Coffee Cake Muffins with Streusel Topping

This easy Coffee Cake Muffins recipe is moist, flavorful and a great start to your day. Cinnamon Streusel Muffins are perfect for the weekend, these light and fluffy muffins can be enjoyed any day of the week. This is an easy coffee cake recipe turned into your new favorite breakfast brown sugar cinnamon muffins.

A coffee cake muffin sits next to a cup of hot tea, with other muffins around it.

I love making the best muffins ever! It might have been one of the first recipes I made in my life, but I doubt it. I think my first jab at solo baking was a batch of cookies, and I think they turned out ok.

Before then I was a pro at making boxed mac and cheese and following whatever orders my mom yelled my way. I was, I guess, her sous chef.

But muffin recipes were a part of my early on in my baking experience. I’m now such a muffin fan! I love the individual cakes! And it’s fun experimenting with the different delicious muffins flavors!

When I went vegan, baking took on a whole new meaning in my life. It was a new challenge. It was so intriguing!

These vegan coffee cake muffins, my friends, maybe the pinnacle of my baking experience. At least so far.

Muffin batter is in large measuring glass with a pouring spout.

Why is it called Coffee Cake?

I’m not a big fan of coffee (I have a specific medical condition that limits caffeine), so I’ve often wondered why it’s called “coffee” cake. Does it have coffee in it? Is it supposed to be served with coffee? It turns out both answers can be correct. Coffee cake “is intended to be eaten with, or flavored with coffee.”

You can learn more about the intricacies of coffee cake, but here’s my summation:

  • Flavor it with coffee to make coffee muffins (or not)
  • Serve it with coffee (or not)
  • Prepare it as a one-layer cake (or not)

Obviously, there’s a lot of room for creativity with a coffee cake recipe.

The original coffee cake was an import from Germany. Maybe that’s why the best coffee cakes are made with a streusel, crumbly topping.

How to Make Coffee Cake Muffins

This is an easy muffin recipe. Just follow these steps:

Step One: Crumble Topping

For the Crumble Topping: combine the sugar, cinnamon, a pinch of salt, peanut butter, and molasses in a bowl. Stir to combine. Add the oats and stir until combined. Set aside.

Step Two: Add Muffin Wet Ingredients Together

To make this best muffin recipe, cream together the vegan butter, agave, and Swerve in a bowl. Stir vigorously until light and fluffy. Add the applesauce, milk, ground flaxseed, cornstarch, and apple cider vinegar. Stir to combine.

Step Three: Combine Dry Ingredients

In a medium-size bowl combine the flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Stir to combine. Add the flour mixture to the milk mixture. Stir until just combined.

Step Four: Pour Batter into Muffin Tins and Bake

Pour the batter into prepared muffin tins. Evenly distribute the crumble topping across the muffins. Bake for 18 to 22 minutes, until a toothpick inserted in the middle of the muffins, comes out clean. The crumble topping should be nice and golden brown as well.

When done, remove from the oven and allow to cool slightly before serving.

Store yummy muffins in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 3 days. Refrigerate these muffins, but know they may not stay as moist. Refrigerate for up to 7 days or freeze for up to 1 month.

The measuring glass is being used to pour muffin batter into papers in a muffin tin.
Pouring the cinnamon coffee cake muffins batter into muffin papers.

Healthy Coffee Cake Muffins

The goal with this cinnamon crumb muffins recipe is to create a moist, delicious, and yet healthy muffin. That seems like an impossible standard. And yet when Shawn had one of these muffins he exclaimed how hard it was to stop at one. He has more discipline than me, which is why I had to have two.

I’ve added a little bit of healthiness to this coffee cake muffin recipe by doing the following:

  • used oats in the crumble topping
  • streusel needs fat to hold it together; I used peanut butter and it worked
  • added applesauce to keep the muffins moist
  • used a combination of agave and Swerve to keep sugars minimized
  • whole wheat pastry flour adds some fiber
  • ground flax seeds add Omega-3s

Finally, a way to add delicious healthiness to an indulgent breakfast treat with crumb cake muffins.

Several coffee cake muffins in papers in the foreground with more muffins on a cooling rack in the background.

Love Healthy Muffins?

If you love healthy, vegan muffins, be sure to try these:

A coffee cake muffin sits next to a cup of hot tea.

Coffee Cake Muffins

I took the very best vegan coffee cake and turned it into Coffee Cake Muffins. You'll love these tender, crumbly-topped muffins for breakfast, for brunch, for snack time, and even for dessert! 
5 from 9 votes
Print Pin Rate
Course: Breakfast
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 45 minutes
Servings: 12
Calories: 230kcal
Author: Marly

Ingredients

Crumble Topping

  • ¼ cup coconut sugar
  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • pinch of salt
  • ¼ cup peanut butter softened
  • 2 teaspoons molasses
  • ½ cup oats (I used instant)

Muffins

  • ½ cup vegan butter
  • ½ cup agave nectar (or maple syrup or honey)
  • ¼ cup Swerve (see notes)
  • ½ cup applesauce , unsweetened
  • 1 cup almond milk , unsweetened
  • 1 tablespoon ground flaxseed
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch
  • 1 teaspoon apple cider vinegar
  • cups whole wheat pastry flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon salt

Instructions

  • Heat your oven to 350°F. Line muffin tins with papers or spray with vegetable spray.

