Apple Walnut Muffins

Apple walnut muffins are a breakfast staple! You can also enjoy them for lunch or as a healthy snack. They are filled with all the cinnamon, apple, and nut flavors your taste buds can handle!

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The Best Apple Muffins Recipe

I love pretty much any apple recipe, but this one is special because it was my grandma’s homemade apple muffins recipe. She made these perfectly. They are the best warm.

This recipe produces a moist apple cinnamon muffin that you will love. You might even find it hard to stop at just one muffin. Plus they are super easy to make. So if you accidentally eat one too many, it is not hard to make more.

The Best Apple Cinnamon Muffins Recipe

I love almost any apple recipe, but it is special because it was my grandma’s homemade apple muffin recipe. She made these perfectly. They are the best warm.

This recipe produces a moist apple cinnamon muffin that you will love. You might even find it hard to stop at just one muffin. Plus, they are super easy to make. So if you accidentally eat one too many, it is not hard to make more.

What Makes These Apple Walnut Muffins The Perfect Muffin For Breakfast

This pastry is filled with a warm, aromatic combination of fresh apples, walnuts, fragrant cinnamon, and a hint of sweet vanilla. As you indulge in each bite, the flavors bring a sense of cozy comfort to your morning routine.

These muffins have the right sweetness and spice, not overly sugary, but just enough to give you the energy boost you need in the morning. The breakfast indulgence will make you feel pampered and ready to take on the world!

Why You’ll Love This Recipe

This recipe has a simple composition but produces such incredibly divine muffins. I love how quickly the recipe comes together. You can have the batter mixed and the muffins baked within record time, just 30 minutes.

This is the perfect recipe if you love making baked goods for your friends and family. I’ve never met a person who didn’t like how these moist, cinnamony muffins turned out!

They are also dairy-free, making a great breakfast or snack for those with lactose intolerance.

Apple Muffin Recipe Ingredients

Get out your baking ingredients and be ready to make these delicious apple walnut muffins. Please click on the recipe card to receive the quantities and full baking instructions. 

Here’s a list of what you need:

  • All-purpose flour
  • Cinnamon
  • Baking soda
  • Salt
  • Oil
  • Large eggs
  • Sugar
  • Vanilla extract
  • Tart apples
  • Walnuts
apple muffins ingredients on a tray

Ingredient Substitutions

You can make this recipe as is or make some alterations to fit your diet.

  • Switch out the flour for King Arthur Measure for Measure gluten-free flour.
  • Substitute half of the all-purpose flour with whole wheat flour.
  • Use unsweetened applesauce instead of oil (this will enhance the apple flavor).
  • Add some other spices like allspice or nutmeg.
  • Use pecans or almonds instead of walnuts.
  • Instead of using granulated sugar, try using stevia or organic cane sugar. You can also substitute half of the white sugar with brown sugar.

Use the changes that work for you, and let me know how they go!

Best Apples for Muffins

Are you wondering what kind of apples are best for muffins?

While you can use any apple for muffins, some apples hold up better during baking than others.

I like to use the Jonagold, Braeburn, Honeycrisp, or even Granny Smith apples. They all have a lot of great flavor and are sturdier apples.

Is it better to grate or chop the apples?

This question is a little more complicated because it depends on personal preference.

Grating is probably the way to go if you want apple flavor but do not want to see apples in the muffin. Note you will lose some moisture from the apple when grating it.

However, if you like to see the little bits of apple in the muffin, I recommend chopping up the apples. I usually preferred the apples to be chopped up for these cinnamon apple muffins.

