Pumpkin Apple Streusel Muffins with Apple Cider Caramel

So get this. I have my wedding dress. It’s hanging in my guest bedroom right now. Just hanging there, waiting to be worn. But the problem is, it doesn’t fit yet. The straps are WAY too big and the length might be a bit short. So it doesn’t really feel like my dress yet. I love it, but it literally falls off when I have it on. Even though I know it can be altered and those issues can be fixed, I still get the “bride freak out” feeling. I always thought I wouldn’t be that girl because our wedding is so chill and there isn’t much to plan with a destination wedding. But I’m definitely being THAT girl right now. But everything can be fixed, right? RIGHT?!!

Over the weekend, I decided that the bridesmaids are going to wear mauve or blush. Yes, this is the first time in my life that I’ve ever used the word mauve. Either color will do. Which means I need to find both long and short dresses for the girls to choose from…and actually ask all my friends to be bridemaids. It’s hard when they don’t live here. Calling someone is hard, ok? I know, get your life together Juli. Problem is, short dresses aren’t exactly in season right now. I wanted to give my gf’s the short dress choice because after going to my first destination wedding, I noticed the girls were tying up or dragging their dresses everywhere since it was obviously hot as f*ck in Mexico. BUT, I know my thighs will be chaffing away as our wedding reception goes out because my dress is super tight, so maybe they should just be miserable with me? That seems fair.

The fiancé also asked me what he was wearing. I told him, in a slightly freaked out nature, “I don’t know, that’s your problem, not mine!!” I think of it as, he deals with his sh*t, I deal with mine. But that isn’t really how it works, is it? I think him and his boys are going to wear navy blue and grey. I think. How do you people decide this sh*t? I just don’t care. I wish I had all the money in the world to hire someone to plan it all. I just show up and it all looks nice. That’s a reasonable want.

Now for the veil. I want to wear one because there will never be a reason to wear another one in the future. But I’m on the beach, in Jamaica, where there will be wind. And the veil will be either in my face or ripping out of my hair. But I still want it. It makes you feel so bridey. Do I just go for it, knowing 99% of the time it will be annoying AF? Decision made. F*ck it. Going for it. Thanks for talking this out with me. You’re such a great friend.



Pumpkin Apple Streusel Muffins with Apple Cider Caramel

  • Yield: 9-10 1x



For the streusel


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. In a large bowl, whisk together coconut flour, tapioca flour, baking soda and powder, apple pie spice, salt and apple.
  3. Then add the rest of the ingredients and mix well until combined.
  4. Use an ice cream scoop to scoop the mixture into 10 muffin tins (I used a silicone muffin liner).
  5. In a small bowl, mix together all the ingredients for the streusel. Add about 1/2-1 teaspoon of the streusel on top of each muffin.
  6. Bake for 30 minutes. While muffins are baking, make apple cider caramel.
  7. Let cool slightly before removing from silicone liner. Top each muffin with caramel

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42 thoughts on “Pumpkin Apple Streusel Muffins with Apple Cider Caramel”

  1. I got married in Monterey (CA) outside overlooking the ocean and I wore a veil. Maybe pick one that doesn’t go over your face and just clips in your hair so it’s not blowing all over your face during the wedding. I only wore mine for the ceremony and then chucked it for the reception.

  2. Absolutely wear a veil! Yes, wind will be annoying, but you’ll have the posed photos with it wrangled in. You definitely do not want to miss a single glorious second of feeling like a bride. Choose colors that have some oomph so your photos and wedding party are not washed out with the bright sun, sky, and ocean. Grey and navy with mauve will be gorgeous! My bridesmaids were in mauvey-raspberry and men wore navy ties with grey tux. The whole look is cohesive instead of matchy-matchy! Holy balls you’re going to be a gorgeous bride!
    PS- muffins look delish and are on the weekend dessert menu already!

  3. I got married this weekend in Santa Monica, CA, and yes the beach wind made the veil fly up and around like crazy….BUT I’m so glad I wore it! It really made me feel like a bride and I’m sure the photos will look amazing. Just make sure that you stand at the altar in the right direction for the veil to flow out behind you, not into your fiance’s face! And then take it off right after the ceremony so you can have cocktails without worrying about it 🙂

  4. We got married 21 years ago, barefoot on the beach in Negril. I dragged a long dress and train through the sand, had a veil whipping around, and felt absolutely fabulous. Best wishes – it’ll all be irie!

