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Best Ever Apple Streusel Muffins

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Huge bakery style muffins loaded with fresh apples and topped with a brown sugar and cinnamon streusel. These are the best apple streusel muffins you will ever make.

Apple Muffin in paper muffin liners with brown sugar top.
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I love muffins. They are the perfect grab and go breakfast and the varieties are endless.

Muffins are also fairly easy to make and I generally have all the ingredients I need without having to go shopping, which is a definite bonus.

The perfect muffin, though, needs the perfect muffin top. You know the one I’m talking about.

It is that muffin top that is wide and tall and slightly crunchy on the edges. Let’s be honest, when you are standing at the counter in a bakery, it is that huge, beautiful muffin top that sells the muffin.

These muffins have that giant muffin top and it is covered in a delicious brown sugar and cinnamon streusel.

They are delicious!

Six muffins on a cooling rack.

Why this recipe works

This recipe uses simple pantry ingredients and comes together quickly and it uses only two bowls making clean up a breeze.

This recipe makes 6 muffins, which I feel is perfect. It is enough to get you through the week, but not so many that they will dry out before you get a chance to enjoy them.

You can serve them as is or slather them in butter. If you want to add to the cinnamon flavour, then this sweet cinnamon butter is perfect with these muffins.

Looking for other easy recipes for a grab and go breakfast or snack? Try this banana bread recipe or these pumpkin muffins.

Ingredients

This recipe uses simple pantry ingredients that are common to most muffin recipes.

Apples – I like to use Granny Smith apples, but any variety will work. You can peel them or leave the peel on.

Oil – I generally use vegetable oil, but you can use coconut oil or melted butter as well.

Ingredients for Apple muffins.

Instructions

One – Mix the dry ingredients in a large bowl.

Two – Whisk together the wet ingredients, then add to the dry ingredients and stir to combine. Don’t over mix, just stir until the batter comes together.

Three – Fold in the apples.

Four – Scoop the batter into 6 lined muffin cups.

Process to make apple muffins.

Expert Tip – Be sure to fill those muffin cups full. That is how we are going to get the giant muffin top. Don’t worry, the batter will not spill over the edges when it bakes.

Next we will make the streusel topping.

One – Using your fingers, mix the streusel ingredients in a small bowl until well mixed and crumbly.

Two – Pile that topping onto the muffins. (Don’t worry if you make a mess, I always do!)

Process showing adding streusel to muffin tops.

Place in the oven to bake for approximately 30 minutes. Mine are usually perfect at about 28 minutes. You are looking for golden tops and a toothpick should come out clean when inserted into the centre of the muffins.

Remove from the oven, let cool for 10 minutes, then remove the muffins from the pan and place on a cooling rack.

Look at how beautiful those muffin tops are! You can serve these apple streusel muffins immediately (I highly recommend it) or you can keep them in an airtight container for a few days.

Apple muffin with brown sugar streusel top.

FAQs

How should I store homemade muffins?

You can store these in an airtight container at room temperature for a couple of days.
To store them longer you can keep them in the fridge or freezer.

Can you freeze these muffins?

Yes you can. They will keep for several months in the freezer if stored in an airtight container or ziplock freezer bag.

Why are my muffins so dense?

This usually has to do with over mixing the batter. Make sure you are mixing just until the dry ingredients have mixed with the wet, otherwise it can create a dense, heavy muffin.

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Recipe

Best ever apple streusel muffins

Best Ever Apple Streusel Muffins

These muffins are loaded with fresh apple and warm spices and are topped with a crunchy streusel.
4.67 from 6 votes
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Course: Biscuits & Muffins
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Servings: 6
Calories: 372kcal
Author: Deanna

Ingredients

  • 1 Cup Whole wheat flour
  • 1/2 Cup All purpose flour
  • 1/2 Cup Sugar
  • 2 tsp Baking powder
  • 1 tsp Apple pie spice
  • 1/2 tsp Salt
  • 1/3 Cup Vegetable oil
  • 1 Large Egg
  • 1/3 Cup + 2 Tbsp Milk
  • 1 tsp Vanilla
  • 1 Medium Apple diced (equalling 1 cup)

For the Streusel Topping

  • 2 Tbsp Flour
  • 3 Tbsp Brown sugar
  • 2 Tbsp Butter
  • 1/2 tsp Cinnamon

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
  • Mix the flours, sugar, baking powder, salt and apple pie spice in a large bowl.
  • In a small bowl, beat the egg with the vegetable oil and then stir in the milk and vanilla.
  • Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients and stir just until combined.
  • Fold in the apples and then scoop the batter into a lined muffin tin.
  • In a small bowl mix the streusel ingredients with your fingers until well combined and crumbly.
  • Place a large scoop of streusel on top of each muffin.
  • Place in the oven and bake for 28-30 minunutes until golden brown and a toothpick comes out clean.
  • Cool for 10 minutes, then remove muffins from the tin and move to a cooling rack.

Notes

Nutrition information provided is an estimate only and will vary depending on ingredients/brands used or if substitutions are made. 

Nutrition

Serving: 1Muffin | Calories: 372kcal | Carbohydrates: 50g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 18g | Sugar: 26g
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