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Best Apple Muffin Recipe For One

This easy to make apple muffin is filled with sweet apples and crunchy pecans and topped with a cinnamon streusel topping. It's a single serving version of my family's favorite muffins. Baked in a ramekin or small dish, this apple muffin is perfect for breakfast or a snack.

An apple muffin topped with cinnamon streusel baked in a ramekin next to a bowl of apples

Every fall I seem to take on the challenge of seeing how many recipes I can add apples to. Apples and fall go hand in hand and I love incorporating them into my recipes. This apple muffin is the latest and greatest - a muffin recipe that serves one person and made with just one apple.

Why This Recipe Works

One of the things I love most about this apple muffin is the texture. It's a soft muffin but won't fall apart. It's got the texture of a tender cake and is absolute muffin perfection.

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The other thing I love about this apple muffin recipe is that it's loaded with sweet diced apples and crunchy pecans. You'll taste apples in every single bite.

This muffin recipe can also be changed to include pears instead of apples and/or walnuts instead of pecans. It's a very adaptable muffin recipe.

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Ingredients

See recipe box below for ingredient amounts and full recipe instructions.

  • all purpose flour
  • baking powder
  • ground cinnamon
  • salt
  • brown sugar
  • butter 
  • an egg yolk
  • milk
  • vanilla extract
  • one apple (diced)
  • pecans

FOR THE TOPPING

  • all purpose flour
  • brown sugar
  • ground cinnamon
  • chopped pecans
  • cold butter

How To Make This Recipe

  1. Begin by whisking together flour, baking powder, brown sugar, ground cinnamon, and salt.
  2. In a separate bowl, whisk together melted butter, one egg yolk, vanilla extract, and milk.
  3. Stir the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients and fold in diced apples and chopped pecans.
  4. Make the streusel topping by mixing together flour, brown sugar, cinnamon, chopped pecans, and cold butter. Spoon over the top of the apple muffin batter.
  5. Bake in a 400 degree F (200 degree C) oven for 25 to 30 minutes.

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A forkful of an apple muffin baked in a ramekin topped with cinnamon streusel next to a bowl of apples

Expert Tips

  • For this apple muffin recipe, I use a 10-ounce ramekin that measures 4-inches in diameter and is approximately 1 3/4-inches tall. Many ramekins don’t have the size printed on them. Because of this, it can be hard to know exactly how large (or small) yours is. The best way to measure the size of your ramekin is to fill it with water and pour the water into a measuring cup.
  • You can also use mini loaf pans that also hold about 8 to 10-ounces. If you happen to have smaller ramekins, use those and divide the batter between them.
  • This apple muffin recipe will yield one very large muffin.

For more information on the cooking and baking dishes I use in our “recipes for one”, please visit our FAQ page.

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Frequently Asked Questions

What Should I Do With The Leftover Egg White?

Be sure to save the egg white and don’t throw it away. You might like to use the egg white in any one of these fantastic recipes:
Small Batch Meringues
Small Batch Coconut Macaroons
Small Batch Flourless Chocolate Pecan Cookies
Two Vanilla Cupcakes

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A forkful missing from an apple muffin in a ramekin topped with cinnamon streusel with a fork resting on the side all next to a bowl of apples

Other Single Serving Apple Recipes

These apple recipes are made with one apple.

Apple muffin in ramekin cinnamon streusel topping

Apple Muffin Recipe | Single Muffin

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes
Course: Breakfast
Cuisine: bread
Keywords: muffin
Servings: 2 servings
Calories: 474kcal
Author: Joanie Zisk

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup all purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 3 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons salted butter , melted
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 3 tablespoons milk
  • 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup apples , dicedd
  • 2 tablespoons pecans , chopped

FOR THE TOPPING

  • 2 teaspoons all purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons brown sugar
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 tablespoon pecans , chopped
  • 1/2 tablespoon salted butter , cold

Instructions

  • Heat the oven to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C).
  • In a small bowl, combine the flour, baking powder, cinnamon, salt, and brown sugar.
  • In a separate bowl, whisk together the butter, egg yolk, milk, and vanilla.
  • Stir the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients.
  • Fold in the diced apples and chopped pecans.
  • Fill a buttered 10-ounce ramekin or other similar sized baking dish with the batter. Set aside and make the topping.

