Vegan Pumpkin Apple Muffins

Jump to Recipe
Cooling rack with a batch of our Vegan Pumpkin Apple Muffins topped with oats

When John and I started dating, one of my favorite things about him, besides his ridiculously good taste in music and his honey-brown eyes, was the fact that he could bake muffins. And I’m not talking about any basic muffin. I’m talking about a whole wheat, fruit packed, tank of a muffin. Now that’s my kind of man.

Whole and cooked sliced apples for making Vegan Pumpkin Apple Muffins

He either knew how to make muffins or researched it and figured it out to impress me. Either way, I think he’s worthy of being a keeper.

Bowl of batter for making our Vegan Pumpkin Apple Muffins recipe

These muffins are surprisingly simple to throw together, ridiculously moist, full of fall flavor and 100% vegan.

Sifting flour into a bowl of Vegan Pumpkin Apple Muffin batter

Sautéed apples and plenty of pumpkin purée are the star ingredients in this recipe, with oats and brown sugar playing key supporting roles.

Muffin tin filled with Vegan Pumpkin Apple Muffins ready to be baked alongside ingredients for topping

If I had to pick one food to subsist off of (besides bananas, Braum’s coffee ice cream and peanut butter) it would be oats. It’s nature’s perfect food, I’m convinced. Plus, they look so prit-dee on top of overflowing muffins.

Cooling rack with a batch of Vegan Pumpkin Apple Muffins topped with oats

This was an experimental recipe but one bite in I knew I’d found a winner. Crazy moist, hints of pumpkin, and little gems of cinnamon-sugar coated apples throughout.

Muffin tin filled with freshly baked Vegan Pumpkin Apple Muffins

These muffins are healthy, perfect for snacking or for breakfast, delightfully portable, and exactly what you need in your kitchen this fall. Agreed? Agreed.

Batch of Vegan Pumpkin Apple Muffins in parchment paper liners
Vegan Pumpkin Apple Muffins with a glass of almond milk for a delicious snack

Vegan Pumpkin Apple Muffins

These one-bowl pumpkin apple muffins include plenty of pumpkin purée and sautéed cinnamon apples. Plus, they're vegan, ridiculously moist, and positively scrumptious.
Author Minimalist Baker
Cooling rack filled with homemade Vegan Pumpkin Apple Muffins topped with oats
4.64 from 47 votes
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Servings 12 (muffins)
Course Breakfast, Dessert, Snack
Cuisine Vegan
Freezer Friendly 1 month
Does it keep? 3-4 Days


  • 1 Tbsp flaxseed meal (to make flax egg)
  • 2 ½ Tbsp water (to make flax egg)
  • 2 granny smith apples (peeled, cored and diced)
  • 1 Tbsp non-dairy butter
  • 3/4 cup pumpkin purée
  • 1 cup almond milk
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 2 Tbsp avocado oil
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 cup unbleached flour
  • 1/2 cup whole wheat flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp cinnamon (plus more for apples)
  • 1/3 cup old-fashioned oats (plus more for topping)


  • Preheat oven to 375 degrees F (190 C) and line muffin tin with paper liners.
  • Prepare flax egg in a large bowl by mixing flaxseed meal and water and set aside.
  • Sauté apples in a skillet with non-dairy butter and a sprinkle of cinnamon until soft. Set aside.
  • To the flax egg, add pumpkin purée, almond milk, brown sugar, oil, and vanilla extract. Carefully place flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt and cinnamon into a sifter and sift over wet ingredients and stir.
  • Add apples and oats and stir again lightly until just combined. Spoon into muffin tin until each liner is filled to the very top. Sprinkle oats on top (optional).
  • Bake for 18-22 minutes or until golden brown and a toothpick comes out clean. Cool completely and then store in an air-tight container and refrigerate to ensure freshness.


*Depending on the moisture level of your apples/pumpkin purée, if your batter appears to thin, add more flour or oats. Alternatively, if it appears too thick add more almond milk.
*Nutrition information is a rough estimate.

Nutrition (1 of 12 servings)

Serving: 1 muffins Calories: 122 Carbohydrates: 20 g Protein: 2 g Fat: 4 g Saturated Fat: 0.9 g Trans Fat: 0 g Cholesterol: 0 mg Sodium: 78 mg Fiber: 2 g Sugar: 9.6 g

Did You Make This Recipe?

Tag @minimalistbaker on Instagram and hashtag it #minimalistbaker so we can see all the deliciousness!

