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Grain-Free Apple Muffins {Vegan, Paleo, Gluten-Free}

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Easy, delicious, grain-free apple muffins made with coconut flour and almond flour, They are naturally vegan, Paleo and gluten-free, too!

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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.

grain-free muffins made with apples, coconut flour and almond flour, all in a muffin tin

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.

overhead shot of a wooden bowl full of apples on top of a burlap table cloth

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.

close-up of a grain-free apple muffin with a bite taken out

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!

Happy baking!

More Apple Recipes to Love:

  1. Flourless Apple Millet Muffins {vegan, gluten-free}
  2. Apple Almond Flour Cookies {grain-free, oil-free, vegan}
  3. Oil-Free Apple Quinoa Salad {vegan, gluten-free}
  4. Fresh Apple Pie Granola {vegan, gluten-free}
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Grain Free Apple Muffins {Vegan, Gluten-Free, Paleo}


  • Author: Camilla
  • Prep Time: 10 mins
  • Cook Time: 25 mins
  • Total Time: 35 mins
  • Yield: 8 muffins 1x
  • Diet: Gluten Free

Description

Easy, delicious, grain-free apple muffins made with coconut flour and almond flour, They are naturally vegan, Paleo and gluten-free, too!


Ingredients

Scale
  • 1 cup PLUS 3 tablespoons almond flour
  • 3 tablespoons coconut flour
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 3/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon fine sea salt
  • 3 flax eggs–see below (or 3 large eggs, if not vegan)
  • 1/4 cup vegetable oil of your choice (e.g., safflower, melted coconut oil or avocado oil)
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup
  • 1/2 cup coarsely grated tart-sweet apples (e.g., Gala, Braeburn)
  • 1 cup peeled, coarsely chopped apples
  • Optional: coarse raw sugar, for sprinkling on top (skip if strictly Paleo)

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350F. Line 8 cups of a standard muffin pan with paper or foil liners.
  2. In a large bowl, whisk the almond flour, coconut flour, cinnamon, baking soda, and salt.
  3. Make a well in the center of the flour mixture; Add the psyllium eggs (or eggs), oil, maple syrup and apples, stirring until well blended. Stir in the chopped apples.
  4. Divide batter evenly between prepared cups.
  5. Bake in the preheated oven for 22 to 25 minutes or until golden brown, tops appear dry and a toothpick inserted near the center of a muffin comes out with only moist crumbs attached.
  6. Cool in pan, set on a cooling rack for 15 minutes, before removing from the pan.

Notes

To make the flax eggs: Combine 2 and 1/2 tablespoons flaxseed meal with 1/2 cup water; let stand for 5 minutes to thicken.

Storage: Store the cooled muffins in an airtight container at room temperature for 1 day, the refrigerator for 5 days, or the freezer for up to 6 months.

  • Category: Muffins
  • Method: Baking
  • Cuisine: American

Nutrition

  • Serving Size: 1 muffin
  • Calories: 217
  • Sugar: 9.8 g
  • Sodium: 197.2 mg
  • Fat: 16.3 g
  • Saturated Fat: 1.8 g
  • Carbohydrates: 15.4 g
  • Fiber: 3.9 g
  • Protein: 4.5 g
  • Cholesterol: 0 mg

Keywords: vegan grain-free muffin, vegan grain-free apple muffin, vegan, egg-free, dairy-free, apples, apple muffins, almond flour, coconut flour

 

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Donna

Tuesday 23rd of February 2021

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!

Anonymous

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!

Camilla

Monday 5th of October 2020

So glad you enjoyed these!

Marilyn

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 :)

Camilla

Wednesday 8th of April 2020

Excellent, Marilyn, I love your adaptations, sounds delicious! :)

Kate

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!

Camilla

Monday 30th of September 2019

Yay! So happy to hear it Kate, glad they are a winner with you!

Erin

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!

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