These Apple Spice Muffins are a favorite among customers at Whole Foods Market; every time I demo these muffins at the stores, customers continuously talk about how delicious they are.  These samples never seem to last long because shoppers end up taking multiple tastings.   After writing the recipe on the back of multiple Lillabee Anytime Muffin Mix boxes, I’ve decided it is time to share this secret recipe with you all.  Although the incredible flavor may trick you into thinking these Apple Spice Muffins are difficult to prepare, they are actually extremely easy and a quick fix.  Enjoy the muffins and don’t forget you can always use the batter to make a sweet breakfast bread as well.  Just pour the batter into a prepared loaf pan, instead of muffin tins.  Happy Baking!!

  • 1 Box of Lillabee Anytime Muffin Mix (includes sugar and flour)
  • 1/4 Cup + 2 Tbls Margarine (or Butter)
  • 3/4 Cup Shredded Apple, packed (about 2 medium apples)  Fuji, Honeycrisp or Granny Smith Apples are great options
  • 2 Eggs
  • 2/3 cup Milk (cow, rice, almond etc.)
  • 1 tsp Vanilla extract
  • 2 tsp Apple Cider Vinegar or Lemon Juice
  • 2 1/2 tsp Cinnamon
  • ½ tsp Nutmeg

Prep:  

Spray muffin tins with canola oil or use margarine/butter to grease the pan.  Preheat oven to 325 degree F.

Make:

Mix the spices with the Lillabee flour mixture in a bowl and set aside.  Combine milk, lemon juice/vinegar and vanilla in a separate bowl and set aside.  Cream margarine and sugar from the Lillabee Muffin Mix on medium speed for about 2 minutes.  Scrape down the edges with a spatula and then add the eggs and mix until fully incorporated.  Slowly add the flour/spice mixture and mix on medium-low speed until smooth.  Add the milk mixture and scrape down the edges of the bowl with a spatula when necessary.  Using a cheese grater, grate the apples and fold them into the muffin batter with a spatula.  You can also shred the apples by using a food processor, either method works just fine.  Scoop the batter into muffins tins; the muffins tins should be filled almost to the top.  You can always top the muffins with fresh apple chunks for an even better presentation.

Bake:

Bake the Apple Spice Muffins at 325 degree F for about 20 minutes, or until a toothpick comes out clean when inserted into the middle.  Let the muffins rest in the muffin tins for about 5 minutes on the counter after baking before removing them from the tin.  Enjoy!!