Whole Wheat Apple Muffins with Oat Cinnamon Streusel #GayLeaMom {Giveaway}

My eldest son loves to have muffins for breakfast and I love to try different muffins to bake.  I find a lot of muffin recipes really are just cake.  They are made with all-purpose flour and have lots of sugar.  When making muffins I try to make them healthier by using whole wheat flour and reducing the sugar.  So my muffins are slightly sweet and more wholesome.  For these muffins I topped them with an Oat Cinnamon Streusel that I made with Gay Lea Cinnamon & Brown Sugar Spreadables.

I have bought Gay Lea Spreadables for years.  I love how it combines creamy butter with canola oil which makes it spreadable even when it's cold!  Gay Lea Spreadables is a source of Omega-3 and has no added preservatives.  This was my first time trying Gay Lea Cinnamon & Brown Sugar Spreadables.  It is made with real cinnamon and brown sugar.

When thinking of a recipe to make with Gay Lea Cinnamon & Brown Sugar Spreadables, apples immediately came to mind.  I have made these muffins before and they were a big hit.  This time I added an Oat Cinnamon Streusel which I made with Gay Lea Cinnamon & Brown Sugar Spreadables.  The streusel falls off a bit during baking while the muffins rise giving it a more rustic look.  My kids love the crunch that the streusel added.  I like to use white whole wheat flour to make these.  I've never seen this in Canada so I picked up a couple of bags while I was in the States during the Winter Break.  You can use a combination of all-purpose and whole wheat flour if you can't get your hands on white whole wheat flour.  I've made these muffins both ways and I prefer using all white whole wheat flour.

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Whole Wheat Apple Muffins with Oat Cinnamon Streusel
Adapted from Pinch of Yum and Two Peas In A Pod

For the apple muffins:
1 1/2 cups finely chopped unpeeled apples
1/3 cup coconut oil
1 cup milk, at room temperature
1 tbsp vinegar
1/3 cup brown sugar
1 egg, at room temperature
1 tsp vanilla extract
2 1/2 cups white whole wheat flour (can also use 1 cup all-purpose + 1 1/2 cups whole wheat)
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp all-spice

For the Oat Cinnamon Streusel:
1 cups large flake oats
1 tbsp flour
1/3 cup brown sugar
4 tbsp cold Gay Lea Cinnamon and Brown Sugar Spreadables Butter

To make the muffins, preheat the oven to 350°F.  Spray a muffin tin with baking spray.

It is important to have the ingredients at room temperature.  If you mix cold ingredients with the melted coconut oil, the coconut oil will start to solidify.

Melt the coconut oil in the microwave.  Add the vinegar to the milk and allow to sit for 5-10 minutes to create buttermilk.

In a large bowl, add the melted coconut oil, buttermilk, brown sugar, egg and vanilla.  Whisk until smooth.  Add the flour, baking soda, baking powder, salt, cinnamon and all-spice.  Mix until just combined.  Fold in the apples.  Using an ice cream scoop, fill the muffin tins.

Make the streuel.  In a small bowl, add the oats, flour, brown sugar and Gay Lea Cinnamon and Brown Sugar Spreadables Butter.  Using your fingers, combine until crumbly.  Top the muffins with the streusel.  Bake 15-20 minutes or until a toothpick inserted the centre comes out clean.

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Disclosure: I am part of the Gay Lea Ambassador Campaign with Influence Canada and I receive special perks as part of my affiliation with this group. The opinions on this blog are my own.


  1. Hi,,I entered this giveaway on another blog,so I am commenting here for the coupon giveaway,,I hope that is the correct thing to do??

    1. Hi Karla,

      You can enter on multiple blogs but can only win one prize. So this should be fine. Good luck!

  2. This looks really good and I love that you use coconut oil and whole wheat flour! Love Gay Lea butter!

  3. those muffins look so tempting and with wholewheat, healthy too...

  4. I love the convenience of using the Gay Lea butter sticks to measure out how many tablespoons I need to make pancakes for the family :)

  5. This looks and sounds so good for a quick breakfast! I'm always stumped as to what to make him for his school morning, because I want him to start his day off right. Pinning this to try my hand at iA :)

    1. Let me know how they turn out. They are not very sweet which is how I like breakfast to be.


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