Apple Pie Muffins

What if I showed you how to capture the scent and flavors of apple pie into a delicious muffin? This apple pie muffin recipe is delicious and smells heavenly.

There is just about nothing that brings my kids into the kitchen like the smell of baked goods.  Cookies, muffins, bread, you name it.  They come running, eyes bright, smiling.

“Whatcha bakin’ Mom?’ I love it.

After a summer break from baking fall always brings me right back to a baking frame of mind.  The aroma of cinnamon, apple and spices fill my kitchen with warmth…and children wanting to sample the goods.

This simple recipe doesn’t require pulling out the mixer.  Just a large mixing bowl, spoon and little stirring muscle.  The batter is thick, but the muffins are surprising light. If you don’t have apples on hand pears work well too.

These apple spice muffins are great for a quick snack, or side in your lunch packing arsenal.  They pair well with a thermos of warm soup, a salad or as a healthier dessert option.

And when you are done with these, be sure to whip up a batch of my Coffee Cake Muffins. These are made with a cinnamon swirl and are absolutely delightful.

Apple Pie Muffins

makes 12 muffins

  • Author: MOMables
  • Yield: 12 1x
  • Cuisine: Baking


  • 2 cups whole wheat pastry flour
  • 2 tablespoons ground flaxseeds
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/3 cup maple sugar (or granulated sugar)
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/8 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1 cup unsweetened applesauce
  • 2 tablespoons melted butter
  • 1/3 cup milk
  • 2/3 cup chopped apple (about 1 apple)


  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
  2. In a large mixing bowl combine dry ingredients; flour, ground flaxseeds, baking powder, baking soda, sugar, cinnamon and nutmeg. Add in applesauce, melted butter, milk and chopped apples. Stir until well combined.
  3. Divide the batter evenly among muffin cups.
  4. Bake for 15-20 minutes, until golden brown.
  5. Allow to cool and store in an airtight container.


About Alison Bickel

Alison lives in the heart of the mid-west where, along with her husband, they raise their three boys. Whether it’s in the garden, the kitchen or tagging along on her boys’ latest adventure she looks for the simple beauty in everyday from behind her lens. On her blog, ‘this homemade life’ Alison shares tales of mothering, her passion for homemade food and obsession with farmer’s markets.

19 thoughts on “Apple Pie Muffins”

  1. Lindy says:

    Made these yesterday. They are delicious! I had a bit of icing from another food and drizzled a touch on these otherwise made them as written (using all purpose flour). I’m making them again today to give away to some church families. Thank you!

    1. I”m so glad you enjoyed them, Lindy!

  2. Karotz says:

    I made these last night in a mini muffin pan for my daughter and they came out great! Not overly sweet and very moist. I replaced the butter with coconut oil and milk with non-dairy milk for delicious vegan apple pie muffins! Thank you for posting the recipe – this is going in my recipe box

  3. Karen says:

    these are super quick to make and my two kids approved!
    thanks once again :)

    1. Emilie Hebert says:

      Awesome! So happy to hear that.

  4. Elizabeth says:

    Has anyone tried to make these as mini muffins?

    1. MOMables says:

      Yes. they were done in about 12(ish) minutes.

      1. Elizabeth says:

        Thank you – I find sometimes muffins with fruit don’t have as good of a texture as the big ones. My son can’t wait to try these. So far your recipes have been a big hit! Of course, I’m mostly starting with baked goods but I love that I’m making healthier versions of “treats” to go in his lunchbox.

        1. MOMables says:

          Elizabeth, we all start with the things that are easiest to make and we can avoid buying first! Good luck in your healthier real food journey!

  5. Allison says:

    Could I make this GF? Not sure of substitution measurements…Thanks!!

    1. Brooke says:

      I would like to know also.

  6. Kayla says:

    Do I need to use pastry flour?! All I have on hand is white flour and regular whole wheat flour!

    1. MOMables says:

      use the all purpose. the whole wheat flour will make them dense.

  7. Andria Hanski says:

    I’m making these today but my kids do NOT like “chunks” of fruit in their muffins, breads, etc. PICKY! When i make banana bread I have to puree the banana to be sure the bread is free of banana bits. What do you suggest for the diced apple in this recipe? Could I grate the apple? I’m thinking grated apple would hopefully “melt” into the batter during baking. Thanks for your help :)

    1. MOMables says:

      Andria, grate the apples first, then with a knife chop them on a cutting board. Or, if you have a food processor/mini chopper, finely chop the apple. it should blend right in with the dough.

  8. gina valley says:

    I think my kids will love these. They really love that apple pie type of flavor combination.

    1. Laura says:

      They will also make your house smell amazing..

  9. marla says:

    Love the muffins! Totally pinned :)

    1. Laura says:

      Thank you so much Marla! :) I have lots of your pins-your colors and recipes are always inspiring!

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