As much as I love banana muffins, we often don’t have enough in the house for baking, but always have local apples on hand. These vegan apple muffins are excellent almost year round, with fresh or stored apples, and are lightly sweet with a nice warmth from the spices.
Mixed in one bowl and ready in less than half an hour, these are a good weekly-bake muffin. The base is whole grain flour and applesauce so you get a good high fibre snack that will keep you full for longer.
Ingredient Notes and Substitutions
- Applesauce: this should be unsweetened. You can make your own by coring apples, chopping roughly, and cooking with a splash of water until soft. Puree and use as normal.
- Spelt flour: these are made with 100% whole grain spelt flour, and the type I get is quite coarsely milled, so the texture of the muffins is slightly bran-like. If you’re not a fan, use half light spelt flour. Regular wheat flour can be substituted 1:1.
- Milk: I always use oat milk, but any pourable non-dairy milk will work. If the muffins don’t need to be vegan, dairy milk is also fine.
- Coconut sugar: while I haven’t tried this, I think cane sugar or plain sugar should be fine in place of coconut. I don’t recommend using a liquid sweetener.
- Olive oil: another light-tasting oil can be used instead of olive if you prefer. I haven’t tested these with a solid oil like coconut.
Step by Step
With everything mixed in one bowl and no sifting required, it’s a very easy recipe with minimal dishes needed. Keep a few tips in mind and you’ll be on your way to perfect apple muffins in no time.
1. Mix the wet ingredients: whisk the applesauce, milk, oil, and vanilla in a large bowl to combine.
2. Add everything else: add the dry ingredients and mix until just combined. Gently fold in the chopped apple.
3. Transfer the batter: spoon the muffin batter into a greased or lined 12-cup muffin tin.
4. Bake, cool, and serve: bake until golden, then cool on a wire rack before serving.
Use a tasty apple for the muffins, you won’t regret it. My favourite is Boskoop but Cox is pictured, and it’s also very good here. Granny smith is of course popular for baking but I’m not a fan – you want something with a good fragrance and strong apple taste, not just tart.
I haven’t tried making these gluten-free. If you want to try that, I’d recommend working from my gluten-free pumpkin muffins, sub applesauce for the pumpkin puree and use apples rather than chocolate. You may need to reduce the amount of applesauce slightly.
How to Store
Storage: these can be kept in a sealed container at (cool) room temperature for a day or two, but for longer storage should be kept in the refrigerator.
Freezing: place cooled muffins in an airtight container and freeze for up to three months. They may be slightly sticky on top when thawed but the taste doesn’t change.
- Don’t over mix: spelt flour needs a light hand. Mix until just combined and no longer to ensure the muffins don’t come out chewy and tough.
- Cool before unwrapping: if you find that your muffin papers are sticking, let the muffins cool fully before taking the papers off. Alternatively, oil the muffin cups lightly instead of using papers.
- Make your own applesauce: if you can’t find unsweetened applesauce or prefer not to buy it (it’s cheaper and so easy to make!) simply make your own before mixing up the batter. Make extra and keep it refrigerated to have later.
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Vegan Apple Muffins
- 250 grams unsweetened applesauce
- 120 ml non-dairy milk
- 50 ml olive oil (40 grams)
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 260 grams spelt flour
- 80 grams coconut sugar
- 2 teaspoons cinnamon
- 2 teaspoons baking powder
- ½ teaspoon baking soda
- ½ teaspoon nutmeg*
- ¼ teaspoon sea salt
- 1 large apple cored and diced
- Preheat the oven to 180°C (350°F) and line or grease a 12-cup muffin tin. Prepare the apple and set aside.
- Add the applesauce, milk, oil, and vanilla to a large mixing bowl. Whisk until well combined.250 grams unsweetened applesauce, 120 ml non-dairy milk, 50 ml olive oil, 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- To the same bowl, add the flour, coconut sugar, cinnamon, baking powder, baking soda, nutmeg, and salt. Stir with a wooden spoon or spatula until just combined.260 grams spelt flour, 80 grams coconut sugar, 2 teaspoons cinnamon, 2 teaspoons baking powder, 1/2 teaspoon baking soda, 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg*, 1/4 teaspoon sea salt
- Add the apple pieces to the batter and gently fold in to evenly incorporate.1 large apple
- Divide the batter equally among the muffin cups. Bake for 20-22 minutes, or until a skewer inserted into the centre of a muffin comes out clean. Cool for five minutes in the muffin tin before carefully removing and cooling fully on a wire rack.