Easy, delicious, grain-free apple muffins made with coconut flour and almond flour, They are naturally vegan, Paleo and gluten-free, too!
Portable Power: Grain-Free Apple Muffins
This morning my husband loaded suitcases, snacks, a sleepy son, a scatterbrained wife, and two large travel mugs of coffee into the car. We were off on a whirlwind visit to my in-laws in Arkansas.
It took 6 hours of cartoons and Wiggles CDs to get there.
Homemade, grain-free apple muffins made it possible.
I try to be easy on myself when it comes to travel food. I plan ahead as much as I can, and pack healthy snacks. But sometimes life gets too busy/crazy, so if we need to stop at a gas station along the way, so be it (I can track down healthy foods in most gas stations, including bananas, apples, water, dried fruit, milk, granola bars, nuts and more…).
But I lucked out this week in that I was testing a number of muffin recipes already (new book coming along!), so I had made–and frozen– these beauties several days ahead of time. Perfect for grabbing and stowing in the car for our trip!
Apple Muffins Made with Coconut Flour & Almond Flour
What makes these muffins a bit different in that, not only are they healthy and naturally gluten-free, they are also grain-free. I have several friends with children who cannot eat most grains, so it’s exciting to explore the possibilities of baking with grain-free flours.
These apple muffins are made with a combination of two such flours: coconut flour and almond flour. They are so delicious! Moist and fragrant, they are absolutely irresistible! Loading them up with apples and cinnamon made them an instant favorite with both Kevin and Nick.
Both coconut flour and almond flour have a natural sweetness, so, in general, it is possible to use much less sweetener when using either, or both, for baking. Hooray! Perfect for everyone in the family.
Flax Eggs or Regular Eggs: You Choose
The muffins are dairy-free (e.g., no dairy milk and no butter). They are also egg-free. I used a combination of flaxseed meal and water to make “flax eggs, ” adding healthy Omega-3 fats, as well as fiber to the recipe. However, if you can and do eat eggs, you are more than welcome to substitute 3 large eggs for the flax eggs in the recipe.
These made great travel muffins, too–not crumbly (for the adults, at least; there were substantial crumbs in the backset by Nick! :)) I know you are going to love these!
I have words for these muffins. Fabulous! Delicious! Extraordinarily good! So tasty you don’t want to eat just one! These muffins make my husband’s face shine with pleasure while savoring every bite. For sure one of the BEST muffin recipes I’ve ever made, and I’ve made many different ones over the years. Making again today. Big thanks for sharing!
Tuesday 29th of September 2020
These are the best muffins I've ever had! I used honeycrisp for both the grated and cubed apples and it turned out wonderful! I'm strictly paleo so I did not add any sweetener sugar on top but I don't think they needed it. Definitely plan on making again!
Monday 5th of October 2020
So glad you enjoyed these!
Wednesday 8th of April 2020
Great recipe!! I'm grain-free but not strictly paleo so I used melted butter instead of oil; I love a buttery taste in my baked goods. I also skipped the grated apple (mainly due to laziness) and replaced it with applesauce. I topped them with brown "sugar" Swerve. Got 10 muffins out of it! Thanks Camilla :)
Wednesday 8th of April 2020
Excellent, Marilyn, I love your adaptations, sounds delicious! :)
Sunday 29th of September 2019
These muffins are amazing! So moist and fluffy for gluten free. I’d choose these over normal apple muffins. Thanks for the recipe!
Monday 30th of September 2019
Yay! So happy to hear it Kate, glad they are a winner with you!
Monday 15th of September 2014
Thank you so much for this recipe! I have made it several times (with pears, too). My son cannot eat gluten, and we are following a Paleo. These are great for dessert, too!