3-Ingredient Apple Muffins

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Picture this…your doorbell rings and your in-laws show up to stay for the weekend. Your father-in-law plops on the couch and clutches the TV remote. Meanwhile your mother-in-law runs her finger over every surface and makes a disapproving frown.

“That’s not how I do it in my house,” she tsks at you.

But there is something you can do to put her in her place. With these 3-ingredient apple muffins, she won’t have a thing to say. Except “Mmmm” as her mouth will be full because she won’t be able to stop cramming them into her mouth.

Apple Spice Muffins laid out on a cooling tray.

She’ll never know they started out life from a box mix. Hand your kids some shovels and have them bury it in the yard because you know she’ll be looking in the trash.

These 3-ingredient apple muffins aren’t just great for quieting down fussy family members. They’re great to make for to-go breakfasts, snacks, or even for dessert. Or try these cinnamon apple muffins for another delicious treat.

Great for fall or when you miss that sweetly spiced apple fragrance in the air during any other season, these never fail! If you’re looking for more of an apple dessert, try this delicious apple crisp.

These would pair great with these granola clusters too! And if you’d rather a bar than a muffin, try these apple crumble bars.

What You Will Need for 3-Ingredient Apple Spice Cake Muffins

  • 1 Box Spice Cake Mix – We like Betty Crocker because it comes out super moist. 
  • Applesauce – Walmart’s store brand is an excellent choice for taste and value.
  • Apple – You’ll need just one, diced up. 

How To Make Your Own Easy Apple Muffins

While you’ll only need 3 ingredients to make these tasty apple muffins, you should also be sure to have a muffin tin and cupcake/muffin liners. And no, you do not have to grease anything if you use those liners.

No liners? Then you absolutely have to grease the muffin tin or the muffins will stick and it will be this big, awful mess. 

When using the box mix in this way, you don’t need all the other stuff the box requires you to add when baking a cake or making cupcakes. You’ll just preheat your oven, then mix together the cake mix, applesauce, and diced apples.

These 3-ingredient apple muffins are such a simple baking activity, you could even have the kids help you out. After this, you’re probably going to keep the spice cake mix, applesauce, and apples around ALL the time.

Sometimes, it can be a challenge to pour the batter into the muffin tins from a bowl. You can scoop it out with a measuring cup and add it into the tin. This way, the muffins will be even in size. 

It should be obvious when they’re ready (about 20 minutes of baking time), especially since the smell is so incredible you’ll likely be lurking around the kitchen until your timer goes off. On top, the muffins will have a nice, golden color but you can also do the toothpick test to be sure. No one wants to bite into a muffin with a raw center.

You can let them cool a bit before serving or serve them fresh from the oven. Serve them as-is or with butter. Or honey butter! Now there’s an idea! Get the full details on these 3-ingredient apple muffins below!

You can also try these spice cake pumpkin muffins to switch up the flavors.


  • 2 Cups Applesauce
  • 1 Box Spice Cake Mix
  • 1 Apple (Diced)


  1. Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees.
Ingredients for apple muffins laid out on table.
  1. In a mixing bowl, combine the cake mix, diced apples and apple sauce.
  1. Pour the apple batter into a muffin tin.
Ingredient laid out on table with ingredients in bowl.
  1. Bake for 20 minutes or until you can poke a tooth pick into the muffin and it comes out dry.
Ingredient mixed together in cupcake tin.
  1. Serve & enjoy.
Apple Spice Muffins on a cooling rack.
Apple Spice Muffins on green plate

Apple Spice Muffins


  • 2 Cups Applesauce
  • 1 Box Spice Cake Mix
  • 1 Apple (Diced)


    1. Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees.
    2. In a mixing bowl, combine the cake mix, diced apples and apple sauce.
    3. Pour the apple batter into a muffin tin.
    4. Bake for 20 minutes or until you can poke a tooth pick into the muffin and it comes out dry.
    5. Serve & enjoy.

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