Healthy Gingerbread Muffins {vegan}

gingerbread muffins in bowl with towel

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These Healthy Gingerbread Muffins are perfectly spiced, moist thanks to applesauce, molasses and pure maple syrup, and completely vegan. Sprinkle with sugar or drizzle with glaze for a special holiday treat.


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Wet Ingredients:

  • 1 flax egg
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened cashew milk (or milk of choice)
  • 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
  • 1/3 cup pure maple syrup
  • 1/4 cup molasses
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce
  • 1/4 cup light olive oil (or melted/cooled coconut – make sure rest of ingredients are room temperature)

Dry Ingredients:

  • 1.75 cups whole wheat pastry flour (or whole wheat white flour)
  • 2 teaspoons ground ginger
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon fine sea salt
  • coarse sprinkling sugar for topping, optional


  • 1/3 cup confectioners sugar
  • 2 teaspoons lemon juice


  1. Preheat oven to 425ºF. Line 12-cup muffin pan with liners; set aside.
  2. In a small bowl, combine the flaxseed with water; set aside for 3-5 minutes until gel consistency forms.
  3. In a glass measuring cup, add milk and apple cider vinegar together; set aside.
  4. In a large bowl, combine maple syrup, molasses, applesauce and oil. Whisk until smooth. Then add in flaxseed gel and milk, stirring until combined.
  5. In medium bowl, combine dry ingredients – whole wheat pastry flour, ground ginger, cinnamon, cloves, baking soda and salt.
  6. Add dry ingredients into the bowl of wet ingredients, using a rubber spatula or whisk to mix gently until just combined. Careful not to over-mix.
  7. Evenly distribute batter into prepared 12-cup muffin pan, filling about 2/3 way full. Top with coarse sprinkling sugar.
  8. Bake muffins at 425ºF for 5 minutes, then drop oven temperature down to 350ºF and continue baking for another 10-15 minutes, or until an inserted toothpick comes out with little to no crumbs. Allow muffins to cool in pan for 10 minutes before moving to wire rack.
  9. Make the glaze by whisking together powdered sugar and lemon juice in a small bowl. Drizzle over slightly cooled muffins. Enjoy!


Storage – Muffins best enjoyed within three days. Store in airtight container at room temperature or in the fridge. Place a strip of paper towel in the container to prevent the muffins from getting soggy.

Freeze – Cool completely, then place in a freezer-safe storage bag and freeze up to 3 months. Thaw to room temperature. Warm in the microwave for 30-45 seconds, if desired.