Apple Muffins (grain–free, gluten–free)

These super moist apple muffins have the most amazing texture and are super simple to make!

If you’ve ever tried grain-free recipes before, you’ve probably run into some funky textured baked goods. But these?! These apple muffins are nice and moist but not at all getting into soggy territory. They’re just perfect. They’re like little grain-free miracles.

At first I tried baking these as donuts. The instructions for the apple muffins say to bake at a high temperature first and then lower it. I wasn’t sure if I should do that when making the donuts, but I went with it anyway. That did not work. So if you feel adventurous and want to make these as apple donuts, make sure to bake them at 350°F the entire time! Even though they stuck, they were the best grain-free donuts I’ve ever had.

Grain–free and gluten–free apple muffins – you won't believe how moist, delicious and easy these are!

I found this recipe while browsing FoodGawker. This apple muffin recipe comes from Cooking ala Mel. Mel used almond meal in her muffins, which you can find at Trader Joe’s and is a lot cheaper than almond flour. Almond flour and almond meal are the same price over here (only about $4 / pound!) so I used almond flour, which is made up of blanched almonds (unlike almond meal) and is finer ground than almond meal.

I got 14 muffins out of this recipe but Mel got 12. I guess I didn’t fill mine as full as I could have, but I was happy with the result! Also, if you prefer a mostly Stevia sweetened version, check out the original recipe.

Gluten–free and grain–free apple muffins – super moist, simple and delicious! |

I’m not a big fan of grain-free streusel in general and I think I would have preferred these without the topping but the recipe is there, just in case you want to try. The muffin batter and streusel just seemed to blend together, so it didn’t seem worth the effort. Next time, I’ll just toss some nuts on top.

If you ever bake grain-free, you have to try these muffins! And by the way, they don’t taste their best on the first day. They taste good, but not nearly as good as on the second day. It’s kind of odd but I often find this is often true of grain-free goodies!

Apple Muffins (grain-free, gluten-free)

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Apple Muffins (grain–free, gluten–free)
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  • Yield: 14 muffins



  • 200 grams (~2 cups) almond flour or almond meal
  • 1/4 cup (28 grams) coconut flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder (make sure to use grain-free baking powder, if necessary)
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 4 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 3 large eggs
  • 2/3 cup honey
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup (120 grams) plain Greek yogurt
  • 1 1/2 cups (170 grams) peeled and diced apples
  • Streusel:

  • 1/4 cup (25 grams) almond flour
  • 1 teaspoon coconut flour
  • 3/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 tablespoon (14 grams) coconut oil, room temperature
  • 1 tablespoon maple syrup
  • pinch of salt
  • 1/3 cup (36 grams) chopped pecans or walnuts (about ¼" in size)


  1. Preheat the oven to 425 degrees F (218 degrees C). Line 14 muffin cups with muffin liners.
  2. First, prepare the streusel topping by mixing everything together, except for the pecans, in a small bowl. Add the pecans and stir until well combined. Set aside.
  3. In a medium bowl, mix together the dry muffins ingredients (almond flour through nutmeg).
  4. In a large bowl, mix together the wet muffins ingredients (eggs through Greek yogurt).
  5. Add the dry mix to the wet and stir just until combined! Do not over mix. Fold in the apples.
  6. Pour 1/3 cup of batter into each muffin cup. Sprinkle the streusel on top.
  7. Bake at 425 degrees F for 5 minutes and then lower the temperature to 350 degrees F (176 degrees C) and for another 8 - 15 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the middle of a muffin comes out clean. My smaller muffins only needed 8 minutes but larger muffins may need up to 15.
  8. Let the muffins cool in the pan for 10 minutes and then remove the muffins to a wire rack to cool completely.
  9. These are super moist and need to be kept refrigerated in an airtight container after the first 24 hours.

Adapted from Apple Streusel Mufffins (Gluten-free) – Cooking ala Mel

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55 comments on “Apple Muffins (grain–free, gluten–free)” — Add one!

