Fall in love with these easy-to-make apple spice muffins

Kick off autumn in the kitchen with this delicious recipe

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Fall in love with these easy-to-make apple spice muffins

There’s a reason why we love sharing recipes. Actually, many reasons. And this one brings in the warmth of the fall season with its aromatic cinnamon, nutmeg, and allspice – what better way to celebrate fall than with apple spice muffins?!

Baking brings people together and gives us the opportunity to create something made with care. Whether you’re baking with family, a friend, or solo, the process and end result is therapeutic, and whether you’re sharing this with others or keeping it all for yourself (yes, you deserve it), this recipe will make you feel happy and warm inside!

Gather your ingredients.

Ingredients for Wondercide apple muffin recipe siitting on a countertopFor the muffins:

  • 1 medium apple, peeled + chopped into small pieces
  • 1.5 cups organic all-purpose flour (or gluten free 1:1 baking flour)
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon baking powder
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • ½teaspoon ground allspice
  • ½ teaspoon sea salt
  • ½ cup organic brown sugar or sweetener of your choice
  • 1-½ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ¾ cup almond milk
  • 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
  • ½ cup pure maple syrup
  • ¼ cup vegan butter, melted

For the crumble topping (Optional. Omit for a healthier version):

  • 1 cup pecans, roughly chopped
  • ½ cup organic all-purpose flour (or gluten free flour)
  • ½ cup organic brown sugar
  • 1-½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • ½ teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • ¼ cup vegan butter, partially melted

How to make the apple spice muffins:

Combine the almond milk and apple cider vinegar in a small bowl, stirring until they meld. Allow the mixture to rest for 5 minutes until it thickens slightly and activates.

Preheat your oven to 400°F. Grease your muffin pan lightly if you prefer larger muffins, or line the wells with muffin liners for standard-sized muffins.
A hand setting the temperature on an oven to 400 degrees fahrenheitIn a large bowl, blend the melted butter, maple syrup, vanilla, and the almond milk-ACV mixture, whisking until well incorporated.

Incorporate the flour, baking powder, baking soda, brown sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice, and sea salt into the wet mixture. Stir until just combined. Fold in the diced apples. Avoid over-mixing the batter.

A person mixing apple muffin batter in a silver bowlThe batter should appear moist yet thick, scoopable but not easily pourable. If it's overly thick, add 1-2 tablespoons more milk. If it's too runny, add more flour, one tablespoon at a time.

Apple muffin batter mix in a silver bowl with a gray spoon resting on the side and apples on the counterDistribute the batter evenly among the wells in the prepared muffin pan.

How to make the pecan crumble:

Combine flour, brown sugar, chopped pecans, cinnamon, and nutmeg in a medium bowl, using a pastry blender to mix them. This helps break down the nuts into smaller pieces if desired.

Add the partially melted vegan butter and use a spatula to thoroughly blend until it forms a crumbly texture.

A person presenting apple muffin mixture in a silver bowl to show consistencyEvenly sprinkle the crumble topping over each muffin batter until fully covered, then place it in the oven.

A person spooning apple muffin batter and crumble topping into muffin cups

A person putting muffins in a pan into an oven

Baking the muffins:

Bake the muffins for 20 to 24 minutes, or test by putting a toothpick in the center, and see if the centers emerge clean. Remove them from the oven and let them cool in the pan before removing.
A person with baking mitts holding a pan of muffins fresh from the ovenTime to indulge! (Sorry Marnie pup, these treats aren't for pets.) Pair the muffins with your favorite coffee, tea, or a glass of plant-based milk. These apple spice muffins are a perfect way to celebrate the fall!

A person holiding several muffins sitting on a white plate with a tan dog looking longlingly at the food