Apple picking is definitely one of my favorite fall activities and I love using them to make tasty baked goods like these apple yogurt muffins. They’re soft, moist and have the perfect amount of sweetness from the maple syrup and apple chunks. Plus, they have added protein thanks to the Greek yogurt, making them more filling than most muffin recipes.
Why You’ll Love This Recipe
These apple yogurt muffins are protein-packed which means you won’t be hungry 10 minutes after eating one!
They’re made with simple ingredients you likely already have in your kitchen.
They’re perfect for meal prep. I love making a batch over the weekend to have on hand for breakfast or a snack throughout the week!
whole wheat pastry flour – whole wheat pastry flour works better than regular whole wheat flour if you’re looking for the light and fluffy texture that regular all-purpose flour provides, but still want the nutrients of whole wheat flour. My go-to brand is Bob’s Red Mill whole wheat pastry flour. If you can’t find whole wheat pastry flour you can also use white whole wheat flour, a blend of all-purpose and regular whole wheat flour or just regular all-purpose flour.
baking powder and baking soda – to help the muffins rise.
sea salt – balances the flavors of the muffins.
cinnamon – a perfect pairing with apples and nice warming spice for these muffins.
eggs – helps bind the ingredients together and provide structure for the muffins.
Greek yogurt – Greek yogurt keeps these muffins moist without a lot of added oil. I recommend using plain whole milk (full fat) yogurt for the best results.
coconut oil – helps keep these muffins super moist and fluffy.
maple syrup – I love using maple syrup as the natural sweetener in these muffins, but I bet honey or even a sugar alternative like stevia or monk fruit would work fine as a substitute.
unsweetened almond milk – I used unsweetened almond milk, but any type of milk will work, including cow’s milk.
vanilla extract – a flavor enhancer.
apples – you’ll need about 1-2 apples, depending on size. You can peel the apples (or not). Either way, you’ll want to chop them into small pieces.
How to Make Apple Yogurt Muffins
Step 1: Start by combining the dry ingredients. In a large bowl, mix the flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt and cinnamon.
Step 2: In a medium mixing bowl, whisk the eggs, yogurt, oil, maple syrup, almond milk and vanilla extract. Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients and stir with a spoon until just combined. Make sure you don’t over-mix or the muffins will be too dense after baking. Fold in the apple chunks.
Step 3: Line a muffin tin with paper or silicone muffin liners. Evenly divide the muffin batter into the prepared muffin tin. Sprinkle extra apple chunks on top.
Step 4: Bake at 400ºF for 16-18 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the center of the muffin comes out clean. Let the muffins cool for a few minutes in the pan and then let cool completely on a wire rack.
What Types of Apples Are Best to Bake With?
Typically, I like to use a mix of apples that are sweet but tart and firm so that it holds up well to baking – if apples get mushy while baking, it’s a no-go for me! Honeycrisp, Pink Lady, and Granny Smith are fantastic apples to bake with.
Tips For Success
It’s important to make sure you’re using room temperature milk, eggs, maple syrup and yogurt! If any of these ingredients are cool, the coconut oil will solidify and create clumps. If you notice this happening, you can set the mixing bowl on the warm part of your stovetop as the oven preheats or set the mixing bowl in a larger bowl of hot water until the coconut oil melts again. You just want to make sure you don’t get the batter too hot or the eggs will start cooking. Here’s a guide for how to bring things like butter, eggs and yogurt to room temp.
When combining your dry and wet ingredients make sure you mix until just combined and don’t over-mix otherwise your muffins could turn out too dense or rubbery. It’s even okay if there are a few streaks of flour remaining as they’ll get mixed in when you stir in the apples.
Let the muffins cool for a few minutes in the muffin tin and then remove to let cool completely on a wire rack. Don’t leave the muffins in the muffin tin for too long because they’ll continue to bake and could dry out!
If using paper cupcake liners, make sure to let the muffins cool completely before trying to remove the liners otherwise your muffins will likely stick.
Frequently Asked Questions
Can I use all-purpose flour?
Yes! All-purpose flour will work just fine in place of whole wheat pastry flour.
Can I make these muffins gluten-free?
I haven’t tested a gluten-free version of these muffins, but I would imagine using a 1:1 gluten-free all-purpose flour would work just fine in place of the whole wheat pastry flour. My favorite brand is Bob’s Red Mill gluten-free 1:1 all-purpose flour.
How can I make these muffins dairy-free?
I haven’t tried it, but I would imagine using a non-dairy Greek-style yogurt or really any vegan yogurt would work just fine as a substitute for the Greek yogurt.
Is there an egg substitute?
I haven’t tested an egg-free version of these muffins, but let me know if you decide to experiment in the comments below! I would imagine using two flax eggs or chia eggs in place of the regular eggs would work just fine. If you’re looking for a vegan apple recipe I do have a vegan apple bread recipe you could try instead!
How do I prevent my muffins from sticking to the liners?
I recommend using silicone muffin liners or baking cups for the best results and to avoid the muffins from sticking too much. I also recommend spraying your liners with a little cooking spray. Also, make sure to let your muffins cool completely before trying to remove the liners otherwise they could stick. If you want, you can pop the muffins in the fridge to cool for an hour or so before removing the liners.
What type of yogurt is best to use?
I recommend using plain whole-milk Greek yogurt for this recipe. It’s what keeps these muffins moist and adds some protein. My go-to yogurt brands are Fage 5% plain Greek yogurt and Siggi’s plain whole milk yogurt. 2% Greek yogurt will also work, but I don’t recommend using non-fat Greek yogurt as it won’t add as much moisture to the muffins and it sometimes has fillers which could change the consistency.
How to Store Apple Yogurt Muffins
After allowing the muffins to cool completely, store them in an airtight container for 3-4 days at room temperature or for up to 1 week in the refrigerator. For longer storage, you can freeze these muffins for up to 3 months in a freezer-safe container or bag. I like to use my Stasher bags for easy storage. To defrost, place muffins in the fridge overnight, at room temperature or defrost in the microwave.