If you love this recipe...

Get Our Fan Favorites eBook Here!

Reader Interactions

Leave a Comment & Rating!

Have a question? Use ctrl+f or ⌘+f on your computer or the "find on page" function on your phone browser to search existing comments! Need help? Check out this tutorial!

My Rating:

  1. Allyson says

    I made these for a holiday brunch I’m hosting and am so sad they they completely stuck to the paper liners. The batter was so much more flavorful than the baked muffin and I don’t understand why. Pumpkin pie spice and more cinnamon could have definitely helped. What did I do wrong to make them so sticky to the liner?

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerSupport @ Minimalist Baker says

      Oh no! We’re so sorry that happened, Allyson. Is it possible you were eating them while they were still quite warm? Letting them cool will make them easier to peel and also intensify the flavor of the spices.

      • Allyson Klein says

        I wish that was the problem, I just don’t know! They went into the compost before the event happened. Baking is the area I have the least amount of experience. I’ll keep trying with other baked good recipes! I love Minimalist Baker recipes!

        • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerSupport @ Minimalist Baker says

          Aw, thanks Allyson! Another idea for future baking would be trying a different brand of baking cups (we find the If Your Care brand is really good for not sticking). We hope the next one goes better!

  2. Maryanne says

    I made these yesterday. They were fabulous. Doubled the recipe so I could use the whole can of pumpkin. I used the silicone liners and they popped right out.

  3. Becky says

    I made this morning and they are fantastic!! I made some changes to fit our likes. I used applesauce instead of oil, chocolate chips instead of apples and added 1/2 tsp pumpkin pie spice. I saw your pumpkin chocolate chip muffin recipe but it only made 11. I thought that was odd. This will be my new go to recipe for delicious muffins!

  4. Shelly says

    Made these this morning with a mix of apples I had on hand. Went heavy on the cinnamon. I subbed Kamut flour for the whole wheat – worked great.
    I also added some salt to the apples and extra cinnamon. I used chia eggs. I was out of oat milk so I made yogurt milk with Greek yogurt. Instead of topping with oats I sprinkled with cinnamon sugar. I made a double batch into mini muffins. Delicious!

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerSupport @ Minimalist Baker says

      We’re so glad you enjoyed them, Shelly! Love your creative modifications! Thank you for sharing! xo

  5. Betsy says

    I can’t eat flax seeds or chia seeds, so flax eggs don’t work for me. Are there any other possible substitutions for the flax eggs? Would aquafaba work?

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerSupport @ Minimalist Baker says

      Hi Betsy! We haven’t tried this with aquafaba and we aren’t sure if it would work. If you can find it, you could try using psyllium husk instead of flax (we like the powdered version) or if you can’t find/use that, you could try 1/4 tsp of xanthan gum mixed into the dry ingredients for added structure. Hope this helps!

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerSupport @ Minimalist Baker says

      Hi Mia, another granulated sweetener such as coconut sugar would be best. But if subbing maple syrup, you may need to increase the flour(s).

  6. Lisa says

    Great recipe!

    I tried a gluten free version by subbing the 1 cup of unbleached flour with 1 cup brown rice flour and the 1/2 cup of whole wheat flour with 1/2 cup of tapioca starch. Texture and moisture level turned out pretty good, especially with the apples included!

    I also subbed the brown sugar for coconut sugar, folded in 1/2 cup of chopped walnuts to the batter, and topped the muffins with pepitas.

    Will bookmark this as a new go-to :)

  7. Sarah says

    Highly recommend! Tasty muffins with a sweet and wholesome flavor. A couple of notes though: use ALUMINUM muffin tins. I used half paper and half aluminum, and the ones in paper were very stuck to it, but the ones in aluminum came right out. The apples need to be diced to 1/4 inch (which I guess is the standard size, but it’s smaller than you think) and take about 5 minutes of sautéing to soften. I didn’t have granny smith apples, so I used gala and they turned out well. I think any apple will work as long as it’s not very ripe.

  8. G says

    forgot to chop the second apple, and replaced the flour with whole spelt flour. also used applesauce instead of oil. i enjoyed them! they go great with nut butter…my usual muffin accompaniment.

  9. Sana J says

    So, um, I did NOT follow the recipe………

    …..and in doing so, partook in a hilarious spot of baking schadenfreude, involving the decision to sub in sweet potato for pumpkin, half roasting the SP before realizing it was crisping, chucking it in a pot to boil, attempting to mash leathery SP into an otherwise lovely batter, screaming at the batter and then using my hands to fish out hard bits of sweet potato.