  • D Halek says
    October 19, 2016 @ 7:16 pm

    Can u use GF flour mixture with this recipie?

    • Erin replies to D Halek
      October 20, 2016 @ 1:50 pm

      You can only use GF all-purpose or 1 to 1 mixes in place of wheat-based recipes. I have a great whole wheat cinnamon apple muffin recipe where you can likely use your mix without issue. :)

  • Ali D'Angelo says
    October 17, 2016 @ 5:05 pm

    I want to make these today, but don’t have any coconut flour and not sure they carry it in the stores here. What can be substituted? It doesn’t need to be gluten-free. Thanks.

    • Erin replies to Ali D’Angelo
      October 17, 2016 @ 5:34 pm

      There’s no sub for coconut flour but if you don’t need them to be gluten-free, my whole grain cinnamon apple muffins are just as delicious and don’t require any unusual ingredients. :)

      • Ali replies to Erin
        October 18, 2016 @ 4:01 am

        Thanks so much for your quick reply and the link to your whole grain version. They sound fantastic and I will definitely be making them very soon.

        • Erin replies to Ali
          October 18, 2016 @ 5:44 pm

          No problem! Hope you’ll like them. They’re one of my favorites. :)

  • Katina says
    September 23, 2016 @ 2:15 am

    Would goat Milk yogurt work? 😉

    • Erin replies to Katina
      September 23, 2016 @ 5:04 pm

      I don’t see why not! Enjoy. :)

  • Regan says
    August 24, 2016 @ 5:56 am

    Just made this puppies tonight after going apple picking this past weekend. YUM! SO good. I followed the recipe exactly, except I changed the nuts in the streusel to dried cranberries so that my kiddos can take them to school. I baked them in paper cupcake liners and they don’t come out very clean, but who cares! I’ll be making these again, for sure :)

    • Erin replies to Regan
      August 24, 2016 @ 10:26 pm

      I love your dried cranberry sub! Sounds delicious. :) That is kind of annoying about the wrappers. You can see in my pictures that they stuck to mine, too. I suppose one could brush some melted coconut oil on the liners, but I’m too lazy for that. ;) Thanks a bunch for your comment!

    • Leslie replies to Regan
      September 23, 2016 @ 2:46 am

      Regan, just curious…. You said you changed the nuts to cranberries so that your kids could take them to school…. Is this because the school has a nut free policy? Since the recipe uses almond flour, clearly these muffins aren’t nut free! Your comment just drew my attention because I have two kids with life-threatening nut allergies.

      • Regannadelberg replies to Leslie
        September 23, 2016 @ 5:21 pm

        Our school only bans peanuts at this time :)

      • Delsen replies to Leslie
        October 13, 2016 @ 9:50 pm

        Nuts allergies can be improved if you tried nathuropatic medicine. Because nuts are so good for kids better than milk or flour that produce more diseases.

  • Erin
    August 10, 2016 @ 4:54 am

    I just wanted to add what I did for all the dairy free folks :). I took 1/2 cup of Trader Joe’s coconut cream (or you can use the separated cream from a can of full fat coconut milk), and mixed it with about 1/2 t of apple cider vinegar and let it sit a few minutes- it curdled up really quickly and gave that “yogurt tang”. Using the cream didn’t seem to throw off the liquid ratios at all (vs using yogurt). Also – WTTW, use cupcake liners! I sprayed my pan with coconut oil cooking spray (a new purchase for me, normally I use Pam lol) and these babies stuck really badly! They’re still delicious, just messy :) Overall, GREAT recipe! Now to de-egg and de-corn it for my littlest one ;)

    • Erin replies to Erin
      August 10, 2016 @ 9:13 pm

      Wow! Thanks so much for your comment. I’ve been wondering how I could make these dairy-free! That’s such an awesome tip. And I gave up on baking sprays long ago. Pam was the only one that worked for me and it’s just something I don’t really want to use. ;) Good luck with de-egging it! Thanks again for your great comment.

    • Courtney replies to Erin
      September 11, 2016 @ 11:30 pm

      Thank you so much!! I made these today using your suggestion, and rave reviews were given all around.

