Healthy Apple Cinnamon Muffins

Happy Monday Friends! Hope you all had an amazing weekend!

Before we get into today’s post I want address the link up idea– After feedback and advice and all your amazing ideas, I reckon Sunday would be the best day to hold it on.

-> Monday’s post will have the week’s theme and questions associated with it posted (as chosen by a different blogger each week)

-> You can post your answers and any pictures you want with it any day of the week– On Sunday, I’ll set something up on here so we have have a place to catch up on everyone’s posts and get to know each other that much better!

-> I’ll set up a link back feature and a button so include in each post

Also, the weekends are definitely more quiet in the blog world, so what better than having a collection of posts to read and get to know one another that much better! 

So far after looking through the name ideas, here are our options- I would love your feedback for it!

NOTE- The (selfie) in brackets was a great idea from several readers- with each week’s post, chuck in a random selfie of yourself! After Amanda’s post last week where she went out of her comfort zone and posted some awesome selfies- I thought how about we all embrace it and include one in each week’s post.

* (Selfie) Self Centered Sundays

* (Selfie) Shamelessly Sharing Sundays

* (Selfie) Selfish Sundays

* (Selfie) Self Important/Self Expression/Self Talk Sundays

* (Selfie) Spill it Sundays

* Sunday Selfie- Blog Style 


Lets jump into something Marvelous shall we? Thank you, Katie for being the ever gracious host!


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.

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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

How about we spread the SunButter love (ha, get it- Spread?- Tina Fey at it again!)  and give YOU a chance to win some? The amazing Elizabeth and SunButter team have given me the opportunity to share the love! FIVE of you will win a JAR OF YOUR CHOICE! Not only that, but you’ll also get a STACK OF THE ON THE GO SNACK PACKS! Woo! 
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Giveaway will be open for 1 week and winners will be announced Next Week! Good Luck!

Disclaimer– SunButter sent me these products free of charge. However, all thoughts and opinions are of my own.

Which of those name ideas is your favourite?

What are your thoughts on including a selfie? 

What was marvelous about your weekend? 

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69 thoughts on “Healthy Apple Cinnamon Muffins

  1. 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’

  2. 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??)

  3. 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.

  4. 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!

  5. 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

  6. 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!

  7. 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 😉

  8. 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.

  9. I have yet to try out sunbutter. My mother-in-law buys it all the time and raves about it. I really need to get some! These muffins look fantastic too. I’m kind of wishing I had some for breakfast right now! 😉

  10. 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!

  11. Spill it Sunday or Self Talk Sunday – I’m undecided but tending a little more for the former. Either way, I’m looking forward to this – who doesn’t like random facts and the occasional selfie to get to know other bloggers even better?!
    Admittedly, though, I’m not sure about including a selfie myself. It probably won’t come off as a surprise given there’s not a single picture of me on my blog. Maybe I’ll let all others doing so convince me to tag along … But I’m definitely up for the question part and what I really like is that we’re free to choose whichever day works best for us to post it.

  12. yay! i heart giveaways! I’ve tried other brands of sunflower seed butter .. but I’ve still never tried Sunbutter. I love how you added it to your muffins, which i think look amaze btw 🙂 I’m pretty much a fan of anything apple cinnamon 🙂

    can’t decide on a name for the link up though..they all sound great!

  13. I see just about everyone loves “Spill it Sundays” and I have to agree…requiring a selfie is a great motivator for someone like me to share one 🙂

    Even though I have had just about every nut butter around lately, I have yet to try Sunbutter – combining it with apples in muffin form is BRILLIANT!!!

    Rainy weekend here in Georgia, so ran in the rain and stayed home and had tons of quality time with my daughter!

  14. I like Spill it Sundays! I don’t take many selfless because I look so freaking awkward in every one, BUT I would do it for the link up! Never had sun butter, but maybe I should try! I know there are no peanuts, but what’s it made of?

  15. Selfies for the win! I admit to not being a huge sunbutter fan… I’m more of an almond butter addict… but in a pinch it’s pretty tasty 🙂 And muffins made with nut butter are even beter.

  16. Ohhh, I can totally work this in to my confessions posts! I love the “Spill it Sundays” name and you know I can never have enough reasons to plaster pictures of myself all over the internet! 😉

    Gosh, I was sitting here trying to remember the first time I tried sunbutter, but I can’t place it. I know I didn’t know a THING outside of peanut butter before stumbling into blogworld and I know that sunbutter was one of the many I tried within the first few months of jumping in, but I don’t think I started to love it as much as I do now until…well, until THIS post! And yes, yes I am slowly catching you up on all my favorite old posts! LOL

  17. I love all of the name ideas and can’t pick just one! 😀 I’d be awful at choosing “left or right” in those suspense movies. Never take me into a cave!! Lol.

    Nut-free muffins! Sounds great and I pinned them after I saw YOUR pin of them on Pinterest 🙂

    1. No joke- I bread discriminate here in Australia (not that we have a great range) but some are the WORST vehicle for butter. So many brands are a NO GO purely because the butter breaks the bread once spread. Is it my fault I like being generous with the butter?!

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