Healthy Apple Cinnamon Muffins



When I first went to America, I was unaware of many nut butters besides peanut butter and almond butter. My roommate during my university exchange program in New York was the one whom introduced me to SunButter. This was his go to substitute for peanut butter due to his peanut allergies. I didn’t think I’d like SunButter- being a huge fan of peanut butter, I thought it was a mock substitute. However, one morning I ran out of peanut butter and needed something to spread on my morning bread- and I wasn’t keen on using my mustard or sriracha. I reluctantly borrowed some of my roommates SunButter and told myself I’d pretend it was Peanut Butter.

Friends, after my first spoonful I was HOOKED. The taste was a mix of sweet and salty and the texture- although similar to peanut butter, was different…in a good way! Since then, I have included Sunbutter in my rotation of healthy spreads!

Made from specially roasted sunflower seeds, SunButter is a peanut free, tree nut free and gluten free spread! SunButter have several varieties including Creamy, Unsweetened and in convenient on the go packs. SunButter is also a great source of protein, iron and fiber.

Picture Source
Picture Source

Besides the usual suspects like oatmeal and toast, I’ve recently been experimenting using SunButter in other ways! So far I’ve made Spicy SunButter chickpea bites and No bake SunButter granola bars. Today I have another recipe for you- Apple Cinnamon Sunbutter muffins! I’m a huge fan of eating muffins for breakfast so adapted one of my basic apple and cinnamon muffins and added a SunButter twist to it!

Apple Cinnamon Sunbutter Muffins

These muffins are light yet filling- and taste amazing slightly heated with a dash of extra SunButter spread on it.

Apple Cinnamon SunButter Muffins

Apple Cinnamon Sunbutter Muffins

Makes- 6 large muffins


  • 1 1/4 cups plain flour (150 grams)
  • 1.5 tsp baking powder
  • 1 T cinnamon
  • pinch of salt
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar (packed)
  • 1 large apple, chopped finely
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1/4 cup Sunbutter (I used smooth Natural)
  1. Preheat the oven to 200 degrees celcius and line a muffin tray with 6 muffin tins
  2. In a large mixing bowl, sift the flour and baking powder. Add the cinnamon, salt and sugar and stir until combined.
  3. In a separate bowl, mix the Sunbutter, egg and milk until the Sunbutter is mostly separated.
  4. Add the Sunbutter mixture to the dry mixture and stir until just combined. Evenly divide the batter into the six muffin tins and bake in the oven for approximately 25 minutes. To test if the muffin is done, insert a skewer in the centre of one and ensure it comes out clean.
  5. Remove from the oven and place on a wire rack to cool completely! Apple Cinnamon Sunbutter Muffins


Free email series!

My secret tips and tricks to DELICIOUS healthy desserts that DON'T taste healthy!

    We won't send you spam.


    69 thoughts on “Healthy Apple Cinnamon Muffins

      1. Thanks for stopping by Taryn- definitely really easy to make and easy to substitute with any nut butter on hand. Will have to check out your recipe, thanks!

    1. Yum!! I am a huge fan of sunflower seed butter, so these muffins look totally up my alley.
      I don’t mind selfies! I just can’t stand it when it starts becoming “all about how good I look right now.” Sorta candid selfies are more fun (can you take a candid photo of yourself??)

      1. Haha I THINK you could do a candid one…join the link up when its rolled out and you can start embracing the selfies! 🙂

    2. I am JUST AS HOOKED! Seriouslyyy! I tried it for the first time this weekend after hearing so much talk about it. And, just like you, after my first spoonful I was in.LOVE. Mmm.. That recipe looks fabulous!

    3. I usually buy TJ’s sunflower butter but I really love SunButter, too! I was skeptical about it at first, like you, but I quickly grew to love it. It goes really well with the taste of cinnamon, like you prob discovered what with your recipe. I add it to pumpkin smoothies and it’s awesome!

      1. how GOOD is it with cinnamon? But then again what isn’t good with cinnamon!

        I’m yet to try out a pumpkin smoothie- always stuck to berries! that needs to change.

    4. I know I won’t be in the majority but I don’t love selfies. Or at least I don’t like taking them of myself I always feel so awkward / silly doing them. Heather was giving me tips but for me I could TOTALLY relate to Amanda’s blog post about them 🙂 For a name I like Spill it Sunday’s.

      I have never tried Sunbutter you have seriously made me really want to, so of course I will HAVE to enter the giveaway. Loving that muffin recipe too it looks like a good one!

      Marvelous about my weekend was buying new furniture at Ikea, going for Brunch with friends and getting to do some Christmas craft.

      Marvelous today is this friggin weather! I just went out at lunch time and I think my arm is slightly sunburnt which is a great thing! (well not the whole burn thing but that it is sunny enough to be burnt).

