Start Your Day Right With These Easy Apple Cinnamon Muffins

Made with rolled oats, these easy apple cinnamon muffins are perfect for breakfast or after school snacking.

Try these orange muffins, too!

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If your weeks are as busy as mine, spending some time on the weekend preparing food for the coming week is a good strategy to save time (and headaches). These easy apple cinnamon muffins fit the bill. 

They freeze easily. They’re tasty, so kids will love them. And they’re easy to make.

This recipe makes a dozen muffins, but doubling the recipe will feed a hungry crowd or allow you to freeze some for the rest of the week. You can pop a frozen muffin in a school lunch box and it will be thawed and ready to eat by noon.

chunks of green apple in a glass bowl: making easy cinnamon apple muffins (white towel with blue stripes in background)

Making easy apple cinnamon muffins

Here’s another great thing about these apple cinnamon muffins: You can use apples that are not so appealing for fresh eating. You know the ones; the apples that spend too much time in the crisper drawer of the refrigerator and get a little bit soft and wrinkly. They’re perfectly fine for cooking.

I like chunks of apple in my muffins, but if you prefer them less chunky, simply chop the apples smaller. Or grate them.

You can peel the apples if you want, too. Your call.

six process images of making easy cinnamon apple muffins, from dry ingredients to muffins in a tin ready to bake

Once the apples are chopped, it’s just a matter of measuring some ingredients and mixing them together. You can use a stand mixer or a simple bowl and wooden spoon. It’s an easy batter to mix by hand, and honestly, unless your mixer sits out on the counter for easy use, it’s probably not worth pulling it out.

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For an extra pop of flavor, sprinkle on a tablespoon or two of this easy lemon sugar!

Bake these muffins in a regular muffin tin or use a mini-muffin tin for fun-sized muffins.

Enjoy these easy apple cinnamon muffins out of hand (and definitely have one fresh and piping hot, right out of the oven). Or break them in half and top with a pat of butter or a spread of jam.

Looking for a gluten free option? Try this gluten free apple cinnamon muffin recipe!

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Easy Apple Cinnamon Muffins

Yield: 12
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes

Celebrate harvest season with these easy apple cinnamon muffins. Freeze extras for school lunches.


  • 1 cup old-fashioned rolled oats
  • 1 cup unbleached organic all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 cup firmly packed light brown sugar
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 large egg, beaten lightly
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, melted and cooled
  • 2 apples, chopped
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon, plus more for sprinkling


  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
  2. Mix dry ingredients until well combined. Add in sugar and wet ingredients, stirring to incorporate.
  3. Fold in half of the chopped apple.
  4. Grease a muffin tin and divide batter between muffin cups. Top with the remaining  chopped apple and sprinkle each with extra cinnamon.
  5. Bake for 20 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the muffins comes out clean.


Makes 10-12 servings.

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 12 Serving Size: 1 grams
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 200Total Fat: 9gSaturated Fat: 5gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 36mgSodium: 161mgCarbohydrates: 26gFiber: 1gSugar: 13gProtein: 3g

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About the author: Claudie Evert is passionate about living lightly on the earth. She digs in the garden, cooks food from scratch, and will — someday — master the art of picking out a ripe watermelon.

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  • Chris David Sep 15, 2021 @ 2:58

    I’ve made these three times in less than a month. They are so easy and so delicious. Thanks for the great recipe!

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