Healthy Apple Almond Butter Muffins
You would never guess these Apple Almond Butter Muffins are made from healthy ingredients. They’re perfectly moist, naturally gluten-free, dairy-free and super easy to make!
Hi, my name is Sarah and I’m addicted to muffins.
It doesn’t matter what kind it is, I love them all. Pumpkin, Pistachio, Butternut Squash, Cranberry Orange, Blueberry Banana, Peanut Butter Banana and Fresh Ginger Crumb.
If my mouth were big enough I’d shove all of them in there at once. And then smile, like a lady. 😁
Now that we’re approaching November (holy crap time, SLOW DOWN) my mind is fixated on everything apples. Honeycrisp, Gala, Pink Lady, Granny Smith…there’s just so many delicious varieties to choose from.
I just wish that Honeycrisp season lasted a little bit longer. They’re like the Lululemon of apples.
Oh wait, you like these super cute yoga pants? We only made ten and they all sold out…soooorrryyyyy. Guess you’ll have to act faster next time.
Yep, the whole decrease supply, increase demand trick. I might have scraped by economics in college but I see right through you, Lululemon. 😑
Anyways, now that I’m completely off track, let’s talk about these muffins! If you’re a regular around here then you know I’ve been on a blender kick with my muffin recipes lately. I love how easy they are to make and the fact that there’s only one prep dish to clean. Less dishes to clean = happiness.
Okay, I know this might sound annoying but seriously, these might be my favorite muffins yet. The fresh apples taste so good with the almond butter. I think they’re tied with the Peanut Butter Banana Muffins.
The texture of these is a little lighter but they’re still nice and moist. I tried making them completely refined sugar-free and found that just a few tablespoons of coconut sugar took them from good to amazing. You can always substitute organic brown sugar or maple syrup if you want.
Then if you really want to take things over the top, just smear these babies with a little Justin’s vanilla almond butter. Trust me, your taste buds won’t even know what happened!
Healthy Apple Almond Butter Muffins
Yield: 12 muffins
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
- 1 cup unsweetened apple sauce or non-dairy yogurt*
- 1/3 cup pure maple syrup
- 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
- 1/4 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk
- 2 tablespoons coconut sugar (or organic brown sugar)
- 2 eggs**
- 4 tablespoons almond butter
- 2 and 1/2 cup rolled oats***
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/2 teaspoon fine sea salt
- 2 teaspoons cinnamon
- 1 teaspoon ginger
- 2 apples, peeled and grated (approx. 1 cup)
Preheat the oven to 350°F and then grease or line a muffin tin for 12 muffins.
In a blender or a food processor, combine all of the ingredients (except for the grated apple and 1/2 cup of the oats) starting with the wet ingredients first then blend for about 30 seconds, or until smooth.
Blot the grated apple with a paper towel then add it to the blender as well. Using a spoon, gently stir in the apple and the remaining 1/2 cup oats into the batter.
Pour the batter into the muffin tin, filling each about 3/4th of the way full. Bake in the oven for 20 minutes, until light golden brown. Allow to to cool for at least 10-15 minutes then smear with a small serving of almond butter and devour like a savage beast, I mean, lady. :)
*UPDATE: I edited this recipe to include yogurt instead of applesauce because I find that it yields a more consistent result. I made them with non-dairy almond milk yogurt but you can use any kind of yogurt you prefer.
**I’ve had several readers say that 2 flax eggs work well as a substitute
***Be sure to use certified gluten-free oats for allergies
Store leftovers in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 4 days.
Did you try this recipe? Please let me know how it turned out by rating the recipe, leaving a comment below or sharing a picture on Instagram with the hashtag #makingthymeforhealth. I love hearing your feedback!
I love your honeycrisp/Lulu comparison because it’s totally true. And the prices! “You want me to pay what for an apple?…..Ok, I’ll do that.”
I’m on my last honeycrip apple, so I have to hope TJs has more, cause it’s the only store where I can afford them!
I am a total muffin girl myself. These look wonderful and are a lot healthier and way lower cal than the Starbucks muffins that have had a serious grasp on me lately. My muffin top with thank me for these muffin, I think.
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You have such good and simple muffin recipes!! I’m a sucker for any muffin that has oats sprinkled on top.