      Thanks again for the International Spotlight on me yesterday too <3

      P.S. have you head of a new CBD brunch spot called Silo by Joost or Joost by Silo (it is one or the other I forget which), meant to be good!

      1. Haha you’re actually in the majority- not many here like selfies! I’ve always been afraid to take the but now- damn it lets have abit of fun lol! Can’t believe you got sunburnt so easily!

        Thank YOU for letting me put the spotlight on you (and letting me insult you… ;)) Seriously, I swear every week there is a new brunch spot! I wish they would open more in the suburbs instead of all the ‘hot spots’

        1. I know, my usual thing is that I sunburn then tan but it doesn’t usually happen that quick.

          Yes it must be a Melbourne thing to constantly open new brunch places!!

    5. I like “Self-ish” Sundays. Because sometimes you need to be selfish.

      This weekend I took my CPR/AED certification, so I’m one step closer to my NASM PT certification. Yay!

    6. I want to eat all your muffins. I just had an apple cinnamon egg scramble and I’m thinking one of your muffins would taste FANTASTIC crumbled on top with some sunbutter!

    7. I thought the same exact thing about Sunflower Seed butter! In my twisted way of thinking, I wondered why nobody ever talked about it if it was sooo good. Now I am hooked, dare I say…I might even like it more than peanut butter.

    8. As a nut butter lover, I hate to admit that I’ve never tried Sunbutter … but it’s not too late! :). The muffins look delicious, as always, and I like all the names … I think I like Spill It Sundays the best!

      1. Megan I am shocked…crossing my fingers for you to win purely to rectify that!

        Spill it Sunday it is!

    9. Love love love sunbutter!!! I usually make my own though but would love to try out some of this goodness.

      Selfie Sundays. Love it! But I still think FML Fridays was kind of awesome haha

      1. You make your own? Geebuz dude…why ain’t we seeing this on the blog!

        Spill it Sundays (with a side of selfies).

    10. Okay, I have a confession to make: I’ve never had anything besides almond or peanut butter. No judgement! I’m like you pre-America 😛

      But with a slew of recipes such as chickpea sunbutter bites and granola bars, how can I continue to even blog without considering picking some up? I ask you 😛

      It’s on my next iHerb list … which is getting longer by the darn minute!

      Looking forward to Sundays very much, as you’re right, they are quiet in the blogging world – which is why some selfie time will be very much enjoyed 😉

      1. Haha no judgement at all, although promise me you won’t make the iherb order until after brunch…seeing as I reckon it’ll be alot longer. Also going to give you guys some barney butter to try- you might want to order that too!

        Looking forward to organising the link up- here’s to having more computer time Sundays :p

    11. No Sun BUtter here 🙁 and NO, I am not going to make my own. Grinding sunflower seeds would probably take 2 years, and besides that, my food processor died….now you can high five your Mom… 🙂
      I think Selfie’s are great. Ok, I am addicted, but seriously – they’re fun.
      So excited for that link up!

      1. Thanks Lucie- I’m so glad we can all embrace the selfie and become more comfortable with them.

        Oh your poor poor food processor. Lucky you are relatively well stocked!

    12. A Sunbutter giveaway and a recipe all in one post? I think I love you! 😉

      I like the name Spill It Sundays!

    13. I’m gonna echo a few other commenters and say that Spill It Sundays is my favourite — and I think it’s a great idea to include a selfie. I’m doing another selfie post today and it honestly gets easier to take them the more you do it. Who woulda thunk 😉

      Sunbutter muffins! Love it! Let me know if yours turn green. I used Sunbutter in one of my muffin recipes once and they turned green a few days later. It wasn’t mould or anything, but apparently there’s something in sunflower seeds that interacts with the baking powder and causes a chemical reaction when baked. Makes for interesting experimentation 😀

      1. Love the selfie posts you have- thanks for the inspiration.

        ….I’m kinda scared now to see if they do turn green- This is the first time I’ve baked with them (they seem to keep colour in no bake bars but then again, there’s no baking soda!). I’m kinda hoping it happens! Who knew this comment would be a science lesson for me 😉

    14. I always feel semi-weird taking selfies but if everyone was doing it I’d probably do it too (yep, I’m that kind of person). Hmmmmmm I like one of the last three (selfie) names, but I can’t pick which one—-not helpful. On another note–I love sunbutter and was pleasantly surprised the first time I tasted it. I haven’t really experimented with it much though so maybe I should start doing that.

      1. Haha we can be sheeps together- Spill it Sunday it is, so get ready to embrace the selfies!

        Definately try experimenting with it- if you like spicy food- mix it with soy and hot sauce and pour over noodles. Yum!

    Leave a Reply

    Your email address will not be published.