Chunky Apple Cinnamon Muffins

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Apple Cinnamon Muffins — These apple cinnamon muffins are studded with BIG chunks of apple! They’re so easy to make and are perfect for a quick snack or breakfast to-go.

Vegan Apple Cinnamon Muffins recipe

Basic Apple Cinnamon Muffins

These quick and easy apple muffins are full of chunky apple pieces and are spiced with cinnamon and a bit of nutmeg, which gives them a nice pop. 

I’m a cinnamon fan, so I 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.

These muffins are fast and easy to make, you don’t need a mixer, and are ready in under a half hour. 

These apple cinnamon muffins are springy, bouncy, soft and fluffy, with the right amount of density. Light enough, but not airy. Your house will smell like a fall-scented candle, minus the candle.

Vegan Apple Cinnamon Muffins on countertop

Ingredients in Apple Cinnamon Muffins 

To make the simple apple spice muffins, gather the following ingredients:

  • Apples
  • All-purpose flour
  • Cinnamon
  • Banana
  • Granulated sugar
  • Unsweetened vanilla almond milk
  • Coconut oil
  • Vanilla extract
  • Ground nutmeg
  • Baking powder
  • Salt

Note: Scroll down to the recipe card section of the post for the ingredients with amounts included and for more complete directions.

Vegan Apple Muffin cut in half and stacked on itself

How to Make Apple Cinnamon Muffins

Cinnamon apple muffins couldn’t be simpler to prepare! Here are the basic recipe steps:

  1. Dice the apples and toss them with a little cinnamon and flour. (This gives the apples a little flavor and prevents them from sinking to the bottom of the muffins while they’re baking.)
  2. To make the muffin batter, combine the wet and dry ingredients in separate bowls, then combine the two.
  3. Gently fold in the diced apple, and divide the batter between 12 greased muffin cups. If desired, sprinkle the top of each muffin with turbinado sugar and additional cinnamon before baking. 
  4. Bake until the muffins are domed on top and a toothpick inserted in the middle comes out clean.
  5. Let them cool in the muffin pan for roughly 15 minutes before removing them and allowing them to cool on a wire rack. 
Vegan Apple Cinnamon Muffins on plate

Tips for Making Apple Cinnamon Muffins

When making the batter, you may need to add extra flour if the batter looks a little runny. Depending on how juicy your apples and mashed banana are, your batter may look perfect, or it may be a little thin. If it seems too runny, add the extra flour in a tablespoon at a time until your batter seems right. 

Also note that when making the batter you’ll want the milk (whatever kind you use) to be room temperature. If the milk is too cold, it may cause the melted coconut oil to re-solidify, and you’ll wind up with chunks of oil in the batter. 

Lastly, 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.

two vegan muffins stacked on top of each other

Recipe FAQs

Is There a Banana Substitute I Can Use? 

The banana flavor isn’t noticeable, but it adds fluff to 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.

Is There a Coconut Oil Substitute I Can Use? 

These apple cinnamon 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.

Can I Make This as a Quick Bread? 

I suspect this apple muffin recipe would work as mini-loaves, adding about 5 minutes to the baking time. It likely would work as one large 9×5 loaf as well, and would probably take 45 to 60 minutes at a reduced oven temp of 350F, but I haven’t tried it myself. 

What Are the Best Apples for Muffins? 

You can use any apple you’d like in these apple cinnamon muffins! I used a large Fuji apple, but any crisp apple will do. Other great baking apples include Granny Smith, Pink Lady, Crispin, and Jonagold. 

Can I Use Another Type of Milk? 

Yes, any milk (non-dairy or cow’s milk) will work in this recipe. Just note that you should use an unsweetened milk, otherwise your apple muffins will turn out far too sweet. 

Can I Double This Recipe? 

Most likely, yes. Just keep in mind that you’ll want to actually measure out the mashed banana and diced apple, as too much moisture in the batter can make it runny (it’s easy to mess up the batter when doubling a recipe!). 

Can I Use Another Type of Fruit?

You may be able to add diced pears or another fruit with a similar consistency to apples, but generally I would stick to using apples for this recipe. If you’re looking for more fruit muffin recipes, check out my muffin recipe archive for some great ideas! 

Vegan Apple Cinnamon Muffin cut in half

Storage Instructions

These apple cinnamon muffins can be stored at room temperature for up to 5 days. You’ll need to keep them in a cool spot in an airtight container. 

