A taste of Fall... Gluten-free Apple Cinnamon Muffins with Cinnamon Sugar Crumble topping. Soft & fluffy, packed with apples and so yummy! Bonus: your house will smell amazing while they bake!
Apple Cinnamon Muffins
Easy, customizable recipe and most delicious muffins!
Update October 2020: Big News!
For all of you asking for my “how to cooking videos” that I share on Instagram stories to also be on the website, I’m started to add videos, beginning with these muffins!
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These Gluten-Free Apple Cinnamon Muffins are one of our favorite muffins, especially in the Fall!
They have the best soft & fluffy texture, are bursting with juicy apples and the most delicious cinnamon sugar crumble!
These muffins were conceived because you all loved our Blueberry Muffins so much and asked if they could be made with apples…
It seemed like a great idea, so we made a few tweaks and created the yummiest Apple Cinnamon Muffins with the same great texture!
Definitely a new Fall favorite, these muffins are moist, light, packed with apples and topped with the yummiest cinnamon sugar crumble!
And they have such perfect soft and fluffy texture!
They are made with real, whole food ingredients– pantry staples you probably already have in your kitchen– and are adaptable to tastes or dietary needs and they come together quickly.
All you need is:
gluten free flour (we used GF Jules, affiliate link)
sugar (or coconut sugar)
butter (or dairy free butter or ghee)
plain yogurt (or almond milk yogurt)
As for the apples, I like to bake with tart apples so these are Granny Smith. They pair nicely with the crumble topping so that the muffin isn’t too sweet.
And these are very customizable to dietary needs/ preferences.
They can be made them with dairy-free butter sticks, ghee and regular butter. You can use cane sugar and coconut sugar. And I’ve made them with milk based and almond milk yogurt. Each time the recipe works.
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Back to the gluten-free Apple Cinnamon Muffins…
The cinnamon sugar crumble is made with sugar, cinnamon and chopped walnuts which adds a nice surprise of texture and flavor but could be easily omitted if you have a nut allergy.
No matter your preference, give them a try. They are so yummy!
And so easy to make.
All you do it mix together the dry ingredients, mix the together the wet ingredients, then mix the two together. Add in the apples and you’re almost there!
The batter comes together in about 15 minutes but one important tip for best texture and flavor– Be sure to rest the batter for 20-25 minutes prior to filling muffin tins and baking. Don’t rest for more than 30 minutes or the muffins will be too dense.
After the batter has rested, use an ice cream scoop to scoop the batter into muffin tins.
The sprinkle with the crumble topping and bake!
Your house will smell amazing while they bake!
And they have the best texture and flavor, and are packed with apples!
Hope you love them as much as we do!
Scroll down to see the recipe and leave a comment if you try.
Moist, light, packed with apples, and topped with cinnamon sugar crumble, these muffins are a Fall favorite! They stay fresh for several days and freeze well. NOTE: prep time includes letting batter rest for 25 minutes -- only 15 minutes active time.
Author: Healthy Gluten-Free Family
Recipe type: Breakfast, Snack, Baking, Fall
Cuisine: Gluten-free, Vegetarian
Serves: 12 muffins
2 cups all purpose gluten-free flour containing xanthum gum (we used GF Jules - affiliate link)
1 tablespoon gluten free baking powder
½ teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon cinnamon
¾ cup cane sugar or coconut sugar
8 tablespoon butter, dairy free alternative, or ghee melted and cooled
½ cup plain yogurt or plain almond milk yogurt, (we've used low fat, whole milk and greek -- the greek and whole milk yield a moister muffin)
3 large eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1½ - 2 cups apples, skin removed, cup into small cubes, about ½ inch NOTE: I always use 2 cups of apples and there is apple in every bite. But if you want more "muffin" and slightly less apples, cut quantity back to 1½ cups.
Cinnamon Sugar Topping
¼ cup sugar
1 teaspoon cinnamon
⅓ cup finely chopped walnuts (Omit if allergic to walnuts)
In a large bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, salt, and cinnamon.
In a separate bowl, whisk together sugar, melted butter, yogurt, eggs and vanilla until well combined.
Mix flour mixture into wet mixture until thoroughly combined and no lumps remain, about 1 minute.
Gently fold in apples until evenly distributed.
Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and let batter rest at room temperature for 20-25 minutes.
Meanwhile, preheat oven to 375 degrees and spray a 12 cup muffin tin with canola oil spray or line with paper muffin cups.
While batter rests, combine Cinnamon Sugar Topping ingredients in a small bowl and set aside.
Using an ice cream scoop or large spoon, portion batter evenly into prepared muffin tins.
Top muffins with cinnamon sugar topping.
Bake 25 minutes*, or until the muffins are golden and toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. *TIP: Check at 20 minutes. If you feel that the tops are browning but want a few more minutes baking the center, gently cover with foil and bake another 5-10 minutes
Let muffins cool in muffin tin for 10 minutes. Remove from tins and let cool on wire rack at least another 10 minutes.
Hi! My name is Karen, and I’m the mom in our Healthy Gluten-Free Family. My posts and pictures here and on Instagram, Pinterest, Facebook and Twitter are labors of love that allow me to share a very personal journey with you, one our family has taken together — learning, experimenting and sharing how to raise a healthy happy gluten-free family. Read more ...