Apple Oatmeal Breakfast Muffins (Vegan + Gluten-free)

  • Looking for a healthy yet delicious morning muffin to grab and go? Well, you don’t need to look further than these Apple Oatmeal Breakfast Muffins.

    We’re taking full advantage of apple season with these beauty muffins! They are perfectly sweet, cozy and comforting, and apple rich. There’s only 10 ingredients required to make these warm and cozy muffins. Plus, they’re vegan and gluten-free. What more could we ask for?

    I love to make these apple oatmeal muffins for a simple and healthy breakfast that you can enjoy with tea, or as a grab and go breakfast or snack. They keep nicely in the fridge so you can nosh on them throughout the week. That is, if they last that long…

    So, let’s get started on how to make these simple Apple Oatmeal Breakfast Muffins.

    Apple Oatmeal Breakfast Muffins

    Apple Oatmeal Breakfast Muffins

    The ingredients

    Only 10 ingredients are needed in making these warm and comforting Apple Oatmeal Breakfast Muffins. The ingredients are simple, and you probably already have them in your pantry. Which is why I’m giving this muffin recipe my newbie cook stamp of approval.

    To make these Apple Oatmeal Breakfast Muffins, you’ll need:

    1. gluten-free large flake oats
    2. chia seeds
    3. almond milk
    4. pure maple syrup
    5. coconut oil
    6. vanilla extract
    7. cinnamon
    8. baking powder
    9. salt
    10. apple

    As you can see, the ingredient list is pretty straight forward, And if you don’t already have them on hand, they can be easily found in most grocery stores.

    The steps for making these muffins are effortless. Simply toss everything in a bowl (minus the grated apple), and let soak overnight. In the morning, add your grated apples to the mix. Scoop the batter into a muffin tray and bake. It couldn’t be more simple.

    ingredients for apple oatmeal breakfast muffins

    Vegan Baking: Using Chia as an egg substitute

    Now, if you’re not used to vegan baking you’re probably wondering how these muffins stay together without egg? That my friends, is the chia. Chia is a great egg substitute for all kinds of vegan baking. It helps to thicken and bind the batter together, just like an egg would.

    For this recipe, I’ve kept it simple by adding 1 tbsp chia to the batter to help with binding. Often, I will grind the chia into a powder, so that when added to a liquid it resembles much the same consistency as an egg. However, since this recipe is already quite textured with the oats, I’ve bypassed this extra step. (But I do often do this with recipes like my Flourless Chocolate Chip Cookies).

    If you don’t have chia, you can also sub the chia for ground flaxseed. Flax is often used in vegan baking as an egg substitute, although I find that chia is a highly underrated and stellar alternative to the egg.

    Apple Oatmeal Breakfast Muffins

    A few notes about these Apple Oatmeal Breakfast Muffins

    As mentioned above, this recipe is super simple to create. And anyone can do it! Which is why I’ve given it my newbie cook stamp of approval. But, there are a few notes to really perfecting these vegan breakfast muffins every time.

    First, it’s best to leave sufficient soak time. We want to give the oats and chia sufficient time to soak in the almond milk to get an ultra moist muffin. My recommendation is to soak the batter overnight and cook in the morning. But if you forget this step, or want to make the muffins same day, I recommend to wait at least two hours for soak time.

    Lastly, it’s best to add the grated apple at the end, mixing together with the batter just before cooking. I like to do this so that the apple doesn’t get too browned and soggy.

    See more about making this recipe in the instructions below.

    Apple Oatmeal Breakfast Muffins

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    Shop my Kitchen

    I’m always asked what items I like to use in the kitchen. So, I’ve included my favourites for making these Vegan and Gluten-free Apple Oatmeal Breakfast Muffins below.

    Cuisinart SMB-12MP Easy Grip Bakeware 12-Cup Muffin Pan 

    This is the muffin pan I used for this recipe. It’s a great non-stick pan with good side grips.

    Le Creuset Medium Spatula – Soleil

    I love this spatula for mixing, and scooping up any leftover batter

    Copper Measuring Cups and Spoons

    Not exactly the same, but very similar

    Stainless Steel Mixing Bowl

    Apple Oatmeal Breakfast Muffins

    So, now you know how to make these deliciously sweet and healthy Apple Oatmeal Breakfast Muffins. Whether you’re snuggling up in a blanket with muffin and tea in hand, or enjoying as a grab and go breakfast, these muffins are always a cozy treat. And, there is no better way to celebrate apple season than cooking up a batch of these healthy muffins. I hope you enjoy them as much as I do.

    And, if you do make this recipe please let me know in the comments below what you think! I love hearing from you. And of course, tag me on Instagram with the hashtag #twospoons. Nothing makes me happier than to see your recreations!

  • Apple Oatmeal Breakfast Muffins (Vegan + Gluten-free)

    Warm and cozy apple oatmeal breakfast muffins. Enjoy with a cup of tea, or on the go. Healthy, vegan and gluten-free.
    Category Breakfast, Snack
    Cuisine gluten-free, vegan baking
    Keyword apple, muffins, vegan baking, vegan breakfast
    Prep Time 10 minutes
    Cook Time 25 minutes
    Total Time 1 hour 10 minutes
    Servings 12 muffins
    Author Hannah Sunderani


    • 2 1/2 cup gluten-free large flake oats
    • 1 tbsp chia seeds
    • 1 1/2 cup almond milk
    • 1/3 cup pure maple syrup
    • 2 tbsp coconut oil melted,
    • 1 tsp vanilla extract
    • 1 tsp cinnamon
    • 1 tsp baking powder
    • 1/4 tsp salt
    • 1/2 cup gala apple, grated (approx. 1 apple)


    • Combine oats and chia in a large bowl. Add milk, maple syrup, melted coconut oil, vanilla extract, cinnamon, baking powder and salt. Mix to combine. Cover bowl and place in the fridge to soak overnight. (Or for at least 2 hours)
    • Preheat oven to 375F/190C. Add grated apple to muffin mixture and stir to combine. Lightly coat muffin tray with coconut oil and scoop muffin mixture into cups.
    • Bake muffins until golden and fluffy, approx. 25 to 30 minutes. Transfer to a cooling rack


    Calories: 152kcal | Carbohydrates: 25g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 5g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 0.1g | Sodium: 109mg | Potassium: 46mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 8g

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    2 comments on “Apple Oatmeal Breakfast Muffins (Vegan + Gluten-free)

    1. Yum – these sound so yummy! I have been looking for an apple muffin/cake recipe!

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