Apple Cinnamon Muffins

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    Apple Cinnamon Muffins |

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    For the longest time, Jason and I have always brought our lunches to work with us. It really helped us save money and it was just so much easier than figuring out what to eat for lunch every day. You can get sick of the cafes and restaurants near you if there isn’t enough variety and some days, it’s either too hot or too cold to step outside for lunch. We calculated how much money we’d actually save in a year if we actually brought lunch every day and it was quite a lot!

    However, I will admit, the past 7-8 months we have not brought our lunches because we were just so burned out from deli meats and sandwiches every single day. There was no variety. Thinking of creative, fun lunches is something I desperately struggle with – and we don’t even have kids yet! I just have a hard time figuring out what to make enough of so we can have leftovers to bring for lunch. Honestly, we just got lazy. We have so many food trucks near our offices and lately, there seem to be so many different restaurants popping up that the appeal of bringing just another cold sandwich to work was close to none.

    Apple Cinnamon Muffins |

    Apple Cinnamon Muffins |

    I tried to plan ahead and figure out ways to “spice up” our lunches and to give them a more visual appeal so you’d want to bring them and would want to eat them, but I kept drawing a blank. I didn’t want to always bring pasta or chips or hummus and carrots. I desperately wanted us to enjoy eating lunch and to not get bored. I think that’s the problem: you get bored!

    Can you imagine doing this with kids? I feel like it’d be so hard to get them to love their lunch and to get them to be enthusiastic about it.

    Apple Cinnamon Muffins |

    That is until author, owner, and founder of Weelicious, Catherine McCord came out with her cookbook, Weelicious Lunches. It has more than 160 easy, healthy, and FUN lunch ideas for all age groups. They’re fit for both adults and children and that’s what’s so great! She does the leg work for you – she helps you think outside the lunchbox and she makes lunches nutritious and delicious!


    This book has been a lifesaver (more like money saver, haha) – there’s so many great meal options in here and I can just see myself getting excited for lunches again. I think Jason is excited too since there’s just so much variety!

    Catherine says that you have to make lunches look pretty and fun for a child to even want to have anything to do with it. Each lunch she gives her children and her husband, they’re very eye-catching and creative. It keeps children always on their toes and excited to open up their lunchbox every day to see what they’ve got!

    You have to get your hands on her book, Weelicious Lunches. This will solve lunchtime problems for you and will definitely help get your brain churning on healthier lunch alternatives!

    I had an overzealous amount of apples so I chose to make her apple cinnamon muffins and I LOVED that she used whole wheat flour in this in combination with all purpose. It’s something I’ve never worked with and I’m glad I was able to step outside my comfort zone. It gave the muffin a heartier texture but it was still light and moist. There were tons of apples inside and the warmth of the cinnamon and honey was laced throughout. It’s definitely something you, your spouse, and children will love for breakfast or lunch!

    Apple Cinnamon Muffins

    These muffins are filled with an abundance of apples and a heart-warming combination of honey and cinnamon.
    Prep Time: 10 mins
    Cook Time: 20 mins
    Total Time: 30 mins
    Servings (adjustable, but please note that results, timing, and cookware may vary when adjusting servings): 12 muffins
    Calories: 170kcal
    Author: Julie Chiou
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    • 1 cup all-purpose flour
    • 1/2 cup whole-wheat flour
    • 2 tsp baking powder
    • 1/4 tsp salt
    • 1 tsp ground cinnamon or 1 tsp. apple pie spice
    • 1/2 cup buttermilk
    • 1/2 cup honey
    • 2 large eggs
    • 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
    • 1/4 cup canola oil
    • 2 cups peeled and chopped Granny Smith apples, about 2 medium apples


    • Preheat oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit and line muffin tin with muffin cups.
    • In a medium bowl, whisk together flours, baking powder, salt, and cinnamon (or apple pie spice).
    • In a large bowl, whisk together buttermilk, honey, eggs, vanilla, and oil.
    • Stir in the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients and mix until just combined.
    • Gently fold in the apples with a spatula.
    • Divide the batter evenly in the muffin cups, filling 2/3 of the way.
    • Bake for 15-20 minutes, or until toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.
    • Transfer to wire rack to cool.


    Source: Weelicious Lunches by Catherine McCord
    Nutrition Facts
    Apple Cinnamon Muffins
    Amount Per Serving (1 muffin)
    Calories 170 Calories from Fat 54
    % Daily Value*
    Fat 6g9%
    Carbohydrates 27g9%
    Fiber 2g8%
    Sugar 15g17%
    Protein 3g6%
    * Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
    *Nutrition facts are an estimate and not guaranteed to be accurate. 
    Disclaimer: I was sent a copy of this book for my own enjoyment. I was not required or compensated to make a recipe out of it or post a review. All opinions are always 100% my own. There are affiliate links in this post.
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  • Maria says:

    I love Catherine’s new book! These muffins are on my must make list!

