Vegan Chunky Apple Cinnamon Muffins
I’m on a muffin kick the past couple weeks. First pumpkin, now apple.
How’s that for seasonally-appropriate.
Both are vegan, but you’d never know it because they sure don’t taste like health food.
I love it when I don’t have to compromise on taste or texture, even without using eggs or butter, and can create a healthier-than-the-alternatives recipe.
They’re full of chunky apple pieces, and are spiced with cinnamon and a bit of nutmeg, giving them a nice pop.
I’m a cinnamon fan, and used 3 teaspoons. It’s not over-powering and I think apples can really stand up to spices. In fact, I’d probably use more next time.
The muffins are fast and easy to make, you don’t need a mixer, and ready in under a half hour.
The banana flavor isn’t noticeable, and it’s present for its texture and to fluff the batter like an egg would. Applesauce could likely be substituted, although I haven’t tested it. I suspect the muffins won’t be as soft and tender with applesauce as with a banana.
Rather than using melted butter, I used Coconut Oil from iHerb.com. Code AVE630 at checkout saves you $10 off your order. iHerb is my online shopping source of choice for everything from probiotics to face cleanser to stevia.
The muffins don’t taste like coconut, and even if you don’t like coconut, I suggest using coconut oil anyway. It adds a flavor undertone you can’t put your finger on, and lends a subtle richness that’s so comforting. Sub with canola or vegetable oil if you must.
After scooping the batter in my muffin pan, I topped each muffin with a few reserved apple chunks because I wanted the visual appeal of seeing hearty apple pieces crowning the soft muffins.
The apples soften while baking, and take on a chewier texture, but still have some snap and faint crunch. Their juices release, and it helps the muffins stay soft and moist.
The muffins are springy, bouncy, soft and fluffy, with the right amount of density. Light enough, but not airy.
The smell while they bake is heavenly, from the cinnamon, nutmeg, apple, banana, and coconut oil. Your house will smell like a fall-scented candle, minus the candle.
I suspect the recipe would work as mini-loaves, adding about 5 minutes to the baking time. It likely would work as one large 9×5 loaf, and would probably take 45 to 60 minutes at a reduced oven temp of 350F, but I haven’t tried.
I love muffin tops, I mean, who doesn’t relish picking off those perfectly domed, prized-possessions?
Going to town on muffin tops with baked-in apples is a page straight out of muffin top heaven.
If you’ve ever forgotten to pick up eggs or ran out of butter, don’t worry.
You won’t miss them.
Vegan Chunky Apple Cinnamon Muffins
The soft, fluffy, tender muffins are full of chunky apple pieces, that soften and turn slightly chewy while baking. The muffins are well-spiced with cinnamon and a bit of nutmeg, giving them a nice pop of comforting flavors. You’d never guess these muffins are vegan or on the healthier side, and you won’t miss the eggs or butter one bit in this fast, easy, no-mixer recipe. I used coconut oil and it doesn’t make the muffins taste like coconut, but substitute if desired with another oil. I suspect applesauce may be used instead of banana, but I have not tested it. The muffins are great for breakfast, snacks, and freeze well.
1 1/2 cups apple, diced small + 1/4 cup apple, diced small, reserved for topping (I used 1 large unpeeled Fuji, and it yielded about 1 3/4 cups)
2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 cup mashed ripe banana (about 1 large)
3/4 cup granulated sugar
1/2 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk (other milks may be substituted including coconut, soy, rice, cow), at room temperature
1/3 cup coconut oil, melted (vegetable or canola oil may be substituted)
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
2 teaspoons cinnamon
1 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1 cup plus all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
pinch salt, optional and to taste
pinches turbinado sugar, optional for sprinkling
pinches cinnamon, optional for sprinkling
- Preheat oven to 400F. Spray a Non-Stick 12-Cup Regular Muffin Pan very well with floured cooking spray or grease and flour the pan; set aside. (I don’t prefer the cosmetic look of muffin liners and I am not sure if the paper will stick to the muffins)
- For the Apples – In a medium bowl, combine 1 1/2 cups apples, 1 teaspoon cinnamon, 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour, and toss to coat. The flour helps prevent apples from sinking during baking; set aside.
- Batter – In a large bowl, mash the bananas with a fork.
- Add the sugar, milk (room temp milk will prevent coconut oil from re-solidifying; if it does anyway, some small clumps are okay), oil, vanilla, 2 teaspoons cinnamon, nutmeg, and whisk until combined.
- Add 1 cup flour, baking powder, optional salt, and stir until just combined; don’t overmix. Batter is quite thick and if yours is seemingly too thick, add a tiny additional splash milk to thin it.
- Fold in 1 1/2 cups apples and any loose flour in bottom of bowl.
- Divide batter equally among the cavities of the prepared pan. Each cavity will be about 3/4 full. Spraying a one-quarter cup measure with cooking spray so the batter slides right off is handy here.
- Using the reserved 1/4 cup diced apples, top each muffin with a couple pieces, divided equally.
- Optionally add a pinch of turbinado sugar and pinch of cinnamon to each muffin top.
- Bake for about 17 to 18 minutes, or until tops are domed, puffed, and a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean, or with a few moist crumbs dangling but no batter. Allow muffins to cool in pan for about 10 to 15 minutes before removing and placing on a rack to cool completely. Muffins will keep airtight at room temperature for up to 5 days, or in the freezer for up to 6 months.
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What have you been making with apples this fall? Favorite apple recipes?