I Love You Cinnamon Apple Muffins from The Tasty Alternative

I Love You Cinnamon Apple Muffins Single The Tasty Alternative

I Love You Cinnamon Apple Muffins from The Tasty Alternative

What a treat to have these I Love You Cinnamon Apple Muffins from Amber of The Tasty Alternative as part of our March Muffin Madness series! Are they not the most adorable muffins ever? I think Amber has cornered the market on cuteness with this recipe! There’s just something irresistible about creating treats that make the little ones smile—especially when the kiddos join in on the fun, as Amber’s son does here. But little ones aside, I’m guessing lots of us grown-ups are also smiling at the sight of her I Love You Cinnamon Apple Muffins. Oh, and Amber’s muffins are gluten free, dairy free, cane-sugar free, nut free, and vegetarian—and, of course, delicious … as are all the MMM recipes!

I Love You Cinnamon Apple Muffins Collage Ethan The Tasty Alternative

Enjoy learning more about Amber and her I Love You Apple Cinnamon Muffins(see the whole line-up of bloggers, blogs, and muffin recipes here) and be sure to leave a comment on today’s post to enter the MMM giveaway that will be conducted on March 31 and includes three different muffin pans (mini 24-cup, steel 12-cup, or cast iron 6-cup), an immersion blender, a spiral vegetable slicer, an electric pressure cooker, a 12-cup food processor, and—the best of all!a Blendtec all-in-one-kitchen appliance (with a Wildside Jar)! Thanks again to the folks at Blendtec for sponsoring our Super Grand Prize! Please remember that EVERY comment in the series will be an entry for the final giveaway, so if you’ve missed some posts, take a moment and visit them and leave a single comment on each to get in the maximum number of entries. (FYI: You can also check out all the prizes on the sidebar right beside this post.) 

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Amber Husten of The Tasty Alternative

Amber authors the alternative foods blog, The Tasty Alternative, a blog dedicated to holistic healing and green living.  Amber was diagnosed with Crohn’s Disease (an autoimmune disease) 10 years ago and has been healing herself holistically with food and lifestyle.  She shares recipes specific for healing diets such as Specific Carbohydrate Diet (SCD), Autoimmune Protocol (AIP), paleo, and gluten free/dairy free.  You will find other fun things on her blog in addition to recipes, such as gardening, homemade lotion recipes (great for dry skin and eczema), and homemade non-toxic beauty products.  Amber shares many tips on how to live green in your kitchen with practical, easy tips on how to decrease waste and live with more environmental compassion and mindfulness.

Those are the key facts about Amber’s blog for sure, but you also need to know that Amber is a true dear and The Tasty Alternative is always a great place to visit! Sit down with a mug of your favorite hot beverage while reading, learning and most of all, enjoying Amber’s “alternative” space.

Amber’s warm, caring personality shines through with every post, whether she’s sharing a recipe that’s gluten free and “more free”; tips on a healthy lifestyle; or one of her comprehensive and inspiring posts on living green. She’s also one of the co-hosts of the terrific weekly gluten-free blog carnival Allergy-Free Wednesdays.

Here are some of Amber’s posts that have struck a chord with me, and I bet they will with you, too:

~ Bottomless Key Lime Pie with Whipped Coconut Lemon Cream

~ Coconut Vanilla Bean Ice Cream with “Caramel Sauce” (as featured on All Gluten-Free Desserts)

~ Gluten-Free Chocolate Chip Cookies

~ Holistic Healing for Crohn’s Disease

~ How to Decrease Kitchen Waste:  101

~ Raw Nutella Bites (as featured on All Gluten-Free Desserts)

And now here’s Amber to tell you more about her I Love You Cinnamon Apple Muffins!


Thank you, Shirley, for hosting such a fun month of muffin recipes.  I’m honored to share one of my family’s favorite muffin recipes today.  I call these “I Love You Cinnamon Apple Muffins” because I make them especially for my children (Daddy gets a few too of course).  My kids LOVE these muffins—and they love to make them with me (it’s just a big ole’ love-fest).  I’ve included a few pictures of my son, Ethan, helping me one morning before preschool.  These muffins are moist, yet fluffy and have such a nice cinnamon apple flavor.  They make excellent snacks or can be part of a healthy breakfast.  I hope your family enjoys these muffins as much as we do.

