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Triple Apple Muffins

How many different ways can I shove apples into a single muffin recipe? I think the answer is three.


Triple Apple Muffins

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If you’re reading this than one of three things went down today:

1) The rapture is upon us. You have not been saved, like me, and will be forced to suffer on this Earth until it ends five months from now.
2) The rapture is upon us. You were saved (congrats) and they have Internet connectivity in Heaven (double congrats).
3) The rapture didn’t happen.

Whatever the outcome, I figured I would make muffins.

Because even unsaved humans like myself enjoy a good muffin now and then!

Triple Apple Muffins

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How many different ways can I shove apples into a single muffin recipe? I think the answer is three.


2 Cups all-purpose flour
1 Cup rolled oats
1/4 Cup brown sugar
1/2 Teaspoon salt
1 Tablespoon baking powder
1 Teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 Teaspoon ground nutmeg
1/4 Cup butter, melted
1 large egg
1 Cup apple sauce
1 Cup apple juice
1 Teaspoon vanilla
1 large apple (Gala works well), peeled, cored and diced
Raw sugar, optional topping


1) Peel, core, and dice the apple.

2) Mix dry ingredients together in a large bowl and fold in apple pieces.

3) Mix wet ingredients together in a separate bowl.

4) Fold wet ingredients into dry ingredients and stir to combine.

5) Spoon mixture into a buttered muffin tin.  Fill up the muffins until they overflow slightly.  They won’t rise that much.

6) Bake at 350 degrees for 20-25 minutes until they are cooked through.

7) Let cool for a few minutes before serving.

Apple Packed!

Ok. Enough Rapture jokes. In reality, the idea for these muffins came to me because we had some extra apples laying around and I figured I’d add them to some muffins. Once I was thinking apples though, I realized that apples come in many different forms, so I can add it to muffins in multiple ways!

Three different ways to be exact.

Apples. Three ways!

I’m not sure why I photographed two apples in the above photo. I only used one for the recipe.

Start by mixing all your dry ingredients in a large bowl. Once they are combined well, add in your apples. Definitely peel and core your apple for this recipe. I kept my apples in reasonably big chunks because I liked the idea of having some real apple pieces in the muffins.

Fold in the apples once the dry mixture is ready.

dry stuff
Nice apple chunks.

Meanwhile, in a separate bowl, mix together the apple juice, apple sauce, butter, egg, and vanilla.

You’ll end up with a kind of strange slurry mixture that, well, smells like apples.

wet stuff
Strange brew….

Mix the wet stuff into the dry stuff and your batter is ready to go!

All mixed up.

A Muffin Fail

Ok. You guys know that I’m always honest. The first time I made these muffins they didn’t work out. They were really bland and they didn’t really resemble muffins at all.

More like large hockey pucks. See?

Fail alert.

So I adjusted the recipe a bit and the one above is the good version.

When you’re ready to bake these guys, butter your muffin tin and fill them up until they overflow a bit. These muffins don’t rise as much as some.

So you can really fill up the tins.

Try it again…

Sprinkle on a bit of raw sugar if you want and bake these guys for 20-25 minutes at 350 degrees.

Let them cool for a few minutes when they come out.

Now these are more like it!

much better
Could already tell these were better.

My second attempt of these muffins turned out ten times better.

For starters, they actually look like muffins!

another look
One other angle…

These had a nice light flavor, but the apple flavor was pretty intense. I don’t think it would be possible to have a more apple-flavored muffin.

So, in short, if you’re an apple fan, then these are for you!

14 Responses to “Triple Apple Muffins” Leave a comment

  1. I’m visiting Betsy and Nick now (I am Nick’s mother-in-law – and enjoying his fantastic cooking) and can confirm these are delicious!

  2. Just tried. Maybe need a heaping 1/4 cup of brown sugar? Texture was awesome, but not sweet at all. Just made a glaze using powdered sugar and apple juice. Hopefully it seeps in. OTW will go to waste. :-(

  3. I have to echo Solana & say these definitely need more sugar! Too bland for me, or maybe it's my huge sweet tooth typing…I will tinker w/ this to try & get it to my liking. I'll also probably eliminate the nutmeg as my husband said they tasted too much like "pumpkin pie". Cooking is an adventure :)

    1. Interesting. Thanks for the feedback. I thought there was enough sugar in my applesauce and stuff, but yea. You can definitely up the sugar a bit if you want it sweeter.

  4. Wow, this was a yummy-smelling fail for me! For some reason, they didn't bake at all! I ended up with 12 very warm but almost totally raw muffins after 30 minutes in the oven. The flavor is pretty good, but I'm not sure I'm ambitious enough to try again … :-(

  5. I will definitely tr this recipe sometime! Might I suggest apple butter to substitute a bit of the butter if the muffins need more apple-flavor ;)

  6. Very moist! However, very bland…barely any flavor. Wlll not make again….was kind of bummed because they smelled so yummy in the oven!

  7. Made a variation of these with apple butter instead of applesauce, and with crunched-up apple chips for a topping. So good! This is a great recipe and has now become a household favorite.

  8. Actually, the number of ways is 4! I learned a trick to pack lots of apple flavor into baked goods. Your grocery store should have dry powdered apple cider mix near the cocoa section. Put a teaspoon or so of the dry mix into your dry ingredients. Makes a big difference!

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