Perfect for breakfast or a snack. Dark, moist, and scattered with raisins & fresh apple bits. I think these oil-free vegan apple sauce cinnamon muffins are my best muffins yet!
Apples are always in season
I know some people feel that baked apple recipes are only for the fall and apple season, but I strongly disagree. Apple baking is for all-year-round. To me, any day that starts with these sweet vegan muffins is bound to be a good one!
Apple vegan muffins made without oil
The trick with baking without oil is not difficult. Apple sauce is what keeps this recipe moist without added artery-clogging oil. Getting recipes to rise when baking without eggs is pretty simple too.
Do you remember doing volcano science experiments when you were a kid? The ones where you used baking soda and vinegar to get that red food-colored lava to bubble out of the paper mache mountain?
That’s the same technique that makes baked goods rise without eggs–baking soda and vinegar. Back in the 30’s they called it Depression Cake or War Cake.
Depression cake is a type of cake that was commonly made during the Great Depression. The ingredients include little or no milk, sugar, butter or eggs, because the ingredients were then either expensive or hard to obtain.
Similar cakes are known as “War Cake,” as they avoided ingredients that were scarce or were being conserved for the use of soldiers.”–Wikipedia
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Baking with whole grain flours
Baking with whole grain flours such as wheat, spelt, oat, and others helps to make the recipes a much healthier option.
The Whole Grains Council defines whole grains to be foods that contain all the essential nutritional parts of the whole grain kernel. That means the food must include the bran, germ and endosperm in the process of grinding, crushing, cracking or extruding the kernels. By definition the word “whole” in “whole wheat flour” means that the entire kernel has been ground into flour.
The addition of the word “grain” does not change the meaning of whole wheat flour.–LiveStrong
These vegan apple muffins are not gluten-free, but this link to the Minimalist Baker will help adjust it for those that want to give it a try.
Sweetening with Date Paste
This recipe calls for brown sugar, and many people are avoiding refined sugars. For those who using only natural sweeteners, date paste can be used in this recipe. It’s pretty simple to make date paste using the instructions here.
- Soak 1/2 cup of dates in 1/2 cup of water overnight or approximately 8 hours.
- Remove dates from water and set the water aside.
- Puree dates in food processor or blender.
- Add a few tablespoons of soaking water to the date puree and continue to blend. Blend until the date paste is creamy.
- Add more soaking water if needed.
So scrumptious and easy to make, no one will ever guess these are vegan apple cinnamon muffins!
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- 2 cups whole wheat flour
- 1 tsp baking powder
- 1 tsp baking soda
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- 1/2 tsp ground allspice
- 1/2 cup brown sugar or date paste
- 15 oz apple sauce (or 1.5 cups)
- 1/2 cup almond milk (or other plant milk)
- 1 tsp vanilla
- 1 tsp apple cider vinegar
- 1/2 cup raisins
- 1/2 cup apple, diced
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
In large bowl, mix together all dry ingredients: whole wheat flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, allspice, brown sugar (if using).
In medium bowl, whisk together apple sauce, almond milk, vanilla, vinegar, and date paste (if using).
Pour well-blended wet mixture into large bowl with dry ingredients.
Peel and dice 1/2 cup apples, add to bowl, along with raisins, and mix well.
Spoon batter into a silicon muffin baking non-stick pan or paper muffin cups. I recommend the silicon pan because these seem to stick to paper cups after baking. Place in oven and bake for 25 minutes.
Remove from oven, allow to cool, and serve.