Apple Muffins

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These best homemade Apple Muffins are tender, tasty, and loaded with fresh apples. And they happen to be eggless and completely vegan! Here you’ll find easy step-by-step instructions with photos to make my favorite apple muffins recipe for a healthy and satisfying sweet treat.

eggless apple muffins served on a white plate

About These Apple Muffins

These delicious apple muffins are soft, moist, and wonderfully flavorful – everything you want in a fruit muffin! What really makes them extra special is that we include chunks of fresh apples, so that there’s a slightly firm and perfectly tender bit of apple in every bite.

This apple muffin recipe is a healthier version of my classic Chocolate Chip Muffins. Both are made with whole wheat flour. But to make these fruit muffins more healthier, I have used organic powdered jaggery instead of traditional white sugar.

Jaggery is an unrefined sugar popular here in India, and it’s similar to turbinado sugar or “raw” sugar. It is still very sweet, but isn’t so processed. However, in this recipe, you can easily use white sugar, raw sugar or brown sugar in place of jaggery.

Not only do these muffins have more wholesome ingredients than other baked goods, but they also don’t have eggs or any dairy.

The crumb is so tender and tasty thanks to a combination of whole wheat flour, just a bit of neutral oil, and large pieces of sweet apples. This keeps the apple muffins from getting overly soft and mushy, and results in a great mouthfeel and vibrant apple flavor.

Make this easy vegan apple muffins recipe for an afternoon snack, grab-and-go breakfast treat, or light dessert.

Step-by-Step Guide

How to make Eggless Apple Muffins

Preparation

1. First, line a muffin tray with muffin liners or grease the muffin pan with nonstick spray or oil.

muffin liners on a baking tray

2. Add the dry ingredients in a sieve – 1 cup whole wheat flour (leveled), ½ teaspoon baking soda, ¼ teaspoon cinnamon powder and a pinch of salt.

dry ingredients in a sieve

3. Sift the dry ingredients in a deep tray or bowl. Set aside. You can also sieve directly into the wet ingredients.

dry ingredients sifted

4. Rinse, peel, core and chop 1 large apple or 2 medium apples, in small cubes or pieces. Measure the chopped apples and you will need about 1 to 1.25 cups.

If you like you can sprinkle on a few drops of lemon juice so that the apples do not get discolored.

Preheat your oven to 180 degrees Celsius (350 degrees Fahrenheit). For an OTG, heat both the top and bottom heating elements.

chopped apples on a white plate

Making Muffin Batter

5. In a mixing bowl or pan, add ½ cup warm water. You can warm the water on the stovetop or microwave or in an electric heater. Then add ½ cup powdered jaggery or your preferred sugar like raw sugar, turbinado sugar or brown sugar.

warm water with jaggery in a pan

6. Stir very well so that all the jaggery or sugar is dissolved completely.

whisking to dissolve jaggery in water

7. Then add ½ teaspoon vanilla extract or essence.

adding vanilla extract

8. Add 3 tablespoons of olive oil. If using any other oil, use a neutral-flavored oil. You can also use melted butter instead of oil for a non-vegan recipe.

adding oil

9. Stir with a wired whisk briskly for 2 to 3 minutes until the oil has mixed with the water.

mixing vanilla extract and oil with water

10. Now add ½ tablespoon vinegar. You can use apple cider vinegar or white vinegar.

vinegar added

11. Add the sifted dry ingredients.

adding sifted dry ingredients

12. With a wired whisk and with light hand movements, stir and mix the wet and dry ingredients together. Tiny lumps are fine.

Don’t overdo the mixing. If the batter seems too thin, sprinkle in a bit more flour until you have a good flowing consistency in the batter.

mixing to make eggless apple muffins batter

13. Add the chopped apples.

chopped apples added

14. Gently and carefully fold the apple pieces into the batter. Again, do not over mix.

raw batter prepared

Baking Apple Muffins

15. Now spoon the apple muffin batter into the muffin liners. Fill them to about ¾ capacity.

filled liners with muffin batter

16. Sprinkle on some cinnamon powder. If you have used sugar then at this step you can sprinkle some brown sugar on top.

cinnamon powder sprinkled

17. Bake in the oven for 25 to 30 minutes, until the tops are browned and a toothpick inserted in the apple muffins comes out clean.

