Healthy Cinnamon Apple Muffins {Recipe}

Here’s another delicious recipe inspired by our recent trip to the apple orchardHealthy Cinnamon Apple Muffins. I made these last Saturday morning, and they barely lasted the day. Hubby ate almost all of them. Not at once. One here, one there. The next thing I knew, they were gone. Guess I’ll have to make them again soon since they’re such a hit!








Healthy Cinnamon Apple Muffins

If you’re looking for an easy recipe that uses fresh apples, then this could be your ticket. These muffins mix up quickly and are pretty healthy, too. The smell of apples and cinnamon baking away will make your house so cozy, too. I came up with this recipe in time for fall, but I think they’d be great any time of year.

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Bake Time: 18-22 minutes
Total Time: 28-32 minutes
Yields: 12 muffins

*Vegetarian, Vegan options listed*


  • 1 cup spelt flour (or sub your favorite flour)
  • 3/4 cup unbleached all purpose flour (or sub your favorite flour)
  • 1/4 cup flaxseed meal / ground flaxseed
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 cup sucanat (or sub sugar for a sweeter taste)
  • 1/4 cup canola oil
  • 2 eggs (or flaxseed eggs for a vegan recipe)
  • 1 cup milk (or sub vegan milk substitute)
  • 1 teaspoon white vinegar
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 large apple, cored and chopped small, about 1 1/2 cups (I like to leave the peels on, but if you peel them, you’ll get a smoother texture in each bite)
  • non-stick spray or muffin liners


  1. Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees F. Prepare 12 cup muffin tin with either muffin cups or non-stick spray.
  2. In a large bowl, combine spelt flour flour, all purpose flour, flaxseed, baking powder, and salt. Whisk till evenly combined.
  3. In a medium bowl, whisk together sucanat and canola oil. One at a time, whisk in eggs. Add milk, vinegar, and vanilla extract. Whisk till evenly combined.
  4. Pour wet ingredients into bowl with dry ingredients. Stir gently to combine, just till all dry ingredients are mixed in (careful to not over-mix – batter will be a little lumpy and pretty liquidy). Stir in apples.
  5. Evenly distribute batter into each cup of a 12-cup muffin tin (should fill muffins cups pretty full).
  6. Bake muffins for 18-22 minutes, until muffins are cooked through (a toothpick inserted in the center of the muffin or loaf comes out clean).
  7. Let muffins cool till they’re safe to touch. Serve warm or wait longer and serve room temperature. Enjoy!


Happy baking!

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Did you see my other orchard-inspired recipe – Individual Apple Cinnamon Crisp (for dessert or breakfast)?

I have another, super-easy dessert recipe on the way! And I put the finishing touches on the orchard video tonight. Can’t wait to share it! I’ll upload it to my YouTube account soon! Feel free to subscribe there to be the first to see it! I’m hoping to add some food & fashion related videos soon.


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  1. Amelia says

    Omg, Diana, these look fantastic. I am going to whip up a batch today / tomorrow for breakfasts this week. Although, judging by Dan’s ability to eat all of yours I might have to make a double batch! Too bad I don’t have any NC apple to go in them! We usually make a trip to the mtns this time of year but with my internship we have limited time this year. :( I need to find a closer Chs spot.

    Btw, I enjoyed reading all of your CHS posts! Our good friend is one of the chefs at Circa 1886 and we thoroughly enjoy our meals there! Delicious rolls and strong but smooth drinks. ;)

    • says

      Hi Amelia! How did you like the muffins? Were you able to find an orchard near Charleston?

      I’m so glad you liked the Charleston posts! That’s so cool your friend is a chef at Circa 1886. That place is so good! And yes, my drink was great, too. Do you get to eat there often?

  2. Natalie says

    I hate reading recipes and checking out the comments section and only seeing people saying things like “look great” or “I like bears”! You never see anyone comment who actually made them. So, I’m here to say these muffins are FREAKING DELICIOUS. I made two batches….in one week. Good job!

    • says

      Lol on the “I like bears”! :P Thanks so much for stopping by to let me know that you enjoyed the muffins. Your comment makes me so happy! Hope you have a great rest of the weekend. Happy baking! :) D

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