These spiced apple crumble muffins have a gorgeous crunchy cinnamon crumble topping. For us they are a tasty after school snack or even dessert with some ice cream.
There is something about adding apples and cinnamon to a cake that makes it just irresistible. I made three bakes with apple and cinnamon at the end of last year and I am still baking with those flavours!
This time I went for spiced muffins with a crumble topping. I love crumbles and one way of making a muffin that little bit extra special is to add a crumble topping. Crunchy, sweet and spicy! Yummy!
Some people love chocolate muffins and some people love fruity muffins. I am firmly in the fruity muffins camp, although the rest of my family would probably opt for chocolate!
The great thing about apple muffins or any fruity muffin is that you can make yourself feel good by telling yourself you're eating fruit. Ok, they are still muffins and I'm not trying to pretend they are a super healthy bake. However, any extra fruit has got to be a good thing!
What ingredients do you need for these muffins?
You don't need anything unusual or fancy to make a batch of these simple apple crumble muffins. For the muffins themselves you just need flour, sugar, an egg, melted butter, apple of course and some spice.
For the streusal or crumble topping I use oats, flour, sugar and butter. I used a mix of soft brown cinnamon sugar and white sugar. You can use all one type of sugar though. Just add some cinnamon.
What kind of flour do you need?
I used self-raising flour and added a little extra baking powder just to really help them rise. If you don't have self-raising flour you can use plain flour plus 2.5 teaspoon baking powder.
Can you adapt this apple crumble muffins recipe?
I kept the diced apple very small in these muffins as my children are likely to pick out the fruit pieces if they are too big. Feel free to add larger chunks if your family love the soft apple pieces. You could easily get away with adding an extra apple too to make them even fruitier. Or why not add a few raisins?
Can you use different spices?
I love the combination of apple and cinnamon, as you can probably tell from the amount of recipes I have! However, you could use ground ginger instead or even mixed spice. Personally I think apple and ginger crumble muffins would be amazing!
Can you substitute the apple and use another fruit in these muffins?
If you want to make another kind of fruity crumble muffin then these apple crumble muffins are easy to adapt. You could use whole or frozen berries, diced pears, plums or even peaches.
Can you adapt the crumble topping for the muffins?
The crumble topping can be adapted too. If you want to use wholemeal flour to make the muffins a bit healthier then go ahead. Spelt flour would also work well. You could even add a few chopped nuts if you like a nutty crumble.
How long can you store these apple crumble muffins?
These apple crumble muffins keep well for up to three days in an airtight container. You can also freeze them for up to three months. Just defrost at room temperature for a couple of hours before eating.
When to eat these apple crumble muffins
In our family we love to eat these muffins as a dessert or snack. They are brilliant as an after school snack for the children. They are also lovely in packed lunches.
If we eat them for dessert they are amazing warm with some ice cream or custard.
You can eat muffins for breakfast too. So, if you love a recipe that you really can eat at any time of day then these are a good choice!
More apple and cinnamon recipes
Why not try one of these delicious apple and cinnamon bakes?
Spiced Apple Crumble Muffins
- 2 apples peeled, cored and diced into small pieces (160g)
- 1 tablespoon lemon juice
- 300 g self-raising flour
- ½ teaspoon baking powder
- 1 tsp cinnamon or mixed spice
- Pinch salt
- 190 g caster sugar
- 210 ml milk
- 100 g butter melted
- 1 large egg beaten
For the Crumble Topping
- 60 g plain white flour
- 20 g porridge oats
- 30 g white sugar
- 15 g brown cinnamon sugar (approx ⅓ cinnamon, ⅔ soft brown sugar)
- 40 g butter melted
- Preheat the oven to 180C fan.
- Put the apple pieces in a bowl with the lemon juice. Stir and set aside for a moment.
- Make the crumble topping by mixing all the topping ingredients together with a fork
- Put all the dry ingredients for the muffins in a bowl and stir.
- Add the milk, butter and egg. Fold together until just combined.
- Stir in the apple pieces
- Spoon the mixture into the muffin cases.
- Sprinkle some of the crumble topping onto all the muffins.
- Bake in the oven for 20-25 minutes.
- Cook on a wire rack.