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Sep 05

Apple Cinnamon Muffins

Apple Cinnamon Muffins on a plate

These easy Apple Cinnamon Muffins are sure to make your kitchen smell incredible and your taste buds jump for joy. They’re also super simple to make and use common ingredients you may even have in your pantry and refrigerator. Ever since falling in love with my Banana Blueberry Muffins, I have wanted to make another variety, and apple cinnamon is one of my favorite flavor combinations. Now that it’s September, fall is on the horizon and it seemed like the perfect time to post this recipe! These Apple Cinnamon Muffins include dramatically less sugar than most traditional muffins, but they still taste perfectly sweet. Fluffy and moist, with juicy apples throughout, these muffins are so comforting and satisfying when you’re craving baked goods. I love serving these for breakfast or brunch, they pair beautifully with eggs and fruit or bacon. They also make a great snack! Each muffin is just 117 calories or 4 WW Freestyle SmartPoints – what a bargain!

Apple Cinnamon Muffins cooling on a rack

Looking for more sweet or savory lightened up breakfast recipes? Check out my Banana Blueberry Muffins, Sausage and Pepper Egg Bake, Ultimate Tater Tot Breakfast Casserole, Turkey Sausage Mini Frittatas, Apple Cinnamon Pancakes, Triple Berry Yogurt Bowl, Banana Bread, Sausage Apple Cheddar Frittata, Berry French Toast Muffins, Ham and Cheese Egg Cups, Orange Cranberry Baked Oatmeal Singles, Pear Gingerbread Baked Oatmeal Singles, Apple Streusel French Toast Muffins, Ham and Cheese Hash Brown Quiche, Pumpkin Chocolate Baked Oatmeal Singles, and many more in the Breakfast section of my recipe index!

Apple Cinnamon Muffins close up


Apple Cinnamon Muffins

Yield: 12 muffins


  • 1 cup unsweetened applesauce
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/3 cup white sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 5 tablespoons light butter, melted (I use Land O’Lakes)
  • 1 cup peeled and chopped apples
  • 1 ½ cups all purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • ½ teaspoon salt


  1. Preheat the oven to 375. Mist 12 cups in a muffin tin with cooking spray.
  2. Combine the applesauce, egg, sugar and vanilla in a large mixing bowl and stir together with a fork until thoroughly mixed. Pour in the melted butter and stir until combined. Add the chopped apples and stir to mix in.
  3. In a separate bowl, stir together the flour, baking soda, baking powder, cinnamon and salt. Add the dry ingredients to the applesauce mixture and stir together until combined into a batter.
  4. Spoon the batter evenly between the prepared muffin cups. Bake for 18-20 minutes until the muffins are baked through and a toothpick inserted into the middle comes out clean.

WW Freestyle SmartPoints:
4 per muffin (SP calculated using the recipe builder on weightwatchers.com)

Weight Watchers Points Plus:
3 per muffin (P+ calculated using the recipe builder on weightwatchers.com)

Nutrition Information per muffin:
117 calories, 20 g carbs, 8 g sugars, 3 g fat, 2 g saturated fat, 2 g protein, 1 g fiber (from myfitnesspal.com)

an Emily Bites Original

8 comments on “Apple Cinnamon Muffins”

  1. Have you tried making these with Measure 4 Measure flour or another gluten-free flour or baking mix? Wondered how that would be. Love the recipes! Keep them coming!

    • No, I’m sorry! No one in my family is gluten free, so I’ve never really looked into gluten free baking options. If you try it out, please let me know how it turns out!

  2. Have you ever made them with a sugar substitute like truvia? Do you know how it would change the points?

    • Nope! I’ve only made them as presented. I’m guessing if you use a zero point sweetener they would be 3 SP each, but if you want to make changes to the recipe you’ll want to plug in the ingredients you’re using in the WW recipe builder to get an accurate total.

  3. What variety of apples?  I usually bake with Granny Smith, but not sure if you used something different for this recipe.  Thanks!  Looks delicious!  Can’t wait to try themNn

  4. These were delicious. My picky two year old even likes them. Thanks for a low calorie but still tasty muffin recipe!

  5. I made these this weekend and they were wonderful! My husband loved them. Funny thing was when I was making dinner I found the butter I had put in the microwave to melt for the recipe. So they are awesome even without the butter!!

  6. Emily – you make eating right a joy! So many of our faves have come from you (I’m thinking Buffalo Chicken Enchiladas, right now.) I entered this into the WW recipe thingy, substituting Stevia for the sugar, plus I added 2 more tablespoons of the unsweetened applesauce in place of 2 of the tablespoons of light butter, and entered 3 T. regular butter instead (since I don’t have light), and they came out at 3 Freestyle points. I’ve had such good success with substituting applesauce for the fat called for in a recipe, but thought I’d keep some of the butter in, ’cause – you know – it’s butter (= flavor & tenderness.) Using 3 T. light butter brings them down to 2 Freestyle points!

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