Apple Muffins

These apple muffins are moist, tender, and packed with juicy apple chunks. Crowned with a crunchy cinnamon crumble, they're the perfect fall treat.

Apple muffins with cinnamon crumble topping and vanilla glaze

On a crisp fall morning, these apple muffins really hit the spot. They’re moist, warmly spiced, and studded with tender chunks of apple. A sweet cinnamon crumble sits on top of them, offering a delicious crunchy contrast to their soft middles. Pair one with a hot cup of coffee, and you’ll have a hard time finding a more enticing autumn treat.

I speak from experience. The temps dropped here late last week, just in time for the first day of fall. I made a batch of these apple muffins to celebrate, and I haven’t been able to resist eating one every morning (and sometimes afternoon) since. If you’re looking for a fun way to welcome the new season, I can’t recommend this apple muffins recipe highly enough.

Apple muffin recipe ingredients

Apple Muffins Recipe Ingredients

Here’s what you’ll need to make this apple muffins recipe:

  • Apples, of course! I love that these muffins are loaded with fresh apple pieces. You’ll need 2 cups diced, about 1 large or 2 smaller apples.
  • Applesauce – For even more apple flavor! It also makes the muffins wonderfully moist.
  • All-purpose flour, whole wheat flour, and almond flour – My favorite mix of flours to use in muffin recipes (see here, here, or here). It yields muffins that are fluffy, moist, and not at all dense.
  • Baking powder and eggs – They help the muffins rise.
  • Cane sugar – For sweetness.
  • Almond milk – Regular milk or oat milk would work here too.
  • Avocado oil – Its neutral flavor makes it perfect for this recipe. Feel free to sub another neutral oil if you prefer.
  • Apple pie spice – This cozy spice blend really brings out the apple flavor. Don’t have any on hand? Try making your own, or sub cinnamon.
  • Vanilla extract – For warm depth of flavor.
  • And sea salt – To make all the flavors pop!

You’ll also make a yummy crumble topping using all-purpose flour, brown sugar, cinnamon, and coconut oil. And if you really want to take these muffins over the top, you’ll drizzle them with an easy glaze made from powdered sugar and almond milk.

Let’s bake!

Find the complete recipe with measurements below.

Cinnamon crumble topping in a bowl

How to Make Apple Muffins

The first step in this apple muffins recipe is making the crumble topping.

Whisk together the flour, brown sugar, and cinnamon in a medium bowl. Then, use a spatula to mix in the soft coconut oil. (No coconut oil on hand? Room temperature butter works too!)

Stop mixing when there is no dry flour remaining and the mixture is crumbly. Be careful not to overmix. If you go too far, you’ll end up with a paste instead of a crumble.

Hands pouring bowl of wet ingredients into mixing bowl with dry ingredients

Next, make the batter. Whisk together the dry ingredients in a large bowl and the wet ingredients in a medium one.

Pour the wet ingredients into the flour mixture…

Hand mixing apple muffins batter with spoon

…and stir until just combined.

Hand using spoon to fold chopped apples into batter

Then, fold in the diced apples. I wasn’t kidding–these muffins are really packed with fruit!

Scooping muffin batter into muffin tin

Finally, bake. Use a 1/3-cup scoop to divide the batter into a greased muffin pan. Sprinkle the crumble on top, and bake at 400°F for 17 to 22 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center of the muffins comes out clean.

Allow the apple cinnamon muffins to cool in the pan for 10 minutes before transferring them to a wire rack to cool completely. Once cool, drizzle the glaze over the tops of the muffins, and enjoy!

Apple cinnamon muffins on a cooling rack

Apple Cinnamon Muffins Recipe Tips

  • Use good baking apples. Firm varieties such as Honeycrisp, Granny Smith, Pink Lady, and Jonagold will shine in this apple muffins recipe. I like that they hold their shape, so you can enjoy how the tender apple chunks play off the moist, cakey part of the muffins. I recommend steering clear of softer varieties like McIntosh or Red Delicious, which become mushy when baked.
  • Choose how sweet (or not) you want the muffins to be. We love these apple muffins with the cinnamon crumble topping and glaze, but I totally get it if you want them to be a tad less sweet. Skip the glaze, the topping, or both. The muffins will still be delicious.
  • Freeze some for later. These apple muffins freeze perfectly! They keep well in an airtight bag or container in the freezer for up to 3 months. Allow frozen muffins to thaw at room temperature, or, to speed things along, pop one in the microwave for 30-ish seconds.

Apple muffins recipe

More Favorite Fall Treats

If you love this apple muffin recipe, try one of these cozy fall treats next:

Apple Muffins

rate this recipe:
5 from 14 votes
Prep Time: 20 mins
Cook Time: 20 mins
Total Time: 40 mins
Serves 12
These cinnamon apple muffins are moist, tender, and bursting with spiced apple flavor. We love them with the crumble topping and glaze, but they're also delicious without any topping if you prefer a less sweet breakfast treat.

