Apple muffins are one of the best breakfasts that I can think of! The amazing flavors of apples and cinnamon made with whole wheat flour make these apple muffins perfect! Make a batch of these Whole Wheat Apple Cinnamon Muffins Recipe and have breakfast covered for the rest of the week!
Whole Wheat Apple Muffins Recipe
One of our favorite things to do during the fall is going apple picking. The kids have a ton of fun going thru the apple orchards and picking the apples. Then we come home and make lots of tasty apple treats like homemade apple pie, apple crisp, apple pie oatmeal, apple waffles, apple cookies, apple dessert cups, apple bread, apple pie roll ups, apple cinnamon rolls, um well I think you get the idea here. LOL! Oh and LOTS of apple pie filling to freeze to use later on in the year.
These Whole Wheat Apple Cinnamon Muffins Recipe are one of my kids favorite muffins, sometimes I think I am going to have to hide these apple cinnamon muffins from the kids so they don’t eat them all in one sitting. My whole family loves these whole wheat apple muffins topped with a little bit of butter!
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Are these apple muffins healthy?
Unlike a lot of apple muffin recipes, there is little sugar in these healthy Whole Wheat Apple Cinnamon muffins. The apples give quite a bit of sweetness on their own, so a bunch of added sugar is not needed with this apple muffins recipe. Which is a good thing because I don’t like to load the kids up with a lot of sugar as I am sure you guys don’t like to either.
This apple muffin recipe also uses whole wheat flour instead of white flour. Making whole wheat apple muffins is not much different then making apple muffins with white flour, but I do find that I like the flavor much better when making apple muffins with whole wheat flour. If you are looking for an awesome whole wheat muffin recipe this is it!
What can I use in place of Buttermilk?
This apple muffin recipe also uses buttermilk instead of regular milk. If you do not have buttermilk on hand, just use 1 cup milk and 1 tablespoon vinegar. Whisk them together in a bowl and then add them to the rest of the ingredients.
Can I make these into mini muffins?
Yes, you can totally make these into mini muffins, you will want to use a mini muffin tray and muffin liners and then cut the bake time in half.
Tips for Making homemade muffins
Gently stir the batter. When you are mixing the batter you don’t want to over stir.
Room temperature ingredients. Having room temperature milk, butter, and eggs when making muffins is going to give you perfectly fluffy muffins every time. When you use room temperature ingredients you get a smooth mixture that traps the air when mixing and then gives you fluffy muffins as they bake in the oven.
Fill the muffin liners appropriately. You do not want to overfill the muffin liners. Follow the directions for the specific muffin recipe, if the recipe doesn’t tell you how full stick to the 2/3 full rule.
Bake one tray at a time. Use the center of the oven rack and bake one tray of muffins at a time. This will give you the best homemade muffins results.
How to Store Fresh Muffins
After making your muffins you will want to store them so you can continue to enjoy them. Allow the muffins to cool and then place them in a plastic zip close bag and store at room temperature. These muffins will keep for up to 3 days, if they actually last that long in your house.
How to Freeze muffins
A lot of times when I make these healthy apple muffins I double the recipe. I have found they freeze really well, so I can make a double batch and have them in the freezer. It is easy to defrost these easy apple muffins, just pull them from the freezer the night before and leave them on the counter. If you forget to do that, like I often do then you can heat them in the microwave for 30-45 seconds and they will be nice and warm.
All you have to do it let them cool completely after baking. Remove them from the muffin tin and then put them into the freezer. They will keep in the freezer for up to 3 months. There are 2 different ways to freeze fresh muffins.
How to freeze muffins Individually wrapped. Let your muffins cool completely. Then individually wrap them in plastic wrap, and put them in a freezer bag.
How to freeze muffins in bulk. If you do not want to wrap them individually, you can let them cool completely. Once cooled, remove the muffins from the muffin tin and place on a baking sheet in a single layer. Place them in the freezer and freeze them until they are solid, which takes about an hour.
How to defrost frozen muffins
Defrosting frozen muffins is easy and there are a few different ways that you can defrost muffins.
Defrost at room temperature. Remove muffins from the freezer and let them defrost at room temperature on the counter.
Defrost in the fridge. Remove muffins from the freezer and let them defrost in the fridge.
Defrost in the microwave. Remove muffins from the freezer and put them on a microwave-safe plate. Then heat them in the microwave for 30-40 seconds.
How to Serve Muffins
These apple cinnamon muffins are also even more amazing with a tad bit of butter on them. Oh I can just think of them right now, warm, soft, buttery apple muffins for breakfast. With a cup of coffee for myself of course!
Whole Wheat Apple Muffin Ingredients
- Whole Wheat Flour
- Baking powder
- Baking soda
- Granulated white sugar
- Dark brown sugar
How to make Apple Muffins
Preheat the oven to 450°F. add paper liners to muffin cups and set aside.
Mix together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, and cinnamon, and set aside. In a separate bowl, cream the butter and add the granulated sugar and 1/4 cup of the brown sugar. Beat until fluffy.
Add the egg and mix well, stop once to scrape the sides of the bowl.Mix in the buttermilk gently. If you over-mix, the buttermilk will cause the mixture to curdle.
Stir in the dry ingredients and fold in the apple chunks.
Divide the batter evenly among the prepared muffin cups, sprinkling the remaining 1/4 cup brown sugar on top.
Bake for 10 minutes, turn the heat down to 400°F, and bake for an additional 5 to 10 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center of a muffin comes out clean.
Cool the muffins for 5 minutes in the pan, then place them out onto a wire rack to cool completely.
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Whole Wheat Apple Cinnamon Muffins Recipe
- Preheat the oven to 450°F. add paper liners to muffin cups and set aside.
- Mix together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, and cinnamon, and set aside. In a separate bowl, cream the butter and add the granulated sugar and 1/4 cup of the brown sugar. Beat until fluffy.
- Add the egg and mix well, stop once to scrape the sides of the bowl.Mix in the buttermilk gently. If you over-mix, the buttermilk will cause the mixture to curdle.
- Stir in the dry ingredients and fold in the apple chunks.
- Divide the batter evenly among the prepared muffin cups, sprinkling the remaining 1/4 cup brown sugar on top.
- Bake for 10 minutes, turn the heat down to 400°F, and bake for an additional 5 to 10 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center of a muffin comes out clean.
- Cool the muffins for 5 minutes in the pan, then place them out onto a wire rack to cool completely.
6 SmartPoints per muffin on Weight Watchers FreeStyle Plan
Apple muffins are a great breakfast or snack option that everyone loves. These are healthy, delicious, and pretty low in calories. While they do contain butter, you could cut calories by using margarine or a mix of 1/2 the butter with 1/2 unsweetened applesauce for a lower calorie option.
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