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Three Ingredient Apple Spice Muffins

A red plaid cloth is on a wood back drop with a half dozen, silver muffin tin on the cloth, filled with Three Ingredient Apple Spice Muffins. A bundle of cinnamon sticks is placed to the left of the muffin tin and a green apple cut into three pieces is also on the left of the muffin tin under the cinnamon sticks. One muffin is missing from the muffin tin and a bite has been taken out of the front right muffin.

 

Easy Apple Spice Muffins

I must confess, I have a fondness for all things apple – especially these Three Ingredient Apple Spice Muffins.

Growing up, my Granny had an apple orchard and every autumn, usually towards the end of August on into September, we would gather the apples as they fell from the trees.

Granny and I would go out and shake the limbs of the apple trees and then run for cover as the apples came bouncing and tumbling out of the branches.


Once we harvested our bounty, we would prepare them for apple butter, applesauce, apple pie, apple crisp, apple cake, and Apple Spice Muffins.

When I was much younger, I used to climb the apple trees in the summer and sit among the branches, pretending the tree was my fort or a grand pirate ship.

As I grew older, Granny’s apple trees became my refuge after a long, frustrating day at a school I hated going to.

I would grab a book and climb the apple trees, escaping into the fantasy world I was reading about and inhaling the sweet scents of the apple blossoms.

 

 

A red plaid cloth is on a wood back drop with a half dozen, silver muffin tin on the cloth, filled with Three Ingredient Apple Spice Muffins. A bundle of cinnamon sticks is placed to the left of the muffin tin and a green apple cut into three pieces is also on the left of the muffin tin under the cinnamon sticks.

 

Apple Muffins

There is just something about a fresh apple – or a fresh Apple Muffin that smells like home to me.

Over the years, Granny’s beloved apple trees became diseased and began to die off one by one.

Just two years ago, the last apple tree left standing succumbed to the disease and had to be cut down.

Granny and I both shed some tears over that dear, old, apple tree that held so many memories and stories for both of us.

Today, I honor the memory of that faithful, loved, tree in sharing this recipe for Apple Muffins.

Somehow, as I write this, I think I can still faintly hear the whisper of the leaves through the apple branches, smell the sun-kissed sweetness of the fruit, and feel the solid, rough, bark of the tree branch beneath me as I relax back against its trunk.

 

 

A hand holding a Three Ingredient Apple Spice Muffin in the foreground with a silver, half dozen muffin tin filled with Apple Spice Muffins in the background. The muffin tin is on a red plaid cloth with a bundle of cinnamon sticks to the upper right corner of the muffin tin. Everything is placed on a wood backdrop.

 

 

Apple Cinnamon Muffins

To begin making these Apple Cake Mix Muffins, you’ll need unsweetened applesauce, apple pie filling, and one boxed Spice Cake mix.

That’s right, no eggs, no dairy, no oil, these Vegan Apple Muffins are allergen-free and perfect for everyone!

If you’re caught up in the back to school rush, these Easy Apple Muffins make a great on-the-go breakfast.

Another fast and easy muffin recipe you will love are these Three Ingredient Pumpkin Muffins

 

 

A container of Unsweetened Applesauce, A can of Apple Pie filling, a box of Spice Cake Mix, silicone muffin liners, and a half dozen silver muffin pan all on a black granite counter top with a blue and black kitchen black splash behind it.

 

 

How to keep your Spiced Apple Muffins from sticking in the muffin pan

I like to use silicone muffin liners for these apple muffins because I find that paper liners almost always stick to the muffin.

However, these silicone liners tend to stick as well, so to prevent that from happening, spray them lightly with nonstick cooking spray.

You can also bake the apple muffins straight in the muffin pan as long as you spray it good with nonstick spray.

Please note, this recipe yields 14 muffins so you will need to make two batches if you use a half dozen muffin pan.

 

 

A silver, half dozen muffin tin with purple, red, green, and blue silicone muffin liners in the pan. The muffin liners have been sprayed with nonstick cooking spray. The muffin tin is sitting on a black granite counter top.

 

 

How to make Apple Cake Mix Muffins

Now that your muffin liners are ready to go, you can also go ahead and preheat your oven on 350F.

Open the box of Spice Cake mix and empty the cake mix into a medium sized mixing bowl.

If you have Littles, this is probably the part they will love helping with the most – I know my little guy LOVES dumping things out!

