These apple cinnamon muffins are sweet and crunchy thanks to a streusel topping, and packed with almost undetectable but delicious carrots and zucchini. Make a double batch and enjoy one now, and save one for breakfast or snacks the next day!
The air is crisp and the winds are strong. The boots and sweaters are out. It’s definitely fall here in the Pacific Northwest, and when the leaves turn each year, it’s like a permission slip to turn on the oven and bake up some tasty fall treats all day long.
When fall arrived, I really wanted to make muffins. I don’t know why, but like most thoughts that enter with a force, I couldn’t get it out of my head. I HAD to make muffins!
We had so many apples from our last grocery store trip, and also from my recent trip with Travel Oregon to Kiyowaka Family Orchards (more Travel Bliss stories on that adventure soon!), so I decided to make apple muffins.
We also had some zucchini that our neighbors brought over from their massive harvest, so I decided to add grated zucchini and carrots into the mix. Veggies would make this muffin recipe super healthy — yay!
But then, oh dear darlings, I couldn’t help myself.
I had to go and make a streusel topping, too.
A super buttery, sugary streusel topping for these apple muffins that would probably negate the healthy addition of the veggies… but totally make each and every bite of these muffins THE BEST APPLE CINNAMON MUFFINS you have ever tasted.
My 12-year-old son declared these muffins to be the best I have ever made.
My 9-year-old daughter couldn’t get enough.
Then I told them they had veggies in them. Their smiles turned to small frowns… and then the little rascals shrugged and continued to eat more. And more. My son even commented “I can’t even tell there are veggies in here.” That’s the beauty of these, son. Enjoy!
Fair warning: you should most definitely double this recipe and make two batches, because they will be gone so fast!
These apple cinnamon muffins are so soft and tender thanks to the added moisture from the grated carrots and zucchini. Note: I use finely grated not just shredded veggies in this, because that helps bring out the liquids in the veggies and helps them blend in more in the muffins.
Also: I prefer to dice the apples into teeny tiny itty bitty little pieces (see the first photo with ingredients above) because I want them to cook evenly with the muffins; I personally don’t like biting into large chunks of fruit in muffins.
I also like adding some of the itty bitty apple pieces to the buttery sugary streusel topping, which gives these muffins the most delicious, satisfying crunch to each and every bite.
My kids normally love the muffin tops and tolerate the rest of the muffin; with these tasty apple cinnamon muffins, they LOVED the crumbly topping and thoroughly enjoyed the rest of the muffin as well.
As an added bonus, your house will smell SO AMAZING and fill the air with the delicious scents of fall with these beautiful muffins baking in your oven!
If you would like to make these healthier (I like to call them “Almost Healthy” Muffins), simply omit the streusel topping. Just know you’re killing the Best Apple Cinnamon Muffin title by doing so. I mean, they are really good without the topping, but they are oh so better with the topping!
We’re making these all the time now. We made these last weekend. I’m making them every chance I get. Try the recipe for yourself and let me know how yours turn out!
What are your favorite fall baked goods to enjoy when the weather turns crisp and cool?