Easiest Chunky Apple Cinnamon Muffin Recipe – Made Healthier With Applesauce!

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I had extra apples and I wanted to make a muffin recipe with chunky apples and cinnamon. And I wanted it made healthier by substituting oil with homemade applesauce!

I gave these chunky apple cinnamon muffins a try.

These Chunky Apple Cinnamon Muffins are quick & easy, using only standard ingredients. And they're made even healthier with applesauce #TexasHomesteader

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Trying To Use Up Fresh Apples

Sometimes you find yourself with food needing to be used in a different way than you intended in able to ward off food waste. That’s just what happened with apples we recently ended up with.

Oh they looked great. But when we got them home we just didn’t care for them for raw snacking. They were not granny smith, but were firm and tart all the same.

So I set out to look for things to do with them so they wouldn’t be wasted. They didn’t taste half bad once they were peeled. So maybe I can cook with them instead of eating them fresh.

So I went looking for a recipe to use them up.

1st Recipe Attempt: Crash & Burn

A little background: I first attempted other recipes in searching for one that suits us. Apple bread and cake recipes abound. But they often just didn’t seem very healthy.

I realize all things in moderation, but I push toward healthier options when possible.

For instance, in searching for recipes I ran across a recipe for an apple bread that sounded good. And to me it seemed that apple bread would be sweet but not quite as much as an apple cake would be.

Plus I had all of the ingredients on hand. What could go wrong? So into the kitchen I went, armed with the recipe.

As I was assembling the recipe I looked a little more closely at the quantity of ingredients. It called for a stick of butter for the batter and another stick and a half for the crumble topping. AND THEN it was topped with a butter/sugar drizzle icing! OMGosh!

But at this point I was committed so I barreled through with the recipe and got it baked. When it was done we tasted it.

Oh it was fine I guess, but I couldn’t get out of my mind how much BUTTER was in this bread!

Plus, do you want to know how many apples I was able to use up with this recipe?

O-N-E !

So I kept looking

Chunky Apple/Cinnamon Muffin Recipe Winner

I decided to try making chunky apple muffins. I found a recipe that sounded pretty good. I liked that it was using 3 apples instead of just 1 from the previous recipe. Plus there’s no butter this time.

Of course I changed it up to suit our tastes. I made the recipe a little healthier by substituting half (or oftentimes ALL) of the oil with applesauce. I often use the homemade cinnamon applesauce like I’d canned last year.

Less oil, more healthy apple and even more cinnamony flavor. Sounds like a winner to me.

Making The Chunky Apple Cinnamon Muffins

The ingredients for this recipe are pretty simple. And the procedure was simple too. Y’all know I’m a sucker for simple recipes in the kitchen! #HaveIMentionedIDontLikeToCook??!

First I creamed the sugar with the eggs using the whisk attachment and my *KitchenAid Mixer. Then I added the oil, applesauce & vanilla. While the mixer was doing it’s thaaaang I turned my attention to the simple dry ingredients.

In a separate bowl I measured 3 cups of flour, 1 teaspoon salt, 1 teaspoon baking soda and 1.5 teaspoons cinnamon. (I may have purposely been heavy-handed with the cinnamon measurement. We love cinnamon!) It was all mixed to blend it completely.

Now that the wet ingredients are ready I folded the flour mixture gently into wet ingredients just until combined. The batter was very thick. 

Now my attention turned to those apples! I’d think your actual apple quantity might vary a bit depending upon how big your apples are. You’re looking for approximately 3 cups. I’ve found that’s 3 smaller apples or two large ones.

Our apples were on the smaller side. So I brought out 3 of those apples. I used my *Apple Peeler/Corer to peel, slice and core each apple in seconds. Faster/Easier in the kitchen is my wheelhouse, y’all.Apple Peeler/slicer/corer processes apples in seconds. #TexasHomesteder

(have I mentioned how much I LOVE that thing??!!)

Then I quickly chopped the apple slices into smaller chunks. I prefer actual chunks here, but feel free to chop them smaller if you like.

