Vegan Chunky Apple Cinnamon Muffins

Vegan 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

Easy 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-originals recipe.

They’re 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 vegan muffins are fast and easy to make, you don’t need a mixer, and ready in under a half hour. To replace the egg, I used one large banana. Bananas, pumpkin, and avocado are workhorses in vegan baking for the moisture, richness, and softness they help create.

These apple 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.

If you’ve ever forgotten to pick up eggs or ran out of butter, don’t worry. You won’t miss them in these apple cinnamon muffins. 

Vegan Apple Cinnamon Muffins on countertop

What’s in Apple Cinnamon Muffins? 

For this vegan muffin recipe, you’ll need: 

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

Vegan Apple Muffin cut in half and stacked on itself

How to Make Apple Cinnamon Muffins

To make these vegan apple cinnamon muffins, you’ll first need to 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. 

To make the muffin batter, simply combine the wet and dry ingredients in separate bowls, then combine the two. 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. 

These muffins need to bake until they’re domed on top and a toothpick inserted in the middle comes out clean. 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

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.

two vegan muffins stacked on top of each other

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. 

Vegan Apple Cinnamon Muffin cut in half

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 Make These Muffins Gluten-Free? 

I haven’t tried it myself, so I can’t say for sure. However, some readers have reported success making these muffins with a one-to-one gluten-free flour substitute. Give it a try, it might work! 

three Vegan Apple Muffins stacked on top of each other

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

How to Store Apple Cinnamon Muffins

These vegan apple 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. 

stack of Vegan Muffins

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.

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

Vegan Apple Cinnamon Muffins

Vegan 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.

Yield: 12 muffins
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 17 minutes
Total Time 27 minutes

Ingredients

Apples

  • 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

Batter

  • 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 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

    1. 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

  1. 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

  1. In a large bowl, mash the bananas with a fork.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. Fold in 1 1/2 cups apples and any loose flour in bottom of bowl.
  5. 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.
  6. Using the reserved 1/4 cup diced apples, top each muffin with a couple pieces, divided equally.
  7. Optionally add a pinch of turbinado sugar and pinch of cinnamon to each muffin top.
  8. 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 Information:

Yield:

12

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 168 Total Fat: 6g Saturated Fat: 5g Trans Fat: 0g Unsaturated Fat: 1g Cholesterol: 0mg Sodium: 93mg Carbohydrates: 27g Net Carbohydrates: 0g Fiber: 1g Sugar: 15g Sugar Alcohols: 0g Protein: 1g

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Vegan Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Muffins — These are some of the best pumpkin muffins I’ve ever had, vegan or not, and I’ll put them up against muffins made with eggs and butter.

171 comments on “Vegan Chunky Apple Cinnamon Muffins”

  1. Hey Averie – Not sure if you remember me (we were supposed to go to Joy’s workshop together), but I randomly stumbled across this recipe googling for a vegan apple muffin recipe for my son and I to make this afternoon, and I realized it was you! I was totally drawn to the gorgeous pictures and the muffins were AMAZING! Thank you for sharing :)

    • Hi Jenny I definitely remember you! When I realized that food/blogging/and food photography/cookbook writing was the direction my life was headed, I pulled out of that workshop. Kind of wish I had gone b/c she kept ALL of my money and would not give any back (shady!!) but such is life. Anyway – wow, SMALL world! That is awesome that you were going to make vegan apple muffins for you son. What a lucky guy! Thanks for saying hi, Jenny!!

  2. I am eating one of these right now and it is so good!!
    I didn’t have any ripe bananas. Since I assume it was doing a binding job, I replaced it with oats that I soaked in a little extra almond milk (all up 1/2 cup.) They worked a treat!
    I also used whole wheat flour and it went perfectly.
    The batter was the perfect amount for my 12 muffin cups.
    Thanks!

  3. I made these tonight as mini muffins (about 10 min bake time). Mine didn’t look the same, they are more speckled? But they are so delicious! Thank you!

  4. Would the banana be a replacement for one or two eggs? I don’t have any bananas on hand. I am not vegan but I am lactose intolerant, so I’m excited to try this recipe because most apple muffins seem to be made with sour cream…

  5. These are incredibly good! They have a fabulous, light texture! No one would ever guess that these are vegan. This is going in my favorites box.

  6. Wow, what great flavor! I quartered the recipe and made a few muffins and ate them all warm. That was my dinner. (Very healthy, I know . . . but I also ate the rest of the apple (I’d used about half) and half a green pepper while these were baking.) Anyway, they were delicious! Perfect little autumn muffins. And mine came out so wonderfully moist, too!

    Thank you for sharing.

    • That’s great you were able to quarter the recipe! And that you had muffins for dinner. I love the way you think and I see it as far better than say…a big baked potato. And so glad you tried them & told me you were able to really reduce the batch size. I will keep this in mind for others who ask!

      • I’m just by myself so I’m always majorly scaling everything down. :D It does get confusing if you’re not used to it, though. For instance, sometimes cups have to get changed to tablespoons because you can’t exactly work with 16ths of cups. So in this recipe (quartered), 3/4 cup of sugar becomes 3 tablespoons and 1/3 cup of oil (I used canola) becomes 1 1/3 tablespoons, in case anyone wants to know the conversions.

