Apple Vanilla Muffins (with Video)

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A delicious muffin recipe that kids can make, these Apple Cinnamon Muffins are made with real vanilla, coconut oil and coconut sugar for a healthier muffin recipe you can feel good about serving to the whole family.

A tender and flavorful apple muffin recipe with cinnamon and vanilla bean. These healthy apple muffins are made with coconut sugar and coconut oil to make them a healthier snack choice for the whole family.

Apple Cinnamon Muffins Recipe

Muffins are one of our favorite on-the-go snacks.

They are delicious, mess-free and easy to grab-and-go, whether you’re grabbing them to accompany your morning smoothie or enjoying them as a light snack in between errands or extra-curricular activities.

These apple vanilla muffins have been a fall staple for us for years. The kids love getting to help grate the apples, measure and stir up the ingredients – and my daughter especially loves when we use real vanilla beans for this recipe because she loves scraping the “caviar” out of the vanilla bean.

You can use vanilla extract, vanilla bean pods or vanilla bean paste to make these muffins. Vanilla bean pods or paste will impart the most robust vanilla flavor, but vanilla extract will still result in a yummy muffin.

When we use vanilla pods to make these muffins, I like to get the most use of the pods – either by boiling them into a coffee syrup, adding them a jar of sugar for some easy homemade vanilla sugar, or you can even add them to a bottle of vodka to make your own vanilla extract.

We use a few smart swaps to make these muffins not just healthier, but also result in a flavor-packed, tender muffin with that perfect chew. Apple, cinnamon and vanilla combine perfectly in this muffin recipe to create a warm flavor profile that is incredibly satisfying and comforting.

The biggest secret to getting that gorgeous, fluffy muffin texture is to avoid overmixing the batter. A few spots of flour are okay! I tend to skip the electric mixer and just stick to a whisk or spatula. Bonus: this makes it easier to let the kids help make these muffins.

We use a little bit of brown sugar in these muffins to impart both flavor and a chewy texture, however the majority of the sweetness is from coconut sugar and the grated apple. Coconut sugar is a healthier choice than white sugar because it contains nutrients and has a lower glycemic index than white sugar, so it won’t raise your blood sugar the same way that a muffin with white sugar would.

A combination of whole wheat and all-purpose flour allows us to incorporate more whole grains and fibre into these muffins than just all-purpose flour alone. Using a combination of the two gives these muffins a fluffy texture that isn’t too hard or too crumbly.

We also swapped out butter for coconut oil, but melted butter can be used in this recipe, if desired.

If you want to make these muffins jumbo-sized, grab a jumbo muffin pan and be sure to grease the top of the pan to prevent the muffin tops from sticking. You can also make this apple muffin batter into a healthy apple cake, mini apple muffins, or an apple bread.

Can these muffins be frozen? Yes! Place the baked muffins in a large ziptop freezer bag or your favorite freezer containers. (This set of freezer containers is a crazy bargain.) Just take out as many muffins as you want at a time and let them come to room temperature on the counter before enjoying. (They will thaw completely in about an hour – so you can also just add a frozen muffin to a lunch box and it will be ready to enjoy by first snack break.)

 

Check out our video for how to make your own apple muffins and then don’t forget to scroll down to grab your free printable recipe card:

 

Apple Muffin Ingredients

Scroll down to the printable recipe card for full measurements.

Tip: avoid over-mixing the batter or your muffins will be hard and dense, more like a biscuit than a fluffy muffin.

Kitchen Tools You May Find Helpful

  • Measuring cups and spoons
  • Mixing bowl
  • Wooden Spoon or Spatula <– I like these spatulas because they are one solid piece and don’t have removable heads for bacteria to get trapped underneath. Plus they are heat-resistant and have a lifetime warranty.
  • Muffin Pan
  • Silicone Muffin Liners

How to Make Apple Muffins

Preheat oven to 375F

Grate your apple using a cheese grater or food processor. Set aside.

If using a vanilla bean pod, cut in half and scrap out the seeds with a sharp knife.

Line a muffin tray with 12 muffin liners. Set aside.

In a large bowl, combine the flour, baking soda, baking powder, salt, coconut sugar and brown sugar. Stir well to combine.

Make a well in the center of the dry ingredients and add in the melted and cooled coconut oil, eggs, buttermilk and vanilla extract or vanilla bean pod scrapings.

Stir well to combine.

Mix in the grated apple, being careful not to overmix the batter.

Portion the apple muffin batter into the prepared muffin tray, about ¼ cup of batter per liner.

Bake  for 18-22 minutes until muffins are firm and golden brown, or an inserted toothpick comes out clean.

 

Pin this Healthy Apple Recipe for your Fall Baking:

How to make the best ever Apple Muffins, a delicious apple cinnamon muffin recipe made with coconut sugar, cinnamon, whole wheat flour and coconut oil, for a lighter, healthy apple muffin recipe the whole family will love. A great recipe for kids to help make, too!

Grab your free printable for our easy apple muffin recipe:

Yield: 12 muffins

Apple Vanilla Muffins

Apple Vanilla Muffins

A tender and flavorful apple muffin recipe with cinnamon and vanilla bean. These healthy apple muffins are made with coconut sugar and coconut oil to make them a healthier snack choice for the whole family.

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup whole wheat flour
  • 1/2 cup coconut sugar
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 apple, grated
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/3 cup coconut oil or melted butter
  • 3/4 cup buttermilk
  • 1 whole vanilla bean pod or 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 375F
  2. Grate your apple using a cheese grater or food processor. Set aside.
  3. If using a vanilla bean pod, cut in half and scrap out the seeds with a sharp knife.
  4. Line a muffin tray with 12 muffin liners. Set aside.
  5. In a large bowl, combine the flour, baking soda, baking powder, salt, coconut sugar and brown sugar. Stir well to combine.
  6. Make a well in the center of the dry ingredients and add in the melted and cooled coconut oil, eggs, buttermilk and vanilla extract or vanilla bean pod scrapings.
  7. Stir well to combine.
  8. Mix in the grated apple, being careful not to overmix the batter.
  9. Portion the apple muffin batter into the prepared muffin tray, about ¼ cup of batter per liner.
  10. Bake  for 18-22 minutes until muffins are firm and golden brown, or an inserted toothpick comes out clean.

Notes

Can use white or cane sugar in place of the coconut sugar.

Save your vanilla bean pod to make coffee syrups, vanilla sugar or homemade vanilla extract after scraping out the beans.

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Nutrition Information:

Yield:

12

Serving Size:

12

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 208Total Fat: 8gSaturated Fat: 6gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 1gCholesterol: 34mgSodium: 252mgCarbohydrates: 30gFiber: 2gSugar: 14gProtein: 4g

Sugar, Spice and Glitter uses an auto-generate nutrition calculator. Nutrition information isn’t always accurate unless analyzed in a scientific lab, so these should be considered more of a guideline than medical information.

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I hope your family loves these easy apple muffins as much as my family and daycare kids do! It’s a fun recipe to make as a family and a delicious treat any time of day.

For more delicious muffin recipes, check out our Healthy Morning Glory Muffins or our Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Muffins.

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6 Comments

  1. さて、私は本当にそれを勉強しました。あなたが調達このテーマは、適切な計画のために非常に便利です。このライトアップと上のスポット

    1. Just store them in an airtight container – they will last longer in the fridge, but potentially go softer. They last up to a week in the fridge, or 3 days stored on the counter/in a cupboard.

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