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Paleo Applesauce Muffins (Gluten Free, Dairy Free)

(Last Updated On: October 13, 2020)
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Paleo Applesauce Muffins

These Paleo Applesauce Muffins are the ultimate healthy fall dessert. Trust me I love pumpkin as much as the next girl, but let’s not forget about apples too quickly! This recipe stays super fluffy because of homemade applesauce, and gets texture from diced apples and walnuts. The apple pie spice brings all the fall favorite flavors you love. 

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Apples to Apples

These Paleo Applesauce Muffins use apples in all kinds of ways Applesauce, Diced Apples, and Apple Pie Spice. I highly recommend trying my Instant Pot Applesauce.  I love applesauce but was so disappointed when I couldn’t find an unsweetened one that didn’t taste like garbage. So I decided to make my own, and it is banging! This recipe only requires one cup of applesauce. You can save the rest for a healthy snack during the week. These muffins are free from dairy, gluten, and refined sugar. Who doesn’t love a dessert so healthy they can eat it for breakfast? 

If you are looking for some other paleo and gluten-free dessert options, be sure to check out my Paleo Chocolate Chip Banana Muffins, Paleo Pumpkin Bread, Gluten Free Baked Banana Donuts, and Paleo Twix Bars

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What Makes This Dish Paleo Friendly?

I usually take a minute to explain what makes each recipe on this site fall into the dietary categories to better understand each diet. Both the Whole 30 and Paleo diets focus on eating whole foods that are minimally processed, avoiding any inflammatory ingredients, like gluten, grains, dairy, and legumes. Because this recipe has maple syrup, it is Paleo friendly, but not Whole 30 Compliant. Then we replace regular flour with almond flour to keep this recipe gluten and grain-free. The butter typically used in a muffin recipe is replaced with applesauce and a little coconut oil. Often, gluten and dairy-free cooking can leave desserts feeling dense or heavy, but the applesauce and diced apples keep this recipe light and fluffy. 

What Ingredients Do You Need?

  1. Eggs
  2. Applesauce
  3. Maple Syrup
  4. Coconut Oil
  5. Vanilla
  6. Apple Pie Spice
  7. Salt
  8. Almond Flour
  9. Baking Soda
  10. Diced Apple
ingredients for applesauce muffins

How To Make It

  1. Whisk eggs and other “wet” ingredients. 
  2. Add almond flour, baking soda, spices, and salt.
  3. Fold in diced apples and walnuts.
  4. Bake at 350 for 30 Minutes.

That Simple!!!

*Full recipe and ingredient amounts listed below*

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Tips, Recs, Subs

  • It’s best to whisk your eggs before you whisk in your other wet ingredients.
  • Looking for an unsweetened applesauce? Try my Instant Pot Paleo Applesauce. 
  • These reusable silicone muffin liners are one of my favorite kitchen items ever! They are great for cooking everything from muffins to Easy Breakfast Egg Cups. NOTHING sticks to them. Amazing!!
  • You can swap the maple syrup for honey.
  • Make sure you dice and core your apples before you fold them in. The smaller, the better. 
  • Walnuts and chocolate chips are optional, but great add in’s. 

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Paleo Applesauce Muffins

Danielle Musella
Gluten free, dairy free, refined sugar free, but FULL of the fall flavors you love.
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 30 mins
Course baked goods, desserts
Cuisine dairy free, gluten free, paleo
Servings 12 Muffins


  • Muffin Tray


  • 4 Eggs
  • 1 Cup Unsweetened Applesauce
  • 1/4 Cup Maple Syrup
  • 2 Tablespoons Coconut Oil (melted)
  • 2 Teaspoons Vanilla
  • 1 Tablespoon Apple Pie Spice
  • Pinch of Salt
  • 1 1/2 Cups Almond Flour
  • 1 Teaspoon Baking Soda
  • 1 Apple Cored and diced small
  • Optional handful chopped walnuts


  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees, and line the muffin tray with liners or reusable silicone muffin molds.
  • Whisk eggs together. Add applesauce, maple syrup, coconut oil, and vanilla. Whisk again until well combined.
  • Add apple pie spice, almond flour, and baking soda, whisk again until well combined. Stir in apples and optional walnuts.
  • Spoon batter into prepared muffin trays, fill to the top of each muffin liner. Bake in the preheated oven at 350 degrees for 30 minutes. You should be able to stick a knife or toothpic k in the center of the muffin and have it come out clean, if not cook for 5 minutes. Let cool for 5 minutes, before removing from tray.
Keyword apples, Applesauce, autumn, fall, muffins

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