Made with gluten free rolled oats, crisp apples, and warm spices, these Apple Oatmeal Muffins are gluten free, refined sugar free, and kid-friendly. Make them ahead of time for allergy-friendly breakfasts, lunchbox snacks, and more! Vegan option.
An Apple Muffin a Day Keeps the Doctor Away
It’s apple season, ya’ll, and did you know that the average American citizen eats about 20 pounds of apples each year? Yep, you read that right! Crazy, right? Although with recipes like Apple Cider Caramel Baked Apples, Almond Flour Apple Coffee Cake, and Creamy Apple Salad Wraps, I can see why. They’re just so dang delicious! Plus, this time of year, they’re super sweet and extra juicy making them perfect for baking.
Not wanting the season to go to waste, I gathered a big bunch and jumped in the kitchen to whip up these apple oatmeal muffins! After all, who doesn’t love a good muffin recipe? Am I right? Whether you’re looking for an on-the breakfast, an afterschool snack, or even a nutritious dessert, they’re perfect for every occasion!
Of course, you could always buy pre-packaged varieties. However, they’re often filled with added sugar and not-so allergy-friendly ingredients. So, in an effort to create a packable muffin that can be enjoyed by everyone, I decided to create my own using gluten free whole grains, fresh fruit, and healthy fats for a snack perfect to take to school, the office, and wherever else the day might take you! Did I mention they’re super easy to make, too? I’ll prove it!
The Best Ingredients for Apple Oatmeal Muffins
Gluten Free Rolled Oats – If you have it on hand, you can skip using rolled oats, and replace them with oat flour instead. You’ll probably want to keep some gluten free rolled oats on hand for the crumble topping, though!
Flax Meal – I like flax meal for the slightly nutty flavor it adds, but if you don’t have them available, you can replace them with chia seeds. Just make sure to grind them first!
Applesauce – Make sure you use unsweetened applesauce! Otherwise, your muffins might be too sweet for your liking.
Non-Dairy Milk – Any non-dairy you like best works well for this recipe as long as it is not flavored.
Tip for Vegan Baking: Wanna know the secret to making these oat muffins vegan without sacrificing taste or texture? It’s all in how you combine a few special ingredients! Flax meal, applesauce, non-dairy milk, and apple cider vinegar come together to create a moist texture and plenty of fluff without the need for eggs or gluten! Not to mention, they add lots of nutrients and fiber!
Maple Syrup – For the richest flavor, I highly recommend using real maple syrup if you’ve got it. However, honey can be used as well. Just make sure it’s the same viscosity as the maple syrup. Not too thick!
Apple Cider Vinegar – The secret ingredient in these apple muffins, apple cider vinegar helps them rise to create that light, fluffy texture we all love, but lemon juice works, too!
Apples – Technically, apples are optional, but they are highly recommended! For the sweetest flavor, use red apples such as Jonagold, Honeycrisp, or Pink Lady.
Nutrition Tip: Did you know a medium-sized apple provides 17% of the daily recommended amount of fiber? Not to mention, it’s full of vitamins and minerals such as vitamin C and potassium!
How to Make Flourless Muffins with Oats
Unlike other muffin recipes that can be super elaborate and use every dish in the kitchen, these muffins are quick and easy! All you’ll need is a couple of bowls and a muffin tin, and you’ll be filling your home with warm apple cinnamon scents.
Mix. In a large bowl, mix together all of the dry ingredients. Or, just toss them in a blender and give them a few pulses to combine. If you used whole oats, you’ll have the blender out to make oat flour, anyway!
Note: Oat flour (if grounding your own oats) tends to clump together. So, be extra careful to remove any flour clumps when stirring.
Whisk. In a separate smaller bowl, whisk together all of the wet ingredients until they are evenly combined.
Combine. Gently add the wet batter to the dry batter, and stir in the apple cider vinegar.
Pro-Tip: Don’t overmix your batter, or the muffins won’t rise! Think of it like a pancake mix, and stir the ingredients until they are just combined and all the clumps are removed.
Spoon. Add the batter to lined muffins pans, filling them about ⅔ of the way full.
Note: For added texture and flavor, gently fold chopped apples (peeled or with skin) into the batter before adding them to the muffin tins.
Top. Combine rolled oats, chopped apples, and coconut sugar in a small bowl, and sprinkle the mixture on top of the muffins.
Bake. Place the muffin tins in the oven for 18-22 minutes or until a toothpick can be inserted and comes out clean. Once they have finished baking, be sure to let the muffins cool on a cooling rack for 5-10 minutes before eating. Otherwise, they might fall apart!
Extra Apple Muffins Add-Ins
This recipe has tons of great texture and flavor on its own, especially if you add the chopped apples to the center. However, we all like options, right? So, if you want to switch things up try including chopped nuts, dark chocolate chips, or even unsweetened coconut shreds.
To keep your muffins super soft and moist, store them in an airtight container in the fridge, but first, place a layer of paper towels in the bottom of the container. Then, add the muffins in a single layer, and top them with another paper towel. This will help keep the moisture in, and your apple oatmeal muffins will stay fresh for up to 4 days.
Can I Freeze Flourless Muffins?
Yes! In fact, I recommend doing so for quick breakfasts and easy snacks. Just place your muffins in a sealable bag, and store them in the freezer for up to 3 months.
Pro-Tip: To reheat frozen muffins, place them in the fridge to thaw. Then, pop them in the oven at 350 degrees for a few minutes or until they are heated through.
Of course, these healthy apple muffins are delicious any time but are especially tasty while apples are at their best. Do you have any seasonal recipes you make all year long? Let me know in the comments below!