Apple Spice Muffins by Mama

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Mama’s easy apple spice muffins recipe is a favorite in my house. What’s not to love about moist apple muffins loaded with juicy apple pieces, chopped pecans, and spices like cinnamon and nutmeg?

Mama's Apple Spice Muffins

We had Mama’s apple spice muffins ALL OF THE TIME growing up. Just about every week! I have never known anyone who did not absolutely love these muffins. So when I say they’re the best muffins you’ll ever taste, I mean it.

The cool thing about them (and what my mother liked so much with a large family to feed) is that you can use any type of apple in this recipe for apple muffins and it makes no difference. They will still be just as good. You can also use those apples that are starting to get a little soft as well. They work great in here and no one will ever know.  

Another thing I like about this easy apple spice muffin recipe is that, yep, they’re super quick and easy to make. I also bet you have a lot of the ingredients already at home: chopped pecans, apples, self-rising flour, quick oats, vegetable oil, eggs, white sugar, ground nutmeg/allspice, and ground cinnamon. The instructions couldn’t be easier either. All we’re going to do is slowly whisk together all of the ingredients and they’ll be ready to bake in about 10 minutes. Then they only need to bake for 20 minutes before they’re ready.

These spiced apple muffins make a delicious breakfast or treat any time of day. I try to make two batches so we have them to snack on for a few days afterward. These muffins are filling thanks to the oats, tasty, and have a slight crunch on top. I’m getting hungry already, so let’s get baking!

Ingredients for Apple Spice Muffins

Recipe Ingredients

  • Pecans
  • Apples
  • Self-rising flour
  • Quick oats
  • Vegetable oil
  • Eggs
  • Sugar
  • Ground cinnamon
  • Ground nutmeg or allspice

How to Make Apple Spice Muffins

In a large bowl, add flour, sugar, cinnamon, allspice or nutmeg, and oats.

In a large bowl, add flour, sugar, cinnamon, allspice or nutmeg, and oats.

Add nuts and stir until blended.

Now add in your nuts and stir until blended.

In a separate bowl, beat eggs then add oil, water, and apples.

In a separate bowl, beat your eggs, and then add the oil, water, and diced fresh apple.

Stir that up until it’s mixed pretty well and apples are coated. 

Combine wet and dry ingredients.

Now take that bowl with the wet ingredients in it and dump it into the mixing bowl with your dry ingredients.

Batter for apple spice muffins.

Stir it up really well until it looks like this.

Now y’all know I’d never ever advocate for you eating raw batter or anything. So I’m going to tell you that you don’t have to because I always take a taste right at this point, on your behalf,  and I can report that it’s absolutely delicious. I’m just trying to keep you safe 😉.

Add apple spice muffins batter to muffin tin and bake.

Spray your muffin pan with cooking spray and fill each muffin cup with the muffin batter.

Bake at 400 for about 20 minutes for regular-sized apple muffins. Smaller ones will be done in about 15 minutes.

Mama's Apple Spice Muffins

This is just the best apple muffin recipe, filled with flavorful bites of apple, the perfect blend of spices, and that little slight crunch of the crust and pecans. This is one of those recipes that I implore, beseech, and pretty much beg you to make as soon as possible! 

Trust me. I’m looking out for your happiness here! 


  • Store leftover muffins in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 4 days. 
  • You can also freeze the muffins for up to 3 months. Thaw at room temperature and if you want to warm them up, reheat them quickly in the air fryer, oven, or microwave.