    SURPRISINGLY, it didn’t turn out as bad as it could have :D The only problem ended up being that I overmixed the batter and so ended up with chewier muffins than I otherwise would have, but the fruit-to-baked ratio was high enough that the soft, sweet apples made up for the awkward base texture.

    Eh. Ya live, ya learn :D Still think this would go well with SP, but cooked correctly this time! I also think a little more sugar next time. Nonetheless, a good place to start, especially with the addition of oats: mindblowing!

    (I still rated it a five because it was clearly my fault it didn’t turn out perfectly!)

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerSupport @ Minimalist Baker says

      Hi Kay, we haven’t tried that modification in this recipe, but maybe? Let us know if you try it!

  10. Amy Yok-Ming Wong says

    Mine never cooked in the middle even after baking an additional 30 min. They rose up beautifully & then collapsed. Too much moisture. Ratios must be off in the recipe. Sad to have wasted apples & ingredients as I doubled the recipe as I usually have great success with MB recipes.

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerSupport @ Minimalist Baker says

      Hi Amy, so sorry to hear that was your experience! Did you make any modifications? Did you use the metric or US measurements? Other readers have had success with these, so we’re thinking something went wrong. We’d love to help troubleshoot, if possible!

  11. Vicky says

    Iately I’ve been waiting to make some sort of apple muffins but feared I would have to give in and buy butter and make them the old traditional unhealthy way.
    But one more time the minimalist Baker surprised me with a great recipe, easy, healthy and delicious! What was even better was that I had all the ingredients at hand! (Which doesn’t happen often during this pandemic) Thanks Dana! My family and I loved these!

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerSupport @ Minimalist Baker says

      We’re so glad you and your family enjoyed them, Vicky! Thanks so much for the lovely review!

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerSupport @ Minimalist Baker says

      Hi Katie, you could try a little more flour or some almond meal. Hope that helps!

  12. Sonia says

    I love your recipes, Dana! I’ve been a long time fan but haven’t commented before. I made these muffins almost exactly as stated – added a bit more cinnamon and salt to the apples and subbed oat milk and coconut oil as that’s all we had on hand. Also added zest from one orange. They came out moist and delicimouse and didn’t stick to the papers. I accidentally left them in the muffin tin to cool so that might be the trick! Thank you :)

  13. P. Wolframe-Smith says

    Just wondering what the purpose of cooking the apples separately is? With other apple muffins I’ve just thrown the apple bits in uncooked. Wondering if that would work here or not? Looking forward to trying them.

    – From a somewhat lazy-feeling baker :)

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerDana @ Minimalist Baker says

      Hi there! The reason is to give the apples a little head start on baking so the crust doesn’t burn before the apples are done. But feel free to bake the whole pie together at a slightly lower temperature for longer!

  14. Kelsey M says

    These are great! Nice and moist. Based on reviews I added extra cinnamon and some ginger and orange zest. Also some crushed up hibiscus I had. I agree that the liners get very stuck to the muffins; easier to peel them off after refrigerating. A nice vegan option without weird ingredients.

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerSupport @ Minimalist Baker says

      We’re so glad you enjoyed it! It sounds like maybe it needed less liquid or a little more flour to soak up some of the moisture.

  15. Sabrina says

    I tested this recipe since I was looking for something with pumpkin and fruit. Just enjoying my third piece now with fresh whipped cream – and I’m in heaven. I made a number of modifications since I never make sure to have all the ingredients before starting to mix up things. I used gluten free flours since I’m celiac (buckwheat, brown and white rice), dairy milk, coconut oil, vanilla from vanilla bean, egg – and it turned out great. Thanks for this recipe!!

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerSupport @ Minimalist Baker says

      Thanks so much for the lovely review, Sabrina. We are so glad you enjoy these! Next time, would you mind leaving a rating with your review? It’s super helpful for us and other readers. Thanks so much! Xo

  16. Britt says

    I’d like to make these vegan pumpkin muffins but I need them to be GF as well. Do you have a recommendation for substituting GF all-purpose or GF 1:1 flour for the flours in your recipe? Thanks!

  17. Alison Bourre says

    Has anyone tried making these without paper liners? The flavour and texture are great but too much muffin is sticking to the paper. Any tips?

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerSupport @ Minimalist Baker says

      Hi Alison, some other readers have used a silicone baking pan with success. Perhaps you could try that?

