Gluten-Free Apple Cinnamon Muffins

This Gluten-Free Apple Cinnamon Muffin recipe is easy to make and is sure to please a crowd regardless of their gluten restrictions. Plus, they’re make-ahead, so you can make the batter the night before and just pop them in the oven in the morning!



For the Batter:

6 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted

½ cup whole milk

2 large eggs

1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

1 cup (200g) Gluten-Free All-Purpose Flour Blend, packed like brown sugar (See notes*)

½ cup granulated sugar

¼ cup light brown sugar

2 teaspoons baking powder

1 teaspoon cinnamon

½ teaspoon salt

1 large apple, peeled, cored, and cubed

For the topping:

1/3 cup granulated sugar

2 teaspoons cinnamon


In a medium bowl, whisk together the melted butter, milk, eggs, and vanilla until combined.

In a large bowl, whisk/sift together the gluten-free flour blend, granulated sugar, brown sugar, baking powder, cinnamon, and salt. Add butter mixture and stir until thoroughly combined. Add apples and stir to distribute evenly.

Cover tightly with plastic wrap and refrigerate 6-24 hours. This step is crucial in avoiding a grainy texture in the muffins.

Preheat oven to 350°F. Line a 12-cup muffin pan with parchment liners.

Mix together the sugar and cinnamon for the topping. Sprinkle mixture generously over the batter.

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Bake at 350°F for 22-24 minutes or until toothpick comes out clean.

Let cool in pan a few minutes before transferring to a wire rack to cool completely.


*Due to the ultrafine and powder-like texture of gluten-free flours, it is very difficult to measure accurately with volume measuring cups. For this reason I recommend using a scale to measure by weight. However, if using measuring cups, pack the flour tightly like you would brown sugar. This provides the most consistent volume measurement and works very well in this recipe.

*If using a store-bough Gluten-free flour blend, I recommend you add 1 teaspoon xanthan gum to this recipe to give your muffins the rise that can be lacking when using store-bought blends.

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