Apple Pumpkin Muffins

by Krista on September 10, 2013 · 55 comments

Apple Pumpkin Muffins

I don’t know if you’ve noticed but we are officially in full swing of the fall season.  Pinterest is blowing up with pumpkin recipes and the stores have fall {and Christmas} decorations out.  With the feeling and smell of fall in the air myself and a couple of other awesome bloggers joined together to bring you some of the best fall recipes out there!

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What food comes to mind when you think Fall?  I tend to think of Pumpkin recipes, Apple Pie, Caramel Apples, Roasted Turkey, Pecan Pie, Sweet Potatoes, and cranberries.  Well, for this Fall Recipe roundup I thought I would combine a few of those favorites into one delicious healthy muffin.  No, I didn’t make one the weird muffins you would see on Cupcake Wars; like turkey, cranberry, mashed potato muffin. I made a sweet but healthy Apple Pumpkin Muffin topped with Pecans.  This muffin is also 100% whole wheat and uses no oil, milk, or butter! :) It is absolutely delicious and totally reminds me of everything Fall. The one problem I did have while making it was, for some reason the cupcake liners were sticking to the muffin. So if anyone has recommendations on how to solve that problem. PLEASE let me know! Other than that, these are a winner!

To get started, preheat oven to 350º.  Core and peel 1 small granny smith apple. Dice into small pieces, you should have about 1/2 cup. Set aside.

Apple Pumpkin Muffin 4In a large bowl, mix 1 1/2 cup of King Arthur whole wheat flour, 1/2 cup of brown sugar, 1 1/4 teaspoon of pumpkin pie spice, 3/4 teaspoon of baking powder, 1/2 teaspoon of baking soda, and 1/2 teaspoon of salt. Mix till combined.

Apple Pumpkin Muffin 1Next, add 3/4 cup of pumpkin puree.

Apple Pumpkin Muffin 2As well as 1/2 cup of unsweetened apple sauce, 1/2 cup of vanilla greek yogurt, and 2 eggs.

Apple Pumpkin Muffin 3Using a handheld electric mixer, mix until wet and dry ingredients are combined.

Apple Pumpkin Muffin 5Stir in 1/2 cup of diced granny smith apples.

Apple Pumpkin Muffin 6Put cupcake liners in muffin tins and fill each liner all the way with apple pumpkin mixture. Top with chopped pecans. {optional}

Apple Pumpkin Muffin 8Bake for 22-24 minutes. Until toothpick comes out clean when inserted into muffin.

Apple Pumpkin Muffin 9

Remove from oven and let sit for 5-10 minutes.

Apple Pumpkin Muffin 10

Serve for a grab and go break for a quick afternoon snack.

Apple Pumpkin Muffin 12

Apple Pumpkin Muffins
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Recipe type: Breakfast, Bread & Dough
Serves: 12 -14 muffins
  • ½ cup of diced granny smith apple {cored & peeled}, about 1 apple
  • 1½ cup of King Arthur Whole Wheat Flour
  • ½ cup brown sugar
  • 1¼ teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
  • ¾ teaspoon baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ¾ cup pumpkin puree
  • ½ cup of apple sauce {unsweetened}
  • ½ cup vanilla greek yogurt
  • 2 eggs
  • chopped pecans for topping {optional}
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees
  2. In a large bowl, mix King Arthur whole wheat flour, brown sugar, pumpkin pie spice, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Mix until combined.
  3. Next, add pumpkin puree, unsweetened apple sauce, vanilla greek yogurt, and eggs.
  4. Using a handheld electric mixer, mix until wet and dry ingredients are combined.
  5. Stir in diced granny smith apples.
  6. Put cupcake liners in muffin tins and fill each liner all the way with apple pumpkin mixture. Top with chopped pecans. {optional}
  7. Bake for 22-24 minutes. Until toothpick comes out clean when inserted into muffin.
  8. Remove from oven and let sit for 5-10 minutes.
Recipe inspired by [The Comfort of Cooking|]


 Kleinworth & Co.,Recipe Round-Up, recipe sharing, monthly recipe sharing blog round-up, blog party

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Apple Ginger Coctail from One Martini at a Time

Caramelized Pear Turnovers from Kleinworth & Co.

Apple Fritters from In the Moment With

Rosh Hashanah Apple Cake from Random-osity

Apple Pumpkin Muffins from Joyful Healthy Eats

Chocolate Pecan Pie Granola from Little by Little

Crock Pot Tuscan Bean Soup from Mostly-Homemade Mom

Apple Cupcakes with Salted Caramel Frosting from Nap-Time Creations

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{ 52 comments… read them below or add one }

tahnycooks September 10, 2013 at 7:38 AM

I want to pick the pecans off the top of all those delicious look’n muffins! These would be great to have around for in the morning when we’re rushing out the door!

Oh, my fall food thought would be….pumpkin, acorn squash and apples.