  18. Julie says

    I just made these for the 2nd time! Fabulously moist and tasty. I used pumpkin spice instead of cinnamon to bump up the flavour. The first time I made them I substituted organic cane sugar (a bit less quantity than brown sugar) for the brown sugar and they turned out perfectly. Love your’s one of my top go to’s for vegan recipes.

  19. sophia says

    read the comments and these seem to be a real gem so im looking forward to making them. just one problem in that i dont have any pumpkin puree – could i sub this out for apple sauce?

  20. Heather says

    I absolutely love these muffins! My trick for when I find the batter to be a little too runny is to add 1 tbsp of psyllium fiber. It works like a charm.

  21. Debi ford says

    I am wondering what to do to replace the flours for gluten free. Should i do all gf flour or do different kinds ( oat, almond, or coconut instead of whole wheat) or 1 1/2 c of all gf? Thanks!

  22. Tiffani Davis says

    Hi, I want to make these for my students but I have one with a nut allergy. Have you made this with another milk alternative?

    • sophia says

      i have made them with rice milk and they turned out perfect, would assume that the same results would be achievanle with other milks (oat, soya etc.)

      hope this helps :)

  23. Lia says

    Hi Dana,
    Great recipe and great site! I was looking for a recipe of vegan muffins for breakfast tomorrow with my grandson. I was in the process of making the apple muffins (for which I used one pear that needed to be eaten and 2 apples that were slightly “off”), when I discovered that I didn’t have any oats left in the house. So I used corn flour. In the Netherlands we don’t have any canned pumpkin puree, so I made some a few weeks ago and stored it in the freezer. That came in handy. I have a just made a first batch of 12 small muffins, which are now cooling on the counter top. The 2nd batch of 5 is now in the oven. I can’t wait to taste them! They came out quite nicely, well risen, but not very golden brown. Rather pale, actually… I have a silicone muffin “pan”, which makes 12 small muffins at a time.
    Just got the first one out of the “tin”. Still warm, but really delicious! I so hope my grandson likes them tomorrow morning. Thank you so much!

    • Lia says

      Here I am again. My grandson didn’t like the taste (I forgot to mention that I forgot to add salt to the batter), but I gave some to my daughter today and she loves them! I am sooo pleased! This is actually a great recipe to vary with. Thanks again for this recipe!

  24. B Henry says

    Great recipe. Second time making it. I doctored it a bit this time by swapping flour ratios (1 cup whole wheat: 1/2 cup reg. Unbleached), adding golden raisins and chopped dried cherries. But the best addition was the orange zest. It really brightens up the flavors. Maybe next time I’ll add a little ginger…

  25. Tracey says

    This is a bad recipe, very disappointed, and the very first MB recipe that did not work for me. I ended up cooking mine for 50 minutes and the fork was still coming out with crumbs. I decided nearly an hour was enough and hoped they’d firm up as they cooled. They did not. Still raw on the inside and whatever parts were cooked stuck to the muffin wrapper. Wish I could get my grocery money and time back. Still love you MB.

    • Taylor says

      I had this problem the first two times I made these, too. Third time’s a charm, though! I switched the proportions of wheat to white flour, and added 1/2 cup (instead of 1/3) of oats to the batter . It worked!! Only had to leave them in for 30 minutes this time! Hope this helps!

  26. Laura Delahunty says

    Okay, I haven’t made these yet, but I’m about to right now. I just had to write to say that we have recently transitioned to a vegan lifestyle/diet so I have been looking up more and more recipes lately and I have to tell you that I get so excited when your site comes up in one of my searches because I think everything I’ve made from here has been fantastic.

    Now, I’m off to make some delicious pumpkin apple muffins :) the only change I’m going to make is using apples from our tree rather than granny smith. Hopefully it won’t mess up too much!

  27. Nina says

    Thanks for the recipe, unfortuanately they turned out rather flat (didn’t rise a lot) and un-exciting in terms of flavour and overall texture. Just wanted to share my honest actual experience.

  28. Alexa says

    Omg. I am obsessed with these!

    Just made a batch and had one for dessert. Can’t wait for the morning so I can have another for breakfast.

    I made a couple substituions which worked very well: coconut oil instead of canola and 2 tbsp arrowroot flour instead of the flax egg. Ended up baking for 25 minutes (that’s when my toothpick came out clean).


  29. Elizabeth says

    These are fantastic! I substituted 1 cup buckwheat flour and 1/2 cup oat flour and reduced the amount of brown sugar to 1/3 cup unpacked. They turned out perfectly and are my new fall favorite!

