Apple Cardamom Streusel Muffins

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Nov 29, November

If you love coffee cake, you'll love these Apple Cardamom Streusel Muffins! A soft spiced muffin balanced with grounding apple and topped with a brown sugar streusel topping.

Why Granny Smith Apples?

My go-to apple variety for baked goods are Granny Smith apples. They have the perfect balance of tart and sweet and hold their structure under heat. This is important because we don't want a soggy disaster after baking! If you can't find Granny Smith, other great baking varieties include Honeycrisp, Crispin (or Mutsu) and Pink Lady.

What is Cardamom?

Cardamom is a spice recognized by its green pods. It has an herbal warmth like allspice, cinnamon and nutmeg and fragrant notes like mint, pepper and fennel. It instantly brings sweetness, warmth and grounding to any recipe.

labelled ingredients for apple cardamom streusel muffins

Ingredients You Will Need:

Granny Smith apples



Brown sugar

Granulated sugar

Baking powder





Overview: How to Make Apple Cardamom Streusel Muffins

  • Whisk together the dry ingredients: flour, brown sugar, baking powder, cardamom and salt
  • Whisk together the wet ingredients: milk, melted butter, eggs and vanilla
  • Combine
  • Fold in the apple
  • Spoon into prepared muffin tin
  • Make the streusel and sprinkle on top
  • Bake and devour!

If you love this recipe, try these Gluten-Free White Chocolate and Cardamom Streusel Muffins


Prep Time
15 minutes
Cook Time
20 minutes
Total Time
35 minutes

The Recipe


1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 cup brown sugar
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 1/2 teaspoon cardamom
1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
3/4 cup milk, at room temperature
1/3 cup unsalted butter, melted
2 eggs, at room temperature
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1/3 cup grated Granny Smith apples

Streusel topping:
1/4 cup all-purpose flour
1/4 cup brown sugar
2 tablespoons granulated sugar
1/2 teaspoon cardamom
Pinch kosher salt
1/4 cup unsalted butter, melted


  1. Preheat oven to 375 F. Grease or line a 12-cup muffin tin.
  2. In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, brown sugar, baking powder, cardamom and salt.
  3. In a medium bowl, whisk together the milk, butter, eggs, and vanilla. Add to the flour
    mixture and mix until combined and smooth.
  4. Gently fold in the grated apple.
  5. Fill 2/3 of each muffin cup with batter.
  6. Prepare the streusel: in a small bowl, combine the flour, brown sugar, granulated sugar,
    cardamom and salt. Add the butter and stir until small clumps form. Sprinkle the mixture
    over each muffin.
  7. Bake for 20-25 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the centre of a muffin comes out
    clean. Let cool for 5 minutes in the tin and then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.

    Store in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 2 days.

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Hi, I'm Autumn

I'm Autumn, the recipe developer, photographer, and content creator behind Evolving Autumn. The recipes you'll find here are inspired by my passion to eat locally, sustainably and live wholesomely. My recipes are focused on seasonal, whole food ingredients with a mix of sweet, savoury, entrées, desserts and more.

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