Healthy Apple Muffins made with whole wheat flour and agave are an ideal fall snack that will satisfy the whole family. Not only are they filling and nutrient-rich, they’re bound to impress everyone eating them because they’re as beautiful as they are delicious. Plus, they are ready in under 30 minutes.
Busy schedules, short days, upcoming holidays and end of year work commitments have everyone losing their minds this time of year. One of the most important things we shouldn’t forget when things are hectic is not to skip meals, especially in the morning. I love these Healthy Apple Muffins because they make a perfect on-the-go breakfast and keep me going without lots of processed sugar. The fact that they’re great for breakfast, a snack or even dessert is just a bonus.
I know you all love a good Apple Cinnamon Bread and the smell that spreads in your home when baking it. How about making a similar thing that is healthier and in individual portions?
How to Make Healthy Apple Muffins
This healthy apple cinnamon muffins recipe is an eternal favorite because it requires very little work and almost no kitchen equipment. Two bowls, a whisk, a muffin tin and a grater will suffice. As with many similar recipes, the method used here combines all the wet ingredients in one bowl and all the dry ingredients in another before mixing them together. Make sure that you add the dry ingredients to the bowl with the wet ingredients, rather than wet to dry, to help evenly incorporate everything and avoid lumps of flour in your muffins.
When it comes to ingredients, this recipe uses agave instead of granulated sugar as a sweetener which has the advantage of having a lower glycemic index. If you prefer to use another sweetener, brown sugar, honey or even maple syrup can be substituted to make these easy apple muffins. The recipe also uses whole wheat flour instead of all-purpose flour, which will help keep you full longer and adds a depth of flavor. What’s more, olive oil and grated apple will help keep these healthy apple cinnamon muffins moist.
Feel free to use any type of apple, but a crisp red variety, such as a Honeycrisp, is ideal. A great rule of thumb is that if you like to eat the apple, you’ll also like it in baked goods. I prefer to leave the apples unpeeled when I grate them as I find that the skin adds a little bit of texture, but you can peel them before grating for a smoother consistency. Just remember to core them as no one likes apple seeds in their whole wheat apple muffins! The same goes for the apple slices on top of the muffins.
Are these apple cinnamon muffins dairy-free?
Because these apple cinnamon muffins use olive oil instead of butter, they are 100% dairy free. You can substitute another neutral oil such as canola, but other vegetable oils tend to have less flavor. Some prefer the final product using a more neutral oil, so I encourage you to experiment and figure out what you like.
Regardless of the substitutions you make, these healthy apple muffins are out of this world and will hopefully keep you fueled up for the busy season coming. Let me know how you made them! We’d be happy to see your feedback in the comments section below. Please don’t forget to rate this recipe!
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Healthy Apple Muffins
So refreshing, soft and light apple muffins without butter and sugar. Made with whole wheat flour, these keep you full for a long time.
- Prep Time: 10 minutes
- Cook Time: 15 minutes
- Total Time: 25 minutes
- Yield: 15 muffins
- Category: Breakfast
- Method: Baking
- Cuisine: American
- 3 eggs
- ½ cup agave (or brown sugar)
- ½ cup olive oil
- 1 and ¾ cup whole wheat flour
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- ¼ teaspoon salt
- 1 cup apple, grated (I used 2 apples)
- 2 apples, thinly sliced for topping
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon for topping
- Preheat oven to 350F.
- Mix eggs and agave until smooth.
- Add in olive oil and continue mixing.
- In a separate bowl, whisk flour, baking powder, cinnamon and salt.
- Add these to the wet mixture and mix with a spatula.
- Fold in grated apple.
- Share batter into muffin liners, top with thin apple slices and sprinkle cinnamon over them. Bake for 15 minutes.
- Check if they are done with a toothpick.
- Remove the muffin tin from oven and let it cool.
- Serving Size: 1 muffin
- Calories: 159
- Sugar: 11.4g
- Sodium: 54.7mg
- Fat: 8.7g
- Carbohydrates: 19.9g
- Protein: 2.5g
- Cholesterol: 37.2mg
Keywords: apple, apple muffins
This post was published in 2013 and has been updated with new pictures and additional information.