These easy apple muffins are incredibly flavorful! It's surprising how easy and quick these are to make! With only three simple ingredients and less than 30 minutes from start to finish, these are a family (and busy mom) favorite!
Why I love these muffins
These apple spice muffins are perfect when you get that taste for apple pie but don't want the expense, mess (or the calories) of a real pie! With just three ingredients, you can make these delicious apple cinnamon-spiced, muffins in about ½ hour. Perfect for a grab-and-go breakfast, a snack, or just a not-over-the-top dessert. These are the perfect muffins to make when you want to bake something quick and easy! Also try these two ingredient pumpkin muffins!
Table of contents
1 box spice cake mix
1 apple (I just use what I have, granny smith apples are good if buying)
2 cups applesauce (I use cinnamon apple sauce for extra flavor!)
Preheat oven to 350 degrees (F).
Peel and chop 1 apple. You want small, roughly quarter-inch pieces.
In a small bowl, add a couple of tablespoons of cake mix to the chopped apples and mix to coat. The dry ingredients coat the fruit so it doesn't sink when baked. Set aside.
In a large mixing bowl, add the two cups of apple sauce to the box of spice cake mix. It's easy to hand stir but you can use a mixer if you like.
Do NOT mix in the ingredients that the back of the cake mix lists. Only add what this recipe states.
Fold in chopped apple pieces. You just want to get the fruit mixed into the batter.
Line, grease or spray your muffin tins. I find using paper liners the least work.
Scoop 1 large scoop of batter into the muffin cups.
I use this type of scooper. It keeps the muffins portioned the same size and it keeps your muffin pan cleaner (with no big batter drips on it)
Bake 18 to 20 minutes. Test with a wooden skewer/toothpick to see if done. The
Cool on a wire rack and then I like serving these warm!
This apple spice muffin recipe makes 12 good-sized flavorful muffins. With little chunks of slightly crunchy apples. I love the texture of the apple pieces in the muffins. And the smell is so appetizing!
These are filling muffins. You'll notice they are heavy. That would be from the real apple pieces. The apple sauce and the apple pieces guarantee that this recipe creates a moist muffin (with a healthy amount of fiber!).
These muffins store well in the refrigerator for 4 - 5 days. I just place them in a covered container.
Muffins freeze well if wrapped with plastic wrap. I then place in a sealed container so they don't get squished.
Allow to warm to room temperature (or warmer!) prior to eating.
Correct. You only use the cake mix, apple sauce and apple chunks.
Yes. If using only applesauce, then use 2 ½ cups. It will turn out great, it just won't have the apple chunks.
I would use a yellow cake and then add about 2 teaspoons of apple pie spice or pumpkin pie spice. If you don't have those handy, use 1 ½ tespoons of cinnamon and ½ teaspoon of nutmeg.
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Apple spice muffins – three ingredients!
- 1 medium apple peeled and diced to ½ inch pieces
- 2 cups apple sauce
- 1 box Spice cake mix
- Preheat oven to 350 Fahrenheit.
- Peel and chop apples so they are about ¼ inch pieces. You don't need to be exact!
- Add chopped apples and a big teaspoon of dry cake mix into a small bowl. Stir to cover apple chunks. Set aside
- Add 2 cups of apple sauce to cake mix. You can hand mix or use a mixer to combine well.
- Add the cake mix-coated apple chunks to the dough.
- Stir together.
- Spray your muffin tin with cooking spray (or use paper muffin liners).
- Scoop a large scoop of dough into each muffin well. To about ¾ full.
- Makes 12 nice sized muffins.
- Bake for about 18-20 minutes, until toothpick comes out clean.