Vegan Apple Bottom Muffins

by Jenn (eating bender) on October 22, 2011

There were no boots with the fur, but those wouldn’t have paired quite as well with these…

Earlier this week, I finally made use of the apples from our orchard adventure. There were a number of baked possibilities to choose from – pie, crisp, donuts and tarts come to mind first – but after perusing various muffin recipes, I settled on a combination of ingredients and decided to make a delicious dozen. Bonus points: they’re whole wheat and vegan!

I probably didn’t fool you with that picture, right?

Vegan Apple Bottom Muffins

Ingredients (makes 12 regular-sized muffins):

  • 2 1/4 cups whole wheat pastry flour
  • 1/2 cup light brown sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 2 cups unsweetened vanilla almond milk
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup
  • 3 tablespoons canola oil
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 2 apples, chopped (I used Jonathan)


Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Mix dry ingredients and wet ingredients separately, then add wet to the dry and mix well. The batter will be lumpy. Chop your apples so that they are roughly 1/2 inch cubes.

Add the chopped apples to the batter and mix until they are evenly distributed. Dole out equal portions of the “apple bottom” batter into the twelve cups of a greased muffin pan.

Bake at 400 degrees for 20 minutes. Muffins will be slightly browned on the edges of their tops. You can also use the toothpick trick on one of the bigger muffins to make sure it comes out clean.

Allow them to cool for a couple of minutes before removing from the pan. Also allow penguins to watch.

Pick one of the most delectable looking muffins in the batch. You’re the official taste tester, after all.

Prepare to be amazed by the sweet, cinnamon-sugar-maple-apple goodness. The combination of all four in this recipe is what I think truly made these spectacular.

Nutrition Information (per muffin):

  • 182 calories
  • 5g fat
  • 35g carbohydrates
  • 4g fiber
  • 3g protein

This was the first time I’ve ever baked with apples. You can bet I will be experimenting more often!

It looks like a gorgeous day outside. Off to get some fresh air before the Northwestern vs. Penn State game. It’s our homecoming, so hopefully the Cats can pull off an extra special win. No offense, Erica. šŸ˜‰

What are you up to this weekend?


1 Erica October 22, 2011 at 2:30 pm

Haha none taken :) Enjoy!!! The muffins look awesome! Love the flavor of baked muffins. It took me a minute to get the first line of the post!

2 Michelle (Peachy Palate) October 22, 2011 at 2:46 pm

They look yum, love apple muffins. If you cook them in the microwave on high once chopped with cinnamon for 2 minutes and a tsp of water before putting in the batter it makes them even more yummy! :)

3 Jenn (eating bender) October 27, 2011 at 4:32 pm

Yum! Thanks for the tip, Michelle!

4 Melissa @TryingtoHeal October 23, 2011 at 12:56 pm

Oh, those looks great! I have been hanging out with Whit this weekend and taking advantage of some serious kitchen time by baking, making sushi, fajitas, eggs benedict, lots lots lots more!

have a great one lady!! I miss you!

5 Brittany October 24, 2011 at 7:08 am

I went apple picking with Isaac’s class last week so I’m looking for good apple recipes as well! I’ll keep this one in mind.

Hope you are doing well lady!!

6 Megan (Braise The Roof) October 24, 2011 at 8:50 am

Yum, good call on the muffins! I always end up getting lazy and just making a crisp when I have lots of apples, but these are a lot healthier (you know, unless I put a big dollop of Cool Whip on them like I do with the crisp. šŸ˜‰ )!

7 Paige October 24, 2011 at 9:56 am

Mmm! I’m now ready for a second breakfast! Chicago certainly was gorgeous this weekend :)

8 Kristie October 24, 2011 at 11:57 am

Those muffins look so yummy Jenn! Good thing the muffins didn’t get low after baking ;).

9 Jenn (eating bender) October 27, 2011 at 4:33 pm

Um…you are so awesome. :)

10 munchkrennland October 24, 2011 at 12:43 pm

Mmm… a great season for cooking with apples and pumpkin. I’m enjoying the last slice of pumpkin cake with cream cheese icing. :)

11 Jenn (eating bender) October 27, 2011 at 4:34 pm

‘Tis the season, indeed! :)

12 October 24, 2011 at 8:20 pm

Yum! I’m on a huge muffin kick AND I still have some apples left from my trip to the apple orchard that need to be used. Thanks for sharing – and contributing to my muffin problem. šŸ˜‰

13 Jenn (eating bender) October 27, 2011 at 4:35 pm

I’d say there is no such thing as a muffin problem. šŸ˜‰ Mmm…muffins! Haha!

14 Katie | October 27, 2011 at 5:08 am

The muffins look awesome and have inspired me to cook with apples instead of just eating them with pnut butter :) Maybe I’ll make an apple pie for Thanksgiving?!

15 Jenn (eating bender) October 27, 2011 at 4:36 pm

Sounds awesome, Katie! I’ve never tried making apple pie but now I may have to!

16 RockStarYogi February 5, 2012 at 6:11 pm

I followed the recipe using AP flour and the muffins came out of the oven not done!!! I left them in for an extra 10 minutes at 375 degrees. As cute as your recipe was it didn’t work for me. Too bad. Made the house smell great, tho!

17 Jenn (eating bender) February 5, 2012 at 6:42 pm

I’m sorry to hear the timing was off for you — but glad they ultimately worked out and smelled nice along the way! I will definitely re-check the oven time next time I make them, too.

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