Crumble Topping

  • For the Crumble Topping: combine the sugar, cinnamon, a pinch of salt, peanut butter, and molasses in a bowl. Stir to combine. Add the oats and stir until combined. Set aside.

Muffins

  • In a large bowl, cream together the vegan butter, agave, and Swerve. Stir vigorously until light and fluffy. Add the applesauce, milk, ground flaxseed, cornstarch, and apple cider vinegar. Stir to combine.
  • In a medium-size bowl combine the flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Stir to combine. Add the flour mixture to the milk mixture. Stir until just combined.
  • Pour the batter into prepared muffin tins. Evenly distribute the crumble topping across the muffins. Bake for 18 to 22 minutes, until a toothpick inserted in the middle of the muffins, comes out clean. The crumble topping should be nice and golden brown as well.
  • When done, remove from the oven and allow to cool slightly before serving.
  • Store muffins in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 3 days. These muffins can be refrigerated but may not be quite as moist. Refrigerate for up to 7 days or freeze for up to 1 month.

Recommended Equipment

(The products above contain sponsored links to products we use and recommend)

Notes

Swerve is a zero-calorie sweetener. Truvia is another good option as it does a mixture between erythritol and stevia.
Nutrition Facts
Coffee Cake Muffins
Amount Per Serving
Calories 230 Calories from Fat 90
% Daily Value*
Fat 10g15%
Saturated Fat 2g10%
Sodium 263mg11%
Potassium 187mg5%
Carbohydrates 33g11%
Fiber 2g8%
Sugar 16g18%
Protein 4g8%
Vitamin A 360IU7%
Vitamin C 0.1mg0%
Calcium 69mg7%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

The nutrition information shown is an estimate provided by an online nutrition calculator and should not be considered a substitute for a professional nutritionist’s advice.

Could you call these coffee cake cupcakes? Sure! It’s a fine line between muffins and cupcakes. Whatever you call them, enjoy!

A collage of several photos shows many different coffee cake recipes. The text reads: 27 Coffee Cake Recipes.

National Coffee Cake Day

I think there’s a national food day being celebrated almost every day! Today is not an exception. It’s national coffee cake day. I am celebrating this delicious food holiday with some awesome food blogging friends.

Some of these recipes may not be vegetarian let alone vegan. Feel free to reach out to me if you’d like help veganizing any of these coffee cake recipes.

Traditional Coffee Cake Recipes

Fruit Coffee Cakes

Flavored Coffee Cakes

Wow, that’s a lot of coffee cake recipes! You know, that means lots of delicious weekend (and weekday) breakfast treats to enjoy!

18 Responses to Coffee Cake Muffins with Streusel Topping

  1. Avatar thumbnail image for MarlyJacky Reply

    Honey is NOT vegan.

  2. Avatar thumbnail image for MarlyKara Reply

    I love the idea of using peanut butter and oats for the crumble topping. These sound seriously amazing, and I’m not even a vegan!

  3. Avatar thumbnail image for MarlyDiane Reply

    yummy!

    • Avatar thumbnail image for MarlyMarly

      You would absolutely love this, Di! Will make you some next time you’re here.

  4. Avatar thumbnail image for MarlyStacie Vaughan Reply

    I’m drooling! I always drink coffee first thing in the morning and I bet these muffins would be delicious with it!

    • Avatar thumbnail image for MarlyMarly

      Coffee and muffins. I hear it’s a thing. I’m a tea girl myself, but I appreciate the coffee drinkers too! ☕️

  5. Avatar thumbnail image for MarlyRosemary Reply

    I love muffins, especially muffins with a topping. These sound amazing!

  6. Avatar thumbnail image for MarlyKathy gallo Reply

    Hi Marly! This coffee muffin is looking so delicious! Muffins are my favorite and I am a coffee lover, so it ’s a perfect muffin flavor for me. Thanks Marly for sharing it!

  7. Avatar thumbnail image for Marlyakashocd Reply

    Wow this cake is looking so delicious
    , thank you for sharing your blog

    • Avatar thumbnail image for MarlyMarly

      You’re very welcome. So glad you like these vegan coffee cake muffins!

  8. Avatar thumbnail image for MarlyRun, sausage, run For PC Reply

    So glad you like these vegan coffee cake muffins

  9. Avatar thumbnail image for MarlyThekla Reply

    These look amazing!! You have molasses in your recipe, but you don’t use it according to your directions. Should I mix it with the peanut butter?

    • Avatar thumbnail image for MarlyMarly

      Thank you Thekla! The recipe has been corrected to show molasses combined with the peanut butter. Thanks!   🙂

  10. Avatar thumbnail image for MarlyKik for Mac Reply

    thanks for sharing it i found it so amazing glad to be here

  11. Avatar thumbnail image for MarlyRashifal Reply

    thanks for sharing this. You are such an amazing person.

  12. Avatar thumbnail image for Marlynewbug Reply

    love muffins, especially muffins with a topping.

    • Avatar thumbnail image for MarlyMarly

      I’m with you on that! Give me a crumble topping any day!

Rate / Comment

Your email address will not be published.

Recipe Rating




This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.