Healthy apple muffins are the perfect anytime treat. Make apple muffins healthy by reducing the sugar and using a yogurt-based frosting. Your kids will love making this healthy apple muffin recipe with you after a day at a pick your own orchard. You’ll love having a simple breakfast recipe for kids to serve!
Hi, my name is Morgan and I’m a fall addict.
Okay, call me ‘basic’ (do the kids still say that?) but by the end of July, I’m itching for fall. I love being warm, but I hate being hot, so I have a weird love/hate relationship with summer.
Add in the fact that we live surrounded by trees so we get a ton of gnats and I’m ready for fall.
The smell of fall
Fall where I live means apples. We live near a few different orchards and starting in September the weekend traffic can get pretty annoying. On the bright side, it means that we get amazing apples galore!
Come September, I’m itching to throw on some comfy boots and crank up the oven to bake up
From healthy apple cinnamon pancakes to simple apple hand pies, you’ll find my counter packed with apple goodness all fall.
This post was originally posted on August 30, 2017 and has since been updated.
These muffins are simple and have a lot less sugar than a cupcake and are packed with grated apple. Feel free to substitute 1/2 cup of the grated apple for some grated veggies like carrot or zucchini to add even more healthy stuff!
Health Apple Muffin FAQs
It all comes down to the ingredients and making smart swaps. Using whole wheat flour, oat flour, or a combination is a great start. Also, try using healthier fats – from olive oil to coconut oil. Finally, choose a natural sugar. I like to use maple syrup, honey, or even simply unrefined cane sugar.
It really depends on what you’re looking for. If you’re looking for less sweet, Granny Smith are a great choice. I usually use whatever I have on hand! I do think a firmer apple is usually best, like a Honey crisp .
Sure can! Place on a sheet tray and freeze before putting into a large freezer bag. They will be great for about 3 months, if they last that long. Reheat by leaving on a counter overnight or warming in an oven.
Making Healthy Apple Muffins
How to make healthy apple muffins
- Grate the apples
Peel and core 2 apples before grating. I like to use my food processor because I’m lazy, but a box grater works as well. Keep the juice!
- Combine the dry ingredients
Whisk together the dry ingredients to disperse ingredients and break any clumps.
- Combine wet ingredients.
Stir together all wet ingredients, including the apples and their juice.
- Fold wet and dry ingredients
Gently combine the two until incorporated. Do not over mix – the batter will be lumpy!
- Bake and enjoy!
Bake for 18-20 minutes in a 350 oven or until a toothpick comes out clean. Enjoy!
Making healthy apple muffins fun
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Then add green M&Ms for leaves and a pretzel stick for a stem. Gummy worms and candy eyes add even more fun, even if they aren’t the healthiest.
If you’re looking for a fun snack to add to fall lunch boxes or as a morning treat, these healthy apple muffins with cream cheese frosting are exactly what you’re looking for!
Honestly, the healthy cream cheese frosting is really the winner, and it’s awesome on everything. I’ve used it as filling to Breakfast Whoopie Pies and frosting on Healthy Donut Recipes. It’s just the perfect, versatile recipe.
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Healthy Apple Muffin Recipe with Healthier Cream Cheese Frosting
These healthy apple muffins are the perfect fall treat. Packed with apple flavor, your kids will love gobbling these up for breakfast, a snack, or dessert.
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Healthy Apple Muffins with Cream Cheese Frosting
Healthy apple muffins with healthier cream cheese frosting are the perfect fall treat – make apple muffins healthy by reducing the sugar and using a yogurt based frosting
- 1 1/2 cups of flour
- 2 teaspoons baking powder
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 3 TBS white sugar
- 3 TBS brown sugar
- 1/3 cup vegetable oil
- 1 egg
- 1/3 cup of milk
- 1 teaspoon of vanilla
- 1 1/2 cups of grated apples with juice
- 1 8- oz brick of cream cheese softened
- 1 cup of thick Greek Yogurt
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 1-2 TBS of maple syrup to taste.
- Optional: red dye red sprinkles
To make muffins:
Preheat oven to 350. Combine dry ingredients and set aside. Combine wet ingredients before folding into the dry ingredients until just combined.
Prepare your muffin tins by balling up a small amount of tin foil and adding to your muffin tin between the pan and paper liner.
Spray your muffin liners with non-stick spray to ensure they don’t stick. Pour batter into the prepared cups and bake 20 minutes. Allow to cool completely.
To make frosting:
Whip cream cheese until light before adding yogurt, vanilla, and sweetener to taste and whipping until totally combined. If using food dye, add now – start with 15 drops and go from there.
How to decorate healthy apple muffins:
You can easily just frost these and move on, but where’s the fun in that, right? Decorate them to look like little apples!
- Color your healthier cream cheese frosting red or pink. Green would also be fun!
- Using an offset spatula spread frosting thickly to the top of the muffin. Be sure not to overlap the indent that will make the top of your ‘apple’.
A butter knife would work as well, but it’s so much easier with an offset spatula
- If planning to use sprinkles, dip the frosted muffin in red sugar sprinkles.
- Add a small pretzel stick to the top of your muffin and a green candy (I used an M&M on
it’sside) to make a ‘leaf’.
If desired add eyes to the ‘apple’ – I highly recommend it because omg so cute.
Okay, so tell me – favorite fall food? Are the kids still using ‘basic’? Let me know in the comments!
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