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Low Fat Vegan Apple Cinnamon Muffins

Low Fat Apple Cinnamon Muffins [Vegan, Sugar-Free & Gluten-Free]

I created these low fat vegan apple cinnamon muffins almost a month ago when I was in Barcelona. So, whenever I make them now, the smell and taste take me back to my second hometown and I sigh longingly ๐Ÿ™‚

Don’t forget there’s tutorial video further down!

I had just published vegan gluten-free blueberry muffins recipe before the trip and was quite obsessed with those. However, blueberries cost a fortune in Barcelona, which is why I used that I had in hand. It just so happened that apples were the only suitable fruits in my kitchen the morning I wanted to bake a new batch of muffins. So, I used those, added quite a bit of cinnamon and the result blew me away! Consequently I stuck to those low fat vegan apple cinnamon muffins for our entire stay.

Low Fat Vegan Apple Cinnamon Muffins

For the first batch I used only buckwheat. However, I wanted to bring the glycemic load of my muffins down and substituted half of the buckwheat with oat bran. As result, one muffin had almost 3 GL points less than before. Awesome, isnโ€™t it?!

To sum it up, my low fat vegan apple cinnamon muffins are almost as healthy as muffins can get. Besides being plant-based and oil-free, they are also gluten-free and sugar-free. Now, oil-free doesnโ€™t always mean low fat. However, in this case I can proudly say that it does, because you only get 19.8% of calories from fat from this muffin recipe. Of course, you could make them even leaner by ditching the peanut butter altogether. In fact, I have tried nut butter free version and they taste equally good.

Low Fat Vegan Apple Cinnamon Muffins

Low Fat Vegan Apple Cinnamon Muffins

Ingredients:6-8 muffins

  • 80g (2.82oz) raw buckwheat, soaked
  • 80g (2.82oz) oat bran
  • 1 big ripe banana (210g, 7.4oz with skin)
  • 1 tbsp. (16g, 0.6oz) peanut butter without additives
  • 2 tbsps. (30g, 1.06oz) unsweetened applesauce
  • 2 tsps. cinnamon
  • ยผ tsp. Himalayan salt
  • 160g (5.6oz) naturally sweet plant milk (oat or rice)
  • 2 tsps. aluminium free baking powder
  • 1 tbsp. poppy seeds (add later)
  • 1 cup (100g, 3.5oz) apple cubes, add later

Directions

  1. Firstly, soak buckwheat overnight (or all day or at least 6 hours). Rinse and drain.
  2. Heat oven to 175ยฐC (350ยฐF).
  3. Next, put all ingredients except baking powder, poppy seeds and diced apple in blender and blend until smooth batter is formed.
  4. Now, blend in baking powder. Then mix in (DONโ€™T BLEND) poppy seeds and apple cubes.
  5. Finally, divide the batter between 6 muffin forms and bake for 40 minutes until the muffins are golden.

These low fat apple cinnamon muffins make a delightful breakfast or mid-morning/afternoon snack with tea or coffee.

Nutritional info per โ…™ of recipe: 179 kcal, 24.6g carbohydrates (67.2%), 3.92g fats (19.8%), 5.83g protein (13.1%), 5.39g fibres, and 11.4 GL (glycemic load) points.

Tips for my low fat vegan apple cinnamon muffins:

  • Make smaller muffins by dividing the batter between 8 muffin moulds and bake for 35 minutes. Youโ€™d get 8.55 GL points and 134 kcal from โ…› of the recipe.
  • Now, if you donโ€™t tolerate avenin in oats, use only buckwheat. Take 160 grams of raw buckwheat and soak overnight. Instead of 160g of oat milk, use only 100g.
  • Next, make sure not to overload the muffin batter with apple cubes or theyโ€™d turn out too moist inside. Should you have a bit more than 100g of apple, cut bigger chunks and add them on top of each muffin.
  • Furthermore, you can freeze the leftovers and heat your muffin in the oven whenever necessary. This way you save yourself a lot of meal prep hassle during the week.
  • Finally, those allergic to peanut butter can use any other unsweetened nut or seed butter. Furthermore, you can also ditch the butter altogether.

Low Fat Vegan Apple Cinnamon Muffins

16 Comments

  1. Yum!! These look amazing, going to try this weekend! ๐Ÿ˜€ Could I use anything in place of the oat bran? Am intolerant to oats and gluten ๐Ÿ™

    • Nele Liivlaid

      Hey there!

      Thank you! I hope you’re going to like them! I wrote under tips: Now, if you donโ€™t tolerate avenin in oats, use only buckwheat. Take 160 grams of raw buckwheat and soak overnight. Instead of 160g of oat milk, use only 100g.

      Happy baking!

