Apple Spice Muffins remind me of a taste of fall and are the perfect way to start the day.  Add a streusel topping, vanilla glaze and baked beans you’ve got yourself one heck of a delicious muffin!! 

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Apple Spice muffins with Streusel Topping on cake stand


The end of summer…. I’m always a little sad to see it go.  Lighter schedules, vacations, ball games, sunshine, and tank-tops.  But I can’t lie, fall holds the biggest spot in my heart.  Routines and schedules, visits to the pumpkin patch, post-season baseball, cooler air, open windows, and sweaters!!  But most importantly……the food! Fall flavors can’t be beaten.

Now that fall is knocking on our door, and the A/C and I are celebrating with the windows open a few times already, I don’t dread turning on the oven as much. If you follow me on Instagram Stories, you may have seen me baking up these little gems.  Apple Spice Muffins with streusel topping and vanilla glaze are full of warm fall flavors, and packed with protein! I love sneaking vegetables into desserts and treats. Then, watching my family’s reaction when I tell them what was in muffins they all devoured. 

I think you all know how much I love Bush’s Beans, right? Well, I was on recently where I saw a few cake recipes that included Baked Beans. THAT definitely piqued my interest!! I’ve made black bean brownies…..why not Apple Spice Muffins with baked beans? While baked beans in a muffin might seem a little odd, it totally works, I promise.

 Apple Spice muffins with Streusel Topping with a can of Bush's bake beans

One bite of this moist, spicy muffin and the “ewww” factor will disappear quickly! Honey Baked Beans mingle perfectly with apples and spices.

How to make Apple Spice Muffins with Baked Beans

Apple Spice Muffins are a breeze to whip up.

  1. First, you need 1 can of Bush’s Baked Beans with Honey, or Country Style Baked Beans (remove bacon pieces).  Process in a food processor or blender until pureed.
  2. Add 3/4 of a cup pureed beans to a boxed spice cake mix, along with 3 eggs and applesauce and the fall flavors really begin to shine. Mix by hand.
  3. Divide batter into muffin tins and bake for about 13 minutes (full recipe below)

That’s it!  They are great for breakfast or a snack.

Mixing bowl pouring baked beans into muffin mixture for Apple Spice muffins


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If you want to kick the muffins up a notch, add a streusel topping before baking, then drizzle with glaze after they cool.   Enjoy watching their jaws hit the floor when you tell them there are baked beans in the Apple Spice Muffins they can’t stop eating. 😉

Apple Spice Muffins on cooling rack with white icing dripping down

Do yourself a favor and bake some bean muffins……don’t even worry about sharing them with your family 😉  I won’t tell.

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These Apple Spice muffins with Struesel Topping have a suprise ingredient that packs them with fiber!! Applesauce, spices, baked beans, crumb topping, vanilla glaze combine to create a delicious breakfast treat or afternoon snack. Bake a batch and enjoy the warm fall flavors! muffin recipe at

Apple Spice Muffins with Streusel Topping

Yield: 24 muffins
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 13 minutes
Total Time: 23 minutes

These Apple Spice Muffins with Streusel Topping have a surprise ingredient that packs them with fiber!! Applesauce, spices, baked beans, crumb topping, vanilla glaze combine to create a delicious breakfast treat or afternoon snack. Bake a batch and enjoy the warm fall flavors!


Apple Spice Muffins:

  • 1 can (16 oz) BUSH’S® Baked Beans with Honey (or BUSH’S® Country Style Baked Beans)
  • 1 box spice cake mix
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1 1/4 cup apple sauce

Streusel Topping:

  • 3 1/2  tablespoons butter, melted
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar, packed
  • 1/2 cup flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon


  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons milk


  1. Preheat oven to 350° F. Line 24 muffin cups with cupcake papers.
  2. Pour the can of beans and sauce into a food processor or blender and puree.
  3. In a large bowl, combine the cake mix, ¾ cup of the pureed beans (discard small amount of remaining puree), 3 eggs and apple sauce and mix well using a wooden spoon or rubber spatula.
  4. Using a small bowl, combine melted butter, brown sugar, flour and cinnamon. Mix together with a fork until you have medium size crumbles.
  5. Divide batter between 24 muffin cups and sprinkle with the streusel topping.
  6. Bake for 13-15 minutes until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean. Cool on wire rack.
  7. Stir together the ingredients for the glaze. If glaze is too thick, add a little more milk to create a thinner consistency. Drizzle the glaze over the cooled muffins using a spoon.
  8. The muffins can be stored for 3-4 days in a air tight container at room temperature.

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Disclaimer:  I grew up in a house that used  Bush’s Beans. I am now fortunate to have an ongoing relationship with them as a brand ambassador for the past 5+ years. This post is sponsored by Bush’s Beans, but as always, all opinions are my own.  Thanks for supporting the brands that make TidyMom possible.  For more great recipes like this one, please visit their website.