Sweet and crunchy on the tops, moist and bursting with warm fall flavors on the inside, these Healthy Apple Spice Crumb Muffins are a MUST try!

Healthy Apple Spice Crumb Muffins on a wire cooling rack

I am quite certain that there is nothing in this world comparable to a warm, freshly baked muffin to wake up to in the morning. Bonus points if it’s healthy!

Healthy Apple Spice Crumb Muffins sliced on a plate with a spread of butter

Typically, most muffins you find in bakeries are cupcakes in disguise – relying heavily on oil, butter, and cups of sugar for sweetness. When I’m craving a healthy muffin, I find the only way I can truly enjoy them is to just make them myself. Plus they make my house smell like a bakery. 😉

how to bake and mix the ingredients for Healthy Apple Spice Crumb Muffins

These homemade Healthy Apple Spice Crumb Muffins are soft, fluffy, and full of good-for-you ingredients like whole grains, oats, and fresh apples. In lieu of butter or oil, I used unsweetened applesauce to give the muffins tons of moisture. I also used as little sugar as possible and went with coconut sugar, but you can totally use brown sugar if that’s what you have on-hand.

What I love most about these guys is that they actually rise. They’re just like the tall bakery muffins. Flat muffins?? No, thank you. It’s taken some practice, but I finally found a few tricks to bake up high, fluffy muffins – no more flat, dry muffins here!

a woman's hand adding the topping to the Healthy Apple Spice Crumb Muffins


  • You’ll want your batter to be very, very thick. Think spoonable batter, not pourable.
  • Do not overmix the batter- this will create hard, tough, flat muffins.
  • Fill muffin tins all the way to the top. Filling your muffin tins only 1/2 or 2/3 of the way to the top is not enough batter to produce a muffin that will rise. Fill to the brim.
  • Start off with a very hot oven temperature, then lower it down – doing so lifts the muffin top up quickly and creates a tall crust. Typically, muffins are baked at 350℉ – 375℉ the whole time, but set the oven to 425℉ initially, then bring back down to 350℉ or 375℉.

overhead view of Healthy Apple Spice Crumb Muffins on a wire cooling rack


  • The secret ingredient to a SUPER soft muffin that is still healthy, is Kodiak Cakes Pancake Mix. Your muffins will bake up ultra light and soft, instead of a typical denser muffin you usually get when using healthier ingredients.
  • You can use most any variety of Kodiak Cakes mixes. For these Healthy Apple Spice Crumb Muffins, I suggest using the buttermilk, cinnamon oat (my personal favorite!) or the Kodiak Cakes All-Purpose Baking Mix. This post is not sponsored by Kodiak Cakes, I just REALLY love the product and use it in my kitchen a ton. Kodiak Cakes Mixes are widely available. I’ve seen them at Walmart, Kroger, Costco and Target; usually found near other pancake mixes.
  • Also, as mentioned above, it’s important to keep the stirring to a minimum. As much as we all hate doing dishes, the separate bowls are pretty important to avoid over-stirring while making sure all the ingredients do get mixed together.

You guys are going to love these cozy fall muffins. They are made to imitate a bakery style muffin, but in a healthier way. They’ve really got the taste, texture and softness of a bakery muffin, but with about a third of the calories. Winning!


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Healthy Apple Spice Crumb Muffins

Sweet and crunchy on the tops, moist and bursting with warm fall flavors on the inside, these healthy apple crumble muffins are a MUST try!
Author: Kim


Crumb topping:


  • 1/2 cup unsweetened almond milk or other preferred milk
  • 1/2 teaspoon vinegar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce
  • 1/2 cup coconut sugar or brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 2 cups Kodiak Cakes Pancake Mix (buttermilk, cinnamon oat, or all-purpose)
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon allspice
  • 1/8 teaspoon cloves
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup grated apple (from one small apple. I used fuji.)*


  • In a small bowl, combine all crumb topping ingredients and set aside.
  • Preheat oven to 425℉ and spray a 12 cup muffin pan with cooking spray; set aside.
  • In a small bowl, combine milk & vinegar; set aside.
  • In a medium bowl, beat eggs and then stir in applesauce, sugar, vanilla and the almond milk/vinegar mixture.
  • In a separate large bowl, combine Kodiak Cakes Pancake Mix, baking powder, cinnamon, allspice, cloves and salt. Toss in the grated apple.
  • Pour the wet ingredients into the dry and mix with a big spoon, just until combined (a few lumps are ok). Do NOT overmix. The batter will be thick. Divide the batter evenly between the 12 muffin cups.
  • Top each muffin evenly with the crumble topping and bake muffins for 4 mins at 425℉ then immediately lower oven temperature to 375℉ and bake for 10-11 mins more, or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.
  • Remove and allow to cool for a few minutes before removing the muffins from the tin. Use a butter knife around the edges, as needed, to coax the muffins out after about 5-10 minutes. Place on a cooling rack to cool completely.
  • If you have leftover muffins, store them, covered, at room temperature for up to 2 days, or in the refrigerator for up to 4 days. Freeze leftover muffins for up to 3 months.


*I used the cinnamon oat variety. If you don't happen to have allspice and/or cloves on-hand, no worries, just leave it out.
*Don't worry about adding in too much moisture from the grated apple. No need to drain or squeeze out excess water.
Serving: 1muffin, Calories: 187kcal, Carbohydrates: 31.5g, Protein: 9g, Fat: 2.8g, Saturated Fat: 1.3g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.3g, Monounsaturated Fat: 0.4g, Cholesterol: 33.2mg, Sodium: 383.2mg, Potassium: 11.3mg, Fiber: 2.6g, Sugar: 18.4g, Vitamin A: 65IU, Calcium: 140mg, Iron: 1.2mg

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