Apple Oatmeal Muffins with Sweet Oatmeal Topping {Recipe}

One of my favorite things about cooking & baking is that when you can’t find what you want, you can just make it up. I think that’s why I like baking muffins so much. So many muffins remind me more of dessert than breakfast. My ideal muffin is hearty & wholesome and made with clean ingredients. When I can’t find such a muffin for sale, I can bring it to life in my kitchen. And thanks to this blog, I can share the recipe with like-minded muffin enthusiasts.

I got my love of this style of muffin thanks to my family, so when my sister and I decided to come up with a new apple muffin recipe, I knew it would be a winner (at least for us).

We used more of our fresh-from-the-orchard, hand-picked apples for these babies, too.








Apple Oatmeal Muffins with Sweet Oatmeal Topping

My sister and I made these muffins one weekend, inspired by the hand-picked apples I brought back from an orchard in Flat Rock, NC. Oatmeal, whole wheat flour, and the sweet oatmeal topping help distinguish these muffins from the Healthy Cinnamon Apple Muffins I recently blogged. Skip the sweet oatmeal topping for a healthier muffin. Keep it on for extra texture and sweetness.

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

*Vegetarian, Vegan Options*


  • 1 cup old fashioned oats
  • 3/4 cup whole wheat flour (or sub flour of choice)
  • 3/4 cup spelt flour (or sub flour of choice)
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • dash nutmeg
  • 3/4 cup sucanat (or sub sugar for a sweeter taste)
  • 1 egg (or use vegan substitute, like a flaxseed egg – 1 tablespoon ground flaxseed mixed with 3 tablespoons water – let sit for about 10 minutes)
  • 1 cup milk (or sub vegan milk)
  • 1/4 cup canola oil
  • 1 teaspoon white vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 large apple, cored and chopped small, about 1 1/2 cups (I like to leave the peel on, but if you peel them, you’ll get a smoother texture in each bite)
  • non-stick spray or muffin liners

Sweet Oatmeal Topping (optional):

  • 1/4 old fashioned oats
  • 1 tablespoon butter, melted
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon


  1. Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees F and prepare a 12 cup muffin tin with non-stick spray or muffin liners.
  2. Add oats, whole wheat flour, spelt flour, baking powder, cinnamon, salt, and nutmeg into a medium bowl and whisk together.
  3. In a large bowl, whisk to beat egg and sucanat together till combined.
  4. Whisk in milk, canola oil, white vinegar, and vanilla extract.
  5. Pour dry ingredient mixture into the wet ingredient mixture, and stir gently just to combine – careful to not over-mix. Gently fold in apple pieces.
  6. Pour muffin batter into muffin tin cups – about 3/4 full each.
  7. If using Sweet Oatmeal Topping, in a small bowl, combine oats, butter, brown sugar, and cinnamon and stir together. Evenly distribute no top of the muffins.
  8. Bake for 18-22 minutes until centers set or a toothpick inserted in the center of a muffin comes out clean.
  9. Cool at least 10-15 minutes, or until safe to eat, before serving. Enjoy!


Happy baking!

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  1. says

    i love making muffins for the same reason you do! so fun to try new versions and have a healthy snack that feels indulgent. :) aside from two recipes i’ve been making since i was a kid, i don’t know if i ever make the same kind twice. :)

  2. donna says

    muffins and more muffins! i love them but i want them healthy so i can’t wait to try these and others you have one your blog. i just found your blog by accident but can’t wait to read each email i receive and check out the recipes. sooooo good! you mentioned ‘haul videos” and i would be interested in them if you decide to do them! thanks again for your healthy food alternatives!

  3. Kathy Christensen says

    Hello, I found u while looking for Granola recipes that didn’t have a lot of oil. Ace n like tha applesauce recipe. I’m planning to try the banana muffins next. Would olive oil work instead of canola? I’ve been reading some negative stuff about canola oil. I would b interested in your “haul video if u do it.

    Kathy Christensen

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