Virtual Vegan Potluck:Gluten-Free Apple Muffins

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Welcome to My Plant-Based Family, Virtual Vegan Potluck Edition. I hope you’re enjoying yourself so far. If you want to start from the beginning check out Vegan Bloggers Unite! There are about 60 bloggers attending so clear your schedule and sit down for a fun time.

Today I’m bringing Gluten-Free Apple Muffins to the potluck. They are divine and you simply must try one or three! They are moist and delicious,  you really can’t tell they are gluten-free or vegan.

I recently took them to an event and little children were running up to me asking for more so there are definitely kid approved, a few kids even followed me outside as I was leaving with their cute little hands out.

Gluten-Free Apple Muffins


  • 3/4 c brown rice flour
  • 6 Tbsp potato starch
  • 6 Tbsp tapioca starch
  • 1 tsp xanthum gum
  • 1 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt
  • 2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 banana, mashed
  • 1 c unsweetened applesauce
  • 1 cup raw sugar
  • 2 tsp vanilla
  • 1/4 c water, you can also use orange or apple juice
  • 1 c diced apple


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. In a medium size bowl mix together the first four ingredients.
  3. Add the dry ingredients, baking powder, baking soda, sea salt, and cinnamon. 
  4. In a large bowl mash banana then add applesauce, sugar, vanilla and  water. Mix wet ingredients. 
  5. Pour dry ingredients into wet ingredients until just mixed. 
  6. Gently stir in diced apples.
  7. Spoon batter into paper lined muffin cups or use a non-stick pan. 
  8. Bake until toothpick inserted in muffin comes out clean. I baked mini muffins for about 15 minutes and regular sized muffins for about 20 minutes. 
These are a great addition to brunch, a midday snack or dessert. The only problem with the mini muffins is that they are incredibly easy to toss in your mouth without thinking about it. These should be stored at room temperature in a covered container.  They did not last too long at our house so I’m not sure how they taste after a few days. 🙂
Don’t stop now, you can go forward or back from here to enjoy the rest of the potluck!

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  1. These sound great (I’m just imagining a trail of little kiddos following you for these muffins!) I love anything with brown rice flour, it’s my favourite GF flour for sure… such a good flavour. I’m totally going to try these for my son 🙂

    • I’m still learning about gluten-free baking but I was very happy with these. I tried it with half the sugar and they were not as good, even though I almost always halve the sugar. I only had a slightly ripe banana so I’m sure that influenced the sweetness as well.

  2. Simply wonderful muffins.

  3. Potluck fan says:

    These look great!

  4. I’m so glad you’ve made something gluten-free – on my list of things to do in the kitchen and I think I can handle starting with muffins! They look gorgeous! Thank you, Holly!

  5. Oh my gosh, I was thinking about making apple muffins – thank god I didn’t! haha yours look phenomenal! Althought mine wouldn’t be GF. I definitely wanna try these out though, they look awesome – I’ve been meaning to get some rice flour soon anyway 🙂

  6. Yummy! I love the gluten free post!!!

  7. They look so tasty and healthy – great muffins!! Thank you for the recipe!

  8. So nice! I’ve experimented a little bit with gluten-free. Sometimes the result is good other times not so much. I really want to try this recipe….

  9. I’ve never made anything gluten-free like this but these look very tempting. I can imagine I wouldn’t stop at one…

  10. Food Stories says:

    Just making my way through the virtual vegan potluck and wanted to say hello 🙂

  11. Love the recipe. I have all but given up on gluten free baking for Mat, so I make him raw desserts, but this is certainly doable. If you ever want to guest blog for VBU, please let me know, I’d be more than happy to have you. Thanks! Lidia

    • Thank You Lidia! I would love to guest post sometime! Maybe I’ll submit my next gluten-free creation. I’m thinking it will need to be full of chocolatey goodness!
      This recipe is very easy so I hope you try it. Happy Potlucking!

  12. Ooh, apple and cinnamon, YUMMO! I can’t wait to take these on a picnic! 🙂

  13. Nothing wrong with a good muffin and some fruit for breakfast! I like food I can eat quickly so I might make a batch of these for breakfasts for the next week.

    • Oh I think you will enjoy these! They taste best the first two days. I haven’t experimented with freezing them yet but I hope to soon.
      A quick breakfast is necessary at my house too, I usually eat a at least two breakfast though. 🙂

  14. Wow! Now that I am on summer break I plan to do some baking. Thanks for sharing!

  15. Mmm, these sound good! 🙂

  16. Wow!!! Vegan AND Gluten-Free! Excellent, thank you for sharing this recipe. 🙂

  17. Yum! I’m trying to avoid gluten, so this will be a real treat! Thank you! 🙂

  18. As I wrote on an earlier post, I am trying to avoid gluten, and vegan gluten free baking is MUCH harder than I thought! I can’t wait to try this recipe– I think I’m going to experiment with coconut sugar rather than raw sugar. Love the image of the little kids following you . . . perhaps after I make them I too will be like the Pied Piper of Apple Muffins? 🙂

    Thank you for your creativity!

  19. Oh man, I wish I could bake. I’ve had some absolutely amazing gluten-free breads but I can’t make them for the love of me. I’ll have to try this recipe.

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