TO MAKE THE TOPPING

  • Combine the flour, brown sugar, cinnamon, and pecans; cut in the butter until crumbly. Sprinkle over the muffin batter.
  • Bake for 25 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool 5 minutes on a wire rack. Enjoy warm.

Notes

Expert Tips

  • For this apple muffin recipe, I use a 10-ounce ramekin that measures 4-inches in diameter and is approximately 1 3/4-inches tall. Many ramekins don’t have the size printed on them. Because of this, it can be hard to know exactly how large (or small) yours is. The best way to measure the size of your ramekin is to fill it with water and pour the water into a measuring cup.
  • You can also use mini loaf pans that also hold about 8 to 10-ounces. If you happen to have smaller ramekins, use those and divide the batter between them.
  • This apple muffin recipe will yield one very large muffin.
For best results, use a 10-ounce oven safe ramekin or baking dish of similar size. For a list of baking dishes we use at One Dish Kitchen for our single serving recipes, visit our store page.

Nutrition

Serving: 1serving | Calories: 474kcal | Carbohydrates: 55g | Protein: 7g | Fat: 26g | Saturated Fat: 10g | Cholesterol: 135mg | Sodium: 292mg | Potassium: 267mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 26g | Vitamin A: 615IU | Vitamin C: 1.4mg | Calcium: 110mg | Iron: 2.2mg

The information shown is an estimate provided by an online nutrition calculator. It should not be considered a substitute for a professional nutritionist’s advice.

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18 thoughts on “Best Apple Muffin Recipe For One”

  1. 5 stars
    This made four regular-sized muffins. It is the best apple muffin I have ever eaten. Next time I will double the recipe.

  2. Hi, I happen to look for easy muffins. I found this one enjoy make them – easy. Gave a try I was happy did thanks

    1. Mine just came out of the oven. It made 3 big ones. One for me two for the hubs. His will have a little bit of glaze icing on them. Excited to try them.

  3. 5 stars
    I made for breakfast today. It made 2 regular size muffins and a mini. Delicious! A tender crumb with much flavor. Even though I do cook for one, I still cook big because I need leftovers. No time to cook daily. Life can be demanding. But sometimes I do just want a little of something. So, this is so nice to have options.

  4. Hi, as a single mom of a growing boy, most of the recipes out there are too mich. With you recipes I am able to double it and then there are no leftovers that end up wasted. The first thing I made was this muffin and we loved it. The meals are the right size him to have homemade hot lunches at school. Thank you so much ❤️😊💕

    1. Hi Heather,

      Thank you so much for taking the time to write. I’m so happy that you and your son are enjoying the recipes – your comment truly made my day.
      Have a wonderful week!
      Joanie

  5. 5 stars
    I love using ramekins for recipes! This looks wonderful. My husband loves apples and since it is just him and I now at home, I am thankful to find your recipes “for one”…what a great idea. Thanks!

  6. 5 stars
    Joanie, I have recently discovered your website and I absolutely love it! I just made this and it was amazing! I have also made your pumpkin coffee cake and that was delicious too! Do you think you could develop a recipe for a single serve almond poppy seed muffin? Thank you!

      1. Hi Jason,

        I’m so glad you enjoyed the muffin. Using the size of ramekin specified in the recipe, it makes one muffin. If you use a smaller sized ramekin, you would likely get two muffins.

        Joanie

  7. Hi, I just discovered your website and I like it. We are empty nesters, so it is nice to make smaller portions. I have a question, can’t you put in the whole egg? Why just the yolk? Thank you for the recipe! 🙂

    1. Hi Ingrid,
      Welcome! I’m glad you found us and hope you enjoy the recipes. I only use one egg yolk because the recipe doesn’t work using the entire egg :). I have updated the article to include recipes that you can use the leftover egg white in. Have a wonderful weekend!

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