Gluten Free Apple Muffins

These Healthy Apple Muffins are made with oat flour and are packed with seasonal apples and raisins. These gluten free apple muffins are easy to make, using just one bowl to put together! They make a great on-the-go breakfast or snack, will be a hit with picky kids and are 100% nut-free!

Healthy Apple Muffins with Oats and Raisins

These Healthy Apple Muffins are made with oat flour and coconut flour and are stuffed with shredded apples, cinnamon and raisins. They are the perfect fall breakfast that is happens to be nut-free, gluten-free and refined sugar free! These kid-friendly muffins are easy to make (and a fun baking project with the kids) and because they are nut-free they are safe to send to school. Keep a batch in the freezer and pop in the lunch box in the morning and these healthy oat muffins will be ready to go by the time lunch time hits. They are also a healthy midday snack that truly everyone will love!

Ingredients for Apple Oat Muffins

  • Oat Flour
  • Coconut Flour
  • Unsweetened Apple Sauce
  • Maple Syrup
  • Butter or Coconut Oil
  • Apples
  • Raisins
  • Cinnamon
  • Baking Powder
  • Eggs

What kind of oat flour is best to use?

As we’ve said in previous oat flour recipes, we recommend you buy premade oat flour. It isn’t expensive and it is easy to purchase in most stores. However, if you want to make your own oat flour, you certainly can. We just recommend you try to get it as fine as possible.

How do you measure oat flour

If you have an electronic kitchen scale at home, it’s best to use it here to measure oat flour. Oat flour can be tricky to measure as it can be easily compacted, even straight from the bag. The same goes for coconut flour because such a small difference in measuring it can impact a recipe because it is an absorbent flour. So we’ve included the weight in grams here. Any electronic kitchen scale can switch between grams and ounces, and grams are more precise so we’re offering that. If you don’t have a scale: lightly packing the oat flour into the cup measurement gets you as close to the correct measurement as possible. For coconut flour scoop it in the tablespoon and then level it off.

To Peel or Not to Peel the Apple

The apples are grated before being folded into the batter. Grating the apples both adds moisture to the muffin and makes sure that the apples are cooked through quickly. You can leave the peel on the apple, or you can peel it off. We prefer the texture and nutritional value that leaving the (organic) peel on imparts, but feel free to remove it if you prefer.

How to store Healthy Apple Oatmeal Muffins

We’ve tested storing these at room temperature covered loosely, in an air tight container and in the freezer. They all work! But we prefer to keep these at room temperature covered (in a non-air tight way) for two days at most. The muffins get more moist as the days go on, especially in an airtight container, which can make them feel dense.

So if you want to keep them the freshest, you can store in the freezer. If you are packing these for lunches for kids, or a snack for yourself, you can take them from the freezer the morning of and place in a container. In an hour or two the muffins are defrosted and ready to eat.

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Gluten Free Apple Muffins

These Healthy Apple Muffins are made with oats and are packed with seasonal apples and raisins. These gluten free apple muffins are easy to make, using just one bowl to put together! They make a great on-the-go breakfast or snack, will be a hit with picky kids and are 100% nut-free!

  • Author: Lexi
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 18 minutes
  • Total Time: 28 minutes
  • Yield: 12 1x
  • Category: Breakfast
  • Cuisine: Gluten-free, Dairy-free, Nut-free


  • 2 large eggs
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened apple sauce
  • ½ cup grass-fed butter or coconut oil, melted and slightly cooled
  • ½ cup maple syrup
  • 11/2 cups (180g) oat flour
  • 2 tablespoon (14g) coconut flour
  • 2 teaspoon baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • ½ cup raisins
  • 2 medium apples, grated (about 11/2 cups lightly packed grated apple)


  1. Preheat oven to 350ºF and line a 12 cup muffin tin with silicone or parchment paper liners.
  2. In a large bowl add eggs, apple sauce, melted butter and maple syrup and whisk together. 
  3. Add oat flour, coconut flour, baking powder, cinnamon and salt and mix with a spatula until smooth.
  4. Fold in raisins and apples.
  5. Fill each muffin cup ¾ full.
  6. Bake in the middle rack for 18-20 minutes, or until the muffins spring back when touched.


We’ve found store bought oat flour to be different than homemade. We prefer the texture to store bought and suggest that is what you use.

If you have an electronic scale at home please use it to measure the flour, as these flours are notorious for being difficult to measure with cup measurements.

If your oat flour or coconut flour is very clumpy sift them.


  • Serving Size: 1 cupcake
  • Calories: 106
  • Sugar: 15.9g
  • Sodium: 106mg
  • Fat: 3.8g
  • Saturated Fat: 1.5g
  • Carbohydrates: 17.9g
  • Fiber: 1.2g
  • Protein: 1.6g
  • Cholesterol: 32mg

September 25, 2019

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40 Responses

  1. These are fantastic!!! I had a feeling it was almond flour used, but couldn’t tell because they don’t have an overpowering nutty flavor like some Paleo baked goods. Thanks for sharing some with me. Now I need a few apples so I can make them at home. 🙂

  2. The instructions say to add salt in with the flours and other dry ingredients. I don’t see salt in the ingredients. How much salt would you suggest?
    Making these right now. They look good

  3. Hi,
    I’m new to your site. I made these and my neighbor loved them. I however can’t have honey or maple syrup. Is there anything else I can use for sweetner. No sugar for me.
    Thanks in advance for any help you can give me.
    Great recipe

  4. These are so good! We used homemade oat flour and they still turned out great! Not overly sweet, but definitely sweet enough. Another plus – my 2 year old son loves them! You could get away with using less Apple, but regardless they turned out really good!

  5. I made these yesterday and they’re already gone! This recipe was super easy and quick in just one bowl with ingredients I already had. I shared them at work and they got a.10 out of 10 rating from everyone! Will be making these a lot!!

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  6. Make these today! They are delicious and the perfect fall breakfast. I was sad when the last one was gone., and I’ll probably be making another batch ASAP.

  7. Can I just use gluten free flour like Bob’s or Jules blends instead of the oat flour if that is what I have on hand? Would I need to alter anything?

    1. We haven’t tried, as this recipe is developed specifically for oat flour and coconut flour. If you try, let us know how it goes!

  8. These are delicious! Moist and flavorful. I omitted the raisins and added in some chopped nuts. I’ve already baked them two weekends in a row!

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  9. Woooooow, these muffins are INSANE! They don’t have that typical gluten-free texture so many GF baked goods have (which I don’t mind, it’s just kind of obvious sometimes, if that makes sense.) They of course smelled glorious while cooking. I actually got 18 muffins out of the recipe (zero complaints here about that). We didn’t use raisins as we had none and aren’t big raisin people. I have a bunch in the freezer and plan to make more with our recent apple-picking haul. Delicious!! Go make them now! 🙂

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  10. Delicious! I didn’t have enough maple syrup on hand and used about 1/3 cup instead of a half, added some large apple slices and almond slices to the top instead of raisins. SO GOOD, will absolutely be making these again!

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  11. Looks great!
    Can you replace the maple syrup with honey or silan? And if yes, replace one for one?
    Also can I use GF flour in place of the coconut flour? I don’t have coconut flour in hand now.

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