  • Tieghan says:

    I really need this book! It looks so amazing and these muffins? Yeah, I really need these too! They are so my thing!

  • Marian (Sweetopia) says:

    Catherine’s book looks amazing! Thanks for sharing!

  • Jenny Flake says:

    LOVE Catherine’s book! These muffins look amazing!!

  • Mallory @ Total Noms says:

    These look like great muffins! I hear you on finding it hard to make lunches everyday. I work in NYC and the food trucks are often just too inviting :)

  • Jamie @lifelovelemons says:

    Love these!! Look at those awesome apple chunks!

  • dixya| food, pleasure, and health says:

    i hear you about boring lunches but it saves so much money and confusion around lunch time. My usual lunch is fried rice, wraps, pastas, and salad – this book sounds like a great one to have.

  • Gaby says:

    loving these muffins – and everything else from Catherines book!

  • Lauren @ Climbing Grier Mountain says:

    Whoa baby! I really need to get onto this fall baking bandwagon! These muffins look delish!

  • Laura (Tutti Dolci) says:

    Cutest muffins, I love those chunks of apple!

  • Alaina @ Fabtastic Eats says:

    These muffins look fantastic! I always struggle with what to eat for lunch as well…resulting in hardly every eating lunch!

  • Rachel @ Baked by Rachel says:

    You’d laugh if you knew what I made today. Seriously. It even happened without knowing what your post was about.

  • Robyn Stone | Add a Pinch says:

    ‘Tis the seaon for apples and cinnamon – these look amazing!!!

  • Pamela @ Brooklyn Farm Girl says:

    I am totally in the apple mood this week so I’m ecstatic to see this great muffin recipe! Once we go apple picking I’m coming back to this!

  • Heather Christo says:

    These look so cozy and delicious and I love the chunks of apple in them! Love Catherine and her book!

  • Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar says:

    These sound delicious! And they look so pretty!

  • Megan says:

    These look great but we don’t like to eat white flour at our house. Can I sub it for more wheat flour or almond flour? If so, do I need to add more of other things? Thanks

    • Julie says:

      Hi Megan, I haven’t worked with wheat flour all too much but I read that you can sub 3/4 of wheat flour for 1 cup of all purpose. Since there’s already 1/2 cup of wheat flour, total amount of wheat flour I’d use would be 1 1/8 cup. I just don’t want it to be too try or dense for you so taking out 1/4 cup of wheat flour should still give you moist muffins. Good luck!

  • Fil says:

    Lunches are so hard to make enjoyable – thank you for this great suggestion and for telling us about Catherine’s book … definitely on my shopping list

  • Georgia @ The Comfort of Cooking says:

    These muffins look perfect for grabbing on your way out the door! What a delicious and easy recipe!

  • Aimee @ Simple Bites says:

    LOVE Catherine’s book – and I missed this recipe in it. Can’t wait to try these for my boy’s lunches.

  • Sommer @ ASpicyPerspective says:

    Awesome-looking muffins! Perfect for breakfast or a quick snack! Thanks for sharing! :)

  • ATasteOfMadness says:

    This looks SO good! I love all these apple recipes, I am SO ready for school

  • GiGi Eats Celebrities says:

    Those look AMAZING!! Seriously love the chunks of apples that probably melt in your mouth as you eat! :D

  • Stacy | Wicked Good Kitchen says:

    Perfect apple muffins for breakfast on the go, or for a quick snack! Catherine’s book will be a lifesaver for parents and kids. So helpful for the lunch bag blues. Thank you for sharing, Julie!

  • Christina (Sisters Running the Kitchen) says:

    those muffins look fantastic! yeah i am a huge breakfast person and like dinner (and dessert haha) too. lunch is always MEHHHH for me. not a fan haha mostly because my lunches are boring and I never look forward to them (unless its some awesome leftovers I have or something). but that book looks like it is a good one! perhaps ill buyt it

  • Sandy Coughlin says:

    I just love fall and apples! These would be a great hostess gift or favor at a dinner party. Thanks for sharing!

  • Alison Lewis says:

    perfect for fall! I want one now with coffee

  • Lynna says:

    I definitely wanted to get her book since I have been hearing so many good things about them! I just started bringing lunch to work and it`s already draining me of all my ideas. LOL! I love apple muffins–or apple anything really. I can smell and taste these already!

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