These Healthy Apple Muffins will be your new favorite make-ahead breakfast. This flourless protein muffin recipe is simple to make and perfect for when you need something healthy on-the-go!
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If you’re looking for a really great protein muffin recipe that’s loaded with apples, look no further. My Healthy Apple Muffins are the perfect healthy option when you’re looking to start your day with a good breakfast. These muffins are made with simple, healthy ingredients, and no flour, oil or refined sugar.
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Like many of you, I’m always on the hunt for healthy breakfast options. This protein muffin recipe is one of my new favorites. These muffins are loaded with fiber and protein, making them a delicious, filling breakfast option to start your day. Pair with some Greek yogurt and some apple slices and you’ve got an amazing healthy breakfast.
Here’s how these delicious Healthy Apple Muffins come together:
Step 1: Mix the batter
Like most other muffin recipes, these healthy apple muffins start by mixing the dry and wet ingredients. The dry ingredients include old fashioned oats, protein powder, baking powder, cinnamon, nutmeg and salt.
The wet ingredients include milk, plain Greek yogurt, egg, vanilla and honey for a sweetener. Combine the wet and dry ingredient together in the largest bowl. Use a rubber scraper to mix combine the batter. Batter will be very thick.
Healthy Apple Muffin Ingredient Q&A:
What kind of milk can I use for this protein muffin recipe?
- You can use either dairy milk or plant-based milk. I prefer whole, dairy milk as it provides the most protein. However, I’ve also used almond milk for this recipe, which works well.
Can I use something else for a sweetener besides honey?
- Yes. I recommend going as natural and unprocessed as possible. Maple syrup would be a good option.
Step 2: Fold in the apples to the batter
Once you’ve combine the batter, fold in the diced and peeled apples.
Healthy Apple Muffin Q&A:
What variety of apples can I use for these healthy apple muffins?
- You can use virtually any apple variety that you enjoy eating. The apples pictured are Winesap apples, which are a local variety here in Virginia. I also really love honey crisp apples in this recipe.
How do I meal prep breakfast?
Meal prepping breakfast is a way to make healthy breakfast options for yourself in advance. I’ve put together a post on Healthy Breakfast Meal Prep and includes all of my healthy breakfast recipes, as well as tips, tools and ideas for making meal prep easy.
Step 3: Fill the muffin cups with the batter
Spray your muffin tin with coconut oil spray or line with silicone or paper baking cups. I really love these Non-Stick Silicone Baking Cups from Amazon. (Amazon Affiliate Link) The muffins never stick; in fact, they slide right out of the liner. I often find that paper liners really stick to the muffin.
You’ll fill the cups nearly full with the batter. Don’t worry – this muffin batter is thick enough that it will not run over. They will retain their shape.
To add a little extra flavor and crunch, I like topping these healthy apple muffins with a sprinkling of extra cinnamon and some sliced almonds.
Step 4: Bake the Muffins
Bake the muffins for 28-30 minutes. The muffins will come out of the oven beautifully golden brown.
Once done baking, remove from the oven and let cool in the pan. Transfer to a cooling rack to let the muffins cool completely to room temperature. If you’re not eating these muffins right away, individually wrap the muffins in plastic wrap and freeze for a quick, grab-and-go breakfast or snack. I do this with my Baked Blueberry Oatmeal and my Black Bean Brownie recipe.
If you loved this delicious protein muffin recipe, then check out some of my other similar healthy breakfast recipes:
Healthy Blueberry Muffins Recipe – Sugar Free Bakery Style Muffins
Here’s the recipe for my delicious Healthy Apple Muffins:
- 2 c. old fashioned oats, uncooked
- 3/4 c. vanilla protein powder
- 1 tsp. baking powder
- 1 tsp. cinnamon, plus sprinkling for topping
- 1/4 tsp. nutmeg
- 1/4 tsp. salt
- 1 c. milk (either dairy or plant-based milk)
- 3/4 c. plain Greek yogurt
- 1 egg (or two egg whites)
- 2 Tbsp. honey
- 1 tsp. vanilla extract
- 1 c. apples, peeled and diced
- 1/3 c. sliced or slivered almonds (for topping)
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray a muffin tin with coconut oil spray or line with silicone baking cups or paper liners. Set aside.
- In a mixing bowl, combine the dry ingredients: oats, protein powder, baking powder, cinnamon, nutmeg and salt.
- In a separate bowl, whisk together the wet ingredients: milk, yogurt, egg, honey and vanilla. Pour the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients. With a rubber scraper, mix together well scraping down the sides of the bowl. Batter will be thick. Fold in the apples.
- Spoon the batter into the prepared muffin tin cups. Each muffin cup will be nearly full. Top each muffin with a sprinkling of cinnamon and the almonds.
- Bake the muffins for 26-28 minutes at 350 degrees. Muffins will be golden brown. Remove from oven and let cool for 10 minutes in pan. Transfer muffins removing them from the pan to cool completely.
- Enjoy right away or wrap in plastic wrap and freeze to enjoy later.
Choose a protein powder that best fits your dietary needs. Make sure to also choose a protein powder with minimal ingredients - protein should be the main ingredient.
Nutrition Information:Serving Size: 1 muffin
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 1292Total Fat: 38gSaturated Fat: 8gCholesterol: 24mgSodium: 2091mgCarbohydrates: 177gSugar: 58gProtein: 64g