Pocket-Size Apple Cinnamon Muffins

Ridiculously delicious way to begin the day!

Freshly baked Apple Cinnamon Muffins on baking rack.

Wouldn’t it be nice to enjoy a homemade muffin during your morning commute?

If you like that idea, then you might like this Apple Cinnamon Muffin recipe because when baked, these cute little treats will conveniently travel well in a pocket, purse, or small bag.

Try doing that with a frosted cupcake 🧁. Messy.

Apple Cinnamon Muffins: Ready to Eat

And, you know when you have apples in the fridge that have lost their shiny good looks but are still edible? Yeah, those are perfect for this recipe!

Mix them with a few basic baking ingredients, using a few basic baking tools, and you’ll have yourself a dozen home-baked muffins that travel well.

Pocket Size Cinnamon Apple Muffins - Healthy mid-morning snack for when you're on the move!

And, if you decide to bake these, remember to slip-on your favorite baking apron (that will look extra boss with some all-purpose flour dust on it). Happy Baking!

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Pocket-Size Apple Cinnamon Muffins

Makes: 12 Apple Cinnamon Muffins ~ Time: 15 minutes to prepare, 20 minutes to bake 


2 medium apples, cored peeled, and diced (I used McIntosh)
1 Tbsp. fresh lemon juice
1½ cups all-purpose flour
1 tsp. baking powder
½ tsp. each baking soda, ground cinnamon, and salt
1 egg
1 ¼ cups unsweetened apple sauce
½ cup lightly packed brown sugar
1 ½ Tbsp. canola oil (or use vegetable oil)
1 tsp. vanilla extract
2 Tbsp. brown sugar for topping (optional)


Spray a 12-cup muffin pan with cooking spray. Set aside. In a bowl, toss diced apples with lemon juice (prevents apples from going brown). Set aside.

In a large mixing bowl, mix together flour, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, and salt.  In a separate mixing bowl, mix together egg, apple sauce, sugar, oil, and vanilla. Add dry ingredients to wet ingredients and mix just until dry ingredients are moistened. Gently stir in diced apples. Divide muffin batter evenly among 12 muffin pan cups.

Bake in a 375° F (190° C) oven for 18 to 20 minutes or until toothpick inserted in the center of a muffin comes out clean. Remove muffins from pan and let cool on a wire rack.

Pocket Size Cinnamon Apple Muffins

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