Krista September 10, 2013 at 12:20 PM

Oh… acorn squash. Definitely one of my favorites, yum! Yes, these were definitely a great grab and go breakafast, especially for the hubbie. Thanks for stopping by Tahny and congrats on the blogversary!


Jennifer Onvie September 10, 2013 at 8:34 AM

These look great! I’ve made apple muffins and pumpkin muffins but never the two together, good idea. :)


Krista September 10, 2013 at 12:21 PM

Don’t you love it when two good muffins can come together in harmony! :) These are awesome, I hope you get a chance to try them Jennifer!


Gina September 10, 2013 at 9:25 AM

Looks so good- I know my kids will love these for breakfast. AND….. your images are beautiful my friend. LOVE!!!!!


Krista September 10, 2013 at 12:24 PM

It was always my favorite when my mom gave us muffins for breakfast, and still is. hehe. :) I hope your kiddos like them Gina. Thanks so much on the photography encouragement, I have some awesome photography friends {ahem… you!} to help show me what to do. :)


Kim Cunningham September 10, 2013 at 10:02 AM

These are right up my alley! I love all kinds of apple and pumpkin breads!


Krista September 10, 2013 at 12:24 PM

Me too Kim! Love getting into the “fall” spirit! :)


Jessica September 10, 2013 at 10:20 AM

Yum! These sound perfect for the start of fall.


Krista September 10, 2013 at 12:25 PM

Thanks Jessica, can’t wait to see what you brought to the party too! :)


Erin @ The Grass Skirt September 10, 2013 at 12:07 PM

These look incredible! I love anything pumpkin. :)


Krista September 10, 2013 at 12:26 PM

Me too, definitely a must have in the pantry at all times in the fall! :) Thanks for stopping by Erin.


Zainab @ Blahnik Baker September 10, 2013 at 12:29 PM

You won me over with these muffins!! I love fall and all it’s great recipes. These muffins include my two favorite fall ingredients!! Can’t wait to try them. Pinned!


Krista September 10, 2013 at 12:43 PM

haha.. hurray! :) They use my favorite 2 fall ingredients too, sounds like we on the same wavelength. Thanks for pinning Zainab, hope you like it!


Ashley | Spoonful of Flavor September 10, 2013 at 1:51 PM

Krista, these muffins sound amazing. I love the addition of the apple!


Krista September 10, 2013 at 9:27 PM

Thanks Ashley! They were delicious and I loved the change in texture the apples gave the muffin. :)


Tamar September 10, 2013 at 2:15 PM

Whoa – what a genius combination!


Krista September 10, 2013 at 9:26 PM

Whoa! Thanks Tamar! :) Loved your fun comment.. made me smile!


marcie@flavorthemoments September 10, 2013 at 2:18 PM

These look fantastic, Krista! I love the idea of combining two of my favorite fall ingredients into one yummy, healthy muffin! Pinning on my Fall board!


Krista September 10, 2013 at 9:25 PM

Thanks Marcie, it was fun trying to come up with a recipe that emulates fall. I hope you like it, thanks for the pin love! :)


Danelle September 10, 2013 at 4:01 PM

I always think of apple and pumpkin as separate fall flavors….why have I never thought of combining them before? These muffins sound fabulous!


Krista September 10, 2013 at 9:25 PM

Thanks Danelle, you’ve shown me the “light” food wise a couple of times too girl with all your delicious recipes! :) Now, go make some apple pumpkin muffins! hehe..


Anne ~ Uni Homemaker September 11, 2013 at 12:13 AM

These muffins totally scream autumn –pumpkin and apple together? How clever! Will definitely be putting this on my to-bake list. Pinning! Have a great week Krista. :)


Krista September 11, 2013 at 1:05 PM

Yeah for autumn, love when I can start making the pumpkin and apple recipes! :) I hope you like it just as much as we did Anne! Have a great week and thanks for stopping by.


Jamie @lifelovelemons September 11, 2013 at 6:44 AM

Love the huge chunks of pecan on top of these! Fall has definitely arrived and I love it!


Krista September 11, 2013 at 12:59 PM

Thanks Jamie! The crunch of the pecans was a great addition to these muffins. Yeah for fall! :) My favorite time of the year.


Tina @ Tina's Chic Corner September 11, 2013 at 10:49 AM

Seriously pumpkin stuff is all over pinterest! I’ve got a long list of what I want to make…wonder how many I’ll actually get to. ;) Loving these muffins! Your pictures are amazing. :)


Krista September 12, 2013 at 12:23 PM

hahaah.. for real! Its like a pumpkin party. I’m ok with that though because pumpkins are my favorite thing about the fall. :) Thanks the encouragement on the pictures, means alot Tina! :)


Paula September 11, 2013 at 8:19 PM

These look really good and I love the pecans on top. I LOVE the photo with muffins in the old crate!! Very good styling!!