  5. Absolutely wear a veil…even if only for the ceremony. This will be the only time you wear one. There isn’t really another occasion to wear it…and you really do feel like a bride (from your dreams) when you have one on. Remember…take deep breaths through this process….and enjoy it. You get one shot at making it about you and him….working together with him so you’re both interjected in the day is what it’s all about, right? You can do this Juli! And it will be beautiful! LOVE the muffins!

  6. I know this sounds nuts, but I’ve had friends who use weighted veils. Depending on what kind of veil/what kind of seem it is, you can have a little tiny weight sewn in the seam, or there are these little pins that are weights to put on veil to keep it from blowing like crazy. Google veil weights…seriously, it’s a thing!

  7. You can also buy veils that easily un-clip from a flower, hair comb, etc so if it is super windy you can take it off and put it back in later if you want… or just have it in for pictures, etc. They make it all. Figure out your hair, then you will know what to do with a veil.

    Also, look at Pinterest as they have a million ideas for cute ways to ask someone to be in your wedding even from different time zones: https://www.pinterest.com/pin/460985711835359382/


  8. Do you really recommend using the caramel sauce or do they taste just as good without? Awesome looking recipe! Thanks

  9. Get a short weighted veil,check out David’s bridal for bridesmaid dresse.Find one you like,choose color length,and fabric,and leave the rest up to them.Davids is realitivly inexpensive and they have stores all over the place.Get your dress altered.then get a massage and some wine!

  10. Hmmm, baking powder is not considered Paleo, not to say it already contains baking soda. There are alternatives with similar effect on baking.

  11. Your wedding freakouts are making me feel totally and COMPLETELY validated about my own current freakouts. Like the fact that I’ve been engaged for six months and haven’t planned a thing. Or the fact that every time I try to plan it, I just want to pay someone all of my money to DO IT FOR ME. Why do we do this to ourselves? OH because we’re in love and want to feel bridey. Life’s a bitch.

  12. Wedding dresses are made to be altered! Don’t worry- a great seamstress can fix anything. I would know, as my mother has been a bridal seamstress for 25 years! Can’t wait to see pictures!

  13. Dangerously delicious muffins! I made them as mini muffins. Baked about 15 minutes. Crazy good and I skipped the caramel.

  14. I bought the veil… and didn’t wear it. They really are annoying AF and I just felt bride-y enough once I had my hair done up and my dress on… granted, I went with a tiara thingy even though I’m SO not a princess! Just be YOU. That’s who he’s marrying because YOU are amazeballs!!!

  15. I was undecided because I felt weird wearing one, but ended up with a longish one and just wore it way in the back and down low…loved how it looked in pictures and it didn’t get in the way! But I guess it depends on how you do your hair…I just hate having things in my face lol

  16. I just made these, along with the pumpkin chocolate chip muffins. These came out great! Not too sweet so I’m excited to have an option for breakfast. Thank you!!

  17. Thanks for the recipe … I really needed this! And as for the veil … well, from a wedding photographer’s perspective… WEAR IT! Even if for just a bit. It really is beautiful in photos. And when it blows like crazy and gets in your face during the ceremony and makes you and your husband laugh … that will be a great photo : )

  18. I made this last night into a cake (I was being lazy) and it’s delicious! Definitely becoming a Fall staple.

  19. Juli- I got married on a beach and I had a veil! It wasn’t that long and I don’t remember it being a pain in the ass. I say go for it!

  20. omgosh!!!! You have NO idea how hot it will be! Our son’s wedding was this past June in Cancun and it was more then HOT! Be prepared for 500% humidity! Sticky, sweaty and just miserable…but that was June! Our DIL was absolutely the most beautiful bride and I wouldn’t have traded the laid back, gorgeous wedding on the beach for anything. ……well, maybe AC! 😉 Give your girls a break though….short airy dresses! And whatever you do have fun!

  21. -muffins look ahhhhmazeballs
    -blush dresses against the beachy scene sounds gorg
    -I say go for the veil. It blowing in the breeze will make for some cool pics.

  22. I’ve found that pink lady apples are slightly tangy/tart when snacking on them – are they still tangy/tart when baked? Or do they get a little sweeter?

  23. Also, I’m thinking of making this as a full cake instead of muffins. What type of baking dish would you use and how would you adjust the cooking time?

  24. I made these muffins today and knew from tasting the batter that these would be amazing. Paleo muffins are so hit or miss and can sometimes be reminiscent of bricks.

    These are absolute perfection. They are moist, but not raw. The topping is genius and makes them taste even more like a delectable treat. Every bite you get a chunk of apple is a bonus. I will be making these again and again. THANK YOU!

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