 

 

A medium sized clear, glass mixing bowl with Spice Cake Mix in the bowl. A silver, half dozen muffin tin filled with red, blue, green, and purple silicone muffin liners in it is in the background.

 

 

How to make the Best Ever Apple Muffins

My secret ingredient to these Three Ingredient Apple Spice Muffins is apple pie filling.

I added one, 28 ounce can of Apple Pie Filling to my Spice cake mix and boy, was that just the icing on the cake for these muffins!

The addition of the Apple Pie Filling gave these Apple Spice Muffins such a wonderful, apple pie flavor that just can’t be beat!

One thing about using apple pie filling though is that the apple slices are rather large.

I used the edge of my spatula to “cut” the apple slices into bite sized pieces after adding them to the spice cake mix, but you could slice them up before adding them in.

 

 

A hand holding a can of apple pie filling over a medium sized clear, glass mixing bowl filled with Spice Cake mix. A half dozen silver muffin pan is in the background and is filled with silicone muffin liners.

 

 

Vegan Apple Spice Muffins

After adding the apple pie filling to the spice cake mix, add in 1 cup of unsweetened applesauce.

The applesauce acts as an egg/oil substitute and makes these apple spice muffins so moist without adding any extra fat.

 

 

A medium sized clear, glass, mixing bowl with Spice cake mix in it and a can of apple pie filling. A hand is holding a silver, one cup measuring cup filled with unsweetened applesauce over the bowl and a green spatula is in the bowl. A silver, half dozen muffin tin filled with purple, red, blue, and green silicone muffin liners is in the muffin tin. Everything is sitting on a black, granite counter top.

 

 

Apple Pie Muffin batter

Stir the apple pie filling, the unsweetened applesauce, and the spice cake mix together until smooth.

Remember to be sure and cut up slices of apple in the apple pie filling into bite sized chunks either before you add it or use your spatula to do so after adding it.

 

 

A medium sized clear glass mixing bowl filled with spice cake mix, applesauce, and apple pie filling. A green spatula is in the bowl, on the left. All of the ingredients are stirred together. A silver, half dozen muffin tin is behind the bowl filled with multi colored silicone muffin liners.

How to bake your Three Ingredient Apple Spice Muffins

Use a tablespoon to scoop the apple muffin batter in the silicone muffin liners.

I filled my muffin liners to the top and this recipe still yielded 14, large apple spice muffins.

 

 

A silver, half dozen muffin tin with green, blue, red, and purple silicone muffin liners that are filled with Three Ingredient Apple Spice Muffin mix. The muffin pan is sitting on a black, granite counter top.

 

 

Cinnamon Apple Muffins

Place these simple cinnamon apple muffins in the oven and bake at 350F for 30-35 minutes.

Pro Tip: If you have a small, convection oven and you’re using a half dozen muffin pan like I did, you can bake these easily without heating the entire house up.

I love using my convection oven for these Apple Muffins and the Three Ingredient Pumpkin Muffins I made last week.

 

 

A silver, half dozen muffin pan lined with red, purple, blue, and green silicone muffin liners that are filled with Three Ingredient Apple Spice Muffins. The muffin pan has been placed in the oven and the oven door is open.

 

 

Easy Apple Cinnamon Muffins

When the baking time is over, carefully remove the apple cinnamon muffins from the oven and check them by inserting a toothpick into the middle of the muffin.

If the toothpick comes out clean, your muffins are finished baking and ready to eat!

However, if the toothpick comes out with some muffin batter on it, bake them for an additional 5-10 minutes or until cooked through.

 

 

 

 A silver, half dozen muffin tin full of baked, Three Ingredient Apple Spice Muffins.

 

Easy Three Ingredient Apple Spice Muffins

Once baked, remove the muffins from the muffin pan and place them on a baking rack to cool.

When the muffins are completely cooled, you may remove them from the silicone muffin liners.

Yum! These Three Ingredient Apple Spice Muffins are so delicious served hot with a cup of coffee or glass of cold milk!

 

 

Baked Three Ingredient Apple Muffins in red, blue, green and purple silicone muffin liners on a black cooling bakers rack.

 

 

How to store your Three Ingredient Apple Cinnamon Muffins

I suggest storing your cooled Apple Spice Muffins in an airtight container in the fridge.

They can be stored at room temperature for up to 24 hours and stored in the fridge for up to 7 days.

