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Feel-Good Apple Muffins

29 reviews / 4.9 average

These apple muffins are EVERYTHING in my life right now – moist and dense in a good way, perfectly but not overly sweet, and just honestly divine smeared with a little butter and honey.

Oh, one other helpful little thing: they’re wholesome. Real-food healthy ingredients. Feel-good for the body.

Apple muffin with butter and honey.

Here’s a universal scenario that happens to us food lovers almost every day in the fall.

  • I want to bake a cozy treat!
  • Wait though, I don’t have a ton of time.
  • Wait though, I also don’t want to eat 100 grams of sugar.
  • Hmm.

Enter: THESE apple muffins of the 100% comforting and treat-like but also healthy variety. They are made with:

  • Oats
  • Apples
  • Dates
  • Maple syrup
  • Olive oil
  • Eggs

And there you have it. Talk about FEEL-GOOD! I have been eating these on repeat for little “coffee breaks” throughout the day and happily sharing them with my daughter as one of those unicorn “treat” foods that feels both special and also wholesome.

Ingredients for apple muffins in a blender.

Oh, and the low-on-time part? All you do is blend and pour into a muffin tin. Very unfussy.

Top with flaked unsweetened coconut if you’re really keeping it clean. Top with butterscotch chips if you walk on the wide side.

Apple muffins in a muffin tin before baking.

And even though they don’t *need* it, just the tiniest bit of butter with the quickest drizzle of honey will just take the whole thing to an entirely new fall baking level.

Apple muffins topped with coconut on parchment.

And if you’re now in muffin hog mode, we have a ton of muffins that follow this same cozy-treat-but-also-healthy policy!

Enjoy. Like seriously, take a pause, breathe in that warm cinnamony muffin in front of you, and just enjoy this cozy moment.

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Feel-Good Apple Muffins


  • Author: Lindsay
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 15 minutes
  • Total Time: 25 minutes
  • Yield: 1012 muffins 1x

Description

These Apple Muffins are EVERYTHING. Wholesome and nutritious, moist and dense, perfectly but not overly sweet, and honestly divine with a little butter and honey.


Ingredients

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  • 2 cups rolled oats
  • 8 medjool dates, pitted (about 3/4 cup)
  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • 1/4 cup real maple syrup
  • 12 apples, grated (about 12 cups total)
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • pinch of sea salt and/or cinnamon (optional)
  • coconut / seeds / nuts / butterscotch chips (optional, for topping)

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Mix all ingredients in a blender until a chunky batter comes together.
  3. Pour batter into a greased or lined muffin tin. Sprinkle with butterscotch chips. Bake for 15-18 minutes, until the tops gently spring back when you press into them.
  4. Sprinkle warm muffins with sea salt if you’re into that kinda thing. Serve warm or cold ALL DAY LONG. ♡

Notes

For a sweeter muffin, add a little more maple syrup.

Bake times and textures will vary by batch, because every apple is different! I use Honeycrisp apples which are very sweet and juicy, and I don’t drain out the liquid or anything before adding them into the batter. Just know that each batch will be a little unique, and watch your bake time, adding minutes as necessary to get them baked to perfection!

The longer you blend them, the more “smooth” and puffy they will be. Less blending = a more textured, dense muffin. I like them both ways!

  • Category: Breakfast
  • Cuisine: American

Keywords: healthy apple muffins, apple muffin recipe, sugar free apple muffins

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    Andrea

    Hi Lindsay! These apple muffins look delicious. I wanted to let you know I’ve had great success with your freezer meals post. I’m a big freezer meal person and I’ve tried making many a “bag to slow cooker/instant pot” recipe and Have always been disappointed – but yours are SO good. The wild rice soup! The African peanut stew! The Korean beef! All huge hits and so unbelievably easy to prep. Would you ever consider doing a second edition of that post with new recipes?!

