These healthy apple oatmeal muffins made with fresh apples are a perfect way to start your day. They're filled with apples and rolled oats, spiced with a little cinnamon, and finished with an oat streusel topping. And if you want to add a little cheddar cheese, the instructions include this too. There are also tips for baking these at high altitude.
What makes these oatmeal apple muffins such a great recipe? The oats are soaked in milk for 20 minutes. This makes the texture of these muffins incredibly soft, fluffy and moist. And irresistible!Jump to Recipe
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- 👩⚕️ What makes these apple oatmeal muffins healthy?
- 🧅 Main Ingredients + Notes
- 🔪 Recommended Equipment
- 📝 Instructions Overview
- 🎯 What makes these apple muffins so fluffy and moist?
- 💡Ideas for Possible Variations
- 🧊 What's the best way to store apple oatmeal muffins?
- 🏔️ High Altitude Baking Tips
- Healthy Apple Oatmeal Muffins
It's fall, and that means it's apple season!! If you're looking for a great way to use some apples, you need these muffins. These healthy muffins made with fresh apples are special enough to serve at your next brunch, and casual enough to eat when you're running out the door on busy mornings. And yes, the kids will love these too. The secret is the rolled oats, a tip I saw on Sally's Baking Addiction blog.
And if you love muffins too, check out these Spiced Pumpkin Muffins made with Applesauce.
👩⚕️ What makes these apple oatmeal muffins healthy?
- They use honey as the sweetener in the muffins instead of white sugar.
- There's half the amount of sweetener as compared to many other muffin recipes.
- Oats are among the healthiest grains - they're gluten-free and considered one of the most nutrient-dense foods you can eat.
- Adding oats means less processed flour.
- The peels on the apples maximize the health benefits of apples, like antioxidants, flavanoids, and fiber.
🧅 Main Ingredients + Notes
The secret to faster and easier meals often lies in the ingredients. For example, store-bought items and ingredients you make ahead and store in the refrigerator (or freezer) can turn a 60-minute recipe into a 30-minutes meal or less.
For the all of the ingredients, measurements and directions for this healthy apple muffins recipe, go to the Recipe Card at the bottom of this post.
- Whole milk - 2% milk also works fine.
- Rolled oats - don't use instant oats or quick oats.
- All-purpose flour
- Baking powder
- Baking soda
- Ground cinnamon
- Apples - use your favorite baking apple. My favorites for these muffins are Honeycrisp and Pink Lady. And if you want to go a little more tart, use Granny Smith.
- Cheddar cheese (optional)
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🔪 Recommended Equipment
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- Medium bowl (2) and large bowl
- Muffin tin - for regular sized muffins.
- Muffin liners
📝 Instructions Overview
Detailed instructions for making these healthy apple cinnamon oatmeal muffins are in the recipe card below, but are the four key steps.
🎯 What makes these apple muffins so fluffy and moist?
- The secret in getting the soft fluffy texture in these truly amazing muffins is soaking oats in milk for 20 minutes, and then adding the oats and the remaining liquid to the batter at the end.
- The apples contribute additional moisture to the batter and baked muffins.
- If you include the cheddar cheese, this makes the muffin a little creamy.
- Honey maintains moisture better and for a longer time than white sugar.
💡Ideas for Possible Variations
- Substitute maple syrup for the honey. Use a 1:1 ratio.
- Use coconut oil in place of the butter in the muffin.
- Add chopped walnuts or pecans to the batter and / or streusel for a little crunch.
- Next time you make them, try them with pears or cranberries (or both!).
🧊 What's the best way to store apple oatmeal muffins?
- Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for 4 - 5 days. Rewarm in your microwave oven or toaster oven.
- These muffins freeze great! I love having a batch there for muffin emergencies. Freeze in a freezer safe container for 2 - 3 months.
🏔️ High Altitude Baking Tips
For those of you baking at high altitude, and there's more of us than you might think, here are some great tips for getting a soft, moist texture. I baked these at 7100 feet.
- Soak the rolled oats for 30 minutes instead of 20 minutes to compensate for the dryness of high altitude.
- Increase the moisture by adding an additional egg white.
- Reduce the baking powder to ½ teaspoon.
Healthy Apple Oatmeal Muffins
- 2 Medium bowl
- small bowl
- Large bowl
- large spoon
- 12-cup muffin pan for regular sized muffins
- paper muffin cups
Oat Streusel Topping
Apple Oatmeal Muffins
- 1 cup whole milk or 2% milk
- 1 cup rolled oats (not instant oats or quick oats)
- 1 ¼ cups (5.5 ounces, 156 grams) all-purpose flour
- ¾ teaspoon baking powder
- ½ teaspoon baking soda
- ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
- ¾ teaspoon kosher salt or ½ teaspoon sea salt
- ½ cup unsalted butter melted and slightly cooled
- ½ cup honey
- 1 teaspoon fresh lemon juice
- 1 large egg
- 1 ¼ cups finely chopped apple (do not remove the peel), see Ingredients Notes in the post for best kinds of apples to use
- ½ cup grated cheddar cheese (optional)
- Combine milk and oats in a medium bowl. Set aside for 20 minutes so the oats puffup and soak up some moisture.
- Preheat oven to 400°F and fill the muffin tin with paper liners.
- Mix together the Oat Streusel Topping in a small bowl and set aside.
- Whisk the flour, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, and salt together in a medium bowl until well-combined. It’s important to evenly disperse the baking soda and powder through the flour.
- Whisk together the melted butter, honey, lemon juice, and egg in a large mixing bowl until combined. Fold the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients, using a spatula. Be careful not to over-stir, but only enough to completely integrate the dry ingredients. Add the soaked oats, including any remaining milk, chopped apples, and cheddar cheese (if using) to the batter. Stir with a rubber spatula or wooden spoon only until combined.
- Baking Tip: Overworking the batter will make the baked muffins tougher.
- Spoon the muffin batter into liners using a large spoon, filling them ⅔ to ¾ full. Divide the Oat Streusel Topping between the muffins.
- Bake for 15 - 20 minutes until a toothpick inserted into the center of the muffins comes out clean.
Looking for more ideas with apples? Check out these Spiced Quinoa and Apple Crumbles.