  30. Erica says

    I did make substitutions: pink lady apples, coconut oil, skim cow’s milk, and a conventional egg. That said, I do feel that this recipe needs a bit more oomph. Maybe pumpkin pie spice? Apple juice? I don’t know.

    Thanks for the yummy recipes!

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerSupport @ Minimalist Baker says

      I wouldn’t add apple juice because that will affect the consistency of the batter, but try more spices or sweetener!

  31. Amanda says

    I made these, and while they tasted great, they didn’t rise like yours seemed to. Instead they sunk in the middle, even though I put 1 1/2 cups of flour, and cooked these 10 minutes longer than the recipie. I’m not sure what happened…

  32. Sonya Gass says

    I love your recipes- My family is vegan, gluten free and dairy free so I usually modify to fit our dietary needs. So I am happy to share what is working because these are great!
    1.5 cups Bob’s 1:1 GF flour
    coconut milk for the almond milk
    coconut sugar for the brown sugar
    2 TBSP coconut oil
    1 TBSP hemp seeds
    1/2 cup chopped pecans
    I mix as you suggest in your directions.
    I cook for 25 minutes and not soggy- perfect.

  33. Cara says

    Dana, I’m absolutely in love with your mixing bowl (and the recipe of course, which I intend to make this week)! Is it a vintage Pyrex/Corningware as well? I have one in green with white flowers and it just makes me flat out happy to bake with it, would love to add to my collection, and am curious if you, like me, were gifted with one from a family member who loved it for many years, or if you found one at a garage sale/vintage store or something. Love the blog – thanks!!

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerDana @ Minimalist Baker says

      It is vintage pyrex! And it was a gift from my aunt + uncle, which I believe they got on Ebay. Sadly though I broke two of them recently, so I got a new set from Crate and Barrel (plastic).

  34. Bobbi says

    Can I use honey instead of sugar? I want to be able to give these to my toddler but I don’t want him to have a lot of sugar. :)

    • Laura Delahunty says

      Sugar is sugar is sugar, regardless of what form it comes in. I agree with limiting the amount, but I would increase the cinnamon a little and decrease the amount of sugar rather than using a different form of sugar.

      Regardless of whether it is honey or brown sugar or maple syrup, it affects our bodies the same way and we should limit it to about 24g (for women) or 32g (for men)/day. That’s 6-8 tsps of added sugar/day.

  35. Zenyth says

    My muffins turned out pretty great! I didn’t have canola oil so I used coconut oil instead. Other than that, I followed the recipe and the muffins are tasty and a good consistency- but they do stick to the muffin wrapper and a lot of product is lost on there.

  36. Catherine says

    This is the first recipe I try since I discovered your site 2 days ago. I made these muffins this morning and they are so good!! I’m thinking about cooking an other batch tonight to put in the freezer. It’s kind of exceptional because I don’t often cook the same recipe twice because I love to try new ones! Thanks!

  37. Lee-Ann says

    Another win from my favourite blogger! My 14 month old helped me make these this afternoon and they were love after first taste! So delicious!!! Didn’t have green apples on hand so I used Macintosh and they were so moist and delicious! 18 minutes was the perfect time. Cannot wait to make these again!!! Was wondering if I could sub the brown sugar for pure maple syrup? I think the flavour would be nice with the pumpkin and a little less refined then the brown sugar. What do you think? Thanks!!

  38. Allison says

    Can I use almond flour in place of the whole wheat flour? (New to the world of almond flour but have some in the pantry for my clean eating adventures).

  39. Danielle says

    OMG these look delicious, and just what this 33 weeks pregnant mama is craving! Just one question… What type of almond milk do I use? Sweetened or unsweetened? Thanks! This is my favorite go to website for baking! My two year old has a dairy allergy and loves your vegan black bean brownies!

  40. Cassandra says

    Thank you SO much for posting nutrition facts. Not enough people do this :) I’m making these muffins RIGHT NOW! Can’t wait to try.

  41. Cathy says

    I just made these this morning and wanted to say how delicious they were! I followed the recipe almost to a T except I sautéed my apples in melted coconut oil instead of butter and substituted melted coconut oil for the canola oil. They were fluffy, moist and I found it frightfully hard to just eat one! The only slight problem was that like another reviewer above, they stuck to the muffin wrappers. I will refrigerate the rest and see if that helps, but I also thought that next time I will try greasing my muffin tin with some coconut oil and forgo using the paper wrappers. I will definitely make these often!
    Thanks for always having wonderful, easy, healthful vegan recipes.

