Healthy Apple Muffins

Gimme Some Oven

Ready in: 30 minutes
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Servings: 12
Gluten Free

Ingredients

  • 2/3 cup unsweetened almond milk, plain or vanilla
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  • 1 medium apple, finely diced
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  • Applesauce: I just used plain, unsweetened applesauce (made with 100% apples). But any variety/flavor will do.
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  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
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  • 3 tablespoons melted coconut oil (or any mild-flavored oil)
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  • 2 eggs
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  • Eggs, baking soda, sea salt, coconut oil, vanilla: All of the typical muffin-y things.
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  • Apple: I used a Granny Smith apple, whose tartness and texture I like in these muffins. But any kind of apple will do.
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  • 1/2 cup maple syrup
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  • Maple syrup: Plus a sprinkle of turbinado (raw) sugar on top to sweeten, if you'd like.
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  • Almond milk: Or your preferred kind of milk.
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  • Old fashioned oats: Which we will blitz in the blender or food processor to make oat flour. (Or you can just purchase oat flour at the store. We have a tiny kitchen so I usually only have room for old-fashioned oats on hand in my pantry!) Note that this r
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  • 3 cups old-fashioned oats*
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  • 1 tablespoon pumpkin pie spice, homemade or store-bought
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  • 3/4 teaspoon fine sea salt
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  • Pumpkin pie spice: Or apple pie spice, or whatever combination of warming spices you love. Here's my recipe for homemade pumpkin pie spice, if you would like to mix it up yourself.
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  • optional: turbinado sugar for sprinkling
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  • 3/4 cup unsweetened applesauce
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  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
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Steps

  • Preheat oven to 375F. Line a 12-cup muffin pan with parchment or cupcake liners, or lightly grease with cooking spray. Set aside.
  • Puree oats in a blender or food processor until they reach a fine flour-like consistency.
  • Add in the pumpkin pie spice, baking soda and sea salt, and pulse until the mixture is evenly combined. With the power turned off, add in the diced apple. Then use a spoon to toss until the apple is completely coated in the flour mixture. Set aside.
  • In a separate large mixing bowl, whisk together the eggs, milk, applesauce, maple syrup, coconut oil and vanilla extract until evenly combined. Fold the dry ingredients in with the wet ingredient mixture, and stir until the mixture is just combined. (Try to avoid over-mixing.)
  • Portion the batter evenly into the prepared baking cups. Then sprinkle a generous pinch of turbinado sugar on top of each muffin, if you would like.
  • Bake for 15-18 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center of the muffins comes out clean.
  • Remove from the oven and place the pan on a cooling rack for 5 minutes.
  • Serve warm. Or let the muffins cool to room temperature, then store in a sealed container for up to 3 days, or freeze for up to 3 months.

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