Easy Apple Cinnamon Muffins

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These Easy Apple Cinnamon Muffins are a simple breakfast recipe for fall mornings.

Watch the short video showing you how to make these Apple Cinnamon Muffins, then scroll to the end of this post and print out the recipe so you can make them at home!

apple cinnamon muffin displayed in front of green and red apples with a blue cloth napkin

Easy Apple Cinnamon Muffins

These muffins are wonderful because they have a delicious layer of crumb on the tops.  If you’re anything like me, I like to eat the crumbly top before I devour the rest of the muffin!  There are tips in the recipe below for flour substitutions and how to cut down on fat.

When my now 6 foot 4 giant child was a wee one, we used to pack the car with a picnic and head to the local San Diego mountains on fall weekends.  Those weekends are full of great memories such as going to the pumpkin patch and running through the corn maze, standing on tippy toes near the fences to pat the horses and dig into sheep fur, and sipping hot apple cider when there was a good chill in the air.

We often took our family photo at the pumpkin patch– standing in the remains of a long-ago picked corn field.  Those were the days.  And they were days I likely won’t be able to get back since 16 year olds aren’t so hip on hanging out with their parents at pumpkin patches any more!

red apples hanging in a tree

The best part of those fall weekends was our time at the apple-picking orchards.  If you’ve never been apple picking, it’s one of those things you must do.  It’s not even like the apples are the best apples you’ve ever eaten, but the experience of walking around with a bucket and picking apples directly from the trees is super fun.  And it’s really a nice thing for the kids to experience too.

Be sure to investigate (Google!) to see if you have any apple orchards near you.  Usually they invite the public in to pick their own apples for a certain dollar amount per basket or by the pound.  It’s so much fun!

Kids have always read in books that apples come from apple trees. But to actually stand in front of an apple tree, pick apples and put them in a basket… that’s a completely different experience!  They’re seeing the connection between plants and food and what we can create at home with that food.  That’s so important!

apple cinnamon muffins displayed in front of green and red apples with a blue cloth napkin

The best part of the whole apple picking experience is coming home with loads of apples and deciding what you’re going to make.  I always make a good batch of applesauce with my apples.  And baking cakes, apple bread and these Easy Apple Cinnamon Muffins is most often on the agenda too!

Ask your kids what they’d like to make with your bounty of apples, and get them in on the cooking and baking action.  You’ll create wonderful memories!

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Here are a few baking recipes to try if you have a bucket-full of apples!

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Easy Apple Cinnamon Muffins

These muffins are easy to make, and they're smack full of apple chunks and sweet cinnamon!
9 9 9
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Servings 12 muffins
Calories 238kcal
Course Breakfast
Cuisine American
Keyword apple, muffins



  • 1 cup all purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup whole wheat flour
  • 1/2 cup granulated white sugar
  • 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/3 cup vegetable or canola oil
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/3 cup milk
  • 2 medium apples (peeled, cored & chopped)


  • 1/4 cup granulated white sugar
  • 2 tablespoons all purpose flour
  • 2 tablespoons butter, at room temperature
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon


  • Preheat oven to 400°F. Grease a 12-cup muffin tin or line with paper muffin liners.
  • In a medium bowl whisk together dry ingredients. Add oil, egg and milk and stir just until combined. Fold in apples. Divide batter between the 12 muffin cups.
  • In a small bowl, mix topping ingredients, blending together with a pastry cutter or fork. Sprinkle over unbaked muffins.
  • Bake 15 to 20 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in center of muffin comes out clean.



  • To lighten up the recipe a bit, fill the 1/3 cup measuring cup with 1/2 applesauce and 1/2 oil. The muffins will turn out just as moist.
  • This recipe may also be made with white whole wheat flour in place of traditional whole wheat flour.


Serving: 1muffin | Calories: 238kcal | Carbohydrates: 39g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 8g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Cholesterol: 21mg | Sodium: 126mg | Potassium: 156mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 24g | Vitamin A: 105IU | Vitamin C: 1.4mg | Calcium: 57mg | Iron: 1mg | Blue WW Smartpoints: 9 | Green WW Smartpoints: 9 | Purple WW Smartpoints: 9
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  • Jodi wrote:

    This was a hit even with our Korean friends! They don’t like as much sugar as Americans, so I reduced the sugar by half. The apples, my husband reminds me all the time, really add the sweetness. Also, on some of the muffins I just sprinkled a little sugar and cinnamon on top and thought it was just as good (also a little easier than making the topping).
    Finally, I didn’t have any wheat flour so used only all-purpose. Wondering how it would be with some almond flour?
    Thanks for the great recipe!

  • Paula S Engle wrote:

    I just tried this recipe for the first time and it’s a keeper! SO moist and very easy to make. I love a good muffin and this is it!

  • Mama0809 wrote:

    I wanted to love these muffins. But the after taste of baking powder is awful. I don’t know if I did something wrong or what. But it’s so strong it burned mine and my husbands throat. I followed the recipe to a T. Maybe if I had sifted the dry ingredients. I did double the recipe too.

    • Lori Lange wrote:

      Something must have gone wrong with doubling the recipe- I haven’t heard this from anyone else!

  • Loretta wrote:

    About 1/2 of my muffins collapsed in the middle… they look like donuts… Anyone else have this difficulty?

    • Lori Lange wrote:

      Not sure what happened there!

  • Valarie R wrote:

    This recipe is sooooo freaking easy and simple!!!! Oh, and delicious!!!!