Amber’s I Love You Cinnamon Apple Muffins Recipe

I Love You Cinnamon Apple Muffins Collage The Tasty Alternative

I Love You Cinnamon Apple Muffins from The Tasty Alternative
Recipe type: Breakfast, Dessert
  • 2 eggs
  • ½ cup coconut sugar
  • ½ cup filtered water*
  • ½ cup unsweetened applesauce
  • ½ cup melted coconut oil
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup peeled and small chopped apple*
  • ½ teaspoon plain (or vanilla) stevia
  • 100 grams sorghum flour (3/4 cup)
  • 100 grams brown rice flour (3/4 cup)
  • 60 grams tapioca starch/flour (1/2 cup)
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • ¼ teaspoon xanthan gum*
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • ½ teaspoon ginger
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. To make the cute little heart shapes, slice an apple and use a little heart cookie cutter.
  3. In a bowl, add together your dry ingredients. I use a scale to weigh out my gluten-free flours, but friends have told me they just scoop out the flours and the recipe comes out great.
  4. In a separate mixing bowl, add the 2 eggs, coconut sugar, applesauce, water (or dairy free milk), vanilla, and stevia and mix with a hand held mixer on med/high for 45 seconds. Add in melted coconut oil and mix another 30 seconds.
  5. Add the dry ingredients to the wet and mix by hand until the dry ingredients are mixed in with the wet, then mix everything again with the hand mixer for 20 seconds or so.
  6. Add in the chopped apples and mix by hand until incorporated.
  7. Fill your muffin tin to the top for nice big muffins, or fill just about ¾ of the way for smaller ones. Bake for 18 minutes on the middle rack. Makes 12 - 15 muffins (depending on how full the tin).
*In place of water, you can use a dairy-free milk.

*Sorry, but I do not have a vegan-tested version of this recipe, but will soon!

*If you can't have xanthan gum, use 1 tsp of psyllium husk---or just leave out the xanthan.

*Any apple variety will do, but I love the tart of a Granny Smith.

I Love You Cinnamon Apple Muffins The Tasty Alternative

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59 Responses to “I Love You Cinnamon Apple Muffins from The Tasty Alternative”

  1. Emily on March 23rd, 2014 2:10 am

    These look awesome! Love the hearts!

  2. kinsey on March 23rd, 2014 9:56 am

    Oh my look delish

  3. Laurel on March 23rd, 2014 9:57 am

    They look delicious. I love the hearts and while I may have to replace those eggs I’d love to keep a few of those young man’s smiles for an even better pick me up. :-)

  4. Susan on March 23rd, 2014 10:18 am

    I’ve got to make these in autumn! I’ve got autumn cookie cutters – but the hearts are cute! Thank you for the recipe – I love cinnamon and apples together!

  5. Vicky on March 23rd, 2014 11:08 am

    Aren’t these adorable and cute!! I love Amber’s muffin recipes and it’s so lovely that the family often get involved!

  6. Kay on March 23rd, 2014 11:20 am

    Mmm, look good!

  7. Venessa F. on March 23rd, 2014 11:23 am

    I like the hearts on these! They look great!

  8. Kristen on March 23rd, 2014 11:59 am

    I love the heart on top! How clever and fun! :)

  9. Linda S on March 23rd, 2014 12:11 pm

    These look awesome! There hasn’t been one muffin recipe yet that I haven’t wanted to make! :)

  10. Karen on March 23rd, 2014 12:47 pm

    Love the apple applique idea on top! I would never have thought of it but now that I’ve seen it!!! Thanks!

  11. Janis S on March 23rd, 2014 1:15 pm

    I love apple muffins! Need to make these because they sound delicious.

  12. Marianne on March 23rd, 2014 1:44 pm

    Adorable! They look and sound delicious :)

  13. Ronalyn Hurley on March 23rd, 2014 2:30 pm

    The apple hearts are an adorable touch!

  14. Meta on March 23rd, 2014 3:37 pm

    So cute!

  15. cpjohnson33@yahoo.com on March 23rd, 2014 3:43 pm

    I have a little applesauce left from making a cake yesterday. Guess it will be Cinnamon Apple Muffins next,

  16. Helen V on March 23rd, 2014 4:10 pm

    I love the look of these! Can’t wait to try them!

  17. Rachel L on March 23rd, 2014 4:22 pm

    I am adding these to my recipe collection.

  18. Jamie S on March 23rd, 2014 7:49 pm

    Can’t wait to make…….

  19. Maggie on March 23rd, 2014 7:54 pm

    I love Amber and her heart-filled recipes! Leave it to her to create such a great recipe :) Such a great idea!!!!

  20. Kathryn on March 23rd, 2014 9:01 pm

    These sound delicious and are adorable! What a darling presentation!

  21. Tracey on March 23rd, 2014 9:03 pm

    Definately going to try these. Love everything with apples and cinnamon

  22. Heather Bungc on March 23rd, 2014 10:02 pm

    These look fantastic !!

