Trim Healthy Mama E Apple Pie Muffins with Crave-Worthy Crumble

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Kids are already heading back to school, and the scent of fall is in the air in the early mornings (lol, plus, we’re getting up earlier since those kiddos are going back to school). It’s the perfect time for Trim Healthy Mamas to embrace the flavors of fall with these apple pie muffins with crave-worthy crumble.

Even better– for those busy mornings, these easy apple pie muffins can be made ahead of time!

And the crave-worthy crumble topping is SO good that you’ll find yourself wanting to sneak it onto all your baked goods. It takes these muffins from yummy-but-this-might-be-healthy to YUMMY-bakery-worthy muffins.

For my Trim Healthy Mamas, this is a delicious E recipe with lots of healthy carbs. It’s a nice way to get in cholesterol-busting oats without eating oatmeal for the 17th time this week.

And, for THM, the Crave-Worthy Crumble turns these muffins into an elusive, amazing THM E dessert. THM E desserts are harder to find for me, but this one fits the bill perfectly!

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Apple Pie Muffin Healthy Stuff

As an integrative medicine physician assistant, I gotta sneak that in so you know all the amazing things that healthy, slow-burning carbs can do for your body!

Both oats and apples are great for healthy carbohydrates, which naturally support and nourish your adrenal glands and thyroid.

Oats are also known for their ability to improve cholesterol levels and are recommended as a heart-healthy food.

Related Post: Why Your Body Needs Healthy Carbs

Add Some Protein to Your Apple Pie Muffins

Also, if you’re following THM (which you should, because it’s amazing) please be sure to add some extra protein to this easy E breakfast.

I love my apple pie muffins served warm with a big dollop of stevia (this one is my favorite)-sweetened, vanilla Greek Yogurt on top or steaming cup of coffee with collagen in it.

You could also have them on the side with an egg white omelet for extra protein.

The added protein will help to keep your blood sugar levels steady for hours to come.

The Crave-Worthy Crumble

I should probably apologize… I created this crave-worthy crumble recipe over a year ago and have been slow to get it up on the blog.

And your poor taste buds have been deprived of the goodness. But no longer! Grab your apron and whip these up right away!

To stick to THM E guidelines, we need to keep the serving size to just 1-2 muffins. The crumble adds 2.2 grams of fat to each muffin, and the hardest part about making these apple pie muffins is sticking to the serving guidelines. 🙂

Also, in my opinion, the crumble tastes the very best fresh out the oven. It can also be made ahead, though, and it stays “crumbly” best if stored in the fridge (it gets a little mushy when stored in the pantry and of course it’ll go bad faster).

THM “Brown Sugar” Options

You can probably make these muffins without sugar-free brown sugar if you want to, but my whole family really loves this recipe with “brown sugar” in it.

Whatever sugar-free “brown sugar” option you use, please be sure that it’s a 1:1 exchange for sugar. You need the bulk of the sweetener in this recipe for the delicious topping.

Using “brown sugar” adds such a delicious, caramel-tasting component to this recipe (especially the crumble topping), and here’s some fast and easy options for your own sugar-free “brown sugar.”

Make your own with either of these two yummy recipes:

If you’re looking for a quick and convenient option (shout out to my THM Drive Thru Sues!), check out these options:

Swerve makes a brown sugar replacement that is considered on plan.

Sukrin Gold is considered a personal choice item with THM.

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To save money (because I love saving money and staying on plan), I sometimes make this recipe with coconut sugar for my family. I use coconut sugar for feeding my kiddos or my husband who runs marathons. When at goal weight (not in weight loss mode), occasionally I’ll have one muffin made with coconut sugar.

Be warned– Coconut sugar, while it is on plan in small amounts, is NOT a sugar-free option and WILL increase the carb count for these apple pie muffins.

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Apple Pie Muffins With Crave-Worthy Crumble

So good, so good for you… these amazing muffins double as a favorite THM E dessert! Recipe makes 15 muffins, stick to 1-2 for a Trim Healthy Mama E recipe.

Keyword: apple pie muffins, THM E
Servings: 15 muffins
Apple Pie Muffins
  • 3 cups old-fashioned oats, ground into a fine flour
  • 3/4 cup sugar free "brown sugar"
  • 3 egg whites
  • 1/2 cup sugar-free applesauce
  • 3/4 tsp apple pie spice
  • 2.25 tsp baking powder
  • 1 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk
Crave-Worthy Crumble
  • 1/4 cup sugar-free "brown sugar"
  • 1/4 cup sprouted whole wheat flour
  • 3 Tbl butter, melted
For Apple Pie Muffins
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

  2. Ground oats into fine powder (I use my blender).

  3. Add other ingredients to oats in blender. Blender well until all ingredients are well combined and smooth.

  4. Spoon muffins into greased muffin tins. Should make 15 muffins.

  5. Spoon Crave-Worthy Crumble onto muffins.

  6. Bake for 15-20 minutes or until you can insert a toothpick and have it come out clean.

Crave-Worthy Crumble
  1. Melt butter.

  2. Add "brown sugar" and flour. Combine well with a small spoon.

  3. Spoon on top of muffins before cooking.

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  1. Hi!
    I’m wondering if I can use While Grain Oat Flour instead of grinding up the oatmeal?
    Also, how much flour would I use?

    1. Sure! I haven’t tried it yet with this recipe, but I’ve been able to successfully use ground oat flour in a 1:1 ratio to whole oats (that I ground up).

  2. Wondering if I could substitute sprouted quinoa flour for the sprouted whole wheat in the crumb topping?

  3. Love your recipes! I am currently in NP school. May I ask how you got started in integrative medicine? I want to go into integrative/functional medicine as well. In your practice, have you seen any long term issues with stevia or erythritol?

    1. Hi, Addie! So good to hear from you! And love that you’re in NP school! I’ve always loved alternative medicine topics and natural remedies and supplements. When my husband got a job that involved us relocating, I found several job openings in our new area in integrative medicine offices (before that I had worked in emergency medicine and internal medicine for several years). When I accepted one of those job offers, I did some intense on the job training with several of the providers there (lots of extra reading and directed research, lectures, working closely with the dietitians and naturopathic docs in the office). I think it helped a bunch to have several years in conventional medicine under my belt (if nothing else, it helped me to know what my patients have been told by their PCP), but integrative medicine has filled in lots of gaps in western medicine (like, it can offer help for those people with “normal” labs from their PCP but they still feel tired, can’t lose weight, etc). I haven’t seen any long term issues yet with stevia or erythritol. I have had several patients complain about GI discomfort with xylitol (mainly bloating and flatus), but most of them were using a xylitol-sweetened gum so I think that was the main culprit. 😉 Excited for you as you move forward in your career, and please feel free to email me at diane (at) early2bedearly2rise.com if you have any further questions. 🙂

  4. These muffins were so delicious! I made them for my kids’ first day of school breakfast and we all loved them. They’re so moist and flavorful! Thanks for sharing your recipe!

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