  2. Nathalie Marie Wood

    Is there anything to use in place of bananas to make it more candida friendly?

    • Nele Liivlaid

      Hi Nathalie!

      You can use applesauce or pumpkin puree instead and add xylitol for some sweetness. The original recipe would be OK after the reintroduction is done. I’m having those muffins without any setbacks.

  3. Nele, I made these last night and they were wonderful. My sons favorite. I was making another apple cinnamon muffin with banana recipe (tons of mashed banana in that recipe) but they were always mushy inside no so yours were much much better. The other recipe called for shredded apple but yum it is much better cubed. I used exactly the amount of apple listed just to make sure they were not too moist inside (ok, I admit to shredding half and left half cubed but was so wishing I had left it all cubed because I loved biting into those cubed apple bits).

    My batter was real liquidy but they turned out great but is that normal? For instance your chocolaty pumpkin muffins batter was real thick. At first I thought they were going to be too mushy inside also but it firmed right up after about 15-20 min of sitting there cooling. And I was worried at first since that batter was so liquidy but as I said, they came out great. I did use maple syrup and dates instead of xylitol but put half the applesauce in case the added liquid of the maple syrup would be too much liquid but maybe that would not matter.

    • Nele Liivlaid

      Hi Pam!

      You make me so happy with your comments ๐Ÿ™‚

      Yes, the batter of the apple-cinnamon muffins is supposed to be fairly liquid. The pumpkin muffins have much more puree in them and that’s why the recipe requires for more grains — otherwise they’d turn out too smushy.

      Bake away! ๐Ÿ™‚

  4. Hi Nele another quick question. We like the base of this muffin the best with the grouts and oat bran because my husband and son like the moistness so if we wanted a blueberry muffin for a change using this base, do you think we could add 200g of blueberries instead of 100g (200g since we double it) of cubed apple? Not sure if it should be equal in the substitution. (They liked your blueberry with millet but just thought these were more moist so is why I ask about just doing a substitution on this recipe).

  5. Thanks so much Nele for responding. So you mean measure out 1 cup in a measuring cup rather than using 100g (2 cups if doubled)? I do kind of use the weight of 100g/200g when using cubed apple but for blueberries you are saying to measure 1 cup (2 cups if doubled) instead of weighing using grams or ounces??

    • Nele Liivlaid

      Hi!

      Use the same amount volume wise — if it’s 1 cup apple cubes, then also use 1 cup of blueberries, so you’d had them same volume added to the batter. I hope I managed to explain myself ๐Ÿ™‚

  6. Ok thanks Nele. I didnโ€™t add the apples by the cup. I weighed 200 grams out on the scale for a doubled recipe. I got used to that since some of your recipes have all measured in grams and ounces and not cups. I will measure the apples and blueberries by the cup from now on in equal amounts. Thanks again for the help!!

    • Nele Liivlaid

      Don’t worry — it’s not a rocket science with apples and blueberries as they’re not the flour or liquid. A bit more or a bit less won’t be a big deal! Do let me know how it worked out!

  7. I know it is picky and obsessive ha ha, but the only thing that is rocket science for me lol is that cups and grams often donโ€™t match up. For instance with this recipe you mention that we should not go over the 100g of cubed apple (200g or 2 cup when doubled – your note is on 100g or 1 cup) or it will be too moist. Well, 200g is not 2 physical measuring cups full of apple. It is barely or shy of a cup and a half. If I filled it to the top and used the measuring cups and measured a full 2 cups, it would be probably 60g over the 200g (or 30g over the 100g you mention not going over). So I used 200g since your note is on grams because I was concerned about adding another 1/2 – 2/3 cup of apple and making it too moist. Of course the more the better but without making it too moist

    When you make it do you weigh it using 100 grams or use a measuring cup and add a full cup?

    I guess the question for me when making them again last night was if I had added 1/2 cup+ more apple (a full 2 cups – about 260+ grams give or take – would it have been too moist or made no difference even if over the amount of grams you cautioned about)??!

    I will be making this a 1-2 times a week now since a favorite of all in the family so that is why I am trying to get the chopped apple down to a โ€œscienceโ€ per say lol.

    • Nele Liivlaid

      Hi Pam

      Sorry, my mistake. As blueberries are heavier, measure also 100 grams (it’s 3/4 cup actually). However, as apples are much moister, you might try adding some more — it’s up to you. Try with 100 grams first and see how it turns out.

  8. Hi Nele. I am amazed with your wonderful creations ๐Ÿ™‚ If we substitute the banana for apple sauce, how much quantity we would use? Thanks a lot!!

    • Nele Liivlaid

      Hi Marta!

      Thank you so much!
      It’d be the same volume as mashed banana, i.e. about 3/4 cup of apple sauce.

      Enjoy!

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