Soft and fluffy muffins adorned with apples and topped with cinnamon sugar. These vegan apple cinnamon muffins are perfect for breakfast on the go, brunch, or an afternoon snack! This one bowl recipe is a must try!

vegan apple cinnamon muffins on cooling rack

There isn’t a fruit quite like apples when it comes to making. They lend themselves wonderfully to desserts and it’s one of my personal favs when it comes to flavors!

From baked apples to homemade granola, apple cider donuts, and even an apple pie smoothie, it’s safe to say these apple muffins are quickly making their way to my heart too.

What makes this recipe so great?

  • One bowl – means less clean up!
  • Option to make them gluten-free
  • Dairy-free and eggless
  • Topped with cinnamon sugar – to give them that bakery-style crunch!

ingredients for vegan apple muffins on light pink background

Ingredients for vegan apple cinnamon muffins

  • Whole wheat flour
  • Ground flaxseed
  • Almond milk (oat milk would make a great substitute as well)
  • Apple cider vinegar
  • Baking soda
  • Baking powder
  • Cinnamon
  • Cane sugar
  • Salt
  • Oil
  • Vanilla extract
  • Died apple pieces

 Can you make apple muffins with applesauce?

Applesauce is a great 1-1 substitute for oil in vegan baking. I haven’t tested this recipe with applesauce personally, but you can substitute 1/3 cup of oil with 1/3 cup of applesauce and it should work!

apple muffin batter in mixing bowl with rubber spatula

How to make apple cinnamon muffins

  1. Preheat the oven to 425F
  2. Make a flax egg by combining the flaxseed with water
  3. Make vegan buttermilk by mixing almond milk with apple cider vinegar
  4. Combine all the dry ingredients in a large mixing bowl and whisk together
  5. Make a well in the center of the dry ingredients and add the wet ingredients. Use a rubber spatula to mix until just combined 
  6. Add the apple pieces and fold in until combined

muffin batter in tin before baking

Use an ice cream scoop to fill each cupcake liner with batter. They should be nearly full. Sprinkle with cinnamon sugar and bake for 30 minutes. 

Before baking, reduce the temperature to a 375 degree oven. By changing the oven temperature, this allows the muffins to be tall, soft, and moist!

Preparing the muffin tin

Silicone muffin liners, paper muffin liners, or even cooking spray will all work well in baking muffins. Just be sure to spray the tin well if you plan on skipping the liners!

vegan apple muffins on a cooling rack with apples and cinnamon sticks off to the side

Storing, freezing, and reheating instructions

What’s the best way to store apple muffins?

Muffins can be kept in an airtight container or bag on the counter for 3-5 days. They can be stored in the fridge for about 1 week.

Can you freeze apple muffins?

Yes! These muffins can be kept in an airtight container or freezer bag for up to 3 months

How to reheat apple muffins

I’m a big fan of the microwave. Simply pop one in the microwave for about 30 seconds to thaw and warm up a muffin!

hand holding muffin with bite taken out

Add-In ideas for apple muffins

  • Pecans
  • Walnuts
  • Oats (would make a great topping before baking!)

vegan apple muffins on a cooling rack with bite taken out of one muffin

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Here’s more vegan apple recipes to check out!
Vegan Apple Cider Donuts
Vegan Baked Apples
Healthy Apple Pie Smoothie
Healthy Homemade Apple Spice Granola

vegan apple cinnamon muffins on cooling rack

Vegan Apple Cinnamon Muffins

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This muffin recipe is so easy to make and only requires 1 bowl! Fluffy muffins adorned with apple pieces with a crunchy bakery-style topping. These healthy muffins are the BEST!
Course Breakfast, Brunch
Cuisine American, Healthy, Vegan, Vegetarian
Keyword apple cinnamon muffins, healthy muffin recipe, vegan and gluten free baked goods
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes
Servings 12 muffins
Calories 141kcal
Author Amanda

Ingredients

  • 2 flax "eggs" (2 Tablespoons ground flaxseed + 6 Tablespoons water)
  • 2/3 cup unsweetened almond milk
  • 2 teaspoons apple cider vinegar
  • 1+3/4 cup whole wheat flour "spoon and level" method; can substitute with GF flour
  • 2/3 cup cane sugar plus more for topping (optional)
  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon plus more for topping (optional)
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/3 cup canola oil or other neutral tasting oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1+1/2 cup dried apple pices diced

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 425 degrees Fahrenheit. Adjust rack to the center in the oven. Grease muffin pan or line with liners.
  • Make flax "egg": In a small bowl, mix ground flaxseed with water. Let sit 5-10 minutes until it becomes gelatinous.
  • Make vegan "buttermilk": Mix almond milk with apple cider vinegar. Let sit 5-10 minutes until curdles.
  • In a large mixing bowl, whisk together flour, sugar, cinnamon, baking soda, baking powder, and salt.
  • Make a small well in the center of the dry ingredients. Add oil, vanilla, flax egg, and buttermilk. Gently fold with rubber spatula until just corporated.
  • Add dried apple pieces and fold until just combined. The batter will be thick. If too dry, add 1-2 Tablespoons of almond milk.
  • Using a greased 1/4 measuring cup, or an ice cream scoop, "plop" batter into prepared pan. If you run out of batter, fill any empty cups halfway with water.
  • Mix 2 tablespoons of sugar with 1/2 teaspoon of cinnamon and sprinkle on the top of each muffin.
  • Place baking pan into the oven and reduce oven temperature to 375 degrees Fahrenheit. Bake for 20-22 minutes. Check if done by inserting a toothpick and ensuring it comes out clean.
  • Remove from oven and let cool for 5 minutes. Transfer to cooling rack and let cool for another 10 minutes. Leftovers can be stored on the counter (about 3 days), the fridge (about a week), or the freezer (about 3 months).

Nutrition

Serving: 1muffin | Calories: 141kcal | Carbohydrates: 14.9g | Protein: 2.7g | Fat: 8.2g | Saturated Fat: 0.6g | Sodium: 237mg | Potassium: 403mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 8.3g | Calcium: 50mg | Iron: 0.5mg
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