Apple Pie Muffins

So the other day I made muffins that taste like apple pie.


For real.

Breakfast is hard when you need to get out of the house before 7am.

I can never wake up when my alarm goes off at 6am. I end up hitting snooze about 10 times, and before I know it it’s 6.25. And by then I’m already running so late, and I have 20 minutes to get ready, and have a shower, and get dressed, and put something, anything, on my face.

So breakfast isn’t the biggest priority.

Until I get to culinary school or work, that is, and by then, I’m STARVING.

So I decided to make some muffins, to grab and go, pack into my bag, and have for breakfast. I wanted them to be somewhat healthy and to have apples and oats in them.

And these were the result. I loved them. They ended up tasting just like apple pie with the cinnamon, chunks of apple, soft vanilla cake and oaty, crispy brown sugar crumble topping.

The best on-the-go breakfast.


Inspired by Vanilla and Lace.

For the muffins
1 1/2 cups plain flour
3/4 cup sugar
1 tsp cinnamon
2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
1/3 cup vegetable oil
1 egg
1/2 cup milk
2 apples (I used granny smith)

For the cinnamon sugar crumble
1/2 cup rolled oats
3 tbsp brown sugar
1 tsp cinnamon
2 tbsp unsalted butter, softened and cubed (28g, 1 oz)

Preheat the oven to 200 C and line a 12-hole muffin tin with paper liners.

To make the crumble topping, mix together the oats, brown sugar and cinnamon in a small bowl. Add the butter and use a fork to crumble it together. Set aside.

Peel, core and dice the apples into 1cm (1/2 inch) cubes. Set aside.

To make the muffins, combine the flour, sugar, cinnamon, baking powder and salt in a large bowl. Make a well in the center.

In a jug, whisk together the oil, egg and milk. Pour it into the well in the dry ingredients and mix gently, with a wooden spoon or spatula, until the flour is just incorporated. Stir through 1 cup of the apples.

Fill the muffin liners 2/3 full with batter. Top the muffins with the remaining chopped apple and sprinkle generously with cinnamon sugar crumble.

Bake for 20-25 minutes or until a skewer inserted comes out clean.

Your house will smell amazing. Makes 12 regular muffins.

36 Thoughts on “Apple Pie Muffins

  1. these are so cute! as always, your pictures are beautiful!

  2. Gorgeous photos and these muffins look and sound delightful and very delicious.

  3. Yummy! It’s a cute box and beautiful color! In addition, apple pie muffins looks delicious! :)

  4. apple pie in a muffin.. Just delicious… 20 minutes to get prepared for work?! I can never do that..

  5. Apple muffins that taste like pie – yes please!
    I think I am going to have to save these and try them out as a lunchbox snack one week.

    Beautiful photos too!

  6. I just made apple pie muffins recently and I LOOOOVED them. Yours looks absolutely perfect. And I just loved the way you decorated them. Well done!

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  8. Hi! Am a new reader of your awesome blog and I thought i’d drop a note to say I made these muffins today and you were right, they made my house smell wonderful! And the muffins were a big hit! Thanks! :)

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  10. larlar on August 20, 2012 at 5:43 pm said:

    Hello Natasha, I am new to your blog too, and simply being attracted by this muffin too! Gonna try this weekend. But have quick question for you: i have not dealt with apples in baking before, not to mention green apples… i am not good at peeling and cutting, therefore will need some time to finish, and am afraid that the chopped apples would have turned rusty when i manage to finish the choppings… does this matter? or is there a way to keep them in good shape and taste? Thanks in advance!

    • Hi Larlar, it doesn’t matter if the apples turn brown when you cut them. It won’t affect the flavour at all, just the appearance, but once they are baked in the muffins you won’t be able to tell. If you don’t want them to turn brown, you can squeeze some lemon juice over them when you cut them :-) Good luck!

  11. Hi! I just made these. AMAZING! I will certainly be blogging about them…

  12. Andrea on October 25, 2012 at 9:27 am said:

    What would you bake these F? I can’t do 200C. Thanks!

  13. Hi cold you possibly E-Mail me this recipe
    Using grams or ounce?


  14. I just made these and my house smells fantastic! I adapted them to be GF for my friend who is coming over to visit later today. Thanks for the recipe.

    • Hi Nishta, so happy to hear it!
      Oh how did you adapt them? I’d love to know. I don’t do much GF baking but I have an intolerant friend and I would love to make these for her :-)

  15. Hi could you possibly give me the recipe
    In grams or ounce?
    Thanks much appreciated xx

  16. Thank you for this wonderful recipe. I haven’t tried it yet but I’m going to make this into a 9×13 inch cake for a feast that’s coming up. Will anything bad happen if I double the recipe to make a 9×13 inch cake?

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  18. Made these today and they were amazing, they literally taste like apple crumble in cake form and the smell when they were baking… so good!
    I adapted the recipe slightly by adding a bit of ground ginger and nutmeg into the cake batter, and subbing some of the sugar for brown sugar also, just for personal preference. I think next time I’m going to use half whole wheat flour and see how that turns out, and make more streusel topping because you can never have enough of that 😉
    Thanks so much for your recipe! And I must say, your pictures are absolutely beautiful!

    • Hi Emma! I’m really glad you liked these, and I know right, how amazing do they smell while they’re baking… heaven.
      I love your additions!! What great flavours, especially for fall, with the brown sugar and ginger. Yum! I will have to try it, with the wholewheat flour too. 😀
      Thanks for the great feedback and kind words!
      Hope you have a great day!

  19. Hi Natasha, do you think it is reasonable to replace vegetable oil with butter or yougurt in this recipe? Thanks a lot!

    • Hi Masha! When replacing ingredients, I would replace like for like if you want the same result, i.e., veg oil for a different oil. If you don’t mind that the muffins will be totally different, then you can try replacing with yogurt etc. Good luck

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