      • Erin replies to Courtney
        September 13, 2016 @ 7:45 pm

        That’s great! I’m happy they came out well. :) Thanks for your comment!

  • Pamela says
    June 13, 2016 @ 9:09 am

    Have not yet tried the Apple Muffins, but as a single person household looking for something I can freeze. It looks by the comments that they go really fast in most household, but i need to limit what I eat

    • Erin replies to Pamela
      June 13, 2016 @ 9:46 am

      I think that they’ll freeze well (though I haven’t tried it myself). I hope you’ll enjoy them! :)

  • Pat Leonard
    April 23, 2016 @ 11:21 pm

    Made these today, and turned out great! I was really surprised how moist they are. Thank you so much for sharing!

    • Erin replies to Pat Leonard
      April 24, 2016 @ 8:30 pm

      So was I when I first tried them! I’m happy they came out well for you. Thanks for your feedback and for your comment on Pinterest, too. :)

  • Belle says
    June 5, 2014 @ 4:20 am

    Could I replace the greek yogurt with applesauce?

    • Erin replies to Belle
      June 5, 2014 @ 7:00 am

      I haven’t tried it so I can’t say for sure, but because the texture and fat content is different, I’m assuming not. Let me know if you try anyway. It does sound like a good idea. :)

    • Erika replies to Belle
      May 7, 2016 @ 10:42 pm

      I replaced the greek yogurt with coconut milk yogurt and they came out wonderfully!

      • Erin replies to Erika
        May 8, 2016 @ 7:59 pm

        Yay! I’m happy to hear that. Thanks for the tip. :)

  • alyssa says
    January 22, 2014 @ 7:00 am

    Hi, would you suggest any other gluten free flour to substitute for the almond flour. We use to love it but found that almonds are treated with a lot if pesticides. Thanks so much

    • Erin replies to alyssa
      January 24, 2014 @ 8:27 pm

      So sorry for the slow reply, Alyssa! You could use any other type of nut flour / meal. Hazelnut meal, cashew meal, or whatever else you can find. As I haven’t tried it, I can’t say what the taste would be like but I think there’s enough spice in these to cover up any cashew / hazelnut taste (though I’m not positive!) Good luck! :)

  • Pam
    January 16, 2014 @ 1:02 am

    Absolutely delicious! My husband is now on a grain-free diet, and it’s been a real lifestyle change. He is so picky…I made these muffins yesterday and he grabbed 2 for his morning break today…came home tonight raving about those muffins I made!!! Thank you for this recipe…it will be used often!

    • Erin replies to Pam
      January 17, 2014 @ 4:37 pm

      That’s great! I’m so happy to hear that your husband liked them! Thanks for the feedback and the rating. :) Good luck with the grain-free diet!

  • Carmen says
    January 9, 2014 @ 8:58 pm

    these are fantastic! great texture and taste. thanks for sharing the recipe!

    • Erin replies to Carmen
      January 10, 2014 @ 10:51 am

      I’m so happy that you liked them, Carmen! And I agree. Great texture for a grain-free muffin. :) Thanks a ton for the feedback!

  • stephanie says
    December 14, 2013 @ 11:14 pm

    Love these! The whole family does too. Took a double batch on our Disneyland trip. Perfect GF healthy snack. Thank you!

    • Erin replies to stephanie
      December 15, 2013 @ 7:53 pm

      So happy that you and your family likes these! Thanks a bunch for the feedback. :)

  • Marie says
    October 26, 2013 @ 12:58 am

    These are delicious, thank you for sharing. I had just finished putting the streusel on top when I realized I forgot to add the apples. I sliced them real thin and pushed in with toothpick. Tasted fine.

    • Erin replies to Marie
      October 27, 2013 @ 8:44 pm

      I do that all the time! Almost always. So happy that pushing the apples in with a toothpick worked well for you. :) Thanks so much for the feedback and I’m glad that it worked out for you!

