muffin on a plate with frothy coffee

You can actually have perfectly spiced muffins for breakfast

You can actually have perfectly spiced muffins for breakfast

Imagine the smell of delicious healthy muffins to start your day! Yes, you can actually have perfectly spiced muffins for breakfast! Why not?! These are soft and squishy gingerbread muffins with a hint of mixed spice and a centre full of apple chunks! Yes please! It makes a change to porridge (although I do love porridge)!

cut ginger & apple muffin on a plate with frothy coffee
Apples inside these muffins makes them even more delicious

The Spiced Muffins recipe

I have tried to keep the recipe as simple as possible, whilst making it bursting with flavour! You will need plain flour (or gluten free), baking powder, milk of choice and ground linseeds (or other egg replacer) as the main base. Then for the flavouring soft sticky dates, ground ginger, mixed spice and a pinch of salt. Homemade apple compote goes in the centre of the muffin and any type of eating apple is suitable along with a pinch of cinnamon. Let’s check out the recipe.

Spiced Breakfast Muffins

Deliciously spiced gingerbread muffins with a hidden apple centre.

Course: Breakfast, brunch, Dessert, Snack
Keyword: apples, breakfast, cake, gingerbread, muffins, spiced
Serves: 8 muffins
Created by:: Laurena @LifeDietHealth
  • Filling Ingredients
  • 1 eating apple peeled, cored and chopped
  • 1/2 cup water as required to cover apple
  • 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
  • Muffin Batter Ingredients
  • 100 g plain flour gluten free if required
  • 200 ml milk I used unsweetened bottled oat milk
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder gluten free if required
  • 4 teaspoons ground linseed (or sub 1 egg replacer of choice)
  • 50 g soft dates (destoned weight) chopped (approx 5-6 dates)
  • 2 teaspoons ground ginger
  • 1/4 teaspoon mixed spice
  • pinch of salt
  1. Start by preparing your apple compote. Put the chopped apple in a saucepan with the water and cinnamon. Cover and cook for 10 minutes. Check regularly to ensure you have enough water. Remove the lid and allow to cool. You can make a larger batch to keep in the fridge for a week and use it to top yogurt or make into a quick and easy crumble with some granola or toasted muesli.

  2. Put all of the batter ingredients in a blender or food processor and pulse until smooth (the dates can be a bit chunky).

  3. Spoon half of the mixture into 8 individual cake cases ensuring the bottom of the cases are covered.

  4. Add a teaspoon of apples on top of the batter in each cake case, trying to keep it in the centre (rather than touching the sides).

  5. Spoon the remaining batter on top of the apples, completely covering them and ensuring there is batter all around the edges (rather than apple) so the apple is concealed.

  6. Bake on the middle shelf of a preheated oven at Gas Mark 5 (375f / 190c) for 20 minutes. The muffins should have risen slightly, be slightly firm to the touch and golden brown in colour.

  7. You should be able to remove the cases as soon as they are cool enough to handle.

  8. Enjoy!
Tips & Storage

Alternatively, use the batter to make pancakes and serve with the apples.

What do I need?

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Coffee in white china with muffin, apple compote and yogurt
Ready for breakfast with a muffin, apples and yogurt

How to serve your muffins

These are delicious just to eat as they are, with your favourite morning cuppa whilst you catch up on the days news! If you really want to, you could make some icing or frosting to go on top, but I prefer them without. I have added a spoonful of natural yogurt and some extra apple to go with mine though. I would serve these for breakfast, or if you like, as a snack, or for afternoon tea! These are also easy to wrap up and take with you for a mid walk or post run snack!

spoonful of muffin with yogurt
Add some natural yogurt on the side

Are the muffins easy to store?

The muffins should keep for up to 3 days in the fridge (I would warm them slightly before eating). Alternatively, you can label, date and freeze these for up to 3 months.

Chunky apple muffins cut and stacked
Spicy apples in the spicy muffins


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Leave me a comment below and let me know what you think of these breakfast muffins and if you would eat yours for breakfast, or just for snack? I would love to hear what you’d like me to make next?

Speak soon

Laurena x

pancake topped with apple and yogurt
This mix makes great pancakes too!


  • tulips79 18th February 2021 at 18:28

    Hi Laurena, these look so yummy as usual🙂 I wonder if this will work in my mini processor lol. These sort of remind me of apple quinoa muffins I made a while back. If I made these, I would have them for breakfast, elevenses, and as an afternoon and evening snack lol

    • Laurena@LifeDietHealth 18th February 2021 at 18:40

      Thank you Eva😘 Yes, I’m sure you could do them in your mini processor (I did)! Apple quinoa muffins sound yummy too (vegan or not?) Haha… I might have been eating them for all of those already😂 They are really yummy… or as pancakes too!!! Oh, did you have pancakes on Tuesday?

  • tulips79 18th February 2021 at 20:07

    Yes, I made pancakes…classic lemon and sugar💛

    • Laurena@LifeDietHealth 18th February 2021 at 20:09

      Perfect. I thought you might! How many did you eat?

      • tulips79 18th February 2021 at 20:16

        4 small-ish ones😋

        • Laurena@LifeDietHealth 18th February 2021 at 20:17

          More restrained than my teenager then!🤣 I had to make 3 batches!!!

  • tulips79 18th February 2021 at 20:19

    He’s a growing lad hehe, although I’m sure I would’ve eaten as many as him had I allowed myself 😛

    • Laurena@LifeDietHealth 18th February 2021 at 20:20

      Indeed! Saved me eating too many though! He was whipping them off the plate as fast as they came out the pan!

      • tulips79 18th February 2021 at 20:23

        He’s a lucky boy (or should I say young man) lol


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