These Paleo Apple Cinnamon Upside Down Muffins are the perfect fall treat! Sweet, sticky apples and a fluffy, moist muffin. Gluten free, dairy free, and so delicious!
We went apple picking last week and it left us with a crazy amount of apples. Now I’m in apple-baking mode thinking of ways to use them all. These muffins came out so good and I’m so glad I thought of them. It’s kind of like a pineapple upside down cake, where the fruit is on the bottom at first then flipped to be on top. I actually wasn’t sure if it would work as muffins, but they turned out amazing and the flavor is exactly what I was going for. The muffin itself is not very sweet- only 1 tablespoon of maple is used and a little sweetness from the applesauce. It works perfectly with the topping though, that is sweet, gooey, and irresistible!
Baking with apples may be one of my favorite things. The aroma that fills the house is the best and a sure sign of fall. These not only smell great, though- they taste even better!
Here is what the apple mixture looks like when you put them in. You want the apples to be pretty small so they fit tightly. I use parchment liners which always give me the best result with no sticking.
They are super easy to make. Only 2 dirty bowls- one for the apples and one for the muffins. The muffin mixture is mixed by hand and ready in just a couple minutes. You will love how quick they are to make. Just like other paleo baked goods- these are best stored in the fridge after 24 hours.
The muffins are flipped upside down to reveal a delicious topping of caramelized apples and sweet cinnamon. I’m thinking you could add a few nuts in the bottom as well if you like them in baked goods- we prefer no nuts so I just did apples. I shared them with our neighbors who don’t follow any special diet and they absolutely loved them! So these are a muffin everyone will love. Enjoy!
Jessica is a self taught cook/baker from Michigan who enjoys local farmers markets, baking competitions, and kayaking with her husband. She specializes in Paleo and other desirable recipes that can be seen over on her own food blog.