Healthy Apple Cinnamon Oatmeal Muffins

These healthy apple cinnamon oatmeal muffins make an easy breakfast or grab and go snack. Packed with juicy apples, fragrant cinnamon, and wholesome oats, this muffin recipe is perfect for meal prep!

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Happy November! I’m typing this post in a maxi dress while sitting on my front porch with a glass of ice water and Biscuit (my dog) next to me. The sky is a perfect shade of blue. The sun is warm and bright. It’s 83 degrees – in November. Atlanta has had record-breaking heat over the past couple weeks and I’m not mad about it. It’s like a bonus summer!

Are you experiencing fluky fall weather too? If you want out, I’ve got the remedy.

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If it doesn’t feel like fall where you are, these Apple Oatmeal Muffins will help. I promise. Once these muffins start baking, the house will smell like fall. The heartwarming aroma will give you all the fall feels.


Enjoy these for breakfast tomorrow. Smear a muffin with a little nut butter or eat it plain.

More healthy muffin recipe ideas

And if these have you hungry for more muffins, you’ll love these Strawberry Oatmeal Breakfast Muffins in the spring, these Healthier Blueberry Blender Muffins in the summer, and my Flourless Gingerbread Muffins when it turns chilly outside. Those last two come together in the blender!

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5 from 4 votes

Healthy-ish Apple Cinnamon Oatmeal Muffins

These healthier apple cinnamon oatmeal muffins make an easy breakfast or grab and go snack. Packed with juicy apples, fragrant cinnamon, and oats, this muffin recipe is ready in minutes!
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time12 mins
Total Time27 mins
Course: Breakfast
Cuisine: American
Keyword: apple muffins, healthy muffin recipes
Servings: 12 muffins
Calories: 144kcal


  • 1 cup old fashioned oats
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 1 cup white whole wheat flour
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • ½ cup brown sugar
  • 1 egg beaten
  • ¼ cup avocado or olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • cup apples, shredded (about 1½ medium apple)


  • Preheat oven to 400°F. Lightly spray or grease a muffin tin with oil. Set aside.
    In a large bowl, combine oats and buttermilk. Let sit 15 minutes.
  • In a second mixing bowl, whisk flour, baking soda, baking powder, salt and cinnamon.
  • Stir the oil, egg, brown sugar and vanilla into the soaked oat mixture. Add dry ingredients. Stir just until combined. Do not overmix. Gently fold apples into the batter.
  • Spoon the batter into the prepared muffin tin. Bake 12 minutes. Remove from the oven. Let the muffins cool in the pan 5 minutes. Transfer to a cooling rack.


TIP: These muffins are best served warm. They also freeze and reheat incredibly well. To enjoy after freezing, thaw at room temperature or heat frozen muffins in a 350F oven for 10-15 minutes. 
NOTE: I don’t recommend using paper muffin cups in this recipe. Baking directly on the muffin tin produced the best results – keeping the moisture in and creating a nice crust on the outside. 


Calories: 144kcal

apple cinnamon muffin with oats on top


Go ahead a make a batch. Let me know what you think.


10 Comments on Healthy Apple Cinnamon Oatmeal Muffins

  1. Elizabeth Shaw
    November 2, 2016 at 5:37 PM (3 years ago)
    WOOOHOOO! So glad you got these up my friend :) XOXO

    5 stars

    • Marisa
      November 2, 2016 at 9:48 PM (3 years ago)
      Thanks, Liz!! Reply
  2. Spencer
    November 15, 2016 at 12:11 PM (3 years ago)
    I made this today and I loved it so much. The muffins tuned out moist, aromatic, warm and delicious. Thank you so much for sharing. Reply
    • Marisa
      November 15, 2016 at 12:14 PM (3 years ago)
      Thanks! I love them too. One of my favorites for sure! Reply
  3. Sue Piracci
    October 18, 2017 at 6:09 AM (2 years ago)
    LOVE the ingredients (grated apples!) & what came out is pure gold! Took a batch o a morning meetup & everyone agreed it's the best apple muffins they've had. I'll have to make double batches next time.

    5 stars

    • Marisa
      October 18, 2017 at 10:19 AM (2 years ago)
      Thanks for the note, Sue. What a compliment. I’m so glad you’re enjoying the recipe! Reply
  4. Jody
    January 28, 2018 at 8:53 PM (2 years ago)
    Next time I would use refined coconut oil as the unrefined I used made them taste soapy which is a common problem I’ve noticed when baking with coconut oil. Reply
    • Marisa
      January 28, 2018 at 10:56 PM (2 years ago)
      THanks for the note. I tend to find that the extra virgin coconut oil adds a fruitiness but I've never noticed a soapy flavor. I will pay attention next time I bake with it. Reply
  5. Sheri
    February 8, 2018 at 2:06 PM (2 years ago)
    Hi there, I was just wondering if I could swap out the buttermilk for almond milk just because I don’t have buttermilk and I do have apples but not sure how long they’ll last and I would love to try these muffins! Reply
    • Marisa
      February 8, 2018 at 2:21 PM (2 years ago)
      Hi Sherii, I haven't tried these with almond milk. It would possibly work but the muffins may be a bit more dry. I chose buttermilk because it helps keep the muffins moist. Reply

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