Chai Spiced Kanzi® Apple Crumble Muffins


Prep time: 15 mins
Cooking time: 30 mins
Serves: 6 jumbo muffins or 12 smaller muffins



  • 2 tbsp chai tea (or 2 chai tea bags)
  • 1 cup milk
  • 115g unsalted butter, softened to room temperature
  • ½ cup packed brown sugar
  • ¼ cup granulated sugar
  • 2 large eggs, room temperature
  • ½ cup plain Greek yoghurt
  • 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 1 ¾ cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • ¼ tsp ground cardamom
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • ½ tsp ground cloves
  • ½ tsp ground ginger
  • 3 Kanzi® apples, peeled and diced

Crumble Topping:

  • 1/3 cup (67g) packed brown sugar

  • 1/4 cup (60g) unsalted butter, melted

  • 2/3 cup (84g) all-purpose flour 

  • 1 tbsp ground cinnamon

  • ½ tsp ground cardamom

  • ½ tsp ground clove

Kanzi® Apple Topping:

  • 1 Kanzi® apple, thinly sliced
  • 1 tbsp granulated sugar

Chai Spiced Icing:

  • ½ cup icing sugar, sifted
  • 1 ½ tbsp chai milk (pre-made for muffin batter)

Cooking Instructions:

  1. Preheat the oven to 180C.
  2. Prep a large jumbo muffin tray (6) or a smaller muffin tray (12), by lightly greasing and filling each muffin hole with baking paper or silicone muffin cups.

Chai milk:

  1. Add milk to a small saucepan along with the ground cardamom, clove and ginger followed by 1 tsp of ground cinnamon.
  2. Place on a medium heat and allow to simmer and infuse for 10 minutes.
  3. Turn off the heat and allow to cool for 5 minutes before straining and setting aside. Discard the chai tea leaves.

Crumble topping:

  1. Combine all crumble topping ingredients into a mixing bowl and using clean hands gently rub together until it turns into a rough crumble mixture.

Muffin batter:

  1. Add the butter and both sugars into a stand mixer on medium speed, mix until light and fluffy.
  2. Add one egg at a time in-between mixing followed by the Greek yoghurt, 4 tbsp chai milk and vanilla extract. Reserve the rest of the chai milk for the icing.
  3. Once the wet ingredients are well combined. Add the flour and ground spices, turn the stand mixture down and mix until just combined, being careful not to over mix it. Add the diced apple and mix through.
  4. Spoon the batter into the prepared muffin tray. Divide the crumble mixture over the top of each muffin followed by a fan of 3 slices of Kanzi® apple. Sprinkle the granulated sugar over the top and place in the oven to bake for 27-30 minutes or until they are lightly golden, and a skewer comes out clean when testing. Note: if using a smaller muffin tray reduce cooking time.
  5. Once cooked allow to cool down on a cooling rack.

Chai icing:

  1. Combine the chai milk and icing sugar in a small bowl, stir until well combined.
  2. Once the muffins have cooled completely cooled use a spoon to drizzle over the muffins.

TIP: The naturally sweet flavour of Kanzi® apples make them perfect for baking muffins.