chunky gluten free apple muffins arranged in a pattern on a white marble counter

Chunky Gluten-Free Apple Muffins

Soft and moist gluten-free muffins with chunky pieces of apple and warm cinnamon. It’s the perfect fall breakfast! And because the baking time is only 20 minutes, you can have these muffins on the table in 30 minutes!

Despite living in Southern California (and not having a proper autumn season), I plan on plunging head-first into my usual frenzy of fall baking this year. It’s what I’ve always done, and it gives me so much pleasure.

I created this chunky gluten-free apple muffin recipe with fall weather in mind, regardless of the temperature being in the 90’s here. The muffins are loaded with plump pieces of apple, warm spicy cinnamon, and a bit of yogurt for added tang and moisture. And this recipe couldn’t be easier, with minimal prep work and ready in just 30 minutes.

I put most of this batch in the freezer thinking I would save them for later this fall, but I’ve been pulling these beauties out of the freezer every morning wanting to enjoy them with my morning coffee. I should have made a double batch!

chunky gluten free apple muffins cooling on a wire rack

Why This Muffin Recipe Works

Tasty – I can’t decide what’s better, the chunky pieces of apple distributed throughout these moist muffins or the warm cinnamon! Ok, I love them equally. 🙂

Easy – Could these muffins BE any easier to make? (Chandler Bing lives!) Other than dicing your apples, you simply pour everything else into a mixing bowl and bake for 20 minutes!

Healthy – Not only does this recipe call for gluten-free flour, it also includes yogurt (you gotta help that gut bacteria along!), and it only has a small amount of butter and sugar.

diced apples in a white bowl
yogurt and melted butter in a mixing bowl
flour mixture in a bowl
gluten free apple muffin batter in a mixing bowl
apple muffin batter in a muffin tin

How To Make Gluten-Free Apple Muffins

  • Step 1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Place baking cup liners into muffin tin, or spray with non-stick cooking spray.
  • Step 2. Whisk together melted butter and yogurt in a large mixing bowl. Add eggs and whisk thoroughly. Pour in sugar and vanilla extract and whisk for an additional minute.
  • Step 3. In a separate bowl, combine gluten-free flour, xanthan gum (if using), baking powder, baking soda, salt, and cinnamon.
  • Step 4. Add dry mixture to yogurt mixture and stir to combine. Fold in diced apples.
  • Step 5. Using a cookie scoop or large spoon, distribute batter evenly into prepared muffin tins. Bake for 20 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.
chunky gluten free muffins resting on a blue plate with knife with one muffin cut open and buttered

Helpful Tips and Recipe Notes

If your gluten-free all-purpose flour already contains xanthan gum (mine already contains it), you can omit it from the recipe.

The batter for this muffin recipe is quite thick, but the diced apples add a lot of moisture, so don’t try to thin it out.

For best results, use room temperature eggs. This allow you to incorporate more air into the eggs when you beat/whisk them.

This recipe freezes really well, so go ahead and make a double batch!

three gluten free apple muffins in a muffin tin with three of the cups filled with diced apples

Variations & Substitutions

  • If you eat a plant-based diet, you can substitute vegan butter and yogurt in this recipe. I’ve made it this way before, and it comes out great! You can also substitute 2 flax eggs* (see recipe notes below) for the eggs.
  • I love the generous amount of warm cinnamon in this recipe. But you could also add 1/4 teaspoon of nutmeg, cloves, or cardamom.
  • This muffin recipe isn’t overly sweet, but you could cut the sugar in half and sprinkle a tiny bit more on top of the muffins to give them a bit of crunch.
chunky gluten free apple muffins resting on a cooling rack

Enjoy your week, and feel free to drop me a line in the comments – I would love to hear if you try this recipe! Or tag me on Instagram @maryannehoekstra to let me know how it turned out! Also, if you are enjoying my blog, please consider recommending it to your friends. They can subscribe here.

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chunky gluten free apple muffins arranged in a pattern on a white marble counter

Chunky Gluten-Free Apple Muffins

Soft and moist gluten-free muffins with chunky pieces of apple and warm cinnamon. It's the perfect fall breakfast! And because the baking time is only 20 minutes, you can have these muffins on the table in 30 minutes!
5 from 6 votes
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Course Breakfast
Cuisine American
Servings 12 muffins

Ingredients
  

  • 1/3 cup unsalted butter, melted
  • 1/2 cup plain yogurt
  • 2 eggs, room temperature
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 cups gluten-free all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon xanthan gum (only needed if your flour doesn't already include it)
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 Tablespoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 1/2 cups peeled, cored, and diced apples (about 2 medium)

Instructions
 

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Place baking cup liners into muffin tin, or spray with non-stick cooking spray.
  • Whisk together melted butter and yogurt in a large mixing bowl. Add eggs and whisk thoroughly. Pour in sugar and vanilla extract and whisk for an additional minute.
  • In a separate bowl, combine gluten-free flour, xanthan gum (if using), baking powder, baking soda, salt, and cinnamon.
  • Add dry mixture to yogurt mixture and stir to combine. Fold in diced apples.
  • Using a cookie scoop or large spoon, distribute batter evenly into prepared muffin tins. Bake for 20 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.

Notes

*How to make a flax egg (for folks who eat a plant-based diet): mix 1 Tablespoon of ground flax seed with 3 Tablespoons of water. Let it rest for 10-15 minutes, until mixture becomes gelatinous.
Keyword apple, breakfast, cinnamon, gluten free, muffins

10 Comments

  1. Barbara Haner

    5 stars
    These look delicious! And again, your pictures are amazing!

  2. 5 stars
    Loved these muffins! So quick, easy and flavorful!

  3. 5 stars
    Made these today for my GF niece and she loved them! Love that there are so many apple chunks in here. Will definitely make again, YUM!

  4. 5 stars
    I’m always looking for quick and tasty breakfast recipes, and these apple muffins really fit the bill! I can see myself making these often, especially in the fall months!

  5. 5 stars
    This muffin recipe is so simple and easy to make, perfect for busy days. Looks so tasty!

  6. 5 stars
    Love this gluten free version of apple muffins. I would love to make this for my family soon. Thanks for sharing

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