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30 Easy, Healthy Vegan Muffin Recipes

Is it just me, or have you also been looking for healthy vegan muffin recipes as the days grow a bit chillier….?

By Lora O’Brien

With the colder weather rapidly approaching here in the UK, I’ve packed away my gorgeous summer dresses and slipped into plush pyjamas instead. Even looking at the open toed sandals I basked in all summer makes me shudder slightly!

When it’s cold outside, I want something warm inside, and nothing fills my belly better than a piping hot (vegan) latte and one of my old time favourite bakes, the muffin.

Just because muffins are baked goods doesn’t mean they can’t be fairly healthy. In fact, here, I’ve found some of the best healthy muffin recipes for vegans to help curb your winter cravings. They’re not only vegan, but many are gluten and/or sugar free, too. A small miracle, right? A  muffin that won’t punish us with, you know – an actual muffin-top!

These 30 healthy vegan muffin recipes are easy to make at home, and are much better for you than any you’ll find in a cafe. There’s a whole lot of variety here, too. I’ve found something for those who love fruit, spice and chocolate. And of course, there are also some rather exotic options, like croissant muffins or pumpkin spice flavours!

So get toasty and tuck into one or two of our 30 easy, healthy vegan muffin recipes.

30 Healthy Vegan Muffin Recipes

1. GF Vegan Banana Nut Muffins

This is an easy, gluten-free recipe that will help you use up any bananas that may be turning brown in your kitchen. Pop these muffins into a bag and pack them in kids’ lunches, or take them with you to work to whip them out when your tummy’s rumbling.

Get the recipe here.

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2. Basic Vegan Muffin Recipe

All you really need is this one basic vegan muffin recipe! From here, you can add whatever you want: bananas and nuts; apples and pears; berries, chocolate chips, fruity jam, you name it! In fact, there are some options suggested on the recipe page, if you need some further inspo.

Get the recipe here.

3. GF Chocolate Banana Muffins

If you didn’t think banana muffins could get any better, be ready to take your muffin loving to the next level by adding some dark chocolate! The chocolate-banana combo works so well together, creating a decadently rich muffin that will have you convinced it’s way more calorific than it is.

Get the recipe here.

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4. Maple Pecan Banana Muffins

Two things that never fail to get my mouth watering are maple syrup and roasted pecans. Whether they’re sprinkled on porridge, or in this case, combined into delightful muffins, I’m a huge fan. I think of these sweet and delicious muffins as little bites of winter happiness.

Get the recipe here.

5. Spanish Vegan Lemon Muffins

When it comes to muffins, a zesty lemon one is seriously at the top of my list. The acidic lemon lends it a wonderful sharpness that works perfectly with the sweetness of a muffin. Here, olive oil replaces butter, and helps the mix to bind together, and the icing has a hidden superfood in it, too! The topping is super ‘extra,’ and if you want to jazz them up a bit, why not add some blueberries or almonds? Yum!

Get the recipe here.

7. Chunky Apple & Cinnamon Muffins

If I could bottle the scent of autumn, then it would be the aroma of freshly baked apples and spiced cinnamon. Something about the combination just has me feeling all comforted. This muffin is a take on the traditional flavours of apple pie. Think soft, crumbly muffin mingled with chunks of cinnamon spiced apple. Yum!

Get the recipe here.

8. Double Chocolate & Espresso Muffins

These banana based muffins are the perfect on-the-go breakfast. With their shot of espresso, their rich chocolate base and fudge-like filling, these surprisingly healthy little guys will have you feeling just a bit smug that you can enjoy these for breakfast.

Get the recipe here.

Healthy Muffin Recipes For Vegans

9. Strawberries and Cream Muffins

Strawberries and cream just is for sure a classic summer combo, but it’s also one you can enjoy in winter, thanks to the wonder of frozen berries! This take on a British favourite is a real winner. When it’s pouring down outside, you can still bring a little of that summer feeling inside.  

Get the recipe here.

Healthy Muffin Recipes For Vegans

10. Pumpkin Spice Muffins with ‘Cream Cheese’ Frosting

Got your PSL ready? These babies are the perfect companion! And that tartly rich cream cheese frosting? It’s actually based on cashews.

Get the recipe here.

11. Vegan Croissant Muffins

Looking for a muffin recipe with a twist – literally? These croissant muffins fit the bill. They’re lighter and flakier than most muffins, but come in the form of one. The best part? That nutty, chocolatey topping! Best served hot. And maybe…for breakfast?

Get the recipe here.

12. Vegan Carrot Muffins

This recipe is a twist on that old time favourite, the carrot cake. But this recipe is completely vegan -even that delicious ‘cream cheese’ topping! These will be bursting with flavour whether they’re served fresh from the oven or cooled the next day.  

Get the recipe here.

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13. Vegan Peanut Butter Chocolate Swirl Muffins

These not only look gorgeous, but their texture is amazing, too! They’re rich, a bit chewy, and the flavour? It’s a bit like the taste of a vegan Reese’s Peanut Butter cup after you’ve eaten a banana. Who could refuse?

Get the recipe here.

14. GF Plum Muffins

Do your like the fruit in your muffins to be a little underwhelming? Sometimes, a small amount of fruit can give the muffin enough of a kick, and these gluten free plum muffins are the perfect example. These guys aren’t overly packed  with fruit, but the plums inside will give the muffin a rich fruity flavour without assaulting your taste buds too heavily, and the almonds add a nice crunch. Just sub in flax eggs for regular and viola!

Get the recipe here.