Since oven temperature varies, be sure to keep an eye on the muffins. In an OTG, keep on the center rack and keep both the top and bottom heating elements on.

baking eggless apple muffins

18. When done, pull the muffins from the oven and let them sit in the pan for a few minutes.

baked apple muffins

19. After 3 to 4 minutes, remove the muffins and place them on a wire rack to finish cooling.

apple muffins on a wire rack

20. Serve the apple muffins warm or cooled completely. Refrigerate any leftovers for a couple of days. But best to have them fresh as the jaggery makes the muffins moist, if kept for more than 1 to 2 days.

eggless apple muffins served on a white plate

FAQs

What sweetener can I use other than jaggery?

You can use granulated white sugar, brown sugar, raw turbinado sugar, molasses, or other sweeteners you like.

What are the best apples for making apple muffins?

The sweeter the apples used the better your muffins will taste. I have used locally-grown Kinnaur apples that are crisp and sweet. Pink lady, honey crisp, and braeburn apples are all great options.

How should I serve homemade apple muffins?

Enjoy these freshly-baked muffins with coffee or tea as a breakfast or snack treat. They are also yummy for dessert with a glass of milk or almond milk.

How long do apple muffins keep well?

They will keep well for up to 1 to 2 days in the fridge. Keep in an airtight container or wrap tightly with plastic wrap. But I recommend enjoying them fresh if you have used jaggery as it makes the muffins moist after 1 to 2 days in the fridge. If you have used sugar then you can keep them for 3 to 4 days in the fridge.

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eggless apple muffins recipe

Apple Muffins (Eggless and Vegan)

Easy, tasty eggless and vegan apple muffins made with whole wheat flour, apples and jaggery. Makes for a healthy sweet snack.
4.59 from 17 votes
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 30 mins
Total Time 40 mins
Cuisine American, World
Course Desserts
Diet Vegan
Difficulty Level Easy
Servings 7 apple muffins
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Ingredients

Dry Ingredients

  • 1 cup whole wheat flour – leveled or 120 grams
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • ¼ teaspoon cinnamon powder (ground cinnamon)
  • 1 pinch salt
  • 1 to 2 pinch cinnamon powder for sprinkling on the top

Wet Ingredients

  • ½ cup warm water
  • ½ cup powdered or grated organic jaggery or 90 to 100 grams jaggery (you can also add ½ cup raw sugar or white sugar)
  • 1 large apple or 2 medium apples or 3 small apples or 150 grams apples, peeled, cored and chopped, about 1 to 1.25 cups chopped apples
  • ½ tablespoon apple cider vinegar or regular white vinegar
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract or essence
  • 3 tablespoon olive oil or any neutral flavored oil or melted butter

Instructions
 

Preparation

  • First line a muffin tray with muffin liners. You can also grease the pan with oil instead of using muffin liners.
  • Take the dry ingredients in a seive – whole wheat flour, baking soda, cinnamon powder and a pinch of salt.
  • Seive the dry ingredients in a dry tray or in a plate. Keep aside.
  • Then rinse, peel, core and chop the apples, in small cubes or pieces. Sprinkle a few drops of lemon juice so that the apples do not get discolored. This is optional and you can skip it. I did not add lemon juice. Preheat your oven to 180 degrees Celsius.

Making Batter

  • In a mixing bowl or pan, take warm water. You can warm the water on stovetop or microwave or in a electric heater.
  • Add the powdered jaggery or sugar.
  • Stir very well so that all the jaggery or sugar is dissolved.
  • Then add vanilla extract or essence. Add the olive oil. If using any other oil, use a neutral flavored oil. You can also use melted butter instead of oil. Stir briskly with the wired whisk for 2 to 3 minutes till the oil is mixed very well with the water.
  • Now add vinegar. You can use apple cider vinegar or the regular white vinegar. Mix again very well.
  • Add the sifted dry ingredients.
  • With a wired whisk and with light hand movements, stir and mix the wet and dry ingredients together. Tiny lumps are fine. Don't over do the mixing. Depending on the quality of wheat flour, you can add ¼ to ½ cup water to get a flowing consistency in the batter.
  • Then add the chopped apples.
  • Again with light hand movements in one or two round strokes, mix the apples with the rest of the batter.
  • Now spoon the batter in the muffin liners till ¾ of their capacity.
  • Sprinkle some cinnamon powder from top on all the muffins. If you have used sugar, then you can sprinkle some brown sugar from top.

