Apple Pie Muffins

Is there a better combination than Apple Pie Muffins? If so, I've yet to find one. There's something about apple pie that makes me nostalgic for summer nights and that coveted time with family and friends. Which is why I wanted to come up with a recipe that was reminiscent of that same feeling. Making these into muffins just felt like the perfect combo! And I have to say, my kids agree. 

Apple Pie Muffins from Weelicious

Every month in Parents Magazine I have a snack column offering up easy, healthy recipes that are easy to make for toddlers, pre-dinner snacks or sports practice pick me-ups.

These Apple Pie Mini Muffins are not only a great use of all the apples still at the market, but also have a crumbly topping just like the beloved pie you grew up on. Just one bite sized fruit filled muffin that will satisfy those late day cravings and keep bellies happy happy.

Apple Pie Muffins from Weelicious

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Apple Pie Muffins (makes 36 mini muffins)

Prep Time: 10 mins Cook Time: 15 mins

nut free


  • 1 1/2 cups white whole wheat flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
  • 3/4 cup buttermilk
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/4 cup butter, melted
  • 2 large granny smith apples, peeled and chopped into 1/4 inch cubes, about 2 cups
  • Crumble Topping: greek yogurt
  • 1/2 cup old fashioned oats
  • 1 tablespoon packed brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup unsalted butter, chilled and chopped
  • 1/3 cup pumpkin seeds


1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.

2. In a bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, salt, cinnamon, and brown sugar.

3. In a separate bowl, whisk together the buttermilk, egg, vanilla, and melted butter.

4. Stir the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients and mix until just combined.

5. Fold in the apples.

6. In a food processor, combine the oats, brown sugar, chilled butter, and pumpkin seeds. Pulse to combine and chop the pumpkin seeds.

7. Pour batter into greased mini-muffin cups, top each with 1 teaspoon of the pumpkin seed mixture, and bake 15 minutes, or until a wooden pick inserted in the center comes out clean.

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  • Meera

    I see honey in the preparation instructions but not in the ingredient list. How much honey goes into these?

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  • Rebecka

    LOL - was about to ask the same question as Meera!

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  • Sarah

    Looks delicious but I never have buttermilk in the pantry. Can I substitute natural yogurt?

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    • Catherine McCord

      If you don't have buttermilk you can use regular milk! If you like the tangy flavor of the buttermilk, you can make some by mixing 1 cup of any milk with 1 tablespoon of lemon juice or vinegar!

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  • Michelle S

    Holy smokes! I just made these and they are awesome! I can't wait to share them with the kiddies in the morning... if there are any left :)

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  • Tracy

    Would you keep these in the fridge or on the counter? They turned out great - w/pears instead of apples!

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  • Kate ¡Hola! Jalapeño

    So good! I especially love the pumpkin seeds—one of my favs!

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  • MHTeach

    These were a huge hit with my family! My toddler loved them as is, my husband and I toasted them and put a little butter on them-delicious!

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  • Abarwinski

    Can these be frozen and if so with the crumb topping ?

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    • McCord

      Yep! Some of the crumb topping might fall off when they're frozen. Thaw in the fridge overnight, and if desired, reheat in the oven or toaster oven for about 10 minutes on 350F!

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  • Katieann Mikula

    One of my favorite recipes! I use pecans instead of the pumpkin seeds for the topping and they turn out just as good. Love all of your recipes!

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  • Pattie K.

    I made them without pumpkin seeds since I wasn't sure if daycare would approve the seeds. They're pretty good. As an adult I would prefer to have the 'crunchier' topping. But still pretty good.

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  • Kris

    Has anyone tried using Fuji apples? Or do they have too much juice to them they won't work as well as granny smith?

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    • McCord

      Fuji apples are sweeter, so they have a different flavor, but they would work just fine!

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  • Bonnie

    My muffins fell apart. :( The only thing I can think of is I put too many apples (used 4 apples, I doubled the recipe, but didn't measure them). I also used almond flour so maybe that was it. I'm so bummed because they tasted amazing.

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