cinnamon apple pecan muffins

These coffee cake-like apple pecan muffins are delicious warm, spread with vegan butter or with cashew ‘cream cheese’.  Toast pecans lightly so those on top don’t overtoast during baking.  I use freshly ground Ceylon cinnamon.  Read the difference between cassia and Ceylon cinnamon here.  Yes, health benefits and flavor go together!


I often use 1/2 cup whole wheat pastry flour so they’re not overly cupcake-like; don’t think you have to run out and get whole wheat pastry flour though.  The batter may seem a little dry at first but moistens up as the apples bake.   Recipe adapted from CoffeeVanilla blog.

Prep Time:  10 – 12 minutes

Cook Time:  25 -30 minutes

1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour  (1/2 c of it whole wheat pastry flour if you like)

1/2 cup sugar (a largish half cup — heap it a bit).

2 teaspoons baking powder

1/2 teaspoon salt

2 1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon20141111_143326

1 heaping teaspoon freshly ground nutmeg

1 large organic red apple

1 tablespoon flax seed + 2 tablespoons warm water

1/2 cup unsweetened almond milk

1/4 cup canola or other mild oil

1 teaspoon vanilla

1 cup whole pecans

Cinnamon Topping Ingredients:

1/4 cup all-purpose flour

1/4 cup vegan butter

1/4 cup light brown sugar

2 teaspoons cinnamon

(plus 1/2 c of above pecans, once toasted)20141111_145525



1.  Preheat oven to 350 F; spray muffin tin with coconut oil.

2.  Lightly chop then toast pecans on stovetop in small dry skillet till fragrant and lightly browned (about 7 minutes).

3.  Mix together dry ingredients (flour, sugar, baking powder, salt, and spices) in large bowl.

3.  Make topping by combining flour, vegan butter, brown sugar, cinnamon and, once cooled, 1/2 cup pecans.  Set aside. (Works        best if ‘butter’ is cold; set aside in fridge once made if it’s a hot day).

4.  Grind flax seed, whisk into warm water, then combine with almond milk, oil, and vanilla.

5.  Peel and chop the apple medium-fine.

6.  Stir liquid ingredients into dry ingredients; fold in pecans and chopped apple.

7.  Fill 12-muffin tin with mixture.  Place cinnamon streusel over top and press slightly.

8.  Bake at 350 F for about 25 minutes or till lightly golden browned.  Cool for just a couple minutes before removing from tin.  Place on a cooling rack.  Enjoy!





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