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    Jessica

    The other 3 variations of this recipe are regularly in rotation in my kitchen. I particularly appreciated the banana ones when I was breastfeeding.
    I’m currently 23 weeks pregnant and apples have been my pregnancy OBSESSION this pregnancy. I’ve been eating at least one a day. I’m so sad I ate the last one last night and can’t make these this very moment. Will have to wait until this afternoon.
    So excited for these!!

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    Kelly

    Where was this recipe last week when I needed recipes for using up old apples 😭

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    Marianne

    I have homemade applesauce. Could I sub that for the grated apples…..seems obvious but you never know😀

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    Kim B

    Oh these are yummy! I LOVE making them in the blender…totally do-able on busy mornings! The sprinkled salt at the end…perfection! Loved the zucchini version and now obsessed with these! Thanks!






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    Lesley Bailey

    Hi! Do these have any fluffiness associated w reg muffins? I see no flour so curious! Also, curious why baking soda not powder – is one of these ingredients acidic? Thanks again!!

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      Hi, Lesley! The fluffiness of these muffins will vary based on how long you blend them. The longer you blend them, the more “puffy” they’ll be. The apples provide enough acid in this case, too. 🙂

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      Hi Alison! It might change the consistency a little bit because the batter won’t be smooth – we think it can totally work though. Just a little more texture in there! 😉

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        Stacy

        I assume extra virgin olive oil should not be used? If I don’t have regular olive oil is safflower a good substitution?

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    Alexis

    Your instructions say ‘sprinkle with chocolate chips’ but the list says butterscotch, which do you recommend? I’m thinking butterscotch but wanted to double check 🙂

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    Coral

    These look amazing! Can I sub the olive oil with apple sauce? Or at least half of it?

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      Sarah

      Hey there, I tried making them wih the flax eggs instead of regular eggs. They tasted great, but were simply a bit more dense than I would expect them to be when baked with regular eggs. Received lots of compliments though.
      Pro tipp, in order not to waste any of the goodness: once I’ve scraped the dough out of the blender, I fill in a bit of plant milk and blend again > muffin dough smoothie 😉

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    Abigail

    These look great! I have tried both the muffin and zucchini muffins that are very similar to this and I adored them. Is it possible to bake this in a loaf pan, or will that throw everything off?

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      Hi, Abigail! We haven’t made these muffins in a loaf pan yet, so it’s hard for us to say how it’ll turn out. You could try changing the cooking temp to 325 degrees and baking longer. Depending on how “wet” your batter is, it could take 30-45 minutes to bake. Let us know how this goes for you!

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        Abigail

        Baked it in a 8×4 loaf pan for about 45 minutes and it came out wonderfully! Super moist and delicious!






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    Angie

    These are delicious! I whipped up a batch tonight. So easy and quick. Thanks for sharing .






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    Chelsea

    These are phenomenal!! I subbed the dates for a mashed banana since I didn’t have any dates on hand. I was also too lazy to grate the apples so I diced them then pulsed in the blender a few times instead before blending up with the rest of the ingredients. Also subbed olive oil for avocado oil. Everything came together SO fast! And they are SO yummy!!






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    Kim

    I’m going to try this today as is, but I’m nervous my toddler won’t like the texture of the oats. If so, I’d like to blend them first next time. Do you know what the quantity would be for blended oats?

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        Tulsi

        Heyy I was thinking about making this but I wanted to freeze them. Do you guys think that’s possible?

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    Kristin

    I was concerned that these might be dry, but they are far from it. They are delicious and I love the texture. Thanks for the recipe!

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    Yes!!! These look amazing! And I’m fascinated that they include olive oil – this is an ingredient I put in almost every recipe now even if it doesnt necessarily call for the oil.

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    This look yummy. Can I use deglet noor dates instead of medjol dates? Will it make any difference?

    Thanks

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    JoAnna

    I loved these muffins!!! SO yummy. I was feeling lazy and didn’t grate my apples ahead of time, so I just pulsed them in my blender before adding all of the other ingredients. Worked great!