Baking Apple Muffins

  • Keep the muffins to bake in the oven at 180 degrees celsius for 25 to 30 minutes. Till the tops are browned and a tooth pick inserted in the apple muffins comes out clean. 
  • Since the temperatures in all the ovens are not the same, do keep a check while baking. In an otg, keep on the center rack and keep both the top and bottom heating elements on.
  • After 3 to 4 minutes, remove the muffins and place them on a wired rack to cool.
  • Serve eggless apple muffins plain as a tea time dessert with milk, tea or coffee.

Notes

  • These apple muffins stay good for 1 to 2 days in the fridge. But due to jaggery muffins can become moist, if kept for more than 1 to 2 days. So better to have them fresh.
  • Instead of jaggery feel free to use the same amount of raw sugar, white sugar, brown sugar or turbinado sugar.
  • To make a big batch of muffins you can scale the recipe.
  •  The sweeter the apples used the better your muffins will taste. I have used locally-grown the Indian variety of Kinnaur apples that are crisp and sweet. Pink lady, honey crisp, and braeburn apples are all great options.

Nutrition Info (Approximate values)

Nutrition Facts
Apple Muffins (Eggless and Vegan)
Amount Per Serving (1 apple muffin)
Calories 186 Calories from Fat 54
% Daily Value*
Fat 6g9%
Saturated Fat 1g6%
Polyunsaturated Fat 1g
Monounsaturated Fat 4g
Sodium 85mg4%
Potassium 92mg3%
Carbohydrates 31g10%
Fiber 3g13%
Sugar 17g19%
Protein 2g4%
Vitamin A 16IU0%
Vitamin B1 (Thiamine) 1mg67%
Vitamin B2 (Riboflavin) 1mg59%
Vitamin B3 (Niacin) 1mg5%
Vitamin B6 1mg50%
Vitamin C 1mg1%
Vitamin E 1mg7%
Vitamin K 5µg5%
Calcium 14mg1%
Vitamin B9 (Folate) 8µg2%
Iron 1mg6%
Magnesium 25mg6%
Phosphorus 64mg6%
Zinc 1mg7%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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This Apple Muffins Recipe post from the archives (August 2015) has been republished and updated on 15 July 2021.

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102 Comments

  1. This recipe did not work well. Muffins baked from Upper and mushy from inside. Why is it so? Bcoz baking is not new for me

    1. sonal, try to bake for some more minutes. there will be some moisture due to the apples but the batter should bake well.

  2. I just made these and they turned out absolutely delicious. I am new to baking and all my successful attempts have been with your recipes.
    Thank you so much!!5 stars

  3. Turned out to be great, I have tried your apple muffins, banana cake and wheat nankhatai and they all were fab. First time baking with success. All thanks to you! Best part was I used organic whole wheat flour and organic jaggery in all the recipes with success and that makes it so healthy too.5 stars

    1. Welcome Garima. Glad to know that baking recipes are turning out good. I try to use whole wheat flour in baking recipes wherever possible to make them more healthy. I also use organic products wherever possible in my kitchen specially flour, sugar, tea, lentils and veggies.

  4. Thanks for this recipe.. This is my first at baking muffins. As soon as they are made will it be a little moist inside. How long it takes to get the porous texture?4 stars

    1. some moistness is there due to apples in the muffins. otherwise the texture of the muffins is soft and porous. time will vary from oven to oven.

  5. Hi! I usually so not go back and post a comment on the recipe but freely recommends to my friends..however this recipe was SO GOOD that I just had to come back and tell you so…I’ve never had such aromatic muffins even at the best bakery! My daughter loved them so much that she just gobbled them up two at a time – I didn’t even have time for pictures! Thanks a lot! Great recipe..i only tweaked by adding lemon juice in place of vinegar..turned out awesome5 stars

    1. Welcome Richa. Glad to know that you all liked the recipe so much. Nice to know this.

  6. Thanks for the great recipe.
    Tried once, came out perfect. When tried for second time, muffins got flat in the last (I saw them dome shaped in between cooking) and after taking it out they were all wet from inside. What could be wrong, please help.5 stars

    1. the muffins have not baked well. thats why they have got sunken or flat. you can keep them again and bake for some more time. for the next time, just bake for more minutes.

