This is it guys – the ultimate fall recipe – albeit a bit late! Fun for the whole family and absolutely delicious! Vegan pull apart cinnamon roll muffins stuffed with spiced apples! Look at that apple filling!
This is my last entry for the TresOmega recipe challenge I entered awhile back and you would not believe the journey I have had trying to come up with a fun, unique (but still tasty) recipe. I knew I wanted to do a dessert as my last entry but the problem was picking a dessert. Coming up with ideas wasn’t so much the problem it was execution. So I had the idea for this pull apart muffin in the back of mind as a sort of backup recipe in case my other ideas didn’t pan out. And to make a long story short, my other ideas didn’t pan out. It happens. That’s half the fun of being a recipe developer – never knowing if your ideas are going to work. But it was a long week of experimenting (and failing) so I was basically at the end of my rope. So with not much enthusiasm, I started putting together the recipe for these pull apart muffins. Mind you, I was almost completely defeated at this point and since all of my other ideas hadn’t worked out, I pretty much figured this one wouldn’t either and was already devising my next recipe failure, I mean, experiment, while these were baking. However, I pulled these out of the oven and they looked amazing. Waiting for them to cool before I could take them out of the pan was the longest 10 minutes of my life. I was getting excited now so I started preparing my cream cheese glaze and was running through various photoshoot ideas in my mind. As soon as they cooled I pulled one of the muffins apart and they were perfect! Baked to perfection with the perfect amount of apple filling and spice! And then that cream cheese drizzle? forget about it!
For this recipe I used my vegan 5 minute pumpkin dough (which is the same recipe I used for my vegan pumpkin cinnamon rolls and 5 minute pumpkin spice donuts!) I have included a step-by-step guide with the recipe below so you can follow along!
To keep the end product super fluffy yet still moist and flavorful, I used a combination of apple cider vinegar and TresOmega coconut oil:
Do not leave out either of these ingredients. The apple cider vinegar reacts with the baking powder for that fluffy end product and the coconut oil keeps the end product from drying out. I have tried shortcut versions of this dough by leaving out the oil or apple cider vinegar and the end product was alright but it dried out incredibly fast. Both ingredients make a huge difference. And you don’t even have to invest in an expensive apple cider vinegar. I literally bought the 99 cent bottle from my local kroger and it works just fine.
Vegan spiced apple pull apart cinnamon roll muffins – makes 4 muffins
Cinnamon roll dough
- 3/4 cup white whole wheat flour (I use king arthur flour)
- 1 tsp baking powder
- 1 tbsp apple cider vinegar
- 1 tbsp TresOmega Coconut oil, melted
- pinch pumpkin pie spice
- 1/2 cup pumpkin puree
- 1 tbsp coconut sugar
- 1 apple, diced
- 1 tbsp coconut sugar
- 1 tbsp flour
- pumpkin pie spice, to taste
- 1 tsp lemon juice
- 1/3 cup vegan butter, melted (like earth balance)
- 1/2 cup coconut sugar
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- Tofutti vegan cream cheese
- almond milk
Directions: First, preheat oven to 350 degrees f and line a muffin tin with 4 muffin liners.
Prepare dough: In a food processor, combine all ingredients to make dough. Process until a dough forms. If dough is sticky, add more flour, a spoonful at a time, until dough is easy to handle. Lightly flour a work surface and prepare the rest of your ingredients.
Prepare filling and additional toppings: In a bowl, combine apple with sugar, flour, spice, and lemon juice and mix well. Set aside. In another bowl melt butter and in another bowl, combine coconut sugar and spice.
Prepare dough and assemble: Roll dough into a log about 8 inches long. Using a sharp, serrated knife, cut dough in half. Cut each half in half. Then cut each of those pieces in half. Continue until you have about 16 equal dough pieces. It’s okay if they aren’t all the same size, you can easily stretch them out if need be.
Brush each dough piece with butter, front and back, then dip in the cinnamon sugar mixture. Repeat with all of the dough pieces. Now to assemble: Add a spoonful of apples into the center of a dough piece. Stack another dough piece on top. Continue until you have a stack of 4-5 dough pieces.
Place into a muffin liner. Repeat with the rest of the dough until you have all 4 “muffins”.
Bake for about 20-25 minutes or until tops are golden brown. Remove from oven and let muffins sit in muffin tin for 10 minutes before removing. Combine cream cheese with a little almond milk until smooth in consistency then drizzle over top muffins, pull apart, and enjoy!
*If in a hurry, you could also microwave these bad boys for about 2-3 minutes
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