Healthy Apple Muffins (Paleo, No Added Sweetener)

Healthy Apple Muffins are grain-free and naturally sweetened with fruit. This paleo apple muffin recipe is grain-free, oil-free, dairy-free and contains no added sweeteners!

Light, fluffy and warmly-spiced with cinnamon, this delicious apple cinnamon muffin recipe is a lovely breakfast or snack!

Healthy Apple Muffins made with almond flour, sweetened with banana and apple. This grain-free, dairy-free, refined sugar-free apple cinnamon muffins recipe contains no added sweetener!

As you may have seen in my Healthy Pumpkin Cake recipe last week, I’ve been using bananas for sweetening baked goods. 

In fact, I’m working on a brownie recipe (don’t worry, it’s coming soon!) that is sweetened only with bananas. 

Depending on what else is in the treat, sometimes the banana flavor peeks through and sometimes it doesn’t at all!

In the case of these muffins, you do get both banana and apple flavors shining through with that warm cinnamon for a cozy, comforting fall treat.

Even more intriguing is the fact that only 6 ingredients are needed for these luscious babes! PLUS, you’d never know they’re all-things gluten-free, dairy-free, refined sugar-free, and nutritious.

Let’s discuss these healthy apple muffins further, shall we?

Healthy Apple Cinnamon Muffins Recipe made paleo-friendly with almond flour and no added sweeteners. Grain-free, refined sugar-free, dairy-free and healthy

Ingredients for Healthy Apple Muffins:

Ripe Bananas: These apple muffins are entirely sweetened with fruit! Two ripe bananas and one apple to be specific. Be sure your bananas are plenty ripe, with a lot of brown spots. This signifies they will be very sweet and moist. The moisture and creaminess of ripe bananas help make a baked good extra tasty. When mashed, the bananas should measure out to 1 cup.

If you don’t like bananas or are allergic, I provide a banana-free version of this recipe below.

Apple: 1 medium-sized apple gets peeled then grated up for both sweetness and apple flavor. You can use your favorite apple, but I typically go with gala or fuji.

Eggs: Used for holding the muffins together and making them nice and fluffy, we use a couple of eggs. 

Almond Flour: The grain-free flour of choice in these paleo apple muffins is super fine almond flour. Almond flour makes the texture nice and light. It contains healthy fats, fiber, and a small amount of protein.

Ground Cinnamon: Making the muffins taste like fall exploded all up in them, ground cinnamon gives warm flavor and enhances the apple experience as well.

Baking Powder & Sea Salt: Baking powder helps leaven the muffins and sea salt brings out the flavors. It also makes the muffins taste sweeter without the need for added sugar.

Optional Add Ins: Add 1/2 cup chopped walnuts or pecans, raisins, and/or top with unsweetened shredded coconut! 

Paleo Apple Muffins made with almond flour and no added sugar. Dairy-free, grain-free, refined sugar-free and naturally sweetened

Can I Make These Muffins Without Banana?:

You certainly can! If you aren’t into banana, don’t have any on hand, and/or are allergic, no sweat. Omit the bananas and replace them with 1/4 cup coconut oil (melted and cooled) and 1/4 cup pure maple syrup. Keep everything else in the recipe the same.

Let’s bake a batch!:

How to Make Healthy Apple Muffins:

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F and line a muffin tray with 9 muffin papers.

Mash the bananas in a measuring cup until very creamy. Be sure you have around 1 cup of mashed banana. 

Transfer the mashed banana to a mixing bowl and add the eggs and grated apple. Whisk everything together until very well-combined.

How to make healthy apple muffins

In a separate bowl or measuring cup, stir together the almond flour, sea salt, baking powder, and ground cinnamon until combined.

Ingredients for healthy apple muffins

Transfer the flour mixture to the mixing bowl with the banana-apple mixture and stir well until combined.

Making batter for healthy muffins

Apple cinnamon muffin batter

Fill the muffin holes up ¾ of the way full with muffin batter. Bake on the center rack of the preheated oven for 30 to 35 minutes, until muffins are golden brown and feel firm when gently poked.

Apple cinnamon muffins in a muffin tray

Allow muffins to cool at least 30 minutes before unwrapping and eating.

Healthy Apple Muffins with almond flour and sweetened with banana - gluten-free, dairy-free, refined sugar-free and healthy

Recipe Adaptations:

  • Use hazelnut flour instead of almond flour. Don’t replace the almond flour with coconut flour – coconut flour requires more eggs and liquid than almond flour, so the whole recipe will require adjustments.
  • Add chopped walnuts or pecans.
  • For sweeter muffins, add 3 to 4 tablespoons of coconut sugar or your favorite granulated sweetener.

More Healthy Muffin Recipes:

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Healthy Apple Muffins made with almond flour, sweetened with banana and apple. This grain-free, dairy-free, refined sugar-free apple cinnamon muffins recipe contains no added sweetener!

Healthy Apple Muffins

Course: Bread, Breakfast, Muffins, Snack
Cuisine: American
Keyword: almond flour, banana bread, breakfast, dairy free, grain free, healthy, oil free, paleo
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 35 minutes
Servings: 9 muffins
Calories: 197 kcal
Author: Julia

Grain-free apple cinnamon muffins with no added sweetener!

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Ingredients

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F and line a muffin tray with 9 muffin papers.

  2. Mash the bananas in a measuring cup until very creamy. Be sure you have around 1 cup of mashed banana. Transfer the mashed banana to a mixing bowl and add the eggs and grated apple. Whisk everything together until very well-combined.

  3. In a separate bowl or measuring cup, stir together the almond flour, sea salt, baking powder, and ground cinnamon until combined. Transfer the flour mixture to the mixing bowl with the banana-apple mixture and stir well until combined.

  4. Fill the muffin holes up ¾ of the way full with muffin batter. Bake on the center rack of the preheated oven for 30 to 35 minutes, until muffins are golden brown and feel firm when gently poked. Allow muffins to cool at least 30 minutes before unwrapping.

Nutrition Facts
Healthy Apple Muffins
Amount Per Serving (1 of 9)
Calories 197 Calories from Fat 108
% Daily Value*
Fat 12g18%
Carbohydrates 16g5%
Fiber 3g13%
Sugar 8g9%
Protein 7g14%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

Paleo Healthy Apple Muffins - grain-free, oil-free, no added sweetener, dairy-free, moist, and delicious!

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