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Healthy Apple Muffins

14 March 2022 | Last Updated: 1 April 2022 By Aleksandra

These healthy apple muffins are a lighter version of traditional apple muffins and are made with whole wheat flour and sweetened with maple syrup and honey. Apple flavor comes from finely chopped apples and apple sauce. They are fluffy, moist, and lightly sweetened. They make a delicious healthy breakfast for kids.

If you’re looking for more healthy breakfast ideas, you may also like this 3-ingredient banana oat pancake.

Apple muffins on a black cooling rack.

Below you will find information about the ingredients and how to prepare the recipe. For the measurements and detailed instructions scroll down to the printable recipe card.

Ingredients

Here’s what you need to make these healthy apple muffins:

Labeled ingredients for healthy apple muffins.

You can also sprinkle the muffins with chopped walnuts.

What kind of apples to use: choose sweet and soft apple variety. I used Gala apples.

What makes these muffins healthier than traditional apple muffins?

  • they are made with whole wheat flour instead or white flour
  • they are sweetened with maple syrup, honey, and apple sauce, instead of white sugar.
  • they are made with coconut oil instead of butter.

I won’t say that these muffins are as good as regular apple muffins made with white sugar and white flour. They’re just not, especially for a person that is accustomed to eating such muffins. But I can assure you, for healthy muffins, they are really really good. Delicate, moist, stuffed with lots of apples. I pack them in lunch boxes for my kids. They make a great guilt-free breakfast on the go!

How to make healthy apple muffins step by step

Wet ingredients for muffins in a bowl. Dry ingredients for muffins in a bowl.

Preheat the oven to 350°F (180°C).

STEP 1: Add all the wet ingredients into a large bowl (eggs, coconut oil, maple syrup, honey, vanilla, apple sauce, yogurt).

STEP 2: In another bowl, whisk together all the dry ingredients (flour, baking powder and soda, salt, cinnamon).

Dry ingredients added to wet ingredients in a bowl. Chopped apples added to a muffin batter in a bowl.

STEP 3: Add the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients. Whisk until almost combined.

STEP 4: Peel and core the apples. Cut them into very small cubes. Add the apples to the muffin batter.

Healthy apple muffins batter in a bowl. Muffin batter in a muffin pan.

STEP 5: Stir gently with a spatula until evenly distributed. Don’t overmix the batter.

STEP 6: Line a muffin pan with 12 muffin liners. Divide the batter evenly between the liners.

Bake for 23 minutes or until a cake tester or a wooden skewer inserted into the center of the muffin comes out clean.

Let cool for 5 minutes on a cooling rack then enjoy!

Storage

These muffins keep really well in the fridge for up to 4 days. I usually reheat them in the morning in the oven at 325°F (160°C) until warm and then pack them into lunch boxes. They make a great make-ahead breakfast.

They also freeze well. You can freeze them for up to 3 months. Thaw in the fridge overnight then reheat in the oven/microwave in the morning.

Healthy apple muffins on a black cooling rack. Apples in the background.

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Healthy Apple Muffins

These healthy apple muffins are a lighter version of traditional apple muffins and are made with whole wheat flour and sweetened with maple syrup and honey. Apple flavor comes from finely chopped apples and apple sauce. They are fluffy, moist, and lightly sweetened. They make a delicious healthy breakfast for kids.
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Prep Time 12 minutes
Cook Time 23 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Servings 12 muffins
Calories 252kcal
Author Aleksandra

Ingredients

wet ingredients:

  • 2 large eggs
  • 1/2 cup melted coconut oil 100g
  • 1/2 cup maple syrup 155g
  • 2 tablespoons honey 40g
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup apple sauce 115g
  • 1/2 cup yogurt 115g

dry ingredients:

  • 2 cups (250g) whole wheat flour
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon

additionally:

  • 2 cups apples chopped into small very cubes 240g

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 350°F (180°C).
  • Add all the wet ingredients into a large bowl (eggs, coconut oil, maple syrup, honey, vanilla, apple sauce, yogurt).
  • In another bowl, whisk together all the dry ingredients (flour, baking powder and soda, salt, cinnamon).
  • Add the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients. Whisk until almost combined.
  • Peel and core the apples. Cut them into very small cubes. Add the apples to the muffin batter. Stir gently with a spatula until evenly distributed. Don’t overmix the batter.
  • Line a muffin pan with 12 muffin liners.
  • Divide the batter evenly between the liners.
  • Bake for 23 minutes or until a cake tester or a wooden skewer inserted into the center of the muffin comes out clean.
  • Let cool for 5 minutes on a cooling rack then enjoy!

Notes

  • How to measure flour: I’m using the “spoon and level method” so 1 cup of flour in my recipes weighs 125g. Fluff the flour by stirring it in the bag/flour container with a spoon. Spoon the flour and sprinkle it into your measuring cup. Sweep off the excess flour with the back of a knife.
  • You can also sprinkle the muffins with chopped walnuts.
  • What kind of apples to use: choose sweet and soft apple variety. I used Gala apples.
  • Calories = 1 muffin (1/12 of the recipe). This is only an estimate!
Course Breakfast, Dessert
Cuisine American
Diet Vegetarian
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