  7. Hi..I tried many of ur cakes on stove top…aluminum cake pan..on the bottom on pan need to put sand on stove in a small pan.all cakes came good.now want to check can I do muffins in the same method that is applying or brushing oil in the pan and then put muffins on that as u did in oven.pls suggest

    1. thanks san. you can do muffins with the same method. you can use small bowls (vatis) and place the muffin liners in it. this will keep them in shape. place the bowls in a pan. add sand the way you add. then bake.

      1. Thank you for your response. On unavailability, can I skip vanilla essence and vinegar? Will that hinder the taste of muffins.

        1. you can skip vanilla and can add some other aromatic ingredient like 1/4 teaspoon of cinnamon powder or cardamom powder. instead of vinegar use 1/2 tbsp lemon juice. some acidity is required for the baking soda to react. you can also use 1 tbsp of buttermilk instead of vinegar. with any ingredient you substitute, the taste and flavor will change.

    1. thankyou vilobha have taken your request fr pan cakes recipe, allow us some time to post.

  8. Hey I have tried many recipes from ur blog and they really turn out well but apple muffins didn’t worked for me.. Some apple pieces settled down on base of cupcakes and also cupcakes were not fluffy.. Can you please suggest me what must have went wrong.. I added powdered sugar instead of jaggery

    1. komal, thanks for sharing positive feedback on recipes. the fluffiness will not be there if the batter has folded/mixed too much or if the baking soda used is not fresh or not in its shelf life.

  9. Hello ma’am!
    A big fan of your wonderful blog! My mother and I did try many recipes which we learnt through this and it was all a great hit!
    I have a small request, that if you could please share a recipe of baking cakes etc in a pressure cooker.

    1. pleased to know this sharvari 🙂 glad your mom too likes our blog recipes. have taken your request for pressure cooker cake on our file thankyou so much.

  10. Hi Dear,i have learnt a lot from ur recepies so thank u so much for such a great blog,i want some suggestion ,actually i want to learn baking in delhi can u tell me how to start from where?

    1. thanks pooja. i do not know any institute or any person who teaches baking in delhi. if i knew some center or person personally, i would have recommended the same to you. however, for baking, i would suggest to take up the course in a professional institute. one of the institutes i have heard about a lot and very good for baking is le cordon bleu. but they do not have any center in india. i have heard they do offer online courses as well.

      1. ok.In most recipes I see both soda and powder.I am a newbie in baking ..;-).
        Have read the purpose of both in cakes but still confused as if there is any thumb rule to use these in recipes?

        1. usually baking soda is added to acidic ingredients in the batter. but i use both of them as the baking powder also helps in leavening.

  11. You are my cook book Your recipes are great and easy to follow thank you so much

  12. I made these cup cakes today. It came out perfect in my convection. Thanks for this easy and healthy recipe.. My family loved it.. Wish I could post my muffins pic5 stars

    1. glad to know this rish 🙂 thankyou for your positive words you could post your muffins pic on our facebook page or mail to us.

  13. These turned out delicious and made my vegan mom-in-law very happy 😉 Also great for my toddler. Thank you!

    1. you can try. i have never made the. just microwave for 3 minutes. if not cooked completely, then microwave for 30 seconds to 2 minutes. depend upon the microwave oven.

  14. Hi.Dassanijee I m very much fond of ur recepies. It comes out really very good in taste. Today I made apple muffins for my daughters tiffin it becomes very much soft n soggy from inside what can I do for this?2 stars

    1. bake for some more minutes. also did you measure the apples while adding. extra amount of apples will make the muffins soggy.

  15. Hi! I am in love with all your recipes!
    I tried this apple muffin recipe last night and by this morning the kids had wiped them out!
    You are my go to “Cook book” ?
    None of your recipes have ever failed and your instructions and pictures are always very clear!
    Keep up the great work and looking forward to many more wonderful dishes!!

