These one-bowl apple muffins are naturally sweetened and made with whole grains, chopped & grated apple, and applesauce! They’re lightly sweet, moist, and absolutely delicious.
Weekend baking has been a habit of mine for as long as I can remember. In college, I started a loose system of prepping one or two main dishes and one healthy baked good each weekend in my dorm. I’ve kept that up in law school as much as I can!
The actual experience of baking is relaxing for me, and I love freezing extras to enjoy at a future time or share when I have friends over. I typically rotate through making energy bites (so easy), double chocolate banana peanut butter muffins, banana berry baked oatmeal, and other naturally sweetened goodies, like these healthy apple muffins.
These are everything I could want in an apple muffin. They’re made with whole wheat flour and naturally sweetened with honey. There’s both chopped and grated apple, as well as applesauce, so the apple flavor is strong, and the walnuts add a nice crunch.
These healthy apple muffins also have a lovely, fluffy texture, and they’re perfectly moist with the addition of applesauce and mashed banana.
They’re wonderful right out of the oven and almost just leftover. I always freeze extra muffins, so I love pulling one out of the freezer, slicing it in half, adding a little pat of butter and maybe even a light drizzle of honey, and reheating it in the oven.
Best Apples for Baking
Apples with a firm texture are generally good for recipes where you want the apple slices to maintain their shape. Makes sense, right? I typically choose Granny Smith for baking since they’re tart and a nice balance in a sweet recipe. They’re also widely available and relatively inexpensive! Honeycrisp, Jonagold, and Pink Lady are also great choices for baking in a recipe like this.
I hope you enjoy these healthy apple muffins!
If you try these healthy apple muffins, feel free to let me know in a comment and leave a star rating or take a photo and tag me @livbane on Instagram. I’d love to see!
Healthy Apple Muffins
- 1 ¾ cups white whole wheat or regular whole wheat flour (I've also used sprouted spelt flour)
- 1 1/2 tsp. cinnamon (or apple pie/pumpkin pie spice blend)
- 1 1/2 tsp. baking powder
- 1/2 tsp. baking soda
- 1/2 tsp. salt
- 1/2 cup applesauce (I use unsweetened)
- 1/3 cup honey
- 1/2 cup plain yogurt or Greek yogurt (I prefer full-fat for baking)
- 2 eggs
- 1/3 cup melted coconut oil or butter
- 2 tsp. vanilla extract
- 1 medium apple, peeled and grated (lightly press some of the juice out)
- 1 medium apple, diced into very small cubes
- 1 small banana, mashed well (adds extra moisture & sweetness; can omit if needed)
- 1/4 cup chopped walnuts or pecans
- Preheat oven to 325 degrees.
- In a medium or large mixing bowl, stir together dry ingredients: flour, baking powder, cinnamon, baking soda, and salt.
- In a large glass measuring cup or small bowl, stir together applesauce, honey, yogurt, and eggs. Add to the dry ingredients, mixing just slightly. Add melted coconut oil and vanilla and stir just enough to fully combine.
- Add grated apples, diced apples, mashed banana, and walnuts and stir once more, being careful not to over-mix. The batter will be thick.
- Spray a 12-muffin pan with cooking spray and divide the batter between the muffin cups. Bake for 15 to 18 minutes, or until lightly golden on top and a toothpick inserted into a muffin comes out mostly clean.
- Let muffins cool for 15 minutes, and then loosen edges with a knife. Cool on a wire rack. Freeze leftover muffins for up to 3 month