Healthy Apple Cinnamon Muffins

by on October 22, 2012

Last week Isaac went to Carter Mountain Orchard with his class and brought home three big bags of local apples.

Apple Muffin

Despite the fact that I eat a ton of apples and could have easily plowed through the bags in no time flat, I felt compelled to use a few in some sort of delicious baked good. Apple muffins were the first thing that popped into my mind so I made a batch and brought them for the ladies that attended my bachelorette party. Everyone loved them!

Isaac tasted one and said they were his favorite baked good I’d made in a while!! With a comment like that, I pretty much had to make another batch for him this week.

Healthy Apple Cinnamon Muffins

These muffins are hearty, moist and have with the perfect amount of sweetness from the brown sugar and apple chunks. As with most muffins, they’re great paired with a cup of coffee on a chilly fall morning.

apple muffin

In addition, they’re much healthier than your average muffin with all-natural ingredients like quinoa flour, whole wheat flour, plain Greek yogurt (Chobani), fresh apples and flaxseed. I also used canned pumpkin in the recipe so I could cut back the amount of butter. You could certainly use 3/4 cup applesauce or go the decadent route and use the extra 1/4 cup (1/2 stick) of Earth Balance or butter instead of the pumpkin. You all know I love my pumpkin so obviously it makes sense that I like the pumpkin version best - even if you can’t really taste it in this recipe.

Healthy Apple Cinnamon Muffins
 
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Serves: 12
Ingredients
  • ¼ cup (1/2 stick) Earth Balance Buttery Stick or butter, softened
  • ¾ cup sucanat or dark brown sugar
  • ¾ cup plain non-fat Greek yogurt
  • ¾ cup pumpkin (roasted or canned)
  • 2 Tablespoons ground flaxseed + 6 Tablespoons water
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 cup quinoa flour or all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup whole wheat flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon cinnamon
  • ¼ teaspoon sea salt
  • 1½ cups peeled and finely chopped apple pieces (about 2 apples)
  • Topping
  • 2 Tablespoons sucanat or dark brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350°. Line a muffin pan with cupcake liners or coat with cooking spray.
  2. In a small bowl, whisk together the 2 tablespoons of ground flaxseed with the 6 Tablespoons of water and let sit while you start preparing the other ingredients.
  3. In a small bowl, mix together the topping – 2 tablespoons of sucanat with 1 teaspoon cinnamon.
  4. In a medium bowl, whisk together the quinoa and whole wheat flour, baking soda, baking powder, cinnamon and salt.
  5. In a large bowl, mix the ¾ cup sucanat with the softened butter until combined. Add the flaxseed/water mixture, pumpkin and vanilla. Stir in yogurt.
  6. Fold the flour mixture into the wet mixture. Gently stir in the apple chunks.
  7. Pour the batter into the prepared muffin pan and sprinkle with the brown sugar topping. Bake for 30 to 35 minutes or until a wooden pick inserted in center of 1 of the muffins comes out clean.
  8. Let cool on a wire rack for 15 minutes. Store any leftover muffins in the refrigerator for up to 2 days.

apple muffin

Believe me when I say that the tops are the best – so sweet and cinnamony. Hopefully you all love them as much as we do here at casa de EBF.

{ 28 comments… read them below or add one }

claire @ live and love to eat October 23, 2012 at 8:43 am

These look incredible – I can never get enough cinnamon!

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Erica { EricaDHouse.com } October 23, 2012 at 9:01 am

Apple + Cinnamon is probably my favorite flavor combination!

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Brittany Mullins October 24, 2012 at 9:25 pm

Me too!!

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Natalie @ Free Range Human October 23, 2012 at 9:53 am

These look delicious! I love anything with apple :)

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Andrea @ Vegvacious October 23, 2012 at 10:30 am

I love, love, love all of your healthy substitutions! I have a bunch of apples that need to be used up and I will definitely be using some in this recipe. Can’t wait to try!

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Brittany Mullins October 24, 2012 at 9:25 pm

Yay! I hope you love them!

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Rachel October 23, 2012 at 10:49 am

LOVE that these don’t have eggs in them :D I’m so not a fan of eggs lol apples and cinnamon are prob the best combo in my book, I’ll totally try these out :)

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Brittany Mullins October 24, 2012 at 9:25 pm

apples + cinnamon = <3

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Em October 23, 2012 at 10:56 am

I am a sucker for muffins and anything apple or pumping during autumn, so count me in. I want to try these asap!

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janetha {meals & moves} October 23, 2012 at 4:13 pm

These look great, lady!

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Brittany Mullins October 24, 2012 at 8:37 am

Thank you dear! We need to catch up soon – I feel like we haven’t seen each other/emailed in ages.

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Lauren October 23, 2012 at 5:27 pm

These look so good Brittany! Way better than mine. :) I need to take baking tips from you girl.

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purelymichelle October 23, 2012 at 9:18 pm

can you send some my way ;)

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Brittany Mullins October 24, 2012 at 9:24 pm

I would, but they are gone already. ;)

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Jess @ JessieBear What Will You Wear October 23, 2012 at 10:00 pm

these. look. delicious.

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Lisa October 24, 2012 at 10:12 am

We went out to Carter Mountain last weekend and grabbed some of our own. So far I’ve done an apple pie baked oatmeal for breakfast, and HomeMan made a dessert pizza like the ones on pizza buffets with his homemade crust! Whatever we have left will go into crock pot applesauce on Saturday, but I might have to try this recipe out first!

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Brittany Mullins October 24, 2012 at 9:21 pm

Oh yum – everything you all made sounds awesome. I think I need some apple pie baked oatmeal in my life!

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Lisa October 25, 2012 at 7:01 am
Grace @ Practicing Grace October 24, 2012 at 2:30 pm

I went to UVa so I feel very fondly for that entire area. The hiking, apples, mountains. Sigh. And I also can’t wait to try this recipe!

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Brittany Mullins October 24, 2012 at 9:19 pm

So cool! I grew up in Orange, VA so I’m pretty fond of that area too. :)

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School of medicine October 25, 2012 at 3:39 am

The the information you are providing is really helpful to me .keep posting.

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Lauren @ The Homeostatic Mindset October 30, 2012 at 4:40 pm

This is PERFECT!!!!! I have been scouring Pinterest for a yummy Apple Cinnamon muffin, and here it is! Will be making these sometime soon! Maybe tomorrow?! To celebrate Halloween + being done a midterm! :)

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Katie @ Oh Shine On October 31, 2012 at 11:58 am

I need to bake me some of these!

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Kristie December 1, 2012 at 8:10 pm

So glad you shared this recipe. I’ve been looking for new ways to add a little extra fiber to my diet and these are so delicious. I was cutting them in half and reheating with a little bit of olivio on them but they don’t even need that…they are great on their own. Love them! Thanks!! :)

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Brittany Mullins December 1, 2012 at 11:56 pm

So glad you like them Kristie!

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Sagami September 11, 2013 at 11:01 am

Can I use Oat flour instead of wheat?

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Brittany Mullins September 11, 2013 at 10:57 pm

I think that would work fine.

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suz October 1, 2013 at 3:25 am

Could I leave the pumpkin out? Or use something else instead? Maybe butternut squash?

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