Apple-Oatmeal Muffins


These muffins are great for a fast breakfast. I also put them in lunch boxes instead of cookies. They become even more moist the next day from the apples.

Prep Time:
30 mins
Cook Time:
20 mins
Total Time:
50 mins
18 muffins


Crumb Topping:

  • cup tightly packed brown sugar

  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour

  • ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon

  • 1 ½ tablespoons butter, cut into small pieces


  • 2 cups peeled and finely chopped apples

  • 1 teaspoon fresh lemon juice

  • ¾ cup white sugar

  • ½ cup honey

  • ½ cup buttermilk

  • ½ cup oil

  • 2 large eggs

  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract

  • 1 cup quick-cooking oats

  • 2 cups whole wheat flour

  • 2 ½ teaspoons baking powder

  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon

  • ½ teaspoon baking soda

  • ½ teaspoon nutmeg

  • ½ teaspoon salt


  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Line 18 muffin tin cups with cupcake papers.

  2. Mix brown sugar, all-purpose flour, and cinnamon together in a small bowl for crumb topping. Add butter and press with the back of a spoon or your fingers to incorporate it into the sugar mixture. Mix until crumbly and set aside.

  3. Toss apples with lemon juice in a large bowl. Mix in sugar, honey, buttermilk, oil, eggs, and vanilla until combined. Stir in oats.

  4. Combine whole wheat flour, baking powder, cinnamon, baking soda, nutmeg, and salt in a smaller bowl. Gently fold flour mixture into the wet ingredients with a large spoon, until flour is just mixed in. Spoon batter into the prepared cupcake papers and sprinkle about 1 teaspoon crumb topping on top of each one.

  5. Bake in the preheated oven until tops spring back when lightly pressed, 20 to 25 minutes. Cool on a wire rack.

Cook's Notes:

You can use whole milk in place of buttermilk, if preferred.

You can place apples into a food processor and pulse until finely chopped.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

225 Calories
8g Fat
36g Carbs
4g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 18
Calories 225
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 8g 11%
Saturated Fat 2g 10%
Cholesterol 24mg 8%
Sodium 192mg 8%
Total Carbohydrate 36g 13%
Dietary Fiber 3g 9%
Total Sugars 22g
Protein 4g
Vitamin C 1mg 5%
Calcium 64mg 5%
Iron 1mg 6%
Potassium 118mg 3%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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