Cinnamon Apple Spiced Breakfast Muffins

Cinnamon Apple Spiced Muffins

Cinnamon and Apple go hand in hand the same way Muffins and Breakfast do.  Only, it’s even better when you combine them all together!  Cinnamon Apple Spiced Breakfast Muffins are perfect for those mornings when time is running short.  They also happen to be great on those slow, easy going mornings…you know, when you just want to hang out in bed as you catch up on Netflix shows.

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The Pecan Oat Streusel that sits on these hearty tops add a little crunch to this already tender and moist little piece of heaven.  It’s what every muffin should be…perfectly balanced!  A Cinnamon Apple Spiced Breakfast Muffin fits the bill “As-Is” straight out of the oven.  But…if you like to walk on the wild side, a light Vanilla Icing drizzle will add a touch of sweetness.  Or divide them up.  Drizzle some icing on half and leave the rest without.  Problem solved!

Cinnamon Apple Spice Muffins

A Note on Making Them

Make the Pecan Oat Streusel first then pop the bowl in the freezer to sit while you make the batter.  The recipe will yield a dozen standard sized muffins and as you can see in the picture below, each liner has been filled almost to the top.

Cinnamon Apple Spice Muffins

The liners sit slightly above the surface of the baking pan and this space is perfect for the streusel topping.  Use as much or as little streusel as you like…you can even omit it if you prefer but why?  You WANT this, trust me!  In the recipe, you’ll see that I used buttermilk blend and you can get it at your local grocery store.  When using it in the recipe, add the powder to the dry ingredients…you do not add it in liquid form.

Cinnamon Apple Spice Muffins

Most apple muffins are have apple chunks because they dice the apples.  That’s okay if it’s what you love but for me, I prefer to peel and grate my apple.  It’s a super easy and quick process.  Plus, no chunks!  Use a bowl to grate the apple over and do not throw out the juice it gives because you’ll need to use it!  Once done grating, use your hand to scoop out the shredded apple and squeeze as much of that delicious juice out.  Place the squeezed apple pieces on a separate plate.  Transfer remaining apple juice from bowl into a measuring cup.  My one large apple gave me almost 1/2 cup of apple juice! To this juice, you will add UNSWEETENED apple cider until you have a measured total of 1 cup.  Keep in mind that some apples aren’t as juicy and that’s okay.  You’ll just need to use more apple cider 🙂


Cinnamon Apple Spiced Muffins

This is a muffin top I can live with any day of the week! It’s always the first part I attack and with good reason.  Doesn’t it just make your mouth water! A perfect layer of toasted oats, pecans, and buttery brown sugar that gives a light crunch with each bite… that sweet vanilla drizzle that brings a smile to your face…  Yeah, it’s going to be a great day!

Cinnamon Apple Spiced Muffins

Cinnamon Apple Spiced Breakfast Muffins

Cinnamon Apple Spiced Breakfast Muffins
Prep Time
20 mins
Cook Time
20 mins
Total Time
40 mins

Course: Breakfast
Cuisine: American
Servings: 12 Muffins
Author: Cori
Pecan Oat Streusel
  • 1/2 cup Flour, All Purpose
  • 1/4 cup Brown Sugar, packed
  • 1 tsp Cinnamon
  • 1/4 cup Old Fashioned Oats
  • 1/4 cup Unsalted Butter, frozen then grated
  • 2 tsp Pecan Chips
  • Pinch of Salt
Cinnamon Apple Spiced Muffins
  • 2 cups Flour, All Purpose
  • 2 tbsp Cornstarch
  • 1/4 tsp Salt
  • 1 tbsp Cinnamon
  • 1 tsp Baking Powder
  • 1 tsp Baking Soda
  • 4 tbsp Buttermilk Blend
  • 1 Egg
  • 1 large Apple (I used Honey Crisp), peeled and grated
  • 1 cup Apple Juice/Apple Cider, unsweetened
  • 1/2 cup Unsalted Butter, room temp
  • 1/2 cup Brown Sugar
  • 1/4 cup Granulated Sugar
  • 1 tsp Vanilla
Vanilla Icing
  • 1 cup Powdered Sugar
  • 1/2 tsp Vanilla
  • 1 1/2-2 tbsp Milk
Pecan Oat Streusel
  1. In a small bowl, combine all ingredients.  Using a fork, mix the ingredients until well blended. Place in freezer until ready to use.

Cinnamon Apple Spiced Muffins
  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees (F).  Place liners in muffin pan.  Set aside.

  2. Peel and grate apple over a bowl. Remove shredded apple and squeeze juice out of it then place on a separate plate.  Transfer juice into a measuring cup and pour enough apple cider to make a combined total of one cup of juice.  Set aside.

  3. In a bowl, combine flour, cornstarch, buttermilk blend, salt, cinnamon, baking soda and baking powder.  Stir and set aside.

  4. In a mixing bowl, mix butter and both sugars until well combined.  Scrape bowl and add apple, egg and vanilla. Continue mixing until well combined.  Add dry ingredients and mix well.