  • Heather R says
    September 30, 2013 @ 5:14 pm

    Would homemade oat flour be a good substitute for the almond flour? I went to buy some almond flour recently and was shocked at the cost. Where I live in Canada, I seem to have few options.

    • Erin replies to Heather R
      October 1, 2013 @ 6:38 pm

      Oh no. I’m sorry that it’s so expensive. :( I’m afraid that oat flour won’t work as a substitute. Do you have almond meal? Or cheap almonds so that you could make your own almond meal? Almond meal would work with these and from what I’ve heard, is much cheaper over there! Or there are always these whole grain apple muffins, which you’ve already made. ;)

      • Heather R replies to Erin
        October 2, 2013 @ 5:39 pm

        I buy my almonds from Costco so perhaps I’ll try making it myself. If it doesn’t work out, I really do love your whole grain apple muffins.

        • Erin replies to Heather R
          October 3, 2013 @ 8:35 pm

          Good luck, Heather! :)

  • laurasmess says
    September 12, 2013 @ 12:02 pm

    I love coconut flour. It’s become one of my new favourite things! These muffins look gorgeous… I adore the look of that streusel topping, mmm! Definitely trying these. I have quite a few gluten/grain-free friends so they’d love them.

  • Maria G.
    September 11, 2013 @ 11:29 pm

    These muffins look so appetizing but my recipe of such muffins is quite easier. Your recipe has so many ingredients! But I think that adding apples is a nice idea. They give a very pleasant taste and odor to these cakes.

  • Ada ~ More Food, Please
    September 11, 2013 @ 7:08 pm

    These muffins look so delicious! I love anything with a streusel topping, and it’s great how you’ve made it healthier. Bookmarked the recipe–thanks for sharing!

  • Kathryn says
    September 11, 2013 @ 6:09 pm

    So look so light and fluffy and delicious – can’t wait to give these a go!

  • Shashi @ says
    September 11, 2013 @ 2:55 pm

    I love the healthy streusal topping on these muffins! Thanks for sharing the recipe for these amazingly healthy apple muffins!

  • Kristi @ My San Francisco Kitchen
    September 11, 2013 @ 4:39 am

    I am loving that crumbly topping! YUMMM

  • Tracey says
    September 11, 2013 @ 3:27 am

    I just so happen to have a ton of almond meal in my freezer I need to use up so these apple muffins are perfect! I just need to get my hands on coconut flour first. They look awesome!

  • Laura (Tutti Dolci) says
    September 11, 2013 @ 1:20 am

    I adore apple muffins, I love the streusel topping!

  • Jennie @themessybakerblog says
    September 10, 2013 @ 9:05 pm

    I’m in lurve with these muffins. I can’t wait to give them a try for a grab-and-go breakfast option.

  • Jessica @ A Kitchen Addiction says
    September 10, 2013 @ 7:04 pm

    The texture looks great on these grain free muffins! I need to go apple picking to get more apples!

  • Melinda @ cooking ala mel says
    September 10, 2013 @ 6:14 pm

    Yay – I’m so glad you loved them!! Boo to the donuts not working out.. donuts almost always stick to the pan when I make them! I love grain free streusel – I’ll always take any excuse for some extra buttery crumbs. :)

  • Sherrie | With Food + Love
    September 10, 2013 @ 4:54 pm

    These sounds fantastic! Erin is there a substitute in place of the greek yogurt for all my dairy free peeps? I will definitely be sharing this one!


  • Charlotte Moore
    September 10, 2013 @ 4:18 pm

    Yum!!! I love to use almond flour from Honeyville. I am very fond of the coconut flour though. Glad it only has a small amount. I have had very good luck with almond flour recipes. Had some real flops with the coconut. I have had good luck using the recipes from Tropical Traditions with coconut flour where I bought the flour.

  • Liz @ The Lemon Bowl says
    September 10, 2013 @ 3:20 pm

    Love this recipe!!! Also love your muffin liners!

  • Holly @ EatGreatBEGreat says
    September 10, 2013 @ 2:13 pm

    These sound amazing! I pinned them and can’t wait to give them a try!


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