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Apple Cider Muffins

Capture the feeling and flavor of fall with these rich, moist apple cider muffins.  Full of good ingredients, like chopped apples, cinnamon, ground rolled oats, and apple cider, these muffins are as nourishing as they are delicious!  They taste kind of like a healthier version of those delicious apple cider doughnuts you can get at your favorite cider mill.  Grab one for breakfast or pack one in your lunch and enjoy! And don’t forget how good your kitchen will smell as they are baking!

apple cider muffinsI adapted this recipe from a blueberry muffin recipe I found years ago in Real Simple Magazine.  Over the years I have changed and substituted things, as our tastes and choices have evolved.  The original recipe calls for orange juice and blueberries, but since we are currently in the midst of a beautiful fall, I wanted to reflect the season.  Adding chopped apples instead of blueberries and the apple cider instead of the orange juice takes these muffins to a new level of deliciousness.  And what are baked apples without cinnamon?  Of course I had to add cinnamon.

apple cider muffinsThe fall color around here is so beautiful, and I’m not sure we have even reached the peak of the color yet, since there is still quite a bit of green out there.  I hope you all have a great weekend, and hope you get a chance to get out and enjoy the glorious colors.  My son has two soccer games and we have out-of-town friends and my ex-pat cousin and her sons coming into town, so we will have lots of chances to savor the season.  I am so looking forward to all of it!  But now I must clean my neglected house! At least it smells really good in here, like apples and cinnamon.  These muffins are wonderful.  I hope you give them a try! I am sharing a plate over at Angie’s Fiesta Friday, co-hosted this week by Elaine @ foodbod and Michelle @ O Blog cider muffinsapples and ciderfall walnuts

Apple Cider Muffins

  • Servings: 12 muffins
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  • 1 and 3/4 cups unbleached all purpose flour
  • 1 cup of old fashioned rolled oats
  • 1 teaspoon of baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon of baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon of  salt
  • 1 teaspoon of ground cinnamon
  • 1 cup of plain Greek yogurt (if you don’t have plain, flavored Greek yogurt works too!)
  • 1/2 cup of packed brown sugar
  • 3 tablespoons of unsalted butter, melted
  • 1/4 cup of fresh apple cider
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 and 1/2 cups of apple, peeled and finely chopped (about 2 medium apples)


Preheat your oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit.  Lightly grease a 12-cup muffin tin or line it with paper baking cups.

In a blender or food processor, combine the flour, rolled oats, baking powder, baking soda, salt, and cinnamon.  Pulse until the oats are finely ground and everything is combined.

In a large mixing bowl, whisk together the yogurt, brown sugar, melted butter, apple cider, and egg.  Stir until well combined.  Gradually add the flour/oat mixture to the wet ingredients.  Stir with a wooden spoon until well incorporated and a batter forms (do not overmix).  Fold in the chopped apples.

Spoon the batter evenly into the muffin cups.  Bake in your 375 degree oven for 22 to 25 minutes, or until golden and a toothpick inserted into the center of a muffin comes out clean.  Let cool for 5-10 minutes before removing the muffins from the tin.  Enjoy!




  1. Hilda

    Looking at these muffins makes me think it is time to make them. Love the idea of using apple cider in them as well as the apples.

    • Jenny

      Thank you, Hilda! The apple cider really gives them a nice flavor. Hope you are enjoying your weekend!

      • Hilda

        I did make them and they were delicious. I liked the texture as much as I did the flavour. I will be making them again soon.

      • Jenny

        I’m so glad you enjoyed them! Thank you for letting me know! Hope you are enjoying a lovely fall day there!

  2. Amanda | What's Cooking

    I love that there are oats and yogurt in here. I can see how these really capture the fall, apple, rustic flavor of the season. You’ve got a lot going on these days. Glad that you’re still at it in the kitchen despite the business! Enjoy your weekend!

    • Jenny

      Thank you, Amanda! It has been a challenge to keep up this month. But the kitchen and my blog are kind of like anchors. And fall is one of the best times for food! All summer we forget how cozy it is when the weather gets cold and we enjoy using our ovens and stove tops again to make warm things! Take care!

  3. Michelle

    These muffins are perfect for fall!
    I think no one will notice a messy house if you keep filling the air and their tummies with this level of deliciousness! Lol
    Thanks for sharing at Fiesta Friday #142!

    • Jenny

      Thank you, Michelle! Thank you for co-hosting Fiesta Friday!

  4. Antonia

    I love the ingredients in these muffins! A perfect and healthier fall treat 😀 Thanks for sharing!

    • Jenny

      Thank you, Antonia!

  5. Debbie Spivey

    Jenny – these muffins look absolutely perfect!

    • Jenny

      Thank you, Debbie!

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