How to Make Apple Muffins

To make this cinnamon apple walnut muffin recipe, you’ll need to combine the dry and wet ingredients in separate bowls. Then, put them together and bake. Here are the steps:

  1. Line a muffin pan with cupcake liners.
  2. Mix the dry ingredients in a small bowl and set it aside.
apple muffins dry ingredients in a mixing bowl
  1. Place the eggs in a large bowl.
  2. Then, add in the rest of the wet ingredients and whisk them together.
apple muffins wet ingredients in a mixing bowl
  1. Once everything is creamed together, add in the dry flour mixture and mix until just combined.
  2. Fold the apple and walnut pieces and carefully mix them into the batter.
  3. Spoon the batter into lined muffin cups and bake them at 350 degrees in a preheated oven for about 15 to 20 minutes. They are done when a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.
  4. Remove the muffins from the pan and cool them on a wire rack.
cinnamon apple muffins on a wire rack

What is the secret to making moist muffins?

By using a sturdier apple for the muffin recipe, the apple retains some of its moisture when it is cut. As an apple is worked, it loses more and more of its moisture.

Also, if you chop up the apple instead of grating it, you can help lock in more moisture that can then be baked into the muffin.

What To Serve With Apple Walnut Muffins

Where do I begin? There are so many ways to enjoy these delicious muffins! I love eating a warm muffin smeared with butter and paired with a nice cup of coffee.

You can also spread some cream cheese or drizzle them with honey or maple syrup. Top them with vanilla icing to dress them up. Alternatively, serve them with a yummy yogurt parfait or a breakfast omelet if you want something more filling.

Best Way to Store Cinnamon Apple Muffins

To ensure that your muffins don’t dry out, store them in an airtight container with the end pieces of a loaf of bread (or any slice).

As the muffins lose their moisture, they can absorb the moisture from the bread, allowing them to last longer.

Can I freeze apple muffins?

These muffins will do well frozen. Just allow them to cool down completely before putting them in a freezer-safe zip-top bag.

When you want to eat one, pull it out the day beforehand and set it on the counter to allow it to thaw at room temperature.

overhead view of apple muffins, cinnamon sticks, and an apple

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Check out more of my easy bread recipes and the best breakfast recipes here on CopyKat!

This recipe is from the archives of my grandmother, Ethel Eynard. Jefferson City, MO. 1978.

apple muffins and cinnamon sticks

Apple Cinnamon Muffins with Walnuts

The fresh apples in these cinnamon apple muffins make them extra moist.
5 from 12 votes
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Course: Breakfast
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Apple Cinnamon Muffins, Apple Muffins, Apple Recipes, Muffins
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Servings: 18
Calories: 162kcal


  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 4 cups peeled and chopped tart apples
  • 1 cup chopped walnuts


  • Preheat oven to 350°F.
  • In a small bowl or on waxed paper, stir together the flour, cinnamon, baking soda, and salt. Set aside.
  • In a large bowl, beat the eggs until foamy. Then beat in the oil, sugar, and vanilla. Stir the flour mixture into the wet ingredients until blended. Then stir in the apples and walnuts.
  • Spoon the batter into 2 1/2-inch muffin tins lined with paper muffin cups. Bake for 15 to 20 minutes or until a pick inserted in the center comes out clean. Remove from pans and serve warm or at room temperature.


Calories: 162kcal | Carbohydrates: 26g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 5g | Saturated Fat: 0g | Cholesterol: 0mg | Sodium: 126mg | Potassium: 73mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 14g | Vitamin A: 15IU | Vitamin C: 1.4mg | Calcium: 12mg | Iron: 0.9mg

About Stephanie Manley

I recreate your favorite restaurant recipes, so you can prepare these dishes at home. I help you cook dinner, and serve up dishes you know your family will love. You can find most of the ingredients for all of the recipes in your local grocery store.

Stephanie is the author of's Dining Out in the Home, and's Dining Out in the Home 2.

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  1. Janet

    Do you think I could sub. 1/2 cup of applesauce for 1/2 cup of the veg. oil? And use 1/2 all purpose flour & 1/2 whole wheat flour? Thank you!!

  2. donna

    5 stars
    These were very tasty. Though the ingredient list above does not include the eggs. By far these are the best apple muffins I have made this season.

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