If you follow me on Instagram (@Tiff.Kent) you know that I’m obsessed with baking seasonal goodies. These muffins are my current go-to for a breakfast treat…or a dessert! I use a mix of seasonal apples—Honeycrisp, Gala, Braeburn, and Fuji to get the perfect blend of apple flavors. I’ll admit, these apples are quite decadent, but they’re sure to be a crowd favorite!
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What You’ll Need:
For the Muffins:
2 cups flour of choice (I use Bob’s Red Mill 1:1 Gluten Free Flour)
1 teaspoon baking powder
½ teaspoon baking soda
½ teaspoon salt
¼ cup unsweetened applesauce
½ cup grass-fed butter (1 stick)
1 cup white sugar
½ tsp. ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
½ teaspoon maple extract
1 ½ cup peeled, cored, and chopped apples
For the Crumble Topping:
2/3 cup packed brown sugar
2 tablespoons flour
½ tsp. ground cinnamon
2 tablespoon butter—cold and cut into small pieces
Optional: ½ cup chopped pecans or walnuts
Optional: Caramel sauce for drizzling over cooked muffins
Preheat the oven to 375-degrees F.
Peel, core, and chop apples into small bits (no larger than 1/4-inch chunks). Combine in a small bowl and set aside. (Pro move: save your leftover apple chunks in the refrigerator for apple pancakes!)
In a mixing bowl, combine the flour, baking powder, baking soda, ½ tsp. ground cinnamon, and salt.
In another bowl, combine the softened (but not melted) butter and sugar. Cream the two together, then add in eggs one at a time. Mix in 1 tsp. vanilla extract and maple extract. Stir the chopped apples into the mixture.
Slowly, ½ cup at a time, combine the dry ingredients into the wet mixture until a thick batter forms. Spoon the mixture into a prepared muffin pan (or mini loaf pans).
In a small bowl, combine the “Crumble Topping” ingredients together until a coarse mixture forms. Spoon a bit over each muffin cup.
Bake for 20-22 minutes, until a toothpick inserted comes out clean. Allow to cool for 3-5 minutes before removing each muffin from the pan, and cool on a wire rack or clean dry surface.
For the ultimate treat, drizzle caramel sauce over the top of your muffin – or enjoy with your favorite cup of coffee, tea, or mulled cider!