the classic apple cinnamon muffins recipe a lotta bit healthier with some amazing swaps so that you can feel good about eating these healthy muffins.
Flour – ditch the all-purpose flour and swap it for something a little bit heartier (but still light). For this recipe, we went with white whole wheat flour which is a great 1:1 sub for all-purpose.
Sugar – instead of white sugar, this recipe calls for a combination of coconut sugar and maple syrup. The maple syrup brings out all of the amazingly sweet and warm flavors of apple cinnamon muffins!
Fat – All you need for this recipe is 3 tablespoons of coconut oil and that’s it for fat! The reason this works is because we’re supplementing fat with applesauce, for a healthier, lower-fat way to get moist muffins!
Apple Cinnamon Muffin Tips
I thought I would share some healthy muffin making tips so that you can get fluffy, delish muffins every time!
What apples are best for muffins? We suggest using a sweeter apple variety such as gala because it will add amazing flavor to these muffins.
What can I do with lots of apples? Make apple cinnamon muffins! These muffins not only call for shredded apple but also applesauce.
What can I swap for the coconut oil? Try swapping canola oil for the coconut oil, or even removing 1 tablespoon of oil if you’re worried about the fat content.
Can I make these muffins vegan? We haven’t tried making these muffins vegan, but if we were to try, we would use 2 flax eggs in place of the 2 large eggs.
Can I use sweetened applesauce? Any kind of applesauce works, but just be mindful what your applesauce is sweetened with to keep this recipe refined sugar-free.
Can I use a different type of flour? The only other flours we recommend for this recipe is all-purpose flour or gluten-free all-purpose flour (1:1 swapping ratio). Do NOT use a grain-free flour such as almond flour or coconut flour.
More Apple Recipes
More Healthy Muffins
- 6 Healthy Muffin Recipes – 1 base batter
- Healthy Chocolate Muffins
- Cinnamon Pear Muffins
- Whole Grain Carrot Cake Muffins
- 1 cup shredded apples (moisture removed)
- 1.5 cups white whole wheat flour
- ½ cup coconut sugar (option to sub brown sugar)
- 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 2 large eggs
- 1/2 cup maple syrup
- 1 cup unsweetened applesauce
- 1/2 cup plain unsweetened almond milk
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 3 tablespoons coconut oil, melted
- First, preheat oven to 350ºF and line a muffin tin with muffin liners. We suggest spraying your muffin liners with cooking spray just in case.
- Next, use a cheese grater to grate a large apple (skin on or off, your preference!). We prefer to use a medium/large grate, so that we can taste the apple chunks.
- Place grated apple on top of 2 pieces of paper towel and squeeze out as much moisture as you can.
- Measure out 1 cup of shredded apples and place into a medium-size bowl along with the rest of the dry ingredients. Mix.
- In a large bowl crack 2 eggs and whisk. Add maple syrup, applesauce, almond milk, and vanilla and mix again.
- Add dry ingredients into wet ingredients and then mix.
- Finally, add in melted coconut oil and mix again.
- Fill each muffin about 3/4 of the way full (these are going to be big muffins). Then, place in the oven at 350ºF and bake for 18-22 minutes or until the center is fully cooked.
- Let cool for 5 minutes and then remove from the muffin tin to continue cooling.
Tips & Notes
- Let cool completely and store in an airtight container on the counter for up to 3-5 days or in the fridge for up to 7.
- To freeze: place cooled muffins on a baking sheet and freeze for 2 hours. Then remove from freezer and transfer into a freezer-safe gallon-size bag or stasher bag. Remove as much air as possible and seal. Freeze for up to 3 months.
Nutrition FactsServing Size: 1 muffin Calories: 173 Sugar: 19 Fat: 5 Carbohydrates: 30 Fiber: 2 Protein: 3
Keywords: apple cinnamon muffins
Photos by The Wooden Skillet.