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerDana @ Minimalist Baker says

      My top tip is to let them cool completely! As in, hours. The day after, once they’ve been cooled and covered, they peel off with ease!

  42. olivia says

    i made these the other day and made a few little changes! thought i’d share what worked for me~

    -i used some old mushy gala apples instead of granny smith, because i needed to use them up- i used three small apples and cut off the really mushy bits, and diced the rest. it was probably 1.5 cups total of apple chunks.
    -i sauteed the apples in about 1 tsp olive oil instead of vegan butter
    -i only had trader joes regular (sweetened) almond milk, so i reduced the sugar to around 1/3 cup rather than 1/2. i also used coconut palm sugar instead of brown sugar!
    -i used sunflower seed oil instead of canola
    -i used 1 1/4 cup white whole wheat flour and 1/4 cup all purpose flour

    overall these turned out wonderfully, i didn’t notice any difference because of the little swaps i made! i put half of them in silicone baking cups and the other half in paper, they popped right out of the silicone but stuck to the paper to the point where half of the muffin was wasted! i was a little sad but i refrigerated them for a day and then they came out of the paper wrapping perfectly! when i serve them to my little brothers, i cut them in half (through the center, so theres a top and a bottom) and toast them (just to warm them up) and put a little pat of butter + a sprinkle of cinnamon sugar on top! they’re definitely best warm. personally, i just stick em in the toaster for a bit and enjoy with a cup of tea!

    thanks for sharing this recipe!

  43. Rebecca says

    These muffins were great!! I tried to share the link/recipe with the Facebook button but the picture that comes up next to the recipe link is an image of another dish (not the muffins). Is there a way to change that or at least have a more generic pic (e.g. Min baker logo) come up instead? Thanks!

  44. Elaine says

    I have never written a comment on a web page. I just had to this time. I have used your recipes and find them to be awesome. I made the Pumpkin Apple muffins today and they are delicious! I have never come across pumpkin puree in South Africa so cooked my own, kept it quite thick. They came out perfectly! Thank you for your wonderful recipes, makes life so much easier!

    P.S. Note for Sara – My batter mixture was thick. Didn’t run off spoon when putting into muffin pan.
    Cooked them for 18 minutes, they rose and kept their shape.


  45. Monica says

    These are the BEST Muffins EVER! I made three badges of these already! In Belgium they do not have pumpkin puree’ so I always bake mu pumpkin before and I puree it myself which is delicious! yum I used olive oil instead of canola as I didn’t have any….Used coconut sugar as I have diabetes and it works better for me…and millet flour as I didn’t have any whole wheat flour….so you may think I did a different recipe but NO! ah ah I looooove these!!!!! Thank you so much! I love reading your newsletter and your recipes….
    Never stop to amaze us!!!

  46. Christina Fisher says

    I cheated and made these non vegan, I used real milk and an egg. I also added all the oatmeal I had, about a cup and more cinnamon and instead of white and wheat flower just used wheat (again that’s what I had on hand). They were still great! However, the took a veryyyyy long time to bake. Oh and my hand slipped while doing the oil so I’m not quite sure how much ended up in there.

  47. Amelia says

    Hello, I just whipped up a batch of batter, about to put in the oats, but I have none! Do you think I should add a little extra flour? Or is there some other option? Thanks so much- I can’t wait to try them!

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerDana @ Minimalist Baker says

      Sorry for the delayed reply! I’d say adding a little more flour or some almond meal would’ve worked fine. Hope that helped!

  48. Sara says

    Hello there,
    Firstly I want to say that I love your site and I’ve really enjoyed your recipes, especially the black bean brownies an easy vegan cheesecakes. I totally appreciate you sharing all this wonderful hard-earned knowledge with others and I hope you get as much out of it as we do! But…..
    ….My muffins turned out super mushy, I’m so disappointed (sniff). They rose beautifully but immediately collapsed on leaving the oven (even though I baked them an extra 6 mins) and they are basically just runny goo inside.
    This happened before when I tried to make pumpkin muffins using another recipe, I really hoped it would be different this time! I can’t find canned pumpkin here in Germany, so I steamed and mashed a Hokkaido. I followed all the quantities given to the letter.
    I guess my batter must have been too runny, but there was no description in the recipe for what sort of consistency the batter was supposed to be, so I had to make a guess. Perhaps if you could describe the consistency the batter should have it would be helpful for people who are trying to figure out whether to add flour or liquid?

