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Gluten-Free Vegan Apple Muffins

These Gluten-Free Vegan Apple Muffins are subtly spiced, surprisingly healthy and packed full of juicy apples!
Course Breakfast, Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword gluten-free apple muffins, gluten-free vegan muffins, vegan apple muffins
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Servings 12 muffins
Calories 214kcal
Author Rhian Williams


  • 60 g (1/4 cup) coconut oil (or sub olive or vegetable oil)
  • 200 ml (4/5 cup) unsweetened almond milk (or any other plant-based milk)
  • 1 teaspoon (1 teaspoon) apple cider vinegar (ensure gluten-free if necessary)
  • 8 tablespoons (8 tablespoons) maple syrup (or sub any other sweetener)
  • 1 teaspoon (1 teaspoon) vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon (1 teaspoon) ground cinnamon
  • Pinch (Pinch) salt
  • 150 g (1 1/4 cup) ground almonds (almond meal) *
  • 150 g (1 1/4 cup) gluten-free flour blend (or sub plain flour if not gluten-free)
  • 2 heaped teaspoons (2 heaped teaspoons ) baking powder (ensure gluten-free if necessary)
  • 1/4 teaspoon (1/4 teaspoon) bicarbonate of soda (baking soda)
  • 3 (3 ) apples , cored and diced (around 700 g/24 oz in total)


  • Preheat oven to 180 degrees Celsius (350 degrees Fahrenheit)
  • Place the coconut oil in a large bowl and melt over a saucepan of boiling water or in the microwave (skip this step if using any other oil)
  • Once melted, add the milk to the same bowl along with the vinegar, maple syrup, vanilla, cinnamon, salt and ground almonds
  • Sift in the flour, baking powder and bicarbonate of soda
  • Mix well, adding a tiny splash more milk if it’s looking too dry
  • Add the apples and carefully stir in 
  • Transfer the mixture between muffin cases in a muffin tin
  • Bake in the oven for 20 minutes until risen and an inserted skewer comes out clean
  • Tastes best when fresh, but keeps covered in the fridge for up to a few days


*You can alternatively use almond flour
I kept these muffins pretty simple by just using apples, but other delicious add-ins include:
  • desiccated coconut
  • chopped walnuts or pecan nuts
  • raisins
  • dried cranberries
  • chopped dates


Calories: 214kcal | Carbohydrates: 26g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 12g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Sodium: 46mg | Potassium: 96mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 14g | Vitamin A: 25IU | Vitamin C: 2mg | Calcium: 80mg | Iron: 1mg