Apple Cinnamon Muffins

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These cinnamon apple muffins are blended together in your blender and baked to perfection in less than 20 minutes. The cinnamon and applesauce gives you warm, spiced muffins that are perfect for breakfast or a snack. 

Stack of apple cinnamon muffins.
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This cinnamon apple muffin recipe is extremely easy to make and the best solution to having breakfast ready on the go! You can quickly grab a muffin on your way out the door and rest assured that it is full of wholesome ingredients that will get your day started off right. I love how simple this recipe is, with all the ingredients mixed in one place. The result is a moist, tender, and fluffy muffin that is full of flavor. 

Not only will these muffins have your house smelling amazing as they cook in the oven, but they taste just as yummy as they smell! The muffins are not overly sweet, but give you just the right amount of sweetness mixed with the warm, spiced flavor of cinnamon! With how easy they are to make and store, these muffins are sure to become one of your new favorites.

white plate with a lot of muffins on it.

Why You’ll Love This Recipe

  • The flavor of these muffins has the best balance of spices and apple.
  • Nutrient dense ingredients make these muffins filling.
  • The muffins have a soft and fluffy texture while still having a firm structure. 
  • The blender makes this recipe so quick and easy.

Recipe Ingredients

Ingredients separated in various bowls for making apple cinnamon muffins.
  • Rolled Oats—Fill the role that flour would normally take.
  • Applesauce—Helps add moisture to the muffins and give them their classic flavor.
  • Eggs—Large.
  • Plain Greek Yogurt—To help give your muffins a light and chewy texture.
  • Maple Syrup—To act as a natural sweetener. You can also use honey.
  • Baking Powder and Soda— You’ll use both to help the muffins rise.
  • Vanilla Extract—All you need is a splash for an extra pop of flavor. 
  • Sea Salt—To enhance the flavor. The muffins will be more plain without it.
  • Cinnamon—Amplifies that delicious apple flavor. 

See the recipe card for full information on ingredients and quantities.

How to Make Cinnamon Apple Muffins

Oats in a blender.
Flour, eggs and vanilla added to a blender.

Step #1. Preheat your oven. Spray a muffin tin with cooking spray. In your blender, add the oats. Add the lid and process until the oats look like flour. 

    Step #2. Add the applesauce, eggs, Greek yogurt, maple syrup, baking powder, baking soda, vanilla, salt, and cinnamon to the blender and blend until smooth.

    muffin tin filled with muffin batter.
    Close-up view of baked muffin.

    Step #3. Pour the muffin batter into your prepared pan.Bake until the muffins are fully cooked.

    Step #4. Allow the muffins to cool. Serve and enjoy!

      Recipe FAQs

      Are all oats gluten free?

      Yes, all oats are naturally gluten free. But, many oats are processed in a facility that is not gluten free, and can be easily contaminated by grains that contain gluten. If you are needing to make this recipe gluten free, be sure to check the label of the oats that you purchase and ensure they are processed in facilities that are certified to be gluten free!

      What can I use instead of applesauce?

      If you don’t have or don’t want to use applesauce, you can blend about 8 ounces of apple cored and chopped before you blend your oats! Make sure that your blender is heavy duty enough to blend the pieces of apple to a smooth texture. I have done it before and even left the skins on to make it an easy, hassle free extra step. Any type of apple would work well, but I would suggest Golden Delicious, Gala, or Granny Smith if you want a similar applesauce flavor and texture. 

      Why are my muffins peaked and not rounded?

      Your muffins are peaked if instead of a round circle shape, they have risen in the middle and created a tall, almost pointy shape. This is typically a result of overmixing the batter. As you are blending the ingredients, try not to blend longer than 2 minutes. That should be plenty of time for all of the ingredients to mix together without causing it to be overmixed and affect the shape of the muffins. With that being said, as soon as you see a smooth and combined batter stop mixing!

      How to Store Cinnamon Apple Muffins

      Cinnamon apple muffins can be stored in an airtight container on the counter for up to 3 days for maximum freshness. Alternatively, these muffins freeze very well. Once they have cooled, you can place them in ziploc bags and freeze for up to 3 months. To reheat the muffins, you can place them in the oven for 5-10 minutes at 350°F, or heat in the microwave for 30 seconds at a time until warm. 

      How to Serve Cinnamon Apple Muffins

      You can use these muffins for healthy breakfasts, easy snacks, or as a side to your favorite healthy lentil chili, Healthy Alphabet Soup (healthy, meatless 30-minute meal), or Tortellini Soup with Spinach.

