Apple Muffins

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


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


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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Easy, tasty eggless and vegan apple muffins made with whole wheat flour, apples and jaggery. Makes for a healthy sweet snack.

Prep Time 10 mins

Cook Time 30 mins

Total Time 40 mins

Servings 7 apple muffins


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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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