Oct 09, 2016

Apple Spice Muffins ~ Gluten-free, Oil-free and Vegan!


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Hello, hello dearest readers. Yes, I am finally back. It’s been a whirlwind of a month. In a good way! My son is now married to his beautiful girl, company is finally gone—it was great having so much family and extended family to cook for—and now my life can return to semi-normal (because it is never really normal by most people’s standards).

I’ll be posting more often now, probably about once per week. Still not as often as previously only because I’ll be working more on my art and my writing. Gotta have balance after all 🙂 We don’t have the official (pro) photos back from the wedding yet, but here is one of my favorites that a friend took of my son, his new bride and my dear friend, Mandy, who performed their ceremony. It was truly a wonderful event! 


So… it is FINALLY FALL. Yes. 46 degrees on our mountain this morning. Yay!!! And, of course, you know what that means… the oven is ON. Therefore, I thought I would start off posting again with an ultra yummy muffin that I’ve been dying to make. These apple-spice gems and a perfect way to ring in the cooler temps and stunning fall colors! They’re soft and light in texture and not too sweet. And they will make your house smell wonderful as they bake. I used my trusty light buckwheat flour for this recipe, which is so perfect for gluten-free baking. Of course, you can use regular buckwheat flour, too. I just like the lighter color for certain recipes. P.S. If you order from this company, use the promo code HD101 for a 10% discount.

Healthy trails, Happy Fall and Fun Baking!









Apple Spice Muffins ~ Gluten-free, Oil-free and Vegan!

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 20 minutes

Total Time: 35 minutes

Yield: 12 muffins

Warming, cozy muffins for a cool, fall day!


    ~ dry
  • 1½ cup buckwheat flour (I used light buckwheat)
  • ½ cup almond flour
  • ½ cup minimally processed granulated sweetener (I used coconut sugar)
  • 1 TBS tapioca starch
  • 2¼ cups chopped apples (reserve ¼ cup for topping)
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1 tsp ground nutmeg
  • ¼ tsp ground clove
  • pinch sea salt (optional)
  • ~ wet
  • 1 cup unsweetened, plant-based milk (I used soy)
  • ¼ cup unsweetened applesauce
  • 1 tsp lemon juice


  1. Preheat oven to 350° F.
  2. Prepare a muffin tin using paper liners or a very light coat of oil.
  3. Mix all dry ingredients together in a large bowl, reserving ¼ cup of chopped apples.
  4. Combine the wet ingredients in a separate bowl.
  5. Stir the wet ingredients into the dry until well mixed.
  6. Portion batter into muffin cups, filling each cup almost to the top.
  7. Spread a few apple bits on top of each muffin and push them down slightly into the batter.
  8. Bake for 20-25 minutes until a toothpick inserted comes out clean.
  9. Enjoy!
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2 responses to “Apple Spice Muffins ~ Gluten-free, Oil-free and Vegan!”

  1. JCB says:

    Beautiful bridal couple. Thank you for sharing.

    I want to try this recipe but thought I’d use dates instead of sugar, softening them first in the one cup of non dairy milk and then blending. Would this make batter too moist and should I alter the amount of liquid used?

    • helynskitchen says:

      I think that would be fine but yes, then decrease the amount of milk by about 1/4 cup or add an additional 1/4 cup of flour. Have fun creating!

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