Healthy Muffin Recipes For Vegans

15. GF Healthy Choco Peanut Butter Banana Muffins

Ok, so looking at this image below, I’m sure the last thought that came into your head was that this was a healthy muffin recipe. But it is, it is! Peanut butter and bananas meet dark chocolate to provide potassium, zinc, and protein. Just be sure to use flax eggs instead of regular, to make these vegan.

Get the recipe here.

16. Gingerbread Muffins

I must confess: I love everything gingerbread! I’m a total sucker for gingerbread lattes, cookies, cakes and even gingerbread scented beauty products. So no surprises this is one of the first vegan muffin recipes in this list I made. And the verdict? Just do it, my friends! Especially if it’s Christmas or Thanksgiving. The icing on the muffin is really, erm…the icing on the cake!

Get the recipe here.

17. Cinnamon Roll Muffins

If you’re a fan of the roll, why not make the muffin? This is spongy and spicy, and there’s a kind of ‘surprise’ filling in the middle. There’s cinnamon in the filling, in the batter, and on top. And if you ask me, the more cinnamon, the better!

Get the recipe here.

18. Chai Spiced Vegan Muffins

Speaking of spice, here’s another easy muffin recipe to make! It’s packed with cinnamon, ginger, cloves and other stuff you’d find in a chai tea. Obviously, these are the perfect snacks to enjoy alongside a nice, hot cuppa!

Get the recipe here.

19. Healthy Vegan Muffins With Hidden Veggies

Struggling to get a fussy eater to chow down on more fruits and veggies? The last place they’d suspect to find them is in a delicious muffin, muaha! But these babies have got carrot and zucchini in them, and you could just as easily add some spinach if you don’t mind them going a little green! 

Get the recipe here.

20. Vegan Lemon & Poppyseed Muffins

This is a super classic muffin recipe – turned vegan, of course! I love how the citrusy tartness is offset by the sweet icing on top. Easy to turn this one into a loaf if you prefer.

Get the recipe here.

21. Herb & Quinoa Muffins

For those of you that are a little more on the savoury spectrum of snacking, then we’ve got you covered, too. These herb & quinoa based muffins created by health foodie Amy Chaplin are to die for. Have them  for breakfast, for brunch, for lunch or just as a snack. They’re packed full of vegan protein, flavour and goodness, and they’ll keep you satisfied any hour of the day.  

Get the recipe here.

Healthy Muffin Recipes For Vegans

22. Savoury Pesto Muffins

Another savoury take on the muffin, and this time it’s packing some serious Italian flavours, thanks to the sun dried tomatoes, basil and garlic. Want them even tastier? Why not top them with some vegan cheese? Served with a salad, this is the perfect packable vegan lunch!

Get the recipe here.

23. Vegan Blueberry Power Muffins

What muffin is more classic than the blueberry? But those are usually made with food baddies. Not only white flour and sugar, but it gets even worse! Most commercial brands use some kind of blueberry ‘paste’ for the fruity flavour rather than actual berries, which can be quite costly, especially in winter. Make yours with frozen blueberries, and rest easy knowing these are actually healthy.

Get the recipe here.

Healthy Muffin Recipes For Vegans

24. Butternut Cranberry Muffins

What? Butternut squash in a muffin? Yep. And darn tasty it is, too! These vegan, gluten-free AND refined sugar-free muffins couldn’t be lighter, fluffier – or healthier! Maple syrup adds some sweetness, and crushed pecans add some crunch. The ideal autumnal snack!

Get the recipe here.

Healthy Muffin Recipes For Vegans

25. Blackberry Cornmeal Muffins

An American classic! These are not only 100% gluten-free, but they’re adaptable, too. If you can’t find blackberries, sub in pineapple, blueberries or even switch to savoury with some spinach or vegan cheese!

Get the recipe here.

Healthy Vegan Muffin Recipes

26. 1 Bowl Cranberry Orange Muffins

With its plentiful fruit, orange juice and bran, this muffin is pretty much breakfast in a few bites! This is one of the healthiest – and easiest – of all the vegan muffin recipes. And if there are no cranberries on hand, cherries make for a wonderful substitute!

Get the recipe here.

27. Blueberry Lemon Poppyseed Muffins

Can’t decide if you want to make blueberry or lemon poppyseed muffins? Make both by combining the flavours in this recipe! If the berries are short on supply, I can confidently state that both cranberries and raspberries make a great substitute.

Get the recipe here.

Healthy Vegan Muffin Recipes

28. Vegan Pineapple Coconut Muffins

Looking for the taste of the tropics in a muffin? You’ve got it in this recipe! Not only is this one of the best vegan muffin recipes for flavour, but also for texture. When soft pineapple meets chewy coconut, it’s oh-so-satisfying somehow!

Get the recipe here.

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29. Perfect Vegan Bran Muffins

This is pretty much the perfect healthy breakfast for anyone on the go! They taste rich, toasty and are even better hot and topped off with some veggie butter. Of course, you can add some fruit, raisins, nuts….whatever you like to these, as well!

Get the recipe here.

vegan bran muffin recipe

30. GF Carrot Cake Muffins

Apple sauce. Almond butter. Coconut oil. Almond milk. Carrots. Nuts. Oatmeal. Those are the basic ingredients these delicious muffins need – and all of them are healthy! The beauty of this recipe is that you can substitute or change a lot of ingredients. Hate nuts? Add raisins instead. No carrots on hand? Try shredded zucchini. Too healthy for you? Top ’em off with a vegan cream cheese icing and transform them into cupcakes!

Get the recipe here.

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Lora O'Brien

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