Add chopped apples to batter. These Chunky Apple Cinnamon Muffins are quick & easy, using only standard ingredients. And they're made even healthier with applesauce #TexasHomesteader

When all was ready I used a large spatula to fold the apples into the thick batter. I love how many chunky apples I’m seeing!

Baking The Chunky Apple Muffins

Now it’s time to bake them up! This is a large recipe that makes about 24 muffins. So I brought out two muffin pans to hold it all.

Into each muffin spot I added my *Reusable Silicone Muffin Cups. This is the first time I’ve gotten to use them since I bought them! I’m all about ditching disposables.

Reusable silicone baking cups are a zero-waste muffin option. These Chunky Apple Cinnamon Muffins are quick & easy, using only standard ingredients. And they're made even healthier with applesauce #TexasHomesteader

Using a large cookie scoop I transferred the batter into the muffin cups. I tapped the muffin pan on the counter a few times to smooth the batter some.

Optional Crunchy Sugar Topping

Then I wanted to sprinkle a little sugar on top to give them that subtle muffiny crunch. I’ve used brown sugar in the past and it gave the muffin tops a cinnamon-toast texture that RancherMan loved.

But today I’m sprinkling just a small amount of *Sugar In The Raw instead. The larger granules of this sugar makes a delightful topping texture too. I guess in all I used about 1/4 cup of sugar to sprinkle the top of the muffins.

Add coarse sugar to top of muffin batter. These Chunky Apple Cinnamon Muffins are quick & easy, using only standard ingredients. And they're made even healthier with applesauce #TexasHomesteader

Now into the oven my muffins went. I set the timer for the lesser time as I typically do. But when I checked the muffins they were still a little moist from all those apples.

So I put them back in for the full baking time. You’ll want to bake them until a toothpick inserted into the middle of the muffins comes out clean.

When all was done I brought the muffins out of the oven and allowed them to cool. I was pleased that the muffins peeled from the silicone muffin cups pretty easily.

Those reusable muffin cups were easy to wash too. I’m going to love not buying disposable muffin papers anymore!

RancherMan gave the muffins a try. He loved them! Truly, my heart is happy when he raves like this. 🙂

Muffins Made In A Bread Pan Instead

The next time I made this recipe I wanted to bake it in a loaf pan instead of muffins. That way I can bake and freeze a whole loaf to have something sweet available, even for unexpected company.

I’ve read you can change a muffin recipe to a bread-pan recipe by changing the baking time to about an hour.

The procedure for making the batter is all the same of course. But instead of scooping the batter into muffin cups, I transferred it all into a loaf pan. I didn’t bother greasing the pan or anything, but of course you could do that if you wish.

Yep, I’m a ‘Shoot From The Hip‘ kinda gal! And easier/faster/less effort in the kitchen always gets my vote. LOL

My loaf pan was larger 10″ x 5.25″ sized so all the batter in this large recipe fit. I’m not sure it would have fit into a typical 9″ x 5″ pan.

But with the temps & humidity spiking like it is I’m sure not gonna turn on my oven for an hour! So I baked the loaf in my *Solar Oven instead. It turned out awesome too.

Baking A Loaf Of Apple Bread – Regular Or Solar Oven

These Chunky Apple Cinnamon Muffins are quick & easy, using only standard ingredients. And they're made even healthier with applesauce. You can even bake it in a loaf pan instead #TexasHomesteader

I’d think in a regular 350-degree oven you’d bake it for 60 minutes. But as with the muffins, you’ll use a toothpick inserted into the center to test to see if it’s done.

When the toothpick comes out clean, your chunky apple cinnamon bread is ready. Internal temperature will read 200° F with quick-read thermometer.

For my solar oven it was close to 1.5 hours baking time. It all depends on how much sun/clouds you end up with and whether or not you adjust the oven to track the sun.

But in a solar oven I don’t worry much about bake-time perfection. It’s almost impossible for me to burn the bread, so I just make sure it gets plenty of baking time & I’m done.