      Expert Tips

      • You can switch up the flavor of these muffins by substituting the cinnamon for apple pie spice! 
      • These muffins are not too sweet, so if you want a sweeter muffin you can use vanilla Greek yogurt rather than plain, or add ¼-½ cup of brown sugar depending on how much you want. 
      • Use paper liners if you want an easy clean up and if you plan to keep them in the freezer, for sanitary storing!
      • Be sure to give the muffins enough time to cool before trying to remove them from the tin or else they might stick and break apart. 
      close-up view of muffin.
      5 from 6 votes

      Healthy Apple Cinnamon Muffins (made in the blender!)

      These cinnamon apple muffins blend quickly and bake to perfection in under 20 minutes. The cinnamon and applesauce create warm, spiced muffins ideal for breakfast or a snack.
      Prep: 5 minutes
      Cook: 15 minutes
      Total: 20 minutes
      Servings: 12 muffins

      Ingredients 

      • 2 cups rolled oats, gluten free if needed
      • 1 cup applesauce
      • 2 eggs
      • 1/2 cup plain Greek yogurt, whole milk or 2% yogurt
      • 1/3 cup maple syrup
      • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
      • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
      • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
      • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
      • 1 tablespoon cinnamon
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      Instructions 

      • Preheat the oven to 400 degrees and spray a 12-cup muffin tin with cooking spray.
      • In the jar of your blender, add the oats. Add the lid and process until the oats look like flour, 1-3 minutes.
      • Add the applesauce, eggs, Greek yogurt, maple syrup, baking powder, baking soda, vanilla, salt, and cinnamon to the jar of the blender and blend until smooth, 30 seconds to 2 minutes.
      • Pour muffin batter into the prepared pans.
      • Bake until the muffins spring back slightly when touched and toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean, about 15 minutes.

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      Notes

      • You can switch up the flavor of these muffins by substituting the cinnamon for apple pie spice! 
      • These muffins are not too sweet, so if you want a sweeter muffin you can use vanilla Greek yogurt rather than plain, or add ¼-½ cup of brown sugar depending on how much you want. 
      • Use paper liners if you want an easy clean up and if you plan to keep them in the freezer, for sanitary storing!
      • Be sure to give the muffins enough time to cool before trying to remove them from the tin or else they might stick and break apart.

      Nutrition

      Serving: 1 of 12 muffins, Calories: 102kcal, Carbohydrates: 19g, Protein: 4g, Fat: 2g, Saturated Fat: 0.4g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.5g, Monounsaturated Fat: 1g, Trans Fat: 0.003g, Cholesterol: 28mg, Sodium: 211mg, Potassium: 109mg, Fiber: 2g, Sugar: 8g, Vitamin A: 48IU, Vitamin C: 0.2mg, Calcium: 67mg, Iron: 1mg
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      30 Comments

      1. Jessica says:

        Just found this recipe while I was researching for my food prep business! I made a batch but added walnuts, cranberries, and a hand full of whole rolled oats after it was combined in the blender and DANG GIRL! These are awesome! I am confident these will be a favorite in the rotation!

      2. Marisa says:

        These look amazing! Quick question – Do you think these can work with an immersion blender? Thanks!

        1. Melissa says:

          It might! I’d like to know if you try it!

      3. Jenna says:

        5 stars
        These muffins are easy and the kids love- which right off the bat makes them a win, but no refined sugar and fluffiness push them over the edge. Thanks!

      4. Catherine says:

        I want to make the Apple Cinnamon Muffins it looks like a good one, can I add small chunks of apple to it with out add more to the recipe

        1. Melissa says:

          Yep, it’ll work great!

      5. Harmony says:

        5 stars
        Loved these! Perfect recipe! Thanks!

        1. Melissa says:

          Thanks for hand delivering my oranges! I owe you one!

      6. Kelsi Frazier says:

        5 stars
        these are perfect 🙂 thanks for the recipe.

        1. Melissa says:

          So glad you liked them Kelsi! You’ve reminded me that I need to make these again too.

      7. Samantha Stirnaman says:

        Sounds great, I can’t wait to try it! What’s the nutritional information for the recipe?

        1. Melissa says:

          Ohh this recipe doesn’t have it! I’ll update the recipe. You can always pop it into MyFitnessPal if you need it quicker than I get it done. ENJOY!