I feel like people really focus on pumpkin during the fall. Don’t get me wrong, I focus on it too. I mean, I’ve almost exclusively posted pumpkin recipes on Instagram lately. And let’s not forget about these maple pumpkin scones.Plus, there’s not another time or season for pumpkins. Let’s celebrate them when we can! But there are other flavors during fall that we should celebrate- apples!
I think people also tend to only use apples for pie. But there are so many other options! Apples are great for almost any baked good. For today’s recipe, I chose muffins. Muffins are one of my favorite snack. Usually, they’re relatively healthy and are so adaptable to whatever you already have in your pantry. I happened to have extra apples on hand and voila – healthy spiced apple muffins!
I made these apple muffins for a coworker’s birthday. After a busy weekend, I couldn’t wait to bring them in on Monday. There’s nothing like starting the work week with a homemade snack. The muffins are hearty with a slight sweetness. They apples bake perfectly so they’re only slightly crunchy. The topping is crispy and sweet.
So, let’s not forget about apple this fall season. And you can do that by making these muffins!
Healthy Spiced Apple Muffins
- 1 1/2 cups diced apple
- 1/3 cup coconut oil
- 1 cup milk
- 2 teaspoons vinegar
- 1/3 cup brown sugar
- 1 large egg
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 1/2 cup whole wheat flour
- 1 cup all purpose flour
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoons pumpkin pie spice
For the topping
- 2 tablespoons butter
- 3 tablespoons white sugar
- 1/2 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Prep a muffin tin and set aside.
Add the coconut oil to a large glass bowl. Microwave the coconut oil until melted. Add the milk and microwave again until room temperature. Add the vinegar and stir to combine.
To make the muffins, whisk together, milk mixture with brown sugar, egg, whole wheat flour, all purpose flour, baking soda, baking powder, salt and pumpkin pie spice. Fold in the apples until just combined. Divide the mixture evenly into the 12 muffin tins.
To make the topping, melt the butter and add in the sugar and pumpkin pie spice. Sprinkle evenly over the batter. Bake for 15 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center of the muffins comes out cleanly.
Serve immediately or store in an air tight container.
Adapted from Pinch of Yum