Soft, fluffy moist eggless apple cinnamon muffins made with whole wheat flour, brown sugar and fresh apples. The recipe has no refined flour, refined sugar or butter. They can be made vegan too & are perfect for breakfast or snack (Both oven & air fryer method included).
When it comes to food, what can be better than something which is healthy, yummy & easy to make at the same time. These soft moist apple cinnamons muffins are delicious & healthy as they are made with wheat flour & has goodness of fresh apples.
You can bake these muffins in both oven or air fryer. The apple muffins recipe shared here is:
- Egg free
- Whole Wheat
- Vegan / Vegetarian
- No refined sugar
- No butter
- No yogurt or condensed milk
They are perfect for breakfast or evening snack with milk, tea or coffee. Also, these muffins can be given in kids lunch box as it is made of all fresh & healthy ingredients. The best part about this muffin recipe is you can made it dairy free too.
Ingredients for apple muffins:
Whole Wheat Flour: As I wanted to keep these muffins on healthier side, I have used whole wheat flour (wwf) in the recipe. You can use all purpose flour too, however reduce the quantity of wet ingredients slightly as wwf absorbs more liquid.
Apple Puree: I have used fresh seasonal apples to make the puree. They were peeled, chopped and then blended in a blender jar (No need to add any water).
Brown Sugar: Brown sugar goes well with the warm cinnamon flavour of the muffins. If you don’t have it, you can use regular white sugar too.
Oil: I have used sunflower oil in this apple muffin recipe. You can use olive oil or any odourless, flavourless oil. It is always important to add some kind of fat in the muffins as it makes them soft & moist.
Cinnamon powder: Cinnamon & apples are a match made in heaven. This spice adds a perfect warm sweet smell to the muffins.
(Milk + Vinegar): We have made homemade buttermilk by mixing vinegar & milk. It helps in rising of baked good and also makes them softer. To make these apple muffins vegan, replace dairy milk with soy milk.
- Baked good with whole wheat flour sometimes have a peculiar smell or slightly darker colour. It is important to use some kind of aromatic like cinnamon, nutmeg, pumpkin spice mix or vanilla extract in good quantity to mask that smell.
- Be gentle while folding the batter as over mixing can cause gluten formation resulting in dense, chewy muffins
Topping Ideas for muffins:
I have topped these muffins with some freshly chopped apples coated in cinnamon & brown sugar. This way the apples get slightly caramelised & you get a nice juicy tart taste with every bite of muffin.
You can also top them up with chopped almonds, walnuts, pecans or sprinkle some oats crumble or streusel for crunchiness. I love to have these muffins warm with a drizzle of salted caramel sauce (perfect for fall season).
How do you store apple cinnamon muffins?
As these muffins are made using fresh apples, I would not advice storing them longer than 3 days in fridge. Store them in an air tight container to prevent them from drying.
I have also shared a video for this recipe on youtube channel as well. In case you are confused at any step, do check out the video as each & every step has been shown in detail.
More eggless recipes you might like:
- Pumpkin Cake
- Banana Oats Muffin
- Blueberry Lemon Muffins
- Whole Wheat Jaggery Cake
- Whole Wheat Banana Bread (Vegan)
- Gluten Free Vanilla Cake
Ingredients: (Makes 6 muffins)
- Whole Wheat Flour – 1 cup (120 grams)
- Apple Puree* – 1/2 cup (120 grams)
- Milk / Soy Milk – 1/3 cup + 2 tbsp
- Oil – 4 tbsp
- Brown Sugar – 1/3 cup (55 grams)
- Vinegar – 1 tsp
- Baking Soda – ¼ tsp
- Baking Powder – 1 tsp
- Cinnamon Powder – 1 tsp
- Finely Chopped Apples – 4 tbsp
- Cinnamon Powder – ¼ tsp
- Brown Sugar -1 tsp
- Adjust the quantity of sugar as per your taste. If you like more sweet muffins, you can take upto 1/2 cup sugar.
- *Just wash, peel and blend the apples them in wet grinding jar to make puree.
- You can also add 1/2 tsp vanilla extract or a big pinch of nutmeg in this recipe.
- Measuring Cup used: 1 cup=240 ml
Sieve together all the dry ingredients i.e whole wheat flour, baking powder, baking soda & cinnamon powder. Keep them aside.
Mix milk and vinegar. Please make sure milk is at room temperature. Wait for 10-15 minutes till milk starts to curdle. Add apple puree & brown sugar. Whisk well so that sugar is completely dissolved. Add oil & stir well once again. Keep it aside.
In a small bowl, add finely chopped apple, brown sugar & cinnamom. Mix gently. We will use them on top of our muffins. Keep them aside.
Fold the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients gradually with the help of spatula. In case the batter seems thick, you can add 1-2 tsp of more milk. The quantity of milk may vary slightly depending on the quality of wheat flour.
Set the oven for preheating at 170°C (340°F). Place the muffin paper cups inside the muffin tra. Fill these cups to 3/4th level with the batter. Garnish them with chopped apples that we prepared before. Gently tap the tray one or twice to remove air bubbles.
Step 6: (Oven Method)
Bake the muffins in a preheated oven at 170°C (340°F) for 20 minutes. Take them out of the oven after 20 minutes and test them with the skewer or knife. If it comes out clean that means muffins are done otherwise place them back in the oven for another 2-3 minutes.
Place them on a wire rack to cool down completely. Yummy healthy apple cinnamon muffins are ready. Enjoy them warm with a cup of tea or coffee!!
You can store them in airtight box in fridge. Whenever you want to have them just microwave them for 20 seconds. They taste absolutely fresh & divine. Happy Baking!!
Air Fryer Apple Muffins
These apple muffins can be baked in air fryer too. The recipe will remain the same as oven, only the baking steps will change.
1. Preheat the air fryer at 180°C.
2. Once the air fryer is preheated, transfer the filled muffin moulds in air fryer. I have used silicon moulds here.
3. Air fry these apple cinnamon muffins at 180°C for 13-15 min. Check the centre of a muffin after 13 minutes with a skewer or knife. If it comes out clean, the muffins are ready else bake for 1-2 minutes more.
Note: The air fryer time can vary slightly depending on its model, so keep an eye after 13 minutes.
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Nidhi Jain Minda
Definitely will try. Just want to know how long will it stay outside fridge in air tight box.
I really liked this recipe since it’s simple and customisable. That said, I just baked the muffins and they were not very sweet so I had to add almost 1/4 cup honey and I also made an oat walnut streusel with brown sugar. That really elevated the flavour. I also added a chia egg to the recipe.
Thank you Jess for trying out the recipe & sharing this feedback.The apples which I used while baking were very sweet so I added less sugar. Adding oats walnut streusel to these muffins sounds a good idea. Surely going to try it next time.
Made these apple muffins this morning & kids loved them. Thanks for the recipe!!
Glad to know.Thanks for sharing your feedback 🙂