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Chai-Spiced Healthy Apple Oatmeal Muffins

Healthy Apple Oatmeal Muffins made with whole wheat flour, fresh apples and chai spices. Finished with a light vanilla bean glaze for a special treat.
Course Breakfast, Healthy, Muffins, Snack
Keyword healthy apple oatmeal muffins
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Servings 12 muffins
Calories 157.5 kcal
Author Monique of AmbitiousKitchen.com


  • 1 3/4 cups whole wheat pastry flour or white whole wheat flour
  • 1/2 cup old-fashioned oats, plus more for sprinkling on top
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon cardamom
  • 1/2 teaspoon ginger
  • 1/2 teaspoon cloves
  • 1 cup unsweetened applesauce
  • 3 tablespoons melted and cooled coconut oil (or olive oil or melted butter)
  • 1/4 cup pure maple syrup
  • 1 egg, at room temperature
  • ¼ cup almond milk (or milk of choice)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 medium SweeTango Apple, peeled, cored and finely chopped (about 1 cup chopped apple)
  • For the glaze:
  • 2 tablespoons powdered sugar
  • 2 tablespoons low fat cream cheese
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1-2 teaspoons unsweetened almond milk (or milk of choice)
  • 1 vanilla bean, split in half and seeds removed


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease 12 cup muffin tin with nonstick cooking spray or line with muffin liners. If you line with muffin liners, make sure to spray the inside of the liners with nonstick cooking spray as these are lowfat muffins and will stick if the liners are not greased.
  2. In a large bowl, whisk together flour, oats, baking soda, salt and spices. Set aside.
  3. In a separate large bowl, add applesauce, oil, maple syrup, egg, almond milk and vanilla; mix until well combined. 
  4. Add wet ingredients to dry ingredients and mix until just combined. Fold in the apple pieces. 
  5. Divide batter evenly, filling each muffin cup about 3/4 of the way full. Sprinkle a few oats on top of each muffin to add a little beauty. Bake for 23-28 minutes or until tester comes out clean or with just a few crumbs attached. 
  6. Transfer to a wire rack to cool for 5 minutes, then remove muffins and transfer to wire rack to cool completely.
  7. Once muffins are cooled, make the glaze by mixing together the powdered sugar, cream cheese, vanilla, almond milk and vanilla bean. If necessary, add in a little bit more milk, you want it to be glaze-like consistency. Drizzle evenly over warm muffins! Makes 12 muffins total.
Nutrition Facts
Chai-Spiced Healthy Apple Oatmeal Muffins
Amount Per Serving (1 muffin)
Calories 157.5 Calories from Fat 44
% Daily Value*
Fat 4.9g8%
Saturated Fat 3.4g21%
Carbohydrates 25.7g9%
Fiber 3.1g13%
Sugar 9.5g11%
Protein 2.9g6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.