Skinny Apple Cinnamon Muffins

It’s fall, which means everyone is going crazy for pumpkin. And while I like pumpkin… if we’re being honest, I’m team apple. I think we take them for granted because they’re available year round but this is their season. Let’s celebrate.

skinny apple cinnamon muffins

I could eat an apple every single day and be happy. With peanut butter. Or cinnamon. Or cheese. Or just a plain old apple. So while I was debating making pumpkin muffins, I decided to make apple muffins instead. It’s time for apple to get the spotlight. (Plus I’ll never figure out an easier pumpkin muffin recipe than these 3 ingredient pumpkin chocolate chip muffins, so let’s just call it a day.)

So back to these muffins.

skinny apple cinnamon muffins

Skinny Apple Cinnamon Muffins
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Makes 12 mini muffins, or double the recipe for 12 large muffins
Recipe type: Breakfast or Snack
Serves: 12
  • ½ cup old-fashioned rolled oats
  • ½ cup unsweetened applesauce
  • ¼ cup milk (I used skim)
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 2 tbsp coconut oil, melted
  • ¼ cup coconut sugar
  • ½ cup whole wheat pastry flour
  • ½ tsp baking powder
  • ¼ tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • ½ small apple (I used Honeycrisp but fuji, gala, etc. would work)
  1. Preheat the oven to 350.
  2. In a large bowl, combine the oats, applesauce, milk, egg, and vanilla.
  3. Make sure the coconut oil is melted, then add it to the bowl.
  4. Stir in the coconut sugar, flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, and cinnamon.
  5. Dice the apple into tiny chunks. You don't want the pieces to be too big or it'll make the muffins a little soggy.
  6. Stir in the pieces.
  7. Spray your muffin tin with non-stick spray.
  8. Scoop the batter into the muffin tins.
  9. I made mine into 12 mini muffins but you could make larger muffins if you like, you'll just need to bake them longer.
  10. For the mini muffins, bake for 14-18 minutes, or until they're a little brown on the edges.
  11. Let cool for a few minutes before trying to remove them from the pan.

These smell like fall, thanks to all that cinnamon! Each mini muffins is only 80 calories each. I actually added a buttery crumb topping to half of them (for Alex) and left the other half plain. If you do want to add a fancy topping, just crumble a little butter, sugar, and cinnamon together and sprinkle it on top before you bake it.

These skinny apple cinnamon muffins are an easy healthy breakfast or snack!

skinny apple cinnamon muffins

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  1. Oh gosh I am totally team apple too!! Though I do love pumpkin [and it has totally taken over my blog] Ive also been making and baking all things apple cinnamon flavored. Soo good!!

  2. I can’t decide between apple and pumpkin. I think it depends on the apple, actually. Like honeycrisp wins over everything, but if it’s a green apple I might choose pumpkin. Either way, these muffins look like winners!

  3. These look awesome and even though I’m norrrrmally team pumpkin, this year I’m team apple for sure.

  4. Always team apple! We don’t even have canned pumpkin here so pumpkin baked goods are unknown. Especially with our current apple harvest from the garden I eat even more of them than all year round – three are my minimum ;).
    These muffins look and sound really good, Liz!

  5. Yum! I do love apple but pumpkin is my jam! Favorite muffin of all time is definitely chocolate chip!

  6. I am also holding out on pumpkin until I find the right one. Thanks for linking up today for meatless Monday these look delish

  7. Loving this! I love fall flavours and this is just what I need to kick off October!

  8. I only recently in the last couple years got into all the pumpkin things. Team apple for the win. These muffins sound delicious and after I go apple picking again they will definitely be on my list.

  9. These look delish! And I am right there with you on the apple v pumpkin debate. ๐Ÿ™‚

  10. I love, love, love muffins and these look exceptional!!

  11. I am totally more in love with apples than pumpkin anything. These look amazing!!

  12. Mmm I love apples, and I even love baking some warm muffin recipes in the fall. I’ll have to try this recipe! Thanks for sharing.

  13. i agree with you. i go overboard with pumpkin but really, apple does deserve all the attention.

  14. So excited for these, I definitely think apple is way underrated thanks to pumpkin. Can’t wait to try these!

  15. Looks so good Liz. Just a little tweaking to make them gluten free without changing the delicious flavor.

  16. Angela says:

    Yum! These look great and I think my kids will love them. I am going to make a batch today!

  17. love apples and cinnamon together! muffins are perfect for fall breakfasts!

  18. This is the perfect fall recipe! I love that you made them healthier!


  19. Mmmm these would make for such a wonderful breakfast ‘side’ or afternoon snack. Bookmarked!

    I love any and all muffins. Blueberry is probably #1. Or pumpkin spice! ๐Ÿ™‚

  20. They are SO cute and mini looking. I really love pumpkin and apple about equally. I’m especially ecstatic about the giant Honeycrisp apples that are on sale right now. ๐Ÿ™‚

  21. Ooh wow these look great. I feel like I’m definitely going to make them soon.

  22. I am definitely an apple loving girl! Pumpkin isn’t that big of a deal in Australia (well, not pumpkin in sweet recipes at least) and canned pumpkin does not exist so apples have always been a fall food for me!

    These look perfect!


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