You can also freeze these muffins quite easily for up to 6 months. Just let them cool completely before sealing them inside a freezer bag or another freezer-safe container.

When you’re ready to enjoy the frozen apple cinnamon muffins, either let them come to room temperature on your countertop, or microwave them for 15-second intervals until they’re heated through. 

Vegan Chunky Apple Cinnamon Muffins - You'll never miss the eggs or butter in these easy, healthy muffins loaded with apples & cinnamon!

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Vegan Apple Cinnamon Muffins

By Averie Sunshine
These apple cinnamon muffins are studded with BIG chunks of apple! They're so easy to make and are perfect for a quick snack or breakfast to-go.
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 17 minutes
Total Time: 27 minutes
Servings: 12 muffins
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Ingredients  

Apples

  • 1 ½ 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

Batter

  • ½ cup mashed ripe banana, about 1 large
  • ¾ cup granulated sugar
  • ½ cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk, other milks may be substituted including coconut, soy, rice, cow, at room temperature
  • cup coconut oil, melted (vegetable or canola oil may be substituted)
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • pinch salt, optional and to taste
  • pinches turbinado sugar, optional for sprinkling
  • pinches cinnamon, optional for sprinkling

Instructions 

  • 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).
  • Prep 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.
  • Make the 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.

Notes

Muffins will keep airtight at room temperature for up to 5 days, or in the freezer for up to 6 months.

Nutrition

Serving: 1, Calories: 168kcal, Carbohydrates: 27g, Protein: 1g, Fat: 6g, Saturated Fat: 5g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g, Sodium: 93mg, Fiber: 1g, Sugar: 15g

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

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  1. 5 stars
    Vegan apple cinnamon muffins are so good. I substituted Bob’s 1-1 Gluten free flour and I used 4 granny smith apples they were fabulous!

  2. 5 stars
    I made the apple muffins. Usually, I don’t like vegan baked goods, but these came out really well. Using banana as the ‘glue’ works so much better than ‘flax eggs’. Plus, they have a cinnamon-y yumminess.

  3. 5 stars
    I made the apple muffins. Usually, I don’t like vegan baked goods, but these came out really well. Using banana as the ‘glue’ works so much better than ‘flax eggs’. Plus, they have a cinnamon-y yumminess.

  4. 5 stars
    Thank you for the recipe, those muffins are soooooooo good I ate three in a row.
    I changed the recipe a bit to make it more healthier so instead of using white sugar I used raw cane sugar, and I mixed whole wheat and all purpose flour. The original recipe included bananas but I didn’t have any so I used a homemade apple sauce.
    I garnished some of them with diced small apples and some cinnamon (just like what suggests in the original recipe), some with whole oats, and some with shredded almonds.
    I really loved this recipe the muffins were flavorful and they were crunchy outside and moist on the inside, a perfect combination. :)
     
    Thanks again,
    Zainab

  5. 5 stars
    Thank you for the recipe, those muffins are soooooooo good I ate three in a row.
    I changed the recipe a bit to make it more healthier so instead of using white sugar I used raw cane sugar, and I mixed whole wheat and all purpose flour. The original recipe included bananas but I didn’t have any so I used a homemade apple sauce.
    I garnished some of them with diced small apples and some cinnamon (just like what suggests in the original recipe), some with whole oats, and some with shredded almonds.
    I really loved this recipe the muffins were flavorful and they were crunchy outside and moist on the inside, a perfect combination. :)
     
    Thanks again,
    Zainab

    1. Thanks for the 5 star review and glad that applesauce worked rather than bananas and that you love the muffins!

    1. Thanks for the 5 star review and glad it came out great with soy milk, avo oil, and no salt!

  6. 5 stars
    Just made these and they turned out great! Nice texture and flavour.  I used parchment muffin liners and they didn’t stick at all.

  7. 5 stars
    Just made these and they turned out great! Nice texture and flavour.  I used parchment muffin liners and they didn’t stick at all.

    1. Thanks for the 5 star review and good to know they didn’t stick at all with parchment liners.

  8. 5 stars
    I made this using 1/2 cup of applesauce as I didn’t have any bananas and they turned out amazing! Still nice and moist on the inside but a bit crispier on top which I love. I also used coconut sugar instead as it’s a bit less sweet which I prefer.