Start the day with Healthy Apple Muffins! This easy breakfast muffin recipe is packed with nutrients, fiber and protein. Made with whole grains and fresh apples. This recipe is perfect for the family and is also a healthy kids muffin.
Easy breakfast muffins are so important for busy weekday mornings. This healthy apple muffin is a breakfast that is great for the entire family. I’m sharing this recipe just in time to help you with back to school breakfast ideas.
Healthy Apple Muffins are an easy breakfast recipe for the family – kids and adults!
Muffins can be a great breakfast choice if they are healthy. They sometimes get a bad rep for being loaded with sugar, but not this recipe.
This healthy apple cinnamon muffin is loaded with nutrients, vitamins, fiber and protein. You’ll be powering through the morning with this muffin in your hand.
What makes this a healthy muffin for breakfast?
I put a lot of thought into developing this healthy muffin recipe so just about every single ingredient in this recipe is healthy!
- Spelt Flour: I love to use spelt flour so these muffins are made with a healthy whole grain (you can use whole wheat flour too).
- Oats: I add oats in these muffins to add fiber and texture.
- Flaxseed: I use 1 tablespoon of flaxseed. You can add more if you would like, but I find that after 2 tablespoons, it will start changing the texture of the muffin too much. It won’t be as fluffy.
- Greek Yogurt: Greek yogurt in these healthy muffins adds protein.
- Apples: This muffin has real apples. Keep the skin on so you get that extra bit of fiber.
- Applesauce: It might sound silly, but to avoid sugar and other added ingredients in the applesauce, I always use a baby food apple puree. This one also does not contain sugar or added water.
That’s a long list so far… and I’m still going with more healthy ingredients…
- Almond Flour: I add a bit of almond flour in this healthy apple muffin recipe so you get the extra nutrients and minerals from almonds.
- Butter: Maybe butter isn’t the healthiest choice to use, but I like to use it because some fat is healthy and it’s a source of various vitamins.
- Eggs: A good source of protein, and it helps binds the muffins.
- Cinnamon: This spice is loaded with antioxidants and is anti-inflammatory!
- Brown sugar: Choose dark brown muscovado sugar if you can, so it is less processed.
As you can see, that’s almost the entire list of ingredients for these muffins! Don’t be put off by the long list because you know you are getting a healthy muffin recipe with this.
This easy breakfast muffin are made with lots of healthy ingredients
It’s really important to me to start off the day with a healthy breakfast or risk finding yourself too hungry or too tired by mid-morning. Often times, muffins are loaded with sugar and refined ingredients, which could lead to a sugar crash!
How to make Healthy Apple Cinnamon Muffins
Let’s get to the nitty gritty. This healthy apple cinnamon muffin recipe is very easy to make.
In a nutshell, mix the dry ingredients together. Fold in the apples. Mix the wet ingredients in a separate bowl. Mix everything together. Drop into muffin tins and bake. Easy peasy.
What equipment do you need to make healthy apple muffins?
- 2 bowls – one for the dry ingredients, one for the wet ingredients
- grater – I pop a box grater directly on a plate to catch all the apple shreds and juice
- muffin tin
- big sturdy cookie scoop – optional, but always so helpful to quickly portion muffin batter evenly
You’ll take one large bowl and mix together all the dry ingredients. Then fold in all the grated apples, so the dry ingredients coat the apples. This will prevent the grated apples from all sinking to the bottom of the muffins when you bake it.
Next, beat the wet ingredients in a medium bowl (the eggs, yogurt, apple sauce and melted butter). Lastly, gently fold the wet ingredients into the apple mixture. And that’s your muffin batter!
The quickest way to get muffin batter into a muffin tin is with a big sturdy cookie scoop. Scoop, drop, and repeat.
Use a cookie scoop to quickly divide muffin batter into the muffin tin
I’m conflicted if I should tell you this. It’s a really nerdy kitchen thing to do, but at the same time, I’m quite impressed with myself, and well, you should know how easy it is to make muffins with the right tools.
Here goes: I time myself, and it takes me 53 seconds scoop the muffin batter into the tin.
And that’s with a clean muffin tin at the end. No drips or drizzles along the way. Think you can beat that? Well, the important point is you can do it in about a minute.
What kind of apples to use for these Healthy Apple Muffins
Any apple will do. It is getting into the fall season, so find whatever is fresh and local to you. I tend to use Pink Lady or gala apples, but you can try with a green apple if you please.
Just keep in mind that this is a very low sugar muffin recipe, so don’t go too crazy with tart apples. Whichever apple you choose, leave the peel on the apple to give you that much more of a health boost.
This recipe is a healthy kids muffin that the entire family will enjoy for breakfast
This recipe is also a great healthy kids muffin choice. It’s made with whole grains and does not contain a lot of sugar. It’s perfect for kids’ lunchboxes and for eating on the go.
While it might look like a long list of ingredients, this muffin recipe is very easy to make and allows for kids to help in the kitchen.
Kids can help make this easy breakfast muffin
I find that if I pull out all the ingredients onto the counter and get the bowls and utensils set up, my little one is great at helping me scoop, measure, pour, and mix the ingredients.
He really enjoys working down the list of the ingredients, sampling the oats, ground almonds, cinnamon, apples and applesauce in the process.
Are you ready to get baking? I’m excited your kitchen will start smelling like lovely apple cinnamon soon!
Healthy Apple Muffins
Start the day with Healthy Apple Muffins! This easy breakfast muffin recipe is packed with nutrients, fiber and protein. Made with whole grains and fresh apples. This recipe is perfect for the family and is a healthy kids muffin.
- 1 1/3 cups spelt flour (you can also use whole wheat flour, all purpose flour, or a mix)
- 3/4 cup old fashioned oats (rolled oats)
- 1/4 cup almond flour / ground almonds
- 3 tablespoons brown sugar (use dark brown muscovado if you have it)
- 1 tablespoon ground flaxseed (milled linseed)
- 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
- 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
- 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
- 2 medium apples - grated (about 3/4 cups or 180 grams)
- 2 medium eggs
- 1/2 cup Greek yogurt
- 1/2 cup applesauce / apple puree (unsweetened)
- 1/4 cup unsalted butter - melted
Preheat the oven to 350°F / 180°C. Grease or line a muffin tin.
In a large bowl, mix together the flour, oats, almond flour, brown sugar, flaxseeds, cinnamon, baking powder and baking soda. Fold in the grated apples.
In a medium bowl, beat the eggs. Beat in the yogurt, applesauce and butter.
Pour the egg mixture into the apple mixture, and fold together, being careful not to over mix.
Evenly divide the batter into the prepared muffin tin. Each muffin cup will be about 4/5 full.
Bake for about 20 minutes at 350°F / 180°C, then turn the heat up to 375°F / 190° C, and bake another 8-10 minutes, until a toothpick inserted in the middle comes out clean. Remove from oven and transfer to a cooling rack. Allow to cool slightly before serving.
Leftover muffins store best in an airtight container in the refrigerator. Slightly warm before serving.