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Easy Gluten Free Apple Muffins

Easy Gluten Free Apple Muffins are perfectly spiced and simple to make! These gluten free muffins are great for breakfast or snack and should be part of your meal prep rotation.

Gluten Free Apple Muffins in a white muffin pan on a blue and white striped kitchen towel.

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These SUPER EASY Gluten Free Apple Muffins may be a familiar recipe for you if you’ve purchased my cookbook, The Gluten-Free Quick Breads Cookbook. The ingredients are all the same but I’ve scaled the recipe down to make one dozen muffins.

That recipe is one of my favorites because it’s one of my grandmother’s recipes. Family recipes are always the best kind of recipes ❤️


This gluten free muffin recipe is one that you’re going to want in your regular breakfast rotation. You can make them quickly and they’re great for meal prep. They freeze great too!

My oldest loves these muffins with a capital L-O-V-E. She eats them for breakfast, she wants them in her lunchbox, and she wants them for snack too. I swear, she’s going to turn into an apple muffin before Halloween! No costume needed 🤣

I promise, you’ll be just as obsessed with them too!

Gluten Free Apple Muffins in a white muffin pan

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Key Ingredients for Apple Muffins

  • Apple Cider – I love the extra apple flavor that apple cider brings to this recipe. It’s a more intense flavor than regular apple juice. Bonus, using apple cider in place of milk makes these muffins naturally dairy free!
  • Fresh Apple – Use a good baking apple in this recipe so the apple holds it’s shape and texture. See my recommendations for baking apples here.
  • Spices – These muffins are loaded with flavor thanks to cinnamon, nutmeg, and allspice. I probably should have called these Apple Cinnamon Muffins!
  • Oil – I always bake with avocado oil when I’m baking muffins or quick breads. You can sub it with canola oil, vegetable oil, or melted coconut oil.

Equipment Needed to Make Gluten Free Muffins

  • Muffin Tin – just one standard muffin pan/tin for this recipe.
  • Paper Liners or non-stick spray to keep the muffins from sticking to the pan.
  • Vegetable Peeler to peel your apples.
  • Basic Kitchen Equipment: Mixing Bowls, a whisk, a mixing spoon, and a good sturdy silicone spatula. Muffins are one of those easy recipes that require very little kitchen tools and equipment!

Nutrition Facts are estimated. Please consult a doctor or nutritionist if you have special dietary needs.


How to Make Gluten Free Apple Muffins

Step 1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees and line a standard muffin tin with 12 paper liners or spray with non-stick spray.

Step 2. In a large bowl, whisk together the gluten free flour, xanthan gum, granulated sugar, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, nutmeg, and allspice. Then set aside.

Step 3. In a medium bowl, whisk together the brown sugar, eggs, apple cider, oil, and vanilla extract.

Step 4. Pour the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients and mix until just combined. Mix in the apples.

Step 5. Divide the batter evenly between the 12 muffin cups and then bake for 16-18 minutes (it took a full 18 minutes in my oven).

Step 6. Cool the muffins on a wire rack. Serve warm or room temperature.


Tips for Making this Apple Muffin Recipe

  • If your gluten free flour blend contains xanthan gum, omit the amount I call for in the recipe.
  • For best results in this recipe, make sure your eggs and apple cider are room temperature.
  • Use an apple that’s suitable for baking. (See “Key Ingredients” above!)

Nutrition Facts are estimated. Please consult a doctor or nutritionist if you have special dietary needs.


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Gluten Free Apple Muffins in a white muffin pan on a blue and white striped kitchen towel.

Easy Gluten Free Apple Muffins

Yield: Makes 12 Muffins
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 18 minutes
Total Time: 33 minutes

These simple gluten free apple muffins are easy to make and make a great Fall breakfast.

Ingredients

  • 1 3/4 cups (250 g) gluten free flour blend (see notes)
  • 3/4 teaspoon (2 g) xanthan gum (omit if your flour blend contains it)
  • 1/2 cup (102 g) granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon (6 g) baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon (3 g) fine sea salt
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons (4 g) ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground allspice
  • 1/2 cup (115 g) light brown sugar, packed
  • 2 large eggs, room temperature
  • 3/4 cup apple cider, room temperature
  • 1/4 cup avocado oil (see notes)
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1 medium apple, peeled and finely diced (about 1 cup or 140g)

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees and line a standard muffin tin with 12 paper liners or spray with non-stick spray.
  2. In a large bowl, whisk together the gluten free flour, xanthan gum, granulated sugar, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, nutmeg, and allspice. Then set aside.
  3. In a medium bowl, whisk together the brown sugar, eggs, apple cider, oil, and vanilla extract.
  4. Pour the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients and mix until just combined. Mix in the apples.
  5. Divide the batter evenly between the 12 muffin cups and then bake for 16-18 minutes (it took a full 18 minutes in my oven).
  6. Cool the muffins on a wire rack. Serve warm or room temperature.

Notes

  1. For this recipe, I used my Nightshade-Free Gluten Free Flour Mix. If the flour blend you use contains xanthan gum, omit the amount called for in the recipe.
  2. Canola Oil or Vegetable Oil can be subbed for the Avocado Oil.
  3. Leftover muffins keep in an airtight container at room temperature up to 2 days. These muffins can also be frozen.
Nutrition Information:
Yield: 12 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving:Calories: 168Total Fat: 6gSaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 4gCholesterol: 31mgSodium: 40mgCarbohydrates: 26gFiber: 1gSugar: 11gProtein: 3g

Nutrition Facts are estimated. Please consult a doctor or nutritionist if you have special dietary needs.

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Rosemary

Sunday 29th of August 2021

I just made these for breakfast. We just got a bunch of apples from the neighbor. The muffins came out tasting like apple cider vinegar.

Now, this could be my fault. I switched out white sugar and added honey and I doubled the recipe. I’m fairly certain I only put 1.5 cups of apple vinegar in the recipe and I was really surprised at how much it fizzed when I added the wet ingredients.

I would love to make these again. We still have a lot of apples. Do I just need to switch out the honey back to white sugar? Any suggestions?

Rosemary

Sunday 5th of September 2021

@Shay,

Ya the apple cider vinegar was why it tasted like vinegar had nothing to do with the honey. hahaha. I read it right but translated it as apple cider vinegar. I tried it again with apple juice instead of apple cider vinegar. SO much better. thanks!

Shay

Sunday 29th of August 2021

Hi Rosemary! I'm so glad you tried my recipe! I'm so sorry they came out tasting like vinegar. This recipe doesn't call for vinegar, just regular Apple Cider so that would be why your muffins came out tasting like vinegar. Next time just use Apple Cider or Apple Juice and you'll be amazed at how much better they taste :)

Silken

Monday 27th of July 2020

Can I replace the apple cider with applesauce because I don't have any cider.

Rachel

Wednesday 13th of November 2019

Would this recipe work baked in a loaf pan? How long would it be baked approximately?

Shay

Friday 15th of November 2019

It will work but it won't be a full-sized loaf. The quick bread version is in my cookbook, The Gluten-Free Quick Breads Cookbook.

Charlotte Moore

Tuesday 22nd of October 2019

How did I miss this? I voted for apple muffins and missed it. I need to make these for our great granddaughter. They look yummy. Thanks!!

Julie Riley

Monday 21st of October 2019

These are so AMAZINGLY DELISH there were no muffins to take a photo of left! Quick, easy... perfect! Thank you so much!! (Note: I used coconut sugar in mine to replace sugars. You would never know.)

Shay

Monday 21st of October 2019

Thanks so much Julie!

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