  23. Eileen on March 23rd, 2014 10:07 pm

    These look wonderful. Love apple and cinnamon

  24. amber on March 23rd, 2014 11:01 pm

    Hi Shirley,

    Oh my goodness, what a wonderful post to read tonight!! Just got off work a bit ago…ate a delicious dinner made by my sweet husband, put the kiddos in bed, and now finally getting around to checking my email! Thank you Shirley for inviting me along this month. I’ve been out of the blogging world a bit, but look forward to being more active after I officially launch my new site (finger’s crossed early this week). Anyway, thank you for all your hard work putting these lovely posts together. It’s spring break! Yay, and you bet I’ll be making a batch of these muffins.

    Big hugs to you, Shirley,

  25. Amanda on March 24th, 2014 9:55 am

    I adore the heart on top, and I’m excited to make these given they’re only sweetened with stevia and applesauce. Might just have to make these tonight :)

    • amber on March 24th, 2014 11:44 am

      Thank you. These are also sweetened with coconut sugar (but only 1/2 cup). I hope you enjoy them!

  26. mysweetiepiepie on March 24th, 2014 12:20 pm

    These are so cute!

  27. tina on March 24th, 2014 1:55 pm

    These look awesome. I just printed the recipe to make tonight!

  28. Nancy Stabile on March 24th, 2014 9:45 pm

    Wow! I think this is my favorite post yet! I love cinnamon and apples. I’m baking these this week!

  29. Katie on March 25th, 2014 11:08 am

    These are so cute!

  30. Amanda (amethystjean) on March 25th, 2014 1:16 pm

    These look good. I look forward to trying to make them vegan and checking out a new blog!

  31. Erin on March 25th, 2014 3:56 pm

    Love sorghum flour. These look good.

  32. Bev on March 25th, 2014 10:47 pm

    Look great with the apple heart. Wondering if a flour blend would work?

  33. Tessa@TessaDomesticDiva on March 25th, 2014 10:51 pm

    a wonderful muffin from a wonderful woman! These look great Amber, i am sure i can make these vegan in jiff…love the combo of ingredients!

    • Amber on March 26th, 2014 10:47 am

      Thanks Tessa. I am sure of it too! I look forward to your version.


  34. Megan Hart on March 26th, 2014 2:17 pm

    I think I actually have all of these ingredients on hand, might have to make them tomorrow :)

  35. Cindy W. on March 26th, 2014 3:55 pm

    These look great. Thanks for sharing the recipe.

  36. Teufelchen on March 27th, 2014 11:45 am

    They look so lovely.

  37. Stephanie on March 27th, 2014 5:07 pm

    So cute!

  38. Molly (Sprue Story) on March 27th, 2014 10:35 pm

    These are absolutely adorable and look very tasty too! Nice that they wear their apple heart on their sleeve (had to do it).

  39. Wendy on March 28th, 2014 9:30 pm

    I think I have all of the ingredients on hand. Guess I’m going to have to try them!

  40. Cheryl Harris on March 28th, 2014 10:19 pm

    Those are just so cute. I love the heart cut outs…and I shouldn’t read Shirley’s blog late at night because then I get hungry right before bed!

  41. sharon on March 29th, 2014 3:41 pm

    These look delish and the heart on the top is such a nice touch! My kids would love that!!

  42. Susan on March 30th, 2014 2:05 am

    Love the hearts on top!

  43. Janelle on March 30th, 2014 9:51 am

    Apples & cinnamon…who can resist!

  44. Cheryl Turner on March 30th, 2014 7:50 pm

    Thanks for a simple recipe. Will have to make and take to work.

  45. Mary Tokar on March 30th, 2014 10:43 pm

    we love apple muffins!

  46. Karol on March 30th, 2014 11:33 pm

    These are so cute. What an adorable idea.

  47. Lewann Rice on March 31st, 2014 3:28 pm

    I love the heart on top!!! Too cute!

  48. Laura O| Petite Allergy Treats on March 31st, 2014 9:06 pm


    These are sooo cute! Love the cutouts!

  49. tina on March 31st, 2014 9:21 pm

    These are adorable!

  50. Laureen on March 31st, 2014 9:26 pm

    Apple cinnamon is my favorite!

  51. Tracy mann on March 31st, 2014 10:45 pm

    Love applesauce in muffins! I know they won’t be dry.

  52. Ilissa on March 31st, 2014 11:23 pm

    these would be great for school lunches!!

  53. Sarah on March 31st, 2014 11:28 pm

    These are adorable and sound great!

  54. Lori Lewis on March 31st, 2014 11:41 pm

    These are so sweet – love the hearts!

  55. Lindsey on April 1st, 2014 12:00 am

    These are so cute! Must try.

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