For long term storage, wrap the muffins tightly in plastic wrap or foil and place in a freezer, ziploc bag.

These Three Ingredient Apple Spice Muffins can be store in the freezer for up to 3 months.

 

 

A hand holding a Three Ingredient Apple Spice Muffin that has a bite taken out of it in the foreground with a silver, half dozen muffin tin filled with Apple Spice Muffins in the background. The muffin tin is on a red plaid cloth with a bundle of cinnamon sticks to the upper right corner of the muffin tin. Everything is placed on a wood backdrop.

 

 

Cinnamon Sugar Apple Muffins

When you’re ready to thaw and eat your cinnamon apple muffins, simply allow them to thaw at room temperature or in the fridge.

If you find that they’re too moist once thawed (slightly doughy) just place them on a pan and bake them in the oven at 325F until warm and firm.

 

 

A red plaid cloth is on a wood back drop with a half dozen, silver muffin tin on the cloth, filled with Three Ingredient Apple Spice Muffins. A green apple cut into three pieces is on the left of the muffin tin under the cinnamon sticks.

Share these Apple Cider Muffins with a friend!

Want to brighten someone’s day? Take them an Easy Apple Muffin!

These Three Ingredient Apple Spice Muffins are great for baking and sharing, or serving at a party!

If you’re hosting any bonfire parties this fall or winter or planning any gatherings, I can assure you, these Apple Cinnamon Muffins will be a big hit!

If you love sweets, check out these Three Ingredient Pumpkin Muffins or my Healthy Mixed Berry Banana Muffins or this Healthy Chocolate Chip Banana Bread.

As always, thank you for taking the time to step into my kitchen and chat with me today.

Happy baking, my friends!

-Amy

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A red plaid cloth is on a wood back drop with a half dozen, silver muffin tin on the cloth, filled with Three Ingredient Apple Spice Muffins. A bundle of cinnamon sticks is placed to the left of the muffin tin and a green apple cut into three pieces is also on the left of the muffin tin under the cinnamon sticks. One muffin is missing from the muffin tin and a bite has been taken out of the front right muffin.
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Three Ingredient Apple Spice Muffins

Three Ingredient Apple Spice Muffins make a fast and easy cake mix muffin dessert, a perfect treat for the fall and winter holidays with all of the flavors of Apple Pie in a muffin.

Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword Apple Spice Cake Mix Muffins, Easy Apple Muffins, Three Ingredient Apple Spice Muffins
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Servings 14 muffins
Author Amy - The Speedy Spatula

Ingredients

  • 1 box Spice Cake mix
  • 1 cup unsweetened applesauce
  • 28 oz Apple Pie Filling

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven at 350F.

  2. Pour all ingredients into a medium sized mixing bowl.

  3. Use the edge of your spatula to break the apple slices into smaller, bit sized pieces.

  4. Stir all ingredients together until well blended and smooth.

  5. Line a dozen or half dozen muffin tin with silicone muffin liners and lightly spray the liners with nonstick cooking spray.

  6. Spoon the Apple Muffin mixture into the liners until full, then place in the oven and bake at 350F for 25-30 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the middle comes out clean.

  7. Place the muffins on a cooling rack and allow to cool completely before removing from the muffin liners.

  8. If using a half dozen muffin tin, you will need to make two batches of muffins since this recipe yields 14 muffins. 

  9. Serve and enjoy! 

Recipe Notes

Optional Toppings:

Cream Cheese frosting and Streusle  both pair beautifully with these Apple Spice Muffins! 

Shared at Full Plate Thursday

Shared at Weekend Potluck

Also shared at Meal Plan Monday

Shared at Foodie Friday Link Party

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4 Comments

  • Reply
    Miz Helen
    September 5, 2018 at 6:51 am

    We will love your Apple Spice Muffins, they look so good! Thanks so much for sharing with us at Full Plate Thursday, we sure enjoyed your post!
    Miz Helen

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      Amy - The Speedy Spatula
      September 10, 2018 at 6:31 am

      Thank you Miz Helen!
      We sure loved these fast and easy Apple Spice Muffins!
      I hope you have a wonderful week!

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    Julia
    November 3, 2018 at 5:44 pm

    Girl! These muffins look AH-MAZING!!

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    Chris Stanley
    November 12, 2018 at 8:22 pm

    This is a fantastic website, thank you for the detailed recipe.

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