This Apple Cinnamon & Walnut Vegan Muffin Recipe is going to be your new favorite breakfast, snack or dessert recipe!
I have a confession. Pumpkin spice isn’t my favorite fall flavor… Apple cinnamon is. I know that may come as a shock to some, but there’s something so satisfying about the tart sweetness of apple and cinnamon. Not to mention, anything apple reminds me of growing up in Nova Scotia, where we would go apple picking with friends or family annually. I may be biased, but I think Nova Scotia apples from the Annapolis Valley are some of the absolute best, which is where the inspiration for this recipe was born.
I created this Apple Cinnamon & Walnut Vegan Muffin Recipe based off of my Vegan Banana Chocolate Chip Muffin recipe, which is one of the most popular recipes on my blog! I tend to lean towards muffin recipes that are slightly sweet but packed with nutritious goodies like chia seeds, oats, bananas, and any other additives I feel like. This makes them the perfect grab and go breakfast, snack or healthy dessert! Not to mention they’re kid-approved and can be easily packed in a school or work lunchbox!
Oats: Oats are an incredible whole grain and a great source of plant-based iron and soluble fiber! The oats in this recipe give the muffins a hearty, chewy texture and replace some of the flour.
Spelt flour: Spelt is an ancient grain that can be made into either whole wheat or white flour. I used whole wheat spelt flour in this recipe because it has a slightly higher fiber content than regular whole wheat flour, but if you don’t have it on hand, it can be easily subbed 1:1 for whole wheat flour or all-purpose flour!
Walnuts: Walnuts are an incredible source of healthy fats, particularly omega-3! Omega-3 is essential fatty acid that’s important for brain, heart and eye health, as well as the anti-inflammatory mechanisms in the body. Read more about omega-3 here!
Apples: Apples are in season during the fall, and add such a sweet-yet-tart flavor to these muffins! Apples are rich in fiber and vitamin C.
Chia egg: If you’re new to vegan baking, the chia egg is about to be your new best friend! Mixing just 1 tbsp of chia seeds with 2.5 tbsp of water forms an egg-like gel that helps to bind baked goods together! Bonus: Chia seeds are also rich in fiber, calcium and omega-3!
Apple Cinnamon & Walnut Vegan Muffin Recipe
These healthy Apple Cinnamon & Walnut Vegan Muffins are the perfect grab-and-go breakfast, snack or dessert option for the whole family!
- 1 tbsp Chia seeds
- 1½ cups Spelt whole wheat flour Can sub with all-purpose or whole wheat flour
- 1 cup Rolled oats
- 1/4 cup Sugar
- 2 tsp Baking powder
- 1 tsp Baking soda
- ½ tsp Salt
- 1 tbsp Cinnamon
- ¾ cup Plant-based milk of choice I used oat milk
- 1 tsp Vanilla
- 1⅛ cup Mashed banana
- 2 tbsp Coconut oil melted
- ½ cup Walnuts chopped
- 1½ cup Chopped apple about 1 medium apple
Preheat oven to 375 F. Grease muffin tin with coconut oil, or use muffin liners.
In a small bowl, combine chia seeds with 2.5 tbsp of water. Let sit for 5 minutes to gel.
In a large bowl, combine flour, oats, sugar, cinnamon, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Whisk to combine.
In a medium bowl, combine chia egg, plant-based milk, mashed banana, and melted coconut oil.
Pour the wet mixture into the dry mixture and stir until just combined (do not overstir). Add in the diced apple and chopped walnuts.
Pour batter evenly into muffin tin of 12.
Cook for 17 minutes (plus or minus 2 minutes based on your oven). Let cool in tin, then enjoy!
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