Krista September 12, 2013 at 12:07 PM

Thanks Paula. I actually keep my olive oil, vinegar, salt & such in that crate. I was trying to find something to put the muffins in and saw that out of the corner of my eye. :) Viola! Thanks for the sweet comments!


emily September 13, 2013 at 8:35 AM

wow! Those look perfect… love the nuts on top and your photos are gorgeous too! Finally getting around to view all the other fall links…. fun roundup! Emily


Krista September 13, 2013 at 1:29 PM

Yeah, this roundup there were definitely some awesome yummy meals. I think I pinned everything because they all looked wonderful! Thanks for stopping by Emily and the sweet comments! :)


Lynn H @ Turnips 2 Tangerines September 13, 2013 at 2:17 PM

Wow, your muffins look delicious! Perfect for this time of year~Lynn @ Turnips 2 Tangerines


Krista September 13, 2013 at 8:53 PM

Oh they were delicious Lynn! Thanks for stopping by! :)


Pamela @ Brooklyn Farm Girl September 13, 2013 at 4:16 PM

Apple and pumpkin? These are sweet words to my ears! Can’t wait to make these after we go apple picking soon!


Krista September 13, 2013 at 8:49 PM

Oh gosh! Jealous, I wish we had apple orchards in Texas. Apparently they don’t grow well here.. too stinking hot! Major boos on that. YEAH for apple and pumpkin season. :)


Lisa@ Cooking with Curls September 13, 2013 at 7:50 PM

They look absolutely delicious Krista! I love the old crate, so cool. :)


Krista September 13, 2013 at 8:43 PM

Thanks so much Lisa, they were delicious especially with the pecan toppings. The crate is definitely becoming one of my favorites. :)


Erin September 14, 2013 at 7:32 AM

Hi Krista! Stopping by from Show Stopper Saturday and had to check out these amazing looking muffins. Can’t wait to make these. Pinning!


Krista September 14, 2013 at 4:53 PM

Thanks so much Erin! I hope you love them as much as we did! Thanks for the “pin love”. :) Hope you have a great weekend!


Diane Balch September 15, 2013 at 12:05 PM

Pinning these.. both seasonal and super healthy.


Krista September 15, 2013 at 1:08 PM

Thanks Diane, it was delicious and definitely reminded me of the fall! :) Hope you like it friend.


Laura @ The Rookie Cook September 18, 2013 at 10:37 PM

Yummy, these look so good! I love the combo of pumpkin and apple – my two favorites lately! Pinned!


Krista September 19, 2013 at 2:33 PM

Mine too, especially in the fall. :) Best time of year… EVER! Thanks for pinning.


Jerri September 19, 2013 at 8:00 PM

Your muffins look amazing! Thanks for linking up with me for Friday Favorites. I’m featuring you this week.


Krista September 20, 2013 at 1:09 PM

Awe.. thanks Jerri! They were as good as they look. :) Thanks for the feature, your so sweet! :)


Andra September 23, 2013 at 9:32 AM

Quick question! I’m hoping to make these very soon (as in this afternoon ;) ), but I do not have any greek yogurt in the house. I do have traditional vanilla yogurt and sour cream. Would one of those work well as a substitute? Thank you SO much! I can’t wait to try one of these little pieces of Fall!


Krista September 23, 2013 at 12:04 PM

Absolutely, I would use the traditional vanilla yogurt. Be sure to spray the pan with PAM before you put the cupcake liners in. These tend to stick to the liner a bit, but they are absolutely delicious! :)


Alena October 10, 2013 at 10:55 AM

I just made these last night and they’re delicious! I love the apple and pumpkin together! I had enough pumpkin puree & diced apples from two apples from the can to make 2 batches! You can prolly add that 1 apple is enough to get 1/2 cup diced apples. I didn’t know so I diced two. I paired the muffins with pumpkin butter from Trader Joe’s and it’s perfect! Thanks so much for the recipe! Also, my muffins didn’t stick too much to the liners, at least not more than what I would expect from other muffins.


Krista October 11, 2013 at 9:39 AM

OH… the pumpkin butter sounds delicious! Great tip Alena! Thank you so much. Can’t wait to try it with that… the more pumpkin the better. :) I will change the recipe to say 1 apple just in case people are wondering. :) I’m so glad you liked them and that they didn’t stick too bad to the liner for you. Thanks for stopping by and letting me know, I so appreciate it! {and it definitely made my day}


Anne November 11, 2013 at 5:05 PM

I am going to be making these muffins for sure. Now I have another recipe for the apples and pumpkins we grow :) I could use some recipes for pears now! We have a fruit orchard and I can always use more ideas besides just canning them. Thanks for the recipe :)


Krista November 12, 2013 at 1:17 PM

Awesome Anne. How fun that you have a fruit orchard! I would love that! I hope you enjoy the muffins!

I will get on trying to think of pear recipes for you to use. :) Thanks for stopping by.


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