Bread | October 13, 2015

Cardamom Apple Muffins

These cardamom apple muffins aren’t too sweet, have a couple different flavors going on, and the crunch with the oat and nut streusel on top is perfect!

I kinda love to experiment with exotic spices. It all started with my love of Indian food! One time, while at my favorite Indian place in Utah I asked the lanky 14-year-old boy what the main spice was in the Tikka Masala I loved so much. He held his finger up, skipped to the back kitchen, and came back to me. He leaned in and pronounced, “Garam masala.”

Cardamom apple muffins on a white plate with apple in the background

These muffins do not have garam masala thankyouverymuch, but they do have another exotic Indian spice in them: cardamom! It’s really difficult to describe a spice’s flavor, so I’ll just say that these apple muffins take on an entirely new dimension of flavor that just gives it new, fuller body. It’s a little like cloves, but a little more mellow and rounded. You just have to try cardamom!

Cardamom Apple Muffins ingredients in a large mixing bowl with a wooden spoon

And whatever you do, do not overmix your muffin batter! Barely fold the wet ingredients into the dry until it’s just mixed. You better still see streaks of flour all up in it! If you don’t have any peeking through, you’ve overmixed it and you’ll have a tough, rubbery muffin instead of a tender one. Just like women.

Granny smith apples are perfect for baking, and the tart little buggers shine even more with a little squeeze of lemon. Totally optional, but I really like the apple flavor to shine, especially in a sweet muffin.

Cardamom Apple Muffins in a muffin tray ready to be baked

I made six bakery-size muffins, so these babies rose nice and tall in my hot oven. I took this method from King Arthur, putting the muffins in a hot oven to get a quick rise, then immediately turning the oven down to a normal (albeit still slightly hot) baking temperature.



 Cardamom Apple Muffins in a muffin tray after coming out of the oven

These apple muffins aren’t too sweet, have a couple different flavors going on, and the crunch with the oat and nut streusel on top is perfect!

What Else Can I Add To These Apple Muffins?

Don’t have apple or want a little extra fruity punch? Try adding berries such as raspberries, blueberries or blackberries. Lemon or orange zest can be added and you could also adjust the spices to your liking.

A close up of apple muffins with a bite out on a white plate with sliced apple in the background

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5 from 6 votes
Apple Cardamom Muffins
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
25 mins
Total Time
35 mins

These apple muffins aren't too sweet, have a couple different flavors going on, and the crunch with the oat and nut streusel on top is perfect!

Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: fruit muffins, spiced muffins
Servings: 12 servings
Calories: 282 kcal
Author: Stephanie
  • 2 c flour
  • 1/2 t salt
  • 1 T baking powder
  • 3/4 T cardamom
  • 1 granny smith apple cored and chopped
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1/2 c sugar
  • 1 c milk
  • 1/4 c canola oil
  • 1 t vanilla extract
  • 1/4 c butter softened
  • 1/4 c walnuts chopped
  • 1/4 c oats
  • 1/3 c brown sugar
  • 1/2 c flour
  • 1 t cinnamon
  1. Preheat oven to 500 degrees.
  2. Combine streusel topping ingredients in bowl with fingers until you have pea-sized clumps.
  3. In large bowl, whisk flour, salt, baking powder, cardamom, and chopped apple.
  4. In third bowl, beat eggs with whisk, add sugar, milk, canola oil, and vanilla extract. Whisk well.
  5. With fork, gently mix wet ingredients into dry. Mix until batter is just barely cohesive, do not overmix!
  6. Grease 6-tin muffin tins or 12-tin muffin tin with butter. Fill each tin 3/4 full. Crumble streusel topping over each tin.
  7. Place muffin tin into hot oven, then immediately turn oven temperature down to 400 degrees. Bake 15-25 minutes, depending on how big your muffins are.
  8. Take out when very lightly browning on edges and inserted toothpick comes out clean. Remove from tin after 5 minutes and set on cooling rack.
Recipe Notes

adapted from King Arthur

Nutrition Facts
Apple Cardamom Muffins
Amount Per Serving
Calories 282 Calories from Fat 99
% Daily Value*
Fat 11g17%
Saturated Fat 3g19%
Cholesterol 39mg13%
Sodium 153mg7%
Potassium 211mg6%
Carbohydrates 39g13%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 17g19%
Protein 4g8%
Vitamin A 200IU4%
Vitamin C 0.7mg1%
Calcium 87mg9%
Iron 1.7mg9%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.


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  1. 5 stars
    Made these today! They are delicious and have a really lovely texture! Probably the best muffins I have made. The spicy cardamom brings a freshness to the muffin! Yum! Will save this one for the future!

  2. 5 stars
    Yum! These have the most wonderful aroma! I substituted half whole wheat flour, and used half canola/half olive oil. Still delicious.