        Oh, and a tablespoon of vanilla becomes a 1/4 tablespoon, a measurement for which there is no measuring spoon as far as I know. One could be exact with 3/4 teaspoon if desired, but as I don’t think vanilla has to be exact I just used a teaspoon and didn’t fill it up all the way. ;)

      • Wow that is so informative and helpful, and I applaud you for doing that. There are so many times where I halve recipes, and it gets tricky when there’s partial eggs, and things like 1/3 cup or 3/4 cup when you’re trying to quarter them, like you did. Better to start thinking of things in the approx number of tablespoons and start halving or quartering mentally that way – I agree! And you can never have too much vanilla :)

  7. The tablespoon measures should be exact and not approximate as there are supposed to be 16 tablespoons in a cup. ;)

    But, oh, eggs! Yes, eggs are hard to divide and can never be perfectly precise. What I do to quarter an egg is beat the egg and split it between two identical plastic cups, and then I eyeball it and pour from one to the other until they seem even. I then pour one cup into a small bowl and split the other half between the cups to get quarter-eggs. One quarter goes in the bowl with the half-egg (which then gets microwaved and eaten. Nothing goes to waste!) and the other quarter goes into the recipe.

    So, yeah, eggs have to be eyeballed so their measurements are approximate. But then again, even with whole eggs it’s not exact since eggs are never exactly identical, are they?

  8. Hi Averie,

    I just wanted to let you know that I tried out this recipe and posted about it on my blog. They tasted great although they didn’t look as pretty as your turned out. Oh well, I can’t say I’m all that great of a baker.
    I will be back to test out more of your recipes. They all look and sound delicious!

    xoxo
    Ana Luiza

  9. These muffins are very good. I made them when a friend who is vegan was visiting. Everyone enjoyed the muffins, even the nonvegans.

  10. I made the apple muffins and my batter was super runny. I added more flour and some oats to get the consistency I wanted and they were delicious.

  11. Just made these, they are in the oven. My mixture was really runny too, so added more flour so it could be spooned in. I am going to try swap out some of the flour for wholemeal or add some bran next time!! 

    • Apples can really vary in their moisture content and sometimes they leak quite a bit of moisture into the batter right away, and I would say you just had some juicy apples and that yes, next time if you feel like the batter is on the thin side, just add more flour or dry ingredients and you should be all set!

  12. They turned out amazing!!! I think i will do a double batch next time and freeze them! YUM

  13. Hi do you know the calorie intake per serving? thanks the muffins were AMAZING

  14. I doubled this recipe, and I’m 98% sure I didn’t miss anything, but my batter was super runny. It was not because of the apples since it was runny before I added them to the mix. Maybe the bananas, maybe I put a little bit more than necessary? I baked the muffins anyway, and they are really good, love the strong cinnamon and nutmeg taste. They were a bit too sweet I think, a bit oily, and definitely overly moist – next time I’ll add more flour if I see the batter is runny, I’ll try to put a little less coconut oil, and skip the turbinado on top or put less sugar in the mix. But still, one pan was sent to my daughters’ school, and one pan was devoured in seconds. :0)

    • Sometimes doubling isn’t always as easy as ‘just double it’ and that could be one thing but also if you think the banana was over-added a bit that could do it and extra ripe bananas are also sweeter and runnier and so maybe that was the case with the batter and the sweetness. But overall if a double batch is devoured in seconds, I call that a success!

  15. Hi, love the sounds of your muffins but I am wondering if you tried subbing coconut sugar for granulated for a healthier alternative, would it effect the flavor? Or even brown sugar, I don’t keep white sugar in the house. Thanks!!

    • I haven’t tried making any substitutions but you could probably use brown sugar noting that it’s moister than white sugar so you may need to adjust the baking time and/or dry ingredient ratios.

  16. I needed a vegan muffin that was kid-friendly for a family brunch and these were perfect!  They were so soft, and I loved the big chunks of apple.  They were a hit with everyone!

  17. I noticed in the ingredients it says 1 cup plus all-purpose flour. Plus what? Is it a typo?

    • It’s not a typo. When baking with fruit, no two apples or whatever it is will be the exact same in size, juiciness, etc. and if you need a touch more flour to get the batter to the right consistency, then add it based on your common sense.

  18. This recipe is amazing! Will make this again :3

  19. Don’t have any milks on hand – is water an acceptable substitute?

  20. Great muffins. My family really enjoyed them. Next time I make them I will put less nutmeg. As it seem to take over all the flavors.

  21. I don’t have a banana! What can I use instead?

  22. Modified the recipe to substitute aquafaba for the banana and milk. It was a little too wet, so they didn’t form a great muffin top, but the cake was beautifully moist and scrumptious! I’ll play around with the portions to make it better, but it’s really satisfying to finally have a good vegan muffin recipe?

  23. This recipe is delicious. It bake time I needed was 25 minute. I can’t share enough how yummy I find it. Thank you.

  24. These were lovely thank you! Now making them again.

  25. Hi Averie! Just wanted to let you know what I made this recipe last night, and my husband and daughter absolutely love the muffins! My daughter said they are the best I’ve made so far.

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