Apple Crumble Muffins (Gluten-Free, Vegan)



The perfect breakfast muffin, filled with delicious bite size pieces of apples. They are gluten-free, vegan, sugar-free and oil-free. They are hearty and filling, high in fiber so they are very good for your. Perfect way to start the day. I actually made two batches today, one for breakfast and one for supper.



  • 1 cup brown rice flour
  • ½ cup gluten-free rolled oats
  • ½ cup almond meal
  • ½ -¾ cup coconut palm sugar
  • 2 tablespoons flax seed meal
  • 1 ½ teaspoons baking powder
  • ¼ teaspoon sea salt
  • 1 cup almond milk (I used Silk)
  • 1 really ripe banana, mashed
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 apple peeled, cored and finely diced, extra for garnish)
  • Garnish:
    • 2 tablespoons coconut palm sugar
    • 2 tablespoons almond meal
    • Pinch cardamom


Preheat oven 350°F and line muffin tin with liners. In a large bowl, add brown rice flour, rolled oats, almond meal, coconut palm sugar, flaxseed meal, baking powder and sea salt. In another bowl mix the almond milk, banana and vanilla. Stir into the dry mixture and combine well, I used a wire whisk. Fold in apple pieces. Spoon batter into muffin liners evenly. Combine topping in a small bowl and sprinkle on top of muffin batters. Bake for 30 minutes or until fork inserted comes out clean. Transfer to cooling rack and allow to cool for 5 minutes.

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Chef’s Tip: I made my own almond meal using a high speed blender to process whole almonds. I also did the same with flax seeds to make flax seed meal.

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  1. Oh my, these look like little bites of perfection! I usually make muffins with the kids on Fridays, so I may have to give these a try this afternoon :)

  2. Mel @

    I love muffins for breakfast. They sound delicious and are full of such healthy ingredients. Yum!

  3. Marielle Altenor

    My son was complaining about always eating the same thing for breakfast. These muffins would be a nice change! I might have to make a batch for him.

  4. Wonderful! I don’t have many recipes for gluten-free baked goods, and while I’m not gluten free- I am trying to eat a less gluten-heavy diet. And my kids ALWAYS like a muffin!

  5. Well it does not look or taste like cardboard to me because that is how I viewed any recipe with that heading before…LOL…You have converted me and I will be sure to give it a try

  6. Letty / Letty's Kitchen

    I’m a big believer in topping muffins with a bit of something. I love your topping of almond meal, coconut sugar and cardamom!

  7. Vanessa @ VeganFamilyRecipes

    I love a good crumble on my muffin ;) These look delicious. Love that they are gluten-free too!

  8. Claudette Esterine

    I must confess to being one of those who thought that most gluten-free baked items would be tasteless but you are proving me wrong. :)

  9. I love muffins and apple go well with them! Thanks for sharing this recipe. I can’t believe it’s gluten free! That is so awesome.

  10. Yum! I’d love to wake up to these :) I’m glad the recipe is oil-free too, I’ve been trying to move more towards that. Thanks for sharing!

    • Michelle Blackwood

      Alice, oats do not contain gluten, most are cross-contaminated with wheat during harvest and storage. They contain the avidin protein, which for some people give a similiar reaction as gluten. You can obtain certified gluten-free oats from Bobredmills. Not everyone who reacts negative to gluten react to oats. If you react negatively then substitute oats for a gluten-free flour.

  11. Nicole @Little Blog on the Homestead

    These look delicious! It is just the start of Apple season here and I am so excited to make all things apple :-) muffins being one of my favorites

  12. I’m severely allergic to all nuts, and i was wondering what i could use as a substitute for the almond meal?

    Thanks! Im very excited to try out this recipe for the fall :)

  13. Susan | LunaCafe

    Love all these flavors and textures, and especially love the crunchy topping. Lovely muffins.

  14. I am always trying to find delicious new ways to eat something healthy that was not so healthy before! These look delicious!

  15. Nibbles By Nic

    I was wondering what to do with my Coconut Palm Sugar and had been planning on doing some muffins! Now I have the perfect recipe! Thanks!

  16. These muffins look perfect…I love that golden color. This would be perfect in the morning with coffee. Pinned for later. xo, Catherine

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