Cooking is a form of self-care for me.
I’ve always enjoyed making things and the trial and error that comes along with cooking.
Sometimes, I’ll just pick up some extra ingredients at the grocery store and see what inspiration hits me for this week.
This week I’ve been really, really wanting it to be fall. I mean, I know technically it is fall but it’s still pretty hot here. But I really just wanted to start making those comforting fall foods that come around when it starts getting chilly.
Even though I’m pretty sure it’s in the upper 80’s at the moment, I saw that bags of apples were on sale so I grabbed some. I didn’t really realize how many apples I actually had until I got home and had this moment of “Oh. That’s quite a bit of apples that I’m not really sure what I’m going to do with now!”
I had to do some brainstorming because the easiest thing to do would have certainly been making applesauce but my kids have proven time and time again that they are not fans of applesauce!
Fortunately, I realized we were out of breakfast type foods so in came my inspiration: muffins!!
I started digging around on different websites trying to come up with an apple cinnamon muffin recipe I liked but nothing really spoke to me, so I created my own!
Trust me, if I can make these muffins:
YOU can make these muffins. It’s safe to assume you have more baking skill than I do because you probably do!
In all seriousness, these really did turn out light, airy, and fluffy. I didn’t want to do a crumble topping because every apple muffin recipe seemed to do a crumble topping, so I did a cinnamon sugar topping instead.
I just used generic in the bag apples and, this time of year, they’re sweet enough. I wouldn’t recommend using granny smith apples unless you’re okay with the tartness.
I’m not the best photographer, so you’re going to have to trust me when I say they turned out really good!
Let me know what you think if you decide to make these! They only take about 30 minutes of bake time but your house will smell amazing!
Maple-Cinnamon Apple Muffins
These muffins make for an easy fall breakfast!
- 1/2 cup maple syrup raw
- 1 stick unsalted butter melted
- 2 eggs large
- 1/2 cup milk
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 2 cups flour all-purpose
- 1 1/2 tsp baking powder
- 1/2 tsp cinnamon ground
- 1/2 tsp nutmeg ground
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 2 cups apples peeled and diced
Cinnamon Sugar Topping
- 4 tbsp butter melted
- 1/4 cup cinnamon ground
- 1/4 cup sugar granulated
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Mix together melted butter (at room temperature), eggs, vanilla, maple syrup, and milk.
In a separate bowl, mix together flour, baking powder, salt, cinnamon, and nutmeg. Combine the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients. Fold in the apples to this mixture.
In a greased and floured muffin tin, pour equal amounts in to fill the tins 3/4 of the way full. You should have 12 muffins from this batch.
Bake for 30 minutes and let rest in the muffin tin for 10 - 15 minutes after removing from the oven.
While the muffins are baking, melt butter in a separate bowl and mix together the cinnamon and sugar on a separate plate.
Once the muffins have cooled completely, dip the muffins into the butter first and then roll them into the cinnamon-sugar mixture.