    Sara :)

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerDana @ Minimalist Baker says

      Hi Sara! I haven’t made this recipe in a while, but I do remember the batter being more scoopable than pourable, if that’s any help. Hold back on the wet ingredients a little next time and that should do the trick! Also, cook for a little bit longer? Hope that helps!

  49. Hannah says

    I discovered your blog a few weeks ago… and I think it’s love. Everything I’ve made has come out absolutely delicious. The apples are such a nice touch to these muffins! Even my non-vegan friends loved them, despite being a little gooier than expected. Next time I’ll put in a little more oats. Thank you! <3

  50. Krystal says

    Thank you so much for this recipe. My son has always been allergic to dairy but now he has an egg allergy that is getting more and more sensitive and even baked goods set it off now. I’ve found baking dairy free to be challenging enough but now vegan baking is even worse. I love baking but find I bake for him much less than I’d like to because it never turns out very good. More than one time I’ve tossed out entire pans of muffins because no one in the house would eat them. This was the first time I’ve made a vegan recipe that I actually love. I gobbled up 3 of them myself before they fully cooled. They actually have the perfect muffin texture and rose! I usually find vegan muffins flat, dry and dense. I even subbed in water for milk because his school lunches must be peanut/tree but free and used vegan becel in place of the canola oil and it was just delicious. Thank you so much!

  51. Kristen says

    Had lots if fun making these with my 2yo son today. Used cooked mashed butternut and coconut oil instead of butter. Very yummy but they all stick to the patty papers! Half the muffin gets left behind in the paper and they are very hard to eat. Any tips?

  52. CJ says

    Hello there! My husband has some friends over tonight for a little nerd time – while they game, I bake! And my absolute favorite things to bake are muffins – of any kind! They are just little pods of goodness, no matter what. These particular muffins just came out of my oven – from the dining room I heard the words “Hey, what are you baking in there?” “Muffins,” I replied. And they called, “They smell great!” Then suddenly, a half-dozen muffins were missing from my kitchen. I added some extra oats and cinnamon and used a mixture of pumpkin, banana, and applesauce rather than just pumpkin to use up some fruity-goodness that had been hanging around my kitchen. I also took the liberty of using raw apples, rather than sautéing them, as my momma would do in our childhood cakes. By all those powers combined, a beautiful, moist, and fluffy muffin was born! Thank you for helping our home smell like heaven and fueling my muffin-fetish!

  53. Autumn says

    Half way through making these I realized I only had a half of cup of flour ! I used a cup of Bobs cornmeal! They are divine! I hope to make these again but with flour :)

  54. Amanda says

    These are absolutely delicious! I substituted the flours for Bob’s Red Mill gluten free all purpose baking flour and BRM’s gluten free oat flour and added a half teaspoon of xanthum. I also baked them at 350 for about 35-40 minutes. The knife wasn’t totally clean when I pulled them out, but almost. And they are delicious!!! Thank you for the recipe!

  55. Wendi Evans says

    These look delicious! Can I substitute commercial egg replacer for the “flax egg”? And any way to reduce the sugar content without sacrificing the flavor?

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerDana @ Minimalist Baker says

      I think an egg replacer would work just fine here. As for the sugar, what about subbing half of it for honey, or reducing it by half and adding a bit of stevia to taste? Just taste the batter before you bake them so you have an idea of how sweet they’ll be. Hope that helps!

  56. Renee Roush says

    Can I sub virgin coconut oil for the butter? I try to eat all non-processed/unrefined foods whenever possible, so I don’t have vegan butter.

      • Renee Roush says

        Actually, I cook with coconut oil a LOT, and it really doesn’t affect the flavor. I use spectrum (I think). I first bought trader joe’s brand and it definitely gave everything a hint of coconut. But this stuff absolutely doesn’t. Just wanted to let you know in case you ever consider using it! ;-) (or maybe you already do and my tastebuds aren’t sensitive enough?) Thanks for the reply!

  57. Tamara says

    I just wanted to tell you that i LOVE your website. This is my first time commenting, but I have made a number of your recipes and have loved them all. In the spirit of fall, I decided to make these muffins this morning… they are in the oven now and I cant wait til they are ready! Thanks for all of your inspiration and delicious recipes!!

