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gluten free applesauce muffin with oat topping

Flourless Apple Oatmeal Muffins (Vegan)

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  • Author: Lindsay Cotter
  • Total Time: 28-32 minutes
  • Yield: 9-11 muffins 1x
  • Diet: Gluten Free


These kid-friendly Gluten Free Apple Oatmeal Muffins are made with rolled oats and natural sugars for a healthy breakfast or quick snack that can be prepared ahead of time! Vegan friendly. 


Units Scale
  • 2 cups (160 grams)* gluten free rolled oats plus extra for topping. Gluten free oat flour may be substituted. (Equals about 1 1/2 cups oat flour)
  • 2 Tablespoon flax meal
  • 1/4 teaspoon of salt
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 3/4 cup unsweetened applesauce
  • 2/3 cup non dairy milk
  • 1/3 cup maple syrup
  • 2 teaspoon apple cider vinegar or lemon juice
  • Optional – 1/2 cup diced or shredded apple (peeled) to fold into batter + extra for topping
  • Topping – 1/3 diced apple, 1/4 c rolled oats, coconut sugar substitute such as brown sugar swerve


  1. Preheat oven to 350. Line or grease a muffin tin; set aside.
  2. In a large bowl, mix dry ingredients together, making sure to remove any flour clumps. (Alternatively, place these ingredients in a blender and blend until combined. If using rolled oats, versus oat flour, use a blender to grind the oats into a fine flour first.)
  3. Whisk the applesauce, milk, and maple syrup together in a medium bowl until combined.
  4. Combine wet batter(s) to the dry batter. Then, gently stir in the apple cider vinegar.
  5. Fold in 1/2 cup of chopped apple into the batter (optional)
  6. Spoon the batter into lined muffin pans, filling each cup 2/3 of the way full.
  7. Topping – Place 3 Tablespoons of rolled oats and 1/4 to 1/3 cup chopped apple together in a bowl. Mix the oats and apples with 2 Tablespoons of coconut sugar or brown sugar substitute. Top the muffins with extra rolled oats and/or apple.
  8. Place the muffin tin in the oven for 18-22 minutes or until the center comes out clean with a toothpick.
  9. Remove and place the muffins on a cooling rack for 5 -10 minutes.


If you loosely cover muffins overnight on the counter or refrigerated, the liners peel off easily the next day, and the flavor and texture are even better.

Flourless Baking Tip – Weigh the oat flour after grinding oats to ensure it’s equivalent to 160 grams. Weight of rolled oats can vary depending on the cut of oats and brand. 

  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 18-22 minutes
  • Category: Breakfast
  • Method: Baking
  • Cuisine: American


  • Serving Size: 1 muffin
  • Calories: 172
  • Sugar: 8.7 g
  • Sodium: 136.6 mg
  • Fat: 0.3 g
  • Saturated Fat: 0.4 g
  • Carbohydrates: 32.8 g
  • Fiber: 4.2 g
  • Protein: 4.5 g
  • Cholesterol: 0 mg