Apple Cinnamon Muffins

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!

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Apple Cinnamon Muffins

Easy, customizable recipe and most delicious muffins!

Update October 2020: Big News!

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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!

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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)

baking powder

salt

cinnamon

sugar (or coconut sugar)

eggs

butter (or dairy free butter or ghee)

vanilla extract

plain yogurt (or almond milk yogurt)

2 apples

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.

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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.

As an aside, you may have noticed that we are affiliate for GFJules.  To learn more about why we love GFJules flour and why we have used it for 10 years, click here.  Bonus: at the bottom of that post is a one-time use affiliate Discount Code.

And importantly, purchasing through an affiliate link does not change your cost at all. It generates a small percentage of the sale for me, and purchasing through an affiliate link helps me fund this website and all the recipes I share, so thank you!

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.

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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.

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The sprinkle with the crumble topping and bake!

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Your house will smell amazing while they bake!

And they have the best texture and flavor, and are packed with apples!

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Hope you love them as much as we do!

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Recipe

5.0 from 7 reviews
Apple Cinnamon Muffins
 
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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.
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Recipe type: Breakfast, Snack, Baking, Fall
Cuisine: Gluten-free, Vegetarian
Serves: 12 muffins
Ingredients
  • 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)
Instructions
  1. In a large bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, salt, and cinnamon.
  2. In a separate bowl, whisk together sugar, melted butter, yogurt, eggs and vanilla until well combined.
  3. Mix flour mixture into wet mixture until thoroughly combined and no lumps remain, about 1 minute.
  4. Gently fold in apples until evenly distributed.
  5. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and let batter rest at room temperature for 20-25 minutes.
  6. Meanwhile, preheat oven to 375 degrees and spray a 12 cup muffin tin with canola oil spray or line with paper muffin cups.
  7. While batter rests, combine Cinnamon Sugar Topping ingredients in a small bowl and set aside.
  8. Using an ice cream scoop or large spoon, portion batter evenly into prepared muffin tins.
  9. Top muffins with cinnamon sugar topping.
  10. 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
  11. Let muffins cool in muffin tin for 10 minutes. Remove from tins and let cool on wire rack at least another 10 minutes.
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21 thoughts on “Apple Cinnamon Muffins

    1. Oops! Sometimes mistakes happen! Luckily that step is about cooking tips and wouldn’t have impacted the recipe… THANK YOU so much for pointing it out! Correcting now! And let me know how you like them!

  1. I’ve made this recipe twice in the last 5 days!! It is a wonderful grab and go breakfast. I bought GF Jules flour for the second batch and the difference is noticeable.

  2. I made these yesterday and making them again today! First time making apple cinnamon muffins. They turned out great and very delicious!! Thanks for sharing the recipe!

  3. LOVED these muffins! I felt like I was back in my grandma’s kitchen. They were so moist and flavorful. Thinking of adding some pumpkin puree (for an extra fall kick) next time but not sure if it will work. Wish me luck!

  4. Yum! As soon as I gave my family the “okay” to eat they were basically gone – easy recipe to follow and so yummy! I used full fat plain Greek yogurt and was really happy with the texture/consistency.

  5. I love these! Made a few times now. This time I had some apple butter I made last week handy. So I just added it in (a bit more than 1/4 cup) before resting. Muffins are SO good, with or without the apple butter, but it added some nice flavor and moisture!

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