    1. thanks nimisha for sharing this sweet and positive feedback on recipes. glad to know this.

    1. vinegar is an essential acidic ingredient that helps in making the muffins soft and fluffy by reacting with the baking soda. substitute is lemon or lime juice.

    1. aarti, i don’t know how the muffins with grated apple will turn out.

    1. burugupalli, they stay good for 3-4 days in the fridge. but due to jaggery muffins can become moist, if kept for more than 1-2 days. so better to have them fresh.

  16. Yumm..Yum.. I havent baked ever in my life. Would love to start with this apple muffins.

  17. I just wonder how come ALL your recipes are so perfect ALL the time! 🙂 I have tried so many of your recipes – apple crumble, apple muffins, whole wheat pizza, chocolate chip cookis, pav recipe, bhindi masala etc etc. I follow the exact steps and everytime it turns out perfect. THANKS A LOT! 🙂
    I think yours is the only blog which allows to alternate sugar with jaggery and maida with atta. And this works perfectly for a healthy meal.
    Thanks again from the bottom of my heart 🙂5 stars

    1. welcome sugandh. thanks for your kind words. all recipes in the blog are tried and tested. may be thats why they turn out good. we prefer sharing healthy recipes, unless there is no option.

  18. The muffins baked as a cake on 7.5″ turned out really nice. Thank you dasssana.

  19. Hi Dassana I tried it like a cake, it turned out awesome, thank you. If I need it a little sweeter can I do a mix of jaggery and sugar, can you pl. suggest a proportion

    1. welcome aparna. you can use equal proportion of both. you can also add few more tbsp of jaggery, if only using jaggery.

  20. Hi! I love your blog and have made quite a few recipes… The banana muffins turned out SO nice! I made a second batch today! But these apple muffins didn’t turn out well for me yesterday.. They were wet n uncooked from inside and got burnt from outside… I had followed your recipe exactly like you have told… What must have gone wrong I don’t know…. 🙁

    1. thanks ameya. i think could be a high temperature in the oven. you can try lowering the temperature the next time by 10 to 15 degrees less.

    1. aparna, i have not tried but i think it should work. you have to give it a try.

  21. Hii,
    I made many recipes of urs. All came out too good. Thanks will b very small word for providing yummy recipes. Here I want to know can I avoid apple n make chocolate muffins using cocoa powder if yes than how much cocoa should I use using same recipe with jaggery as my making for my 2 years baby

    1. thanks. you can add 1 to 2 tbsp of cocoa powder. 2 tbsp would make the muffins a bit dark then 1 tbsp.

  22. hi a very nutritious recipe for cupcake lovers and easy also. Is the flour used in the recipe from 24 Mantra brand?

  23. Recipe is 2gud waiting for more egg less vegetarian recipies send more interesting recipes4 stars

  24. Very nice. I have micro wave oven at my house. Please tell me the temperature of eggless apple muffins.

    1. Temperature is already mentioned in the post. The muffins can be baked in the convection mode of microwave oven.

  25. Very nice and healthy recipe I l’ll definitely try this thanks, keep on sharing this kind of recipes.4 stars

  26. As this is eggless I will sure try this for my kids thanks alot. Can you tell me what can I use other alternative for egg in other cake recipe.

    1. It depends on the recipe and the ingredients that are used. So the egg substitute cannot be one type or generalized.

  27. Very healthy and tasty muffins.I like ur recipes so much i tried many recipes all came out well thank you so much mam4 stars

      1. Hii dassana,
        Your recipes are really awesome. I tried apple muffins it tasted superb.I would like to know which fruits i can use instead of apple as i want to use whole wheat atta, olive oil and jaggery to make muffins or cake. Also tell me cinnamon can be used for any fruit?

        1. thanks gitanjali. cinnamon goes well with fruits like apples, pumpkin and pear. but then i even tried adding cinnamon with mangoes and lemon, but did not like the final flavor. it more of a individual preference. in this recipe, you can use fruits like pear and peaches.

        2. Thanks a lot. I would like to know if i want to make blueberry muffins same recipe will work?