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerDana @ Minimalist Baker says

      Tamara! You are the sweetest. This made our day. Let us know how you liked the muffins! They’re one of my favorite flavor combos :D

  58. Emily says

    I remembered a little too late… AFTER I mixed up the batter for these lovelies… That last weekend I got rid of my poor rusting muffin tin. So! I tossed the batter into an 8×8 pan and left it in the oven a bit longer than the posted bake time and I am very happy to report that I now have a wonderful apple cinnamon muffin-cake that I am trying really hard not to devour right now. I can’t wait to have it again for breakfast!

  59. Katri says

    Baked these today with the kids! Oh, sooo good!! I waited the apples to be soft so no problems with the hard apple chunks so don’t leave that out because they add tons of flavor!! For sure baking these again! Thank you for the recipe!!

  60. Tricia says

    These came out perfect. Wonderful tasty and great texture. Doubled recipe and froze half the muffins.

  61. Kelsey says

    Delish! The hubs made these this morning and the littles gobbled them up. He did make a couple changes, used all whole wheat pastery flour and instead of apples and vegan butter (didn’t have any on hand) added a cup of applesauce. They were a little gooey, probably a bit too much applesauce;), but oh, still so yummy!

    Best part, they came up on myfitnesspal!!! Thank you so much!!!

  62. Jennifer says

    I made this recipe with the updated 1.5 cups flour. I had 3/4 cup canned pumkin puree left from making pumkin pancakes this morning and I wanted to use it up. I also had some left over homemade applesauce that I wanted to use up in case it went bad. Using 3/4 cup canned pumpkin puree, 1 egg (no flax in the house), 1 cup coconut milk (not in the can), and 1/2 cup chunky homemade applesauce- I got a perfect muffin and consistency. It yielded exactly 12 muffins lined to the top using a 1/4 measure scoop. Hope this helps for those who want to use jarred or canned ingredients!

  63. Lacie says

    My kids would never eat these with apple chunks so I took that out, upped the pumpkin to 1 full cup and baked them 5-8 minutes longer. They were yummy!

  64. Ruth says

    Quite delicious, but I too had mushy muffins. Could it be the amount of flour? Did you intend to write 1 1/2 cups instead of 1/2 cup?

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerDana @ Minimalist Baker says

      Ruth, thanks for the question! These are intended to be incredibly moist muffins so I hope that’s not where the confusion lies. I originally recorded 1 total cup of flour in my batch and they turned out fine. BUT, considering how people have been getting a mushy consistency this may be an accurate assumption. I’ve amended the recipe to include 1 1/2 cups flour total, so I hope this helps. But as with any other recipe, use discretion and make adjustments if your batter appears too thick or thin. Thanks again and sorry for any inconvenience or confusion! – Dana

  65. Liz says

    I had the same experience as Jeff above. My muffins turned out mushy and even cooking them for longer, they never quite became muffins, the bread pudding analogy is a good description. I used rice milk in the place of almond milk in order to make the muffins suitable for someone with a nut allergy, could this have made the difference? Thanks.

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerDana @ Minimalist Baker says

      Hmm, this is bizarre! Mine came out super moist and delicious and so have several other people’s I’ve heard from. If your batter appeared too runny for some reason I’d recommend adding a bit more flour or oats. Hope that helps!

  66. Kristen Kelley says

    LOL! I guess that’s what happens when you do your recipe searches at 1am! :) Sorry about that! And thanks for setting me straight!

  67. Kristen Kelley says

    Just wanted to check- since there’s no sugar in the recipe, is this assuming that we use sweetened almond milk? I buy the unsweetened and I wanted to make sure I didn’t need to then add some type of light sweetness.

  68. Jeff says

    Mine were tasty but they came out more like a delicious bread pudding in the rough shape of a muffin. Maybe too much water in my homemade pumpkin puree? Maybe another altitude baking problem for me? Delicious, regardless of texture. Thanks for the recipe!

    • Racheal says

      Mine came out really sticky and shapeless at the bottom like bread pudding also… And I only used half a cup of soy milk

  69. Tammy T says

    Made and devoured, and recipe shared. I am sure there is one more new follower along with it! Off to make the snickers pancakes and caramel sauce!


  70. Noam says

    These look great, but there’s no canned pumpkin puree in this part of the world, can I just cook a pumpkin and mash it instead?

  71. Jessica says

    Hi! Sounds delish! But you mention apple sauce in the instructions, but no apple sauce in the ingredients list! :-) Have a good day!

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerDana @ Minimalist Baker says

      Thanks, Jessica! I just fixed that. I usually add applesauce to these muffins but this time I used pumpkin puree – just forgot to swap that out! Thanks again!