Apple Almond Muffins

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Apple Almond Muffins are loaded with fresh chunks of apple, then topped with sugar and sliced almonds. A simple fall muffin recipe everyone will love.

I love baking with apples, especially during the fall. Cinnamon swirl apple bread, cinnamon apple Dutch baby pancakes, and apple snickerdoodle muffins are a few more family favorites!

apple muffins sprinkled with sugar and sliced almondsNow that school is back in session, I like to keep a batch of muffins in the freezer. My kids can just grab a couple, heat them for a few seconds in the microwave, and they have a yummy breakfast that can be eaten as they head out the door.

These apple muffins freeze up nicely, although you have to be gentle with them or the almonds tend to slide off. I like to place them in a single layer in a large rectangle container with an airtight lid.

Apple almond muffins on a cooling rack

Because these muffins have chunks of apple in them, the batter is very stiff. That helps it support the weight of the apples. Instead of being light and fluffy like some muffins, they have more of a pound cake texture.

I actually overcooked this batch a little, but the apples helped them stay moist. Adding the sugar to the top makes them so pretty, and I love the crunch from the sliced almonds!

apple almond muffin photos

How to make apple almond muffins:

1- Cream butter and sugar, then add the eggs and flavorings. Stir in the chopped apples.

2- Whisk together the dry ingredients and stir gently into the apple mixture.

3- Scoop batter into greased muffin tins and sprinkle with sugar and sliced almonds.

4- Bake at 375° for 15-18 minutes or until lightly browned

If you’re looking for a simple fall muffin recipe, give these a try! If almonds aren’t your thing, you can substitute another type of nut like pecans. I think coconut would be tasty as well!


Apple Almond Muffins recipe Collage

Handy products for making apple almond muffins:

Apple peeler: I’ve had some peelers that hurt my hand, but this one has a comfortable grip, and it peels really well.

Sliced almonds: I’ve heard that Costco has sliced almonds for a good price, but my Costco doesn’t carry them, so I buy them on amazon.

Hand mixer: Creaming together butter and sugar is much easier with a sturdy hand mixer. I love my Cuisinart.

Apple Almond Muffins

Yield: 10 muffins

Apple Almond Muffins

Apple Almond Muffins
Tasty muffins loaded with chopped apples and topped with sugary sliced almonds.
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes


  • 1/3 cup soft butter
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup finely chopped apple (about 1 large)
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1/2 tsp almond extract
  • 1 1/2 cups flour
  • 1 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 2-3 Tbsp sugar for tops of muffins
  • 1/4 cup sliced almonds


Beat butter and sugar in a large mixing bowl till fluffy. Beat in the eggs, vanilla, and almond extract. Stir in the chopped apple.

Whisk together flour, baking powder, and salt in a small bowl. Add to the wet ingredients and stir gently till just combined. Batter will be stiff.

Scoop batter into well greased muffin tins. Sprinkle tops of muffins with sugar and sliced almonds.

Bake at 375° for 15-18 minutes or till lightly browned.


Recipe adapted from Bunny's Warm Oven

Love muffins? Here are a few more of my favorites:

Orange Banana Muffins with Sour Cream Glaze
Cranberry Chocolate Chip Muffins
Fluffy Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Muffins

You can see all my muffin recipes HERE.


  1. These muffins did not work for me. Batter was way too dry. I added three tbsp of heavy cream at end and hoped for the best. They were just ok.

  2. Oh wow!! I could eat a whole pan of these right now! Love the sugary topping and almonds!! Yum!

  3. Jennifer Fishkind says:

    I cannot wait for how amazing my house is going to smell when I make these!! YUM!

  4. Rachael Yerkes says:

    Fall time is muffin season at our house and these muffins are definitely on the list for what to make next! Love them!

  5. Tara Kuczykowski says:

    Apple muffins are my fave! Love the almonds in these, a bit unexpected.

  6. These muffins look amazing! Love the textured look of the sliced almonds too. 🙂

  7. Amy Huntley says:

    These muffins are delicious! This recipe is a keeper! Perfect for fall!

  8. TOTALLY pinning these! I love apple and almond flavors together!

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