Apple Breakfast Muffins Recipe

Easy apple breakfast muffins that are quick to make and delicious. The perfect recipe for those busy mornings when you need breakfast on the go!

apple breakfast muffins in tulip wrappers on red plaid towel

*This post was originally published in 2014. It’s been updated with new images and much more information. Enjoy!

Before we get started talking about these apple breakfast muffins, I have a little back story to share. When my kids were young, I wasn’t very good at breakfast. I wasn’t one of those moms who got up early and made pancakes before school. (Does anyone really do that?) My daughter wasn’t a breakfast eater anyway, and my son was perfectly satisfied with a bowl of cereal. Or at least I thought he was. If I had known how easy it is to make a healthy, but homemade breakfast, I think I would have been better at it. Or at least I would like to think so.

apple breakfast muffins in baking pan

These muffins are easy and quick to throw together. They are moist and when you bite into a piece of apple, it’s like hitting the jackpot. They don’t have anything weird in them that kids wouldn’t like. In fact, they are very kid-friendly. I wish I could go back to when my kids were still at home, make these for breakfast, and hear what they had to say. I think it would be so interesting! Of course I can’t, so I’m sharing them with the hope that someone out there makes these for breakfast, and thinks of me.

baked apple breakfast muffins on red plaid towel

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Apple Breakfast Muffins Tips

  • I made a dozen regular sized muffins, but you could make mini muffins for smaller servings.
  • I used Honeycrisp apples, and they worked well. It’s up to you whether or not to peel the apples. I didn’t peel them, and they stayed firm in the batter.
  • I considered putting a streusel topping on the muffins, but that would definitely cut down on the healthy factor. If you aren’t worried about that, then I think any sort of streusel would be amazing.
  • The tulip wrappers are a nice touch, and if you are making these apple breakfast muffins as a gift, they definitely make a good impression! Any type of cupcake or muffin liner can be used. It also works to simply spray the muffin pan with non-stick baking spray or brush the vessels with butter.

closeup of apple breakfast muffins on red plaid towel

Easy apple breakfast muffins that are quick to make and delicious. The perfect recipe for those busy mornings when you need breakfast on the go!

Apple Breakfast Muffins

These easy apple breakfast muffins are quick to make and delicious. The perfect recipe for those busy mornings when you need breakfast on the go!
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4.67 from 9 votes
Servings: 12 muffins
Author: Ann Drake
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 18 minutes
Total Time 48 minutes
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  • 3 Tablespoons butter softened
  • 3 Tablespoons applesauce
  • 1/2 cup white sugar
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1 Egg
  • 1 cup Milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 2 1/4 cups Flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons Baking Powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 large apple finely chopped


  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.
  • Prepare a muffin pan with Baker's Joy or muffin liners.
  • In a large mixing bowl combine the butter, applesauce, sugars, milk, vanilla and egg.
  • In a separate bowl, combine the flour, salt, baking powder, and baking soda.
  • Add dry mixture to the butter/sugar mixture and mix well. Scrape the bowl a few times.
  • Fold in apples.
  • Using a 2 in. scoop, fill muffin vessels almost to the rim. Use a heaping scoop and you should come out with 12 muffins.
  • Bake 18 - 20 min. or until a knife inserted comes out clean.


by Ann Drake
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  1. 5 stars
    I have added this recipe to The Pepperberry Inn’s breakfast repertoire! They were a huge hit. I substituted the applesauce for 3 tsp of Boiled Apple Cider, 1 cup of Raisins and the apples , one each Honey Crisp and Granny Smith, were chucky instead of chopped. Walnuts will be added in the future. I also made them Jumbo sized, 35 mins. Thank you!!!

  2. I was going to ask about the papers, where you get them, how to fold them, etc. Alas, the link to the tulip papers doesn’t work. HELP!!!

  3. I was looking for a breakfast “snack” for my Sunday School peeps. Thank you again for leading me to a wonderful recipe!
    You da best!

    1. This made me laugh out loud…thank you for taking the time to comment!

  4. Susan Waller says:

    Ann- You always bring sunshine to my day. Your posts are so real and genuine and readers can tell they come from the heart. You are a blessing to so many! God bless you!

    1. Thank you so much Susan…your comment just totally made my day.

  5. Nan, Odessa, DE says:

    Thanks for the info on the tulip wrappers. I was going to ask where to find them.
    You are the best! Thanks.

  6. Jackie Nicholson says:

    Good morning Ann! It is exciting to wake up and find an e-mail from you. I love all of your ideas. Does the flour in the recipe need to be plain? You can tell I am not a baker but I was years ago when my daughter was younger .

    1. Hi Jackie! Yes, use regular all-purpose flour. Enjoy the muffins!

  7. Hi! I help at the breakfast program at my teenage son’s school. Every month we have a muffin day, and it’s a big hit with those hungry kiddos. I’ve been looking for a breakfast cookie recipe, as I thought it would be a fun change. Thanks for this series, the kids are going to love sutton place grab and go breakfast!

    1. Oh this just makes my day. As a former school secretary I know how important it is for kids to have breakfast. Thanks for letting me know!

  8. Ann, I just took some apples out of the fridge and decided to decorate with them. Now you’ve convinced me that muffins are the answer. :)

    Don’t feel too bad about not making a big breakfast for your kids. Most of us didn’t. :)

  9. These look delicious, Ann! I’m always on the lookout for things that I can make ahead for meals and snacks. These muffins will perfect! Thanks for sharing!

  10. I still get up and pack my 20 and 18 year olds lunch for work every day. LOL I spoil them for sure. I think a muffin is a perfect breakfast and mini muffins are my favorite. For some reason I feel like it’s better for me if it’s mini.

  11. Kathleen G says:

    I like apple recipes. I’m going to make the apple buckle this Sunday, suppose to get a lot of monsoonal rain this weekend. Put out some autumn decor too! It’ll feel like fall! I love your wheat & round pumpkin wreaths. Another blogger made a boo pumpkin wreath with autumn leaves. Beautiful too. Thank you for giving me inspiration for my home Ann, Kathleen in Phx

  12. Hi Ann

    I live in Buenos Aires, Argentina and I like very much your web page where I can find nice decorating ideas as well as delicious recipes.
    I will try your apple breakfast muffins during these next days
    Thank you so much for sharing your knowledge and experience
    Best Regards, Lucrezia

    1. Thank you Lucrezia!
      I appreciate that you took the time to let me know where you live and that you are following along.
      I hope you enjoy the muffins!