Gluten-Free Apple Crumb Muffins

Moist, soft and fluffy muffins with juicy apples in every bite + the yummiest brown sugar cinnamon crumb topping. Unbelievably delicious, no one will believe they are gluten-free (and nut-free!)

Gluten-Free Apple Cinnamon Crumb Muffins easy recipe
Gluten-Free Apple Crumb Muffins

Easy recipe for gluten-free apple crumb muffins!

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We are so excited for you to try these Gluten-Free Apple Crumb Muffins!

They are moist, soft and fluffy, packed with juicy apples, and topped with the yummiest, brown sugar cinnamon crumb topping.

Perfect for breakfast, anytime snacking or even a weekday dessert!

Best part? This is a quick + easy gluten-free muffin recipe!

They take just 20 minutes prep and the batter does not need to rest, so you can be enjoying warm Gluten-Free Apple Crumb Muffins in less than an hour!

Gluten-Free Apple Cinnamon Crumb Muffins easy recipe

Our love for apples is real!

While Fall immediately means pumpkin to lots of people, for us, we think apple season! (Don’t mistake this statement — we still love pumpkin and pumpkin recipes!)

My husband is that person who eats apples daily, all year round. But for me, I eat more apples in apple season than any other time of year!

My love for fresh Fall apples began as a child where I grew up in Northern New Jersey in a town that had 3 local farms. Each week we would go to the farms and pick up a basket of just picked apples. I always loved crisp, tart apples and we would get Macintosh in the early fall, then Macoun and Cortland which were always my favorite!

As an aside, the going to the farms always brings back warm memories of picking pumpkins and warm donuts too! So needless to say, I love Fall and Fall Recipes!

And first and foremost, my husband and I love apple recipes! All Fall long we make Apple Crisp, Dutch Apple Cake, Apple Crumble Bars and of course Apple Cinnamon Muffins on repeat.

And while we love our Apple Cinnamon Muffins, we thought it would be fun to try one with a crumb topping…. hence these Gluten-Free Apple Crumb Muffins While both muffins are packed with apples and have a wonderful cinnamon flavor, this recipe is slightly different requiring less eggs and best part, no resting time!  So hope you love them too!

Gluten-Free Apple Cinnamon Crumb Muffins easy recipe

How to Make Gluten-Free Apple Crumb Muffins

You will need 13 ingredients in total:

gluten-free all purpose flour (with xanthan gum) (we used GFJules, affiliate link)

baking powder

baking soda

salt

cinnamon

brown sugar

granulated sugar

butter or dairy-free butter

eggs

vanilla extract

plain Greek yogurt or dairy-free yogurt (we used 0% milkfat Greek yogurt)

milk of choice

apples

Gluten-Free Apple Cinnamon Crumb Muffins easy recipe

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Back to the Gluten-free Apple Crumb Muffins

Gluten-Free Apple Cinnamon Crumb Muffins easy recipe

It’s just three easy steps:

1. Make the Cinnamon Crumb topping

2. Make the Fluffy Apple Muffins batter

3. Bake!

Let’s look at each step more closely.

How make the Brown Sugar Cinnamon Crumb topping.

The muffin batter comes together so quickly, it is best to make the crumb topping first and let sit aside covered.

You will need: brown sugar, white granulated sugar, cinnamon, and gluten-free all purpose flour and butter.

It comes together in 2 easy steps:

  1. In a medium bowl, combine the sugars, cinnamon and gluten-free flour.
  2. Add melted butter and combine with a fork, so the the mixture is crumbly. Cover with plastic wrap and set aside while  you make the muffins.

How to make the Gluten-free Fluffy Apple Muffin Batter.

The muffin batter couldn’t be simpler or easier!

  1. Cream the butter and sugars until light and fluffy (the more room temperature the butter, the faster and better it will cream).
  2. Mix in eggs, yogurt and vanilla.
  3. Combine flour, baking soda, baking powder, salt and cinnamon using a pastry cutter or fork (don’t skip this step, it helps with the texture of gluten-free baking), then add to the wet ingredients and mix in milk.
  4. Then stir in the apples.

