Gluten free apple muffins (with a dairy-free option!) are super moist, have the perfect amount of cinnamon spice, and are entirely scrumptious! Nothing beats a freshly baked apple cinnamon muffin because not only does it taste amazing, but your house will smell heavenly!
You aren’t going to have a crumb leftover when you make these because they are going to be devoured.
Every morsel of this healthy apple muffin recipe is filled with sweet apples and cinnamon. The flavors are a perfect match! If you are an apple fanatic like me, you will want to check out all of my delicious gluten free apple recipes!
Mornings can be hectic in the Fearless Dining household, so I wanted to create a recipe that was easy to eat on the go. Gluten free cinnamon apple muffins are the perfect fit for us because you don’t need any utensils at all! Just grab it, and we can hit the road.
These gluten free muffins are incredible for breakfast, but they are excellent for many other things too. Brunch, dessert, or a snack are a few ideas. They are great for road trips, baby showers, or just when you want something a little sweet.
Many people who don’t understand gluten free eating, don’t realize that we can still eat amazing baked goods. We just have to adjust the recipes slightly. To get started, take a look at this article I wrote Gluten Free Pantry Essentials and Equipment Recommendations.
This guide will give you the basic tools and information you need. Never hesitate to reach out to me with questions, because I am here to help. If you love fruit as much as we do, check out these delicious Gluten Free Tu Bishvat recipes that help celebrate the bounty of the trees.
If you love gluten free apple cinnamon muffins, you should try these other apple recipes:
- For my many readers who love donuts, these Paleo Apple Cinnamon Donuts are a must-try!
- Caramel makes this Gluten Free Caramel Apple Cake really special.
- If you don't have time to make a full apple pie, this Gluten Free Apple Galette recipe is a timesaver!
- One of the most popular cakes on the blog...you will love this Gluten Free Creamy Apple Cake recipe.
Add your dry ingredients to a bowl and whisk to blend.
Chop your apple into thin slices and add to the wet ingredients.
Can you make this recipe dairy-free?
You can easily make these apple muffins dairy-free by substituting coconut oil for the butter.
Pour the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients and mix.
If you like your muffins light and fluffy, do NOT overmix your muffin batter. Mix it until it is just barely mixed.
This is what your apple muffin batter will look like.
How full do you fill the muffin cups?
I use a standard size muffin tin when baking these muffins, and I fill them ⅔ full with batter. They will cook beautifully, and all have an excellent uniform shape.
Because these gluten free cinnamon apple muffins are so versatile, you can adjust them according to your desires. Here are a few ideas:
- White chocolate chips
I wanted to take the time to answer some questions you may have about this easy apple muffin recipe. If you have additional questions, let me know because I am always happy to answer your questions.
Do you have to peel the apples?
No, you can leave the peels on the apples for added fiber. Plus, leaving them on will save you a little bit of time prepping too. That is what is great about this apple muffin recipe, you can personalize it to meet your tastes.
What kinds of apples are best for baking?
There are so many different types of apples available; it can be hard to know which ones will taste the best. Here are varieties that I typically use:
- Fuji - They are firm, juicy, and have a sweet flavor that goes wonderfully in baked goods.
- Granny Smith - These apples have more of a tart flavor and a slight sweetness. They are crisp and very popular to use in pies and other recipes.
- Pink Lady - If you have never tried a Pink Lady apple, you are missing out! They are similar to Granny Smith in the fact that they are tart, but they have a kick of sweetness too!
- Golden Delicious - If you are a fan of really sweet apples, then these are exactly what you need. They are perfect for baking!
How do you know when the apple muffins are done?
The easiest way to tell if the apple muffins are done is by doing the toothpick test. Insert a toothpick into the middle of the muffin. If it comes out clean, they are done and ready to come out of the oven.
Can I freeze these muffins?
Yes, you can freeze these apple cinnamon muffins. The best way to freeze them is to individually wrap them in plastic wrap or place them in a freezer bag.
Once they are all packaged separately, then put them all in a larger airtight container. This will keep them fresher and prevent freezer burn. To thaw, you can just place on the counter until they are ready to eat.
Looking for more delicious baked goods? You should try these:
- Simple Gluten Free Blueberry Muffins are light and fluffy!
- You won't believe how good this Gluten Free Sweet Potato Bread Pudding is.
- If you love lemon, these Gluten Free Lemon Poppy Seed Muffins are absolutely delicious.
- Everyone loves this sweet Gluten Free Banana Muffins recipe. Just grab some over-ripe bananas!
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Gluten Free Apple Cinnamon Muffins
- 2 cups gluten free flour blend
- 1 cup sugar
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/8 teaspoon salt
- 1/3 cup butter or coconut oil
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 2 large eggs
- 1/2 to 1 teaspoon of cinnamon
- 1/2 cup thinly sliced apples
- 1 cup non-dairy milk
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
- In a large bowl, add the dry ingredients and whisk to blend.
- In a smaller bowl, add the wet ingredients and mix well. Add the apple slices.
- Pour the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients and mix. (See Notes below)
- Place liners into the muffin tin and fill each cup about 3/4 full of muffin batter.
- Bake for 25 minutes until done. Check at the 20 minute mark by inserting a toothpick into the top of a muffin. If the toothpick comes out clean, the muffins are ready.
- Remove from the oven and cool on a cooling rack.
- I have tested this recipe with King Arthur Measure for Measure GF, Bob's Red Mill 1 to 1 GF blend, and Authentic Foods Multi Blend in this recipe. That doesn't mean others will not work, I just have not tested other flours.
- If your gluten free flour blend doesn’t contain Xanthan Gum or Guar Gum, please add 1 teaspoon.
- To test for doneness, insert a toothpick into the center of a muffin. If the toothpick comes out clean, it is done baking. If you see batter or crumbs, the muffi need to bake longer.
- The secret to light and fluffy muffins is to just barely mix the batter. If you overmix the batter, your muffins will be more dense.
- If you want your muffins to have a domed style top, bake at 425º F for the first 5 minutes then reduce the temperature to 350º.
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