Ingredients

Crumble Topping

  • ½ cup all-purpose flour, spooned and leveled
  • cup brown sugar
  • ¼ teaspoon cinnamon
  • ¼ cup soft coconut oil

For the Muffins

  • ¾ cup plus 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour, spooned and leveled
  • ¾ cup whole wheat flour, spooned and leveled
  • ½ cup plus 2 tablespoons almond flour, spooned and leveled
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 2 teaspoons apple pie spice
  • ½ teaspoon sea salt
  • ½ cup unsweetened almond milk
  • ½ cup unsweetened applesauce
  • ½ cup cane sugar
  • ¼ cup avocado oil, or another neutral oil
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 cups peeled and diced apple

For the Glaze

  • ¾ cup powdered sugar
  • 1 to 1½ tablespoons unsweetened almond milk

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 400°F and grease a 12-cup muffin tin.
  • Make the crumble topping: In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, brown sugar, and cinnamon. Add the coconut oil and use a spatula to combine. Mix just until there is no dry flour remaining and the mixture is crumbly. Don’t overmix.
  • Make the muffins: In a large bowl, whisk together the all-purpose, whole wheat, and almond flours, baking powder, apple pie spice, and salt.
  • In a medium bowl, vigorously whisk together the almond milk, applesauce, sugar, avocado oil, eggs, and vanilla.
  • Pour the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients and stir to combine. Gently fold in the apple. Use a ⅓-cup measuring cup to scoop the batter into the prepared muffin cups. Sprinkle the crumble topping on top. Bake for 17 to 22 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted comes out clean. Let cool for 10 minutes, then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.
  • Make the glaze: In a small bowl, whisk together the powdered sugar and 1 tablespoon almond milk until smooth. If the glaze is too thick, add more almond milk, 1 teaspoon at a time, until it reaches a drizzleable consistency. Drizzle over the cooled muffins.

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  1. Taylor
    10.07.2022

    Hi Jeanine – I am so excited to make these apple muffins tonight! Are you able to provide the nutrition information for the muffins?
    Thank you in advance – your recipes are awesome!

    • Jeanine Donofrio
      10.07.2022

      Hi Taylor, I’m sorry, we don’t calculate nutrition facts but you can plug the ingredients into a site like my fitness pal.

  2. Jen
    10.05.2022

    5 stars
    These are SO good! I doubled the batch and made them with the struesel and glaze, and was a little concerned they wouldn’t be sweet enough as the muffins themselves call for less sugar than I’m used to using, but they are perfectly sweet with all the toppings! I’m bringing these to my office and I know they’ll be a hit!

    • Jeanine Donofrio
      10.07.2022

      Hi Jen, I’m so glad you loved them!

  3. Brooke
    10.02.2022

    5 stars
    Oh my goodness. These muffins disappeared in 24hrs, so delicious! I used all spelt flour with the almond instead of the WW/AP mix, and the texture and flavor were perfect. The only thing was my crumble topping melted into the muffins and all over the top of the pan, still delish though. I decided to make them again but instead of muffins turned it into a cake. I doubled the recipe, used half chopped pecans and half quick oats in the crumble instead of flour, and baked in a 13×9 pan at 375 for about 35-40 min. Worked out beautifully! This is going to be a regular, thank you for such a fabulous recipe!

    • Jeanine Donofrio
      10.08.2022

      Hi Brooke, I’m so glad you loved them!

  4. Holly
    10.02.2022

    5 stars
    I made these muffins..they are absolutely delicious, light and full of the flavors of fall….like autumn in your mouth! Thank you for this great recipe. Now I want to make more to share the yum !

    • Jeanine Donofrio
      10.02.2022

      I’m so glad you loved them!

  5. Alexa Wilner
    10.01.2022

    I am looking forward to making these muffins! Sounds perfect for Fall!

  6. Sara
    09.30.2022

    5 stars
    I made these tonight and used a paleo blend for the all purpose and wheat flour. I was a little short so I subbed 1/4 cup oat flour. I used home made almond flour (made from almond pulp) and maple sugar.
    I will make this recipe again thank you for sharing.

    • Jeanine Donofrio
      10.02.2022

      Hi Sara, I’m so glad they turned out great! What was the paleo mix that you used?

  7. Christina Wright
    09.29.2022

    These look amazing. Can you make them gluten free and vegan?

    • Jeanine Donofrio
      10.02.2022

      I haven’t tested them gluten free or vegan. If you have my cookbook, Love & Lemons Every Day there’s a totally different recipe for gf/vegan apple muffins.

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