  5. Divide batter evenly between the prepared muffin cups.  Remove streusel from freezer and stir to loosen/break up.  Using a spoon, add streusel mixture to muffins.  Bake for approximately 20-25 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.

  6. Remove from oven and allow to cool completely.  Drizzle with Vanilla Icing if desired. 

Vanilla Icing
  1. Combine all ingredients into a cup and stir well to combine.  Using a fork, drizzle as much or as little over cooled muffins.  

Cinnamon Apple Spiced Muffins

Teal Silicone Measuring Cups

In the picture above, you’ll see I’m using my favorite silicone cups.  These flexible, nesting measuring cups worked perfectly in this recipe.  I used the small one to mix the Vanilla Icing in and the large one, I used for the dry ingredients.  I love them for their ease of use, the fact that they’re nesting, easy to grip, lightweight and because they are a gorgeous color!  You can find them on Sale for 50% off PLUS Free Shipping with Code: SANTA here now thru Dec 25, 2017 so better hurry and snag a set!  Flirty Aprons - Silicone Measuring Cups (set of 3)


47 responses to “Cinnamon Apple Spiced Breakfast Muffins”

  1. Elizabeth says:

    These muffins look delightful! Apple desserts and pastries are my favorite.

  2. Cristine says:

    I like your idea of the struesel – a little extra texture can make the difference. Food is all about balance in flavors & texture

  3. Carolann says:

    Mouth watering! They look so delish and I can’t wait to try them!

  4. This recipe is perfect to keep in mind for a holiday breakfast or brunch! I love those measuring cups too. So glad you shared them because I was just looking for something like that. 🙂

  5. Alexandria says:

    Oh yum! This looks delicious & only 20 mins to make!

  6. Tiffany Accard says:

    Such a fabulous post, beautiful pictures as well, can’t wait to try this recipe at home!

  7. These look and sound amazing! I will definitely have to try grating the apples. Why have I never thought about that before? Such a brilliant idea! These muffins are perfect for my family, as I feel like we are always on the go!

  8. lucicoo says:

    These muffins look so delicious. I might have to make these during the Christmas holidays with my niece, I know she would like them.

  9. Could you get any more festive! These muffins look fab and I bet when they come out of the oven they smell amazing 🙂 x

  10. Pilar says:

    Amazing, these muffins look so deli, perfect for Christmas! Thanks for the recipe!
    xoxo, Pilar

  11. Very tempting Cori. Love these muffins. Can you please tell me if there is any alternate for egg?

  12. Noelle Lynne says:

    Wow these sound delicious, I am going to try and make a vegan version of these over the holidays!

  13. I love how you use grated apples instead of chunked. It would have never crossed my mind to do it like that. And I’m also a very big fan of Honey Crisp 🙂 They’re the best!

  14. Indrani says:

    They look yumm and you presented the preparation so easy to do.
    I too prefer apple grated instead of diced.

  15. Yum. I am definitely going to be baking these over the holidays. Thanks for sharing.!

  16. I can see myself enjoying these for breakfast tomorrow! Loved the recipe. Luckily I have all the ingredients to give them a try in the morning 🙂

  17. These looks super yummy! I also love the silicone measuring cups!! Those are awesome!

    • Cori says:

      Thank you Katie! These silicone measuring cups have been an enormous help in our kitchen. I actually think my hubby uses them more than I do, lol 😉💕

  18. These muffins sound absolutely divine!

  19. These muffins remind me of the kind you can buy at Costco! I love the streusal topping but would have to omit the pecans since my husband is allergic.

    • Cori says:

      Hmm, I’ve never been to Costco but have been meaning to now that we have one about 30 minutes away. I’ll have to make a trip to the bakery section to check them out, lol. I’ve made these with and without the pecans and they’re still pretty wonderful, so no worries there! 🙂 XOXO

  20. Looks so good love anything with cinnamon!

  21. sgmart187 says:

    These look so yummy! I love muffins, do they freeze well, if you wanted to make a bunch and divvy them up for multiple meals?

    • Cori says:

      That’s a great idea! I’ve actually never tried freezing them since they never last in this house, lol. If I were to freeze them though, I’d do so without the sweet drizzle. Place them in a freezer zip lock bag then place them in an airtight, freezable container with a good seal. When you want to eat some, then just place container on the counter the night before and let them come to room temperature overnight. Making the drizzle before serving would probably make them taste fresher, I think. That’s how I do it for my decorated cookies so maybe it would work for these muffins as well. I’ll have to try that out 😉

  22. These look amazing! I would love to have these and enjoy a Netflix morning.

  23. kbraswell1187 says:

    I absolutely LOVE muffins!!! Apple breads are my favorite!!! It reminds me of my childhood! <3 <3

    • Cori says:

      Then these are right up your alley! There’s just something about a hearty muffin and these are one of our favorites as well right next to blueberry and cream cheese, lol 😉

  24. These look so tasty!! Can’t wait to try them!

  25. Lindsey says:

    Mmmm these look SO delicious!!

  26. These muffins look absolutely divine!

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