These healthy apple-cinnamon muffins will put you in an autumnal state of mind no matter the time of year. Sprinkling the muffins with sugar before baking gives them a crispy top, just like a coffee-shop muffin--but these are a whole lot more nutritious than your average coffee-shop muffin, thanks to wholesome ingredients like white whole-wheat flour. Serve them for breakfast or a grab-and-go snack.

Julia Levy
Source:, July 2019


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Recipe Summary

20 mins
45 mins
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Instructions Checklist
  • Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Line a 12-cup muffin tin with paper liners. Coat with cooking spray.

  • Whisk flour, cinnamon, baking powder, baking soda and salt in a large bowl. Whisk eggs, buttermilk, brown sugar and vanilla in a medium bowl until smooth. Pour the buttermilk mixture into the flour mixture; fold gently until just combined. Stir in butter until well incorporated. Fold in apples.

  • Scoop about 1/3 cup batter into each prepared muffin cup. Sprinkle evenly with granulated sugar. Bake until the muffins are puffed and a wooden pick inserted in the center comes out clean, about 20 minutes. Let cool for about 20 minutes.


To make ahead: Wrap airtight and refrigerate for up to 2 days or freeze for up to 3 months.

Nutrition Facts

220 calories; protein 4.4g; carbohydrates 33g; dietary fiber 2.7g; fat 8.6g; saturated fat 5.1g; cholesterol 52mg; vitamin a iu 301.3IU; vitamin c 1.1mg; folate 5.6mcg; calcium 64.2mg; iron 3mg; magnesium 4.4mg; potassium 88.9mg; sodium 252.6mg.

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Rating: 5 stars
Loved! Best Muffins that I've ever made. Followed recipe exactly and they were perfect. I'll definitely be making again. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
Love these with coffee. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
Quick to make! Out of vanilla extract, I used maple extract. Delicious!!! Read More
Rating: 5 stars
Excellent well-balanced recipe; loved it! The supermarket only had reduced fat buttermilk when I bought the ingredients but they still tasted great! Read More