Apple Streusel Muffins

Breakfast, muffins, Recipes

These muffins are an absolute joy in the morning with a warm cup of coffee! The spices, and the apples go so well together. It’s almost like eating a soft bite of apple pie. I used granny smith apples here because of the delicious tart flavor but you can use any kind. My picky husband loves these for breakfast! I hope you love them as much as we do.

A couple of things to note before you start:

  • Don’t over mix the batter
  • Make your own buttermilk by mixing 1 tablespoon of apple cider vinegar or lemon juice to 1 cup of milk and let it sit until it coagulates (about 5 minutes)
  • You can absolutely substitute greek yogurt for sour cream
  • It’s extremely important to have the butter SOFT at room temperature…it’s soft when it slightly springs back to the touch, and it’s nice and squishy
  • Yes, you can also substitute whole wheat flour for the white flour ( although I have not tried)
  • For the streusel- you can substitute the instant oatmeal packet for 3 tablespoons or 1/4 cup of rolled oats + 1 tablespoon cinnamon + 1 tablespoon sugar sugar to your liking
  • Storage- i find that it’s always best to freeze freshly baked goods as it tends to dry out in the refrigerator. I let these cool completely and then store them in a gallon freezer bag with all the air out, and then defrost one at a time over night if I’m having it the next morning. You can also pop one into the oven to defrost about 10 minutes or so at 350′ F the morning of.

Apple Streusel Muffins

  • Servings: 6-12
  • Difficulty: easy
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Yields 6 Large Muffins or 12 Small Muffins



  • 1 1/4 cup all purpose flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/3 cup dark brown sugar
  • 1/3 cup white sugar
  • 1 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon (i like a lot of cinnamon)
  • 1/4 tsp ground nutmeg (optional)
  • 1/4 tsp ground cloves (optional)
  • 5 tablespoons soft butter ( plus more for the streusel topping)
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 cup buttermilk ( or 1 cup milk + 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar)
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 1 large granny smith apple chopped into pieces

Streusel Topping:

  • 1 package instant apple cinnamon oatmeal ( i used Trader Joe’s)
  • 3 tablespoons soft butter
  • 1 tablespoon all purpose flour
  • pinch of salt
  • honey drizzle (optional)


  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees and spray a 6 or 12 muffin pan with non-stick cooking spray.
  2. Sift the flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt into a medium sized bowl and set aside.
  3. Separately cream the soft butter and sugars in a mixer until light and fluffy ( until it turns into a cream color/ consistency)
  4. Beat in the egg, and vanilla on low speed, then add the buttermilk and sour cream.
  5. Mix in the cinnamon, nutmeg, and cloves until everything is well incorporated
  6. Add the sifted flour mix into the wet mix until its JUST incorporated then turn off the mixer
  7. By hand with a rubber spatula fold in the chopped granny smith apple
  8. Evenly distribute the mix onto the muffin pan, and let it bake for 15-20 minutes. Insert a toothpick  into the center to test if the muffin is done. Let it cool for 10 minutes.

Enjoy! 🙂


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