Cranberry Apple Muffins

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Cranberry Apple Muffins are a wonderful way to incorporate yummy ingredients of the season into your Thanksgiving Dinner! If you love a muffin with a lot of warm spices and chunky ingredients this recipe is for you! Enjoy any time of the year but during the holidays they are another way to add cranberries to the menu. Consider them for a buffet, breakfast, or a compliment to a stew or soup! The aroma is unbelievable while they are baking – then add a bit of butter and they are heavenly. And if cranberries are not your thing… then consider what you might substitute! 

Cranberry Apple Carrot Muffins

Easy Cranberry Apple Muffins

This recipe is a basic Muffin recipe with the addition of cranberries, apples, and carrots. It is easy to make taking less than an hour with baking time. My preference is to use fresh ingredients over dried ingredients. But you could try using dried cranberries to see how they work over fresh cranberries. As a disclaimer, I have not tried dried cranberries since I use the left over fresh cranberries. It is a substantial Cranberry Apple Muffin with so many ingredients.

A consideration is to make Cranberry Apple Mini-Muffins that might be better for a dinner party. Taste of Home recommends not changing the oven temperature when making mini-muffins but the baking time typically decrease. Mini-muffins may take 10 to 15 minutes depending upon the oven temperature. When converting from full size muffins to mini-muffins, I use my experience with how my oven bakes to determine a baking time. I start with a conservative time with checking for doneness.

Cran-Apple Carrot Muffins
Cran-Apple Carrot Muffins

Recipe adapted from Taste of Home.

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Cranberry Apple Muffins

Cranberry Apple Muffins are a wonderful way to incorporate yummy ingredients of the season into your Thanksgiving Dinner! If you love a muffin with a lot of warm spices and chunky ingredients this recipe is for you!
Prep Time20 mins
Cook Time25 mins
Total Time45 mins
Course: bread, Christmas, Thanksgiving
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Cranberry Apple Muffins
Servings: 24 Muffins
Calories: 119kcal
Author: Bernice


Apple & Sugar Mixture

  • 2 cups Apples peeled and chopped
  • 1-1/3 cups Coconut Sugar

Vegetables & Nuts

  • 1 cup Cranberries roughly chopped
  • 1 cup Carrots shredded
  • 1 cup Nuts chopped (walnuts or pecans)
  • 2 Eggs organic
  • 1/2 cup Canola Oil

Dry Ingredients

  • 2-1/2 cups Flour
  • 1 tbsp Baking Powder
  • 2 tsp Baking Soda
  • 1/2 tsp Salt


  • 2 tsp Cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp Nutmeg
  • 1/2 tsp Ginger
  • ΒΌ tsp Cloves


  • In a bowl, combine apples and sugar; let stand for 10 minutes. 
  • Add the Vegetable and Nut ingredients; mix well. 
  • Combine the Dry and Spice ingredients; stir into apple mixture just until moistened. 
  • Fill paper-lined muffin cups two-thirds full.
  • Bake at 375Β° for 25-30 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean.


Calories are approximate based upon how many you make and any serving toppings such as butter and jams.


Serving: 24g | Calories: 119kcal | Carbohydrates: 10g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 8g | Saturated Fat: 0g | Cholesterol: 13mg | Sodium: 168mg | Potassium: 128mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 18.4% | Vitamin C: 1.6% | Calcium: 3.3% | Iron: 3.5%

Author: Bernice

Cooking has always been a passion of mine with trying new recipes or adding a twist to an existing recipe. This blog contains some of our favorite healthier recipes but also contains decadent desserts and delicious meals that may not consider calorie count! So grab your favorite Supper Plate and enjoy our Cooking Adventure!

26 thoughts

    1. Thank you! They are a fabulous muffin with so many opportunities from changing out ingredients to how they are served! Your avocado cake looks awesome! πŸ™‚

    1. I used fresh cranberries but I would imagine dried would also work. It is a great combination making them a fun muffin! They were gone fairly quickly! πŸ™‚

  1. What a wonderful recipe! Thank you for sharing, Bernice! I love using fresh cranberries but have never paired them with apples or carrots before – look forward to try this out! 😊

    1. Thank you for stopping by and commenting. I love the blend of them – especially since we don’t think of them naturally going together. The fun of cooking and exploring. πŸ™‚ I hope you enjoy the muffins if you try them!

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