Honey Drizzle Topping Option

RancherMan’s got a sweet tooth. So occasionally when I’m baking a sweet bread like this apple bread or Cantaloupe Bread, or even Pumpkin Bread, I’ll add a quick honey glaze. It’s so easy.

I use a glass measuring cup to melt a Tablespoon of butter in the microwave. Then I stir in a Tablespoon of brown sugar and stir until it’s dissolved.

Finally I add 1/4 cup honey and stir it all up. Then I drizzle it on the top of my loaf while it’s still hot from the oven. Sometimes I’ll add chopped pecans too if I have them.

Easy Honey Drizzle Topping For Sweet Breads #TexasHomesteader

So this turned out to be a very flexible recipe to use up those apples we didn’t want to eat raw. Muffins or bread – it’s all good!

5 from 1 vote

Chunky Apple Cinnamon Muffins (or bread)

Plenty of apple chunks and flavorful cinnamon makes for some delightfully moist muffins. Make healthier by replacing 1/2 of the oil with healthy applesauce. #TexasHomesteader

Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword apples, applesauce, cinnamon, muffins
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Servings 24 muffins
Author www.TexasHomesteader.com



  • 1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 cup oil (can substitute 1/2 with applesauce)
  • 1 Tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 3 cups peeled, cored, diced apples (around 3 small apples or 2 large)
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar topping (optional)


  1. Preheat oven to 350° F.

  2. In a large bowl cream together the 1.5 cups sugar and 2 eggs. Add 1/2 cup oil, 1/2 cup applesauce and a Tablespoon of vanilla extract. Mix until thoroughly blended.

  3. In separate bowl add 3 cups flour, 1 teaspoon salt, 1 teaspoon baking soda and 1.5 teaspoons cinnamon. Mix to blend completely.
  4. Fold gently into wet ingredients just until combined. The batter will be very thick.
  5. Add 3 cups peeled, cored, diced apples and fold gently to incorporate.

  6. (NOTE) If making a loaf instead of individual muffins, see note at the bottom.

    For Muffins: Butter & flour muffin tins or use cupcake liners. Using a cookie scoop, fill muffin cups 2/3 full. Sprinkle tops with brown sugar, about 1/2 tsp. sugar per muffin.

  7. Bake for 20-25 minutes. A toothpick inserted into the center of muffins will come out clean when muffins are done.

Recipe Notes

NOTE: For a loaf bread - add batter to a larger 10" x 5.5" loaf pan and bake 350 degrees for about an hour. A toothpick inserted into the center will come out clean when bread is done and internal temperature will read 200° F with a quick-read thermometer.

OPTION - For the Apple Bread baked in a loaf pan, it's a delicious option to add a honey glaze (1 Tablespoon melted butter, stir in 1 Tablespoon brown sugar until dissolved, add 1/4 cup honey) to the top of the bread while it's still hot. Glaze will thicken some at room temperature.


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2 thoughts on “Easiest Chunky Apple Cinnamon Muffin Recipe – Made Healthier With Applesauce!

  1. Thelma Briggs

    5 stars
    This apple bread is amazing! I always make it into a loaf instead of muffins. A loaf pan is easier to wash than a muffin tin or disposable cupcake liners. Works for me. I also almost always include the honey drizzle on top, it really kicks it up a notch.

  2. candace ford

    I always love to hear about the things you do where you are. We have 2 remaining old apple trees and all the trees the bird man planted when we moved to my folk’s place when we retired. I don’t bake much (we don’t need to eat too many “goodies” at our ages), I’d share the apples, but everyone out here has plenty and they aren’t “nice” enough to donate to a food share – they are certainly “good” enough – no spray or any other poisons, but the trees are old and some of the fruit is less than beautiful. the grass in our field is high and today the elk herd came in to graze. numerous darling calves, 2 4×4 bulls and a couple of spikes, all still in “the velvet” – life is good in the boon docks.


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