Killer Maple Bacon Apple Muffins

Killer Maple Bacon Apple Muffins Recipe on @whiteonrice

Maple. Bacon. Apple. Muffins.

Maple bacon anything is an easy “Yes”. Add the apple and it is an even quicker yes. Offer it for breakfast to have with the morning coffee and suddenly the day just started out in as good of a way as possible.

Killer Maple Bacon Apple Muffins Recipe on @whiteonrice

It’s like the heavens opened up and looked down on you. You, who took that extra couple minutes to make your bed. Who replaced the roll of paper towels after using the last sheet. You who held the door for the next person coming after you. And the heavens said, “You deserve something extra special.”

In creating this morning bite of deliciousness, we wanted a really good muffin base. Moist and flavorful. Not one that needed to be masked under the flavors of the maple bacon, but one that you’d want to eat straight up. And only after reaching that point would the muffin we worthy of a generous maple bacon topping.

Killer Maple Bacon Apple Muffins Recipe on @whiteonrice

We love the apple muffin recipe from the Food Network’s Ellie Krieger. It is a made with applesauce and buttermilk, ensuring a great moist muffin. We changed up the muffin to accommodate the ingredients we nearly always have on hand in the pantry and pumped up the spices a bit. We love this muffin.

Killer Maple Bacon Apple Muffins Recipe on @whiteonrice

The size of the bacon pieces is a key point for us. I can’t stand it when tiny little bacon crumbles are passed off as acceptable toppings. This is bacon. It is important to not diss the bacon. Yet since we want to eat muffins without a knife and fork, we didn’t want the bacon too big. An inch and a half sized pieces seem just about perfect. If you are going to be using a knife and fork, make it bigger.

Enjoy, you deserve this.

Todd & Diane


5 from 1 vote
Maple Bacon Apple Muffins
Total Time
1 hr

This apple muffin makes a tender moist muffin with the combination of applesauce and buttermilk. As with most all muffin recipes, don't over mix the batter or else the muffins may become tougher. 

The batter makes a bit more than 12 muffins worth but it is better to have a bit extra batter to accommodate for different people's scooping methods.  Our favorite way to scoop batter into muffin cups is to use a large cookie scoop.

Servings: 12 muffins
Apple Muffin ingredients
  • 2 cups (250g) all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher or sea salt
  • 1/4 cup (60ml) canola or vegetable oil
  • 3/4 cup (165g) packed brown sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 cup (245g) unsweetened applesauce
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3/4 cup (180ml) buttermilk
  • 1/2 pound (about 1 large - 225g) baking apple *see Note 1, peeled cored, and cut into small pieces
Maple Bacon Glaze Ingredients
  • 1/2 pound (225g) bacon, cut into 1 1/2-inch pieces
  • 1/4 cup (1/2 stick or 60g) unsalted butter
  • 1/4 cup (60ml) maple syrup
  • 1/4 cup (55g) packed brown sugar
  1. Preheat oven to 375°F. Lightly oil a 12-capacity muffin tray or line with baking cups.
  2. Whisk together the flour, cinnamon, baking powder, and salt. Set aside.
  3. In a large bowl, whisk together the oil and brown sugar. Whisk in the eggs one at a time. Whisk in the applesauce and vanilla extract.
  4. Fold in half of the flour mixture. Stir in the buttermilk. Fold in the remaining flour mixture until just combined. Gently stir in the apple pieces.
  5. Scoop the batter into the prepared muffin pan and tap the pan on the counter a few times to release any air bubbles.
  6. Bake for 25-30 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean when inserted into the middle of the muffins. Let cool for about 15 minutes and then remove the muffins from the pan and place on a cooling rack.
  7. Make the maple bacon glaze. In a large skillet cook the bacon pieces until nearly crisp, or to your preferred crispness. Remove the bacon from the skillet and drain off the majority of the rendered bacon fat.
  8. Over medium-low heat, melt the butter in the skillet which the bacon was cooked in. Stir in the maple syrup and brown sugar, mixing until the sugar is dissolved. Add the bacon to the maple/butter sauce.
  9. Place a few pieces of bacon on each muffin and drizzle the maple sauce over the muffin. Allow to cool slightly and serve.
Recipe Notes

Note 1:

Some of our favorite baking apples are the Honeycrisp, Crispin (aka Mutsu), Pink Lady, Fuji, and Granny Smiths.

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  1. Nanika

    This recipe looks delicious. If I leave out the apple chunks, should I add a little more applesauce to keep a good wet/dry balance? (Heresy, I know, but I have a couple people in my family who might reject them on sight if they have chunks of stuff in them.)

  2. Angus

    I haven’t even made these yet but I love the fact that I actually can because you’ve included metric measures.

    Cups make no sense.

  3. Sharana @ Living THe Sweet Life Blog

    OMG — these are killer — I think I was seriously drooling, as I read this recipe!!

  4. ferdiesfoodlab

    A link to these just popped up on my blog roll, couldn’t resist taking a peek! They do look good!
    Your book looks great, always looking for good vegetarian books. One question the applesauce that’s in the recipe that’s the same kind of thing you’d serve with pork chops right? (diced apple and little water /apple juice reduced to a semi lumpy sauce kinda vibe)

  5. Thalia @ butter and brioche

    Maple and Bacon is such a classic and delicious flavour combination so I can imagine how good these muffins would have tasted. Not only do they look incredible but they are beautifully captured as well… pinned!

  6. Emily

    Yep. Pretty sure I need these. RIGHT. NOW.

  7. Kevin | keviniscooking

    These look seriously ridiculous. Send me a baker’s dozen stat!

  8. todd wagner

    Whoa, these are simply jumping off the screen!!

  9. S Lauren | Modern Granola

    What beautiful photography! I love how the tops are decorated with bacon flowers. Gorgeous and creative. Well done!

  10. Jennifer @ Show Me the Yummy

    Your photos always make me swoon. Almost as much as these maple bacon cupcakes! 😉

  11. Erin @ MouthfulBlog

    These. Are. Magnificent. I’m going to call this post “Ode to Maple Bacon” 🙂

  12. Megan @ The Cooking Canvas

    These look amazing! I have bacon in the fridge and now I find myself in a maple mood. Beautiful photos as well.

  13. Megan @ The Cooking Canvas

    These look amazing!! I have bacon in the fridge and now I’m in a maple mood. Beautiful photos as well.

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