Then divide the batter among muffin tins, top with the crumb topping and bake!

Bonus: your kitchen will smell amazing while they bake!

Always always, let them rest in the baking pans for 10-15 minutes as the pan and the muffins will still be quite hot and will continue to set, giving them the best texture!

Then move to a wire rack to cool and enjoy!

How yummy do they look?

Gluten-Free Apple Cinnamon Crumb Muffins easy recipe

And take look inside…

You can see how soft and moist the muffins are! And they are packed with apples so that there are apples in every bite!

Plus, the cinnamon crumb topping is the best finishing touch!

Gluten-Free Apple Cinnamon Crumb Muffins easy recipe

Hope you love them as much as we do!

For more Apple Recipes, have you tried our:

Apple Crumble Bars

Apple Crisp

Apple Cinnamon Muffins

Apple Coffee Cake

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Gluten-Free Apple Crumb Muffins

Moist, soft and fluffy muffins with juicy apples in every bite + the yummiest brown sugar cinnamon crumb topping. Unbelievably delicious, no one will believe they are gluten-free (and nut-free!). Recipe requires NO rest time!
Prep Time20 minutes
Cook Time30 minutes
Total Time50 minutes
Course: Breads and Muffins
Cuisine: Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free Optional, Nut-Free
Keyword: gluten-free apple crumb muffins, gluten-free apple crumb muffins recipe, gluten-free apple muffins, gluten free apple cinnamon muffins, easy gluten-free muffin recipe, apple recipes
Servings: 12 muffins
Author: Healthy Gluten-free Family

Ingredients

Cinnamon Crumb Topping

  • ½ cup gluten-free all purpose flour we use GFJules flour (affiliate link)
  • ¼ cup brown sugar, packed
  • 1 tablespoon granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 3 tablespoons butter or dairy-free butter, melted

Apple Cinnamon Muffins

  • 2 cups gluten-free all purpose flour with xanthan gum we use GFJules flour (affiliate link)
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 8 tablespoons butter or dairy-free butter (1 stick), room temperature
  • ½ cup brown sugar, packed
  • ¼ cup granulated sugar
  • 2 large eggs, room temperature
  • ½ cup plain Greek yogurt (we used 0% milkfat)
  • teaspoons vanilla
  • 2 tablespoons milk or unflavored dairy-free milk of choice
  • cups apple, peeled and diced

Instructions

Make the Cinnamon Crumb Topping

  • In a medium bowl, combine sugars, cinnamon and flour with a fork. Top with melted butter and using the fork, mix to combine so that mixture is crumbly. Cover with plastic wrap and set aside.

Make the Apple Cinnamon Muffins

  • Preheat oven to 375 degrees F and line 12 muffin tins with muffin liners.
  • In a small bowl, add flour, baking soda, baking powder, salt and cinnamon, and using a pastry cutter or fork, mix to combine. Set aside.
  • In a large mixing bowl, add butter, brown sugar and granulated sugar, and mix until well combined and creamed, about 1 -2 minutes.
  • Add eggs, yogurt and vanilla, and mix to combine.
  • Add flour mixture and mix to combine. Then with mixer running on low, add 2 tablespoons of milk and mix to combine. Batter will be thick but smooth. Stir in apples.
  • Using a cookie scoop or large spoon, add batter to prepared muffin tins. Top each muffin with crumb topping and bake 30 minutes in total -- bake 20 minutes uncovered, cover loosely with foil and bake an additional 7-10 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean.
    Let rest in the baking tin for 10 minutes, then move to a baking rack to cool.
    Enjoy!
  • Store in an air tight container at room temperature for 2 days or in the refrigerator for up to a week.
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2 thoughts on “Gluten-Free Apple Crumb Muffins

  1. I’ve made these for a third time today. So wonderful!! I used monk fruit brown and white sugars and they are great.
    This time I used brown sugar for crumb and added chopped walnuts. Yummy
    Thanks so much.
    So great to find a recipes that actually taste like they are regular and not gluten-free.

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