Your comment about Lulu is spot on! They always have slim pickings there and it’s go figure it always the pair of pants I have my eyes on too. I never pass on a healthy muffin and anything with almond butter is the best!
I’m obsessed with muffins, too! I love how healthy these are and also totally obsessed with your pistachio muffin recipe :)
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I’m totally obsessed with muffins too, especially when they are made in the blender!I love that these are so easy and yummy :)
I think you read my mind this morning. As I was taking a big bite out of one of your pumpkin chocolate chip oat muffins, I said to myself: “I should switch things up and try adding apples to these.” I’ve made the recipe 3-4x already! Then, I got big mouthful of chocolate chips and doubted my questioning.
Going to have to try this recipe. They may be good with toasted walnuts and/or pecans inside, too ;)
Aw, I’m so happy you’ve been enjoying the pumpkin muffins! I agree, walnuts or pecans would make a delicious addition! xo
Yum! I am so excited to try these!
Thanks Meriem! I hope you love them! :)
Hi Sarah the muffin woman, you’re AMAAAAAAZING. GAH!!
What is with you and muffins? Seriously, you’re like the muffin man but not a man.
Just kidding, don’t stop with them because these look amazing and almond butter + apples is one of my fav snacks so your muffin’d it.
I had no idea that Honeycrisps were so hard to come by! I guess it’s a good thing that I’m a Pink Lady girl at heart <3 And muffins seriously might be my absolute favourite thing to bake… SO comforting and doughy. And delicious. And did I mention delicious? Love these, lady!
Honey crisp apples are my favorite. I noticed pink ladies for the first time this season today though and they are my second best. Love how simple these muffins are, they look delicious.
Pink Lady are my second favorite too! So good.
I love muffins, even better if they are healthy because I don’t have to feel guilty having them for breakfast! These look so good!
These look amazing!! Perfect timing too – we went to the orchard last week and brought home a ton of apples. Love these blender recipes!! I love to cook, but dishes…not so much. Apple muffins here I come!! :)
haha Hiii Sarah!!! That made me laugh :)
But these muffins sure do look awesome! I love honeycrisp season too – I’ve been buying so many each week! And with almond butter?? My favorite!! Happy happy weekend!!
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The pain of Lululemon pants being sold out in your size is REAL.
You’re so funny — don’t get me started about lululemon (I’m addicted a little bit). :) I’d shove these in my face big time because I’m a muffin lover too. Especially when they’re healthy and as good looking as these!
Just made these this morning! I made a couple minor tweaks and accidentally added an extra half cup of apples. I was worried they would be too wet inside, but they weren’t! The batter pretty much filled to the top the 12 muffin cups and rose very nicely while baking. Sometimes gluten free muffins have a tendency to stick to the bottom of the greased muffin tins, but I let these cool about 10 minutes, ran the knife around and they came out perfectly clean! Big points for that.
Great texture & flavor! I’ll make again & maybe throw in some raisins!
Hi Melissa! I’m so glad they worked out, even with the extra apple. I think raisins would make a delicious addition as well. Thank you so much for the feedback! :)
Have you ever made these apple almond butter muffins into pancakes? I love them so much (and the batter is delicious) that I thought I’d try it out…
Hi Jess! I haven’t made these into pancakes but I’ve made similar muffins recipes into pancakes and I’ve always had to reduce the amount of oats to about 1 cup and use coconut oil instead of nut butter. I’ll work on it and let you know what I come up with. In the meantime, if you try it please let me know how they turn out! :)
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I made the apple almond butter muffins. I wanted to use up some fresh ginger I had, so I used about a Tblspn. I ran out of maple syrup, so I just added a little more brown sugar. They turned out delicious! Even my picky 3 year old gobbled 2 of them up right away! Thanks for the recipe! I’ll def be making them again!
Fresh ginger sounds like an amazing addition! Thanks for the feedback, Aileen!
Is it possible to make this recipe with oat flour instead of blending the rolled oats? My blender doesn’t get the oats to the most consistent size. Just not sure how much oat flour I would need to use.
Yes! Just measure out equal amounts of oat flour, so 2 and 1/2 cups. Then mix together the dry ingredients separately before adding them to the wet.