Recipe Notes

  • To make your own self-rising flour, simply add 1.5 teaspoons of baking powder and 1/2 teaspoon of salt for EACH cup of all-purpose flour.
  • If you like, substitute the spices for apple pie spice instead.
  • You can also use light olive oil or coconut oil in place of vegetable oil.
  • If you want to save time, make the dry part up the night before. If you are going to make these first thing in the morning it really helps in terms of time and effort. I have actually made this up several batches at a time and stored it for a few weeks in ziplock bags in the pantry for quick apple spice muffins!
  • These muffins don’t rise that much so you can fill them up almost all the way to the top of the muffin tin.
  • I like to make these as mini muffins as well. They just have a great texture and are wonderful as one or two-bite muffins.
  • For a crunchier topping, sprinkle the unbaked muffins with brown sugar before baking.
  • As mentioned, these cinnamon apple muffins work great with all kinds of apple varieties, including Braeburn, Granny Smith, Honey Crisp, and McIntosh.

You may also like these other appetizing apple recipes:

Cinnamon Apple Bread

Snickers Caramel Apple Salad

Apple Pound Cake

Caramel Apple Cheesecake

Apple Crisp in the Crockpot

Baked Apple Cider Donuts

Apple Spice Muffins

Mama's easy apple spice muffins recipe is loaded with juicy apple pieces, chopped pecans, and spices like cinnamon and nutmeg.
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Course: Dessert, Snack
Cuisine: American
Keyword: apple, muffins
Servings: 12 muffins


  • 1 1/4 cups self-rising flour*
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup chopped nuts
  • 1/4 cup quick oats
  • 3/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg or allspice your preference
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 cups peeled, cored, and chopped apples
  • 3/4 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons water


  • Prepare muffin tin by spraying with cooking spray.
  • In a large bowl, mix together the dry ingredients: flour, sugar, nuts, oats, and spices.
    1 1/4 cups self-rising flour*, 3/4 cup sugar, 1/2 cup chopped nuts, 1/4 cup quick oats, 3/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon, 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg or allspice
  • In a separate bowl, mix beaten eggs, chopped apple, oil, and water.
    2 eggs, 2 cups peeled, cored, and chopped apples, 3/4 cup vegetable oil, 1 1/2 tablespoons water
  • Combine wet ingredients and dry ingredients and stir just until flour is moistened.
  • Spoon muffin batter into each muffin cup and bake for 20 minutes at 400 degrees or until they test done.


*To make your own self-rising flour, simply add 1.5 teaspoons of baking powder and 1/2 teaspoon of salt for EACH cup of all-purpose flour.
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  1. Can this be made using a spice cake mix instead of the other ingredients to make it faster? I’ve made pumpkin spice muffins that way only I use my fresh pumpkin as I don’t like canned. thanks Christy!

  2. I tried this as my first baking experiment with my six year old niece and it went rather well. She did the adding dry ingredients and of course I cut the apples (she said she’d be careful but aunties know best…Lol) The muffins were wonderful! I skimped on half the oil for butter since I don’t usually eat too bad most of the time. My sis in law got onto her for eating three in a row but she couldn’t resist herself either…Lol Thank you for the wonderful recipe and a chance for quality time with my niece!

  3. Christy I would love to try this for breakfast. I have one question, can you supstitute any thing else for the oats? I am not a fan of that texture. Would extra flour work?
    Love your books and look forward to the next one.

  4. Instead of dicing the apples into small pieces, can you use graded apples? Less trouble than dicing. Plus I have trouble eating anything with large pieces of any type. Thank you.


  5. Hello Christy,

    I have received your Apple Spice Muffin receipe vide your newsletter today. Very interest and healthy looking recipe but I find you do not have any Banking Powder or Baking Soda used in this recipe. Please let me know if these ingredients do not feature when using Self Rising Flour.

    If I do you normal All Purpose Flour, then what do I do – what amount of Baking Powder or Baking Soda would I use?

    Appreciate your help as soon as possible.

    Thank you,


  6. I have been looking for a multi-piece recipe that I can take to a reunion (50 years) and I really did not have time to fuss and than I found this OH MY it is perfect, going to make 2 batches and hopefully there will be enough left to take to the reunion (sneaky husband) . As I have said before you are my go to lady for recipes that look to impress but are sooo easy. Thanks,

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