Gluten-Free Apple Walnut Flaxseed Muffins

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Total Time: 40 min
Prep Time: 20 min
Cook Time: 20 min
Servings: 12 (1 muffin each)

Nutrition Highlights (per serving)

158 calories
12g fat
9g carbs
5g protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 12 (1 muffin each)
Amount per serving  
Calories 158
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 12g 15%
Saturated Fat 2g 10%
Cholesterol 62mg 21%
Sodium 207mg 9%
Total Carbohydrate 9g 3%
Dietary Fiber 5g 18%
Total Sugars 3g  
Includes 1g Added Sugars 2%
Protein 5g  
Vitamin D 0mcg 0%
Calcium 98mg 8%
Iron 1mg 6%
Potassium 162mg 3%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calorie a day is used for general nutrition advice.

These gluten-free apple flaxseed muffins offer all the health benefits of flaxseed, which is most beneficial when the flaxseed is ground, as it is in this recipe. When not ground, flaxseeds just pass through the gastrointestinal system in their whole form without having a chance to work their magic. The applesauce and apple not only bring a hint of sweetness to these muffins but as an added bonus they also increase the already generous amount of fiber that the flaxseeds contribute. The combination of flaxseed and walnuts adds plant-based omega-3 fatty acids making these extra heart healthy too. And because there is not any flour in the batter, these apple flaxseed muffins are naturally gluten-free.

Enjoy these muffins at breakfast or as a late-morning snack. Put one in your kid's lunchbox for a sweet and healthy treat. As with all quick bread recipes, you can make this into a loaf—just adjust the cooking time to about 40 minutes or so.​ Keep in mind, because there is no flour, the texture will be extra moist even after baking.


  • 1 1/2 cups flaxseed meal 
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 tablespoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/4 cup + 2 tablespoons unsweetened applesauce
  • 3 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 4 large eggs
  • 1/4 cup walnut oil
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1/2 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 1 small apple (peeled or unpeeled, and small diced) (1 cup small diced)
  • 1/2 cup chopped walnuts


  1. Heat oven to 350 F. Generously grease a 12-cup muffin tin or line with muffin cups.

  2. In a large bowl, whisk together flaxseed meal, baking powder, cinnamon, nutmeg, and salt.

  3. Add applesauce, 2 tablespoons brown sugar, eggs, oil, water, vanilla, diced apple, and chopped walnuts. Mix thoroughly and let batter stand for 10 minutes.

  4. Portion into the muffin pan and sprinkle top of each muffin with 1/4 teaspoon brown sugar. Bake for about 20 minutes, or until toothpick comes out clean and muffins just barely start to pull away from the sides of the tin. These muffins are delicious warm or at room temperature.

Variations and Substitutions

  • Make it nut free by omitting walnuts and replacing walnut oil with a neutral cooking oil such as canola oil or grapeseed oil.
  • Make them sugar-free by omitting the brown sugar and adding more fall spices (cinnamon, clove, allspice, etc) and vanilla extract to balance the lack of sugar.


  • Store flaxseed meal in refrigerator or freezer in tightly sealed container for maximum shelf life.
  • Letting the batter rest for at least 10 minutes is an important step that leads to fluffier muffins once they are baked.

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