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Tuesday, June 3, 2014

APPLE PIE MUFFINS: Super Healthy and Delicious!

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Seriously! Would you just look at these!! OMG, I swear it tastes even better than it looks! These Apple Pie Muffins are OUT OF THIS FRIGGIN WORLD!!!!

No flour. No sugar. No oil. No butter. No dairy.

No kidding.

Here's why I came up with this recipe. It's simple really. I've been craving apple pie like a mutha lately. More specifically, I've been craving that ooey gooey, sugary goodness that has all the spices in it. You know, the shit that isn't the healthy apples? Ya, that stuff.

Well one thing is for certain, when mama gets a craving, it usually doesn't go away until it's quenched. I don't get cravings too often but I'd been harboring this one for weeks on end.

I knew if I didn't come up with something soon, there was gonna be some trouble up in the hizzie. Trouble that would look a lot like me sprawled out on the living room floor with a giant apple pie, a gallon of vanilla ice cream, and some mood music playing softly in the background.

I told you... Like a mutha.

So I came up with an apple pie muffin recipe thinking it might kill my apple pie cravings, right? Right. Well let me tell you something, not only did this kill my craving, it created a new one!! But it's okay... because this new craving is for something super healthy! It's for these apple pie muffins!

OMFG I'm not even playin', these muffins are AMAZEBALLS!!!!!!



Amazeballs I tell you!!!! It seriously just blows my mind that these apple pie muffins are so healthy. I mean really healthy. But they taste sinfully delicious!! You MUST try them. I cannot make enough of these. My husband and little girls (and of course me!) cannot stop eating them! It feels great to be feeding my babies something so good for them but yet they think they're getting a super yummy treat!

Okay, without further ado, here's how you make these delicious suckers.



APPLE PIE MUFFIN RECIPE  (Makes 12 muffins)


INGREDIENTS FOR MUFFINS:
  • 2 1/2 c OATS - Pulverized in blender or FP (Old Fashioned Oats, NOT instant).
  • 1 1/2 tsp BAKING POWDER
  • 1/2 tsp BAKING SODA
  • 1/2 c BAKING STEVIA
  • 1 c PLAIN GREEK YOGURT
  • 2 EGGS
  • 1 tsp PURE VANILLA EXTRACT
  • 1/2 c WALNUT PIECES (Optional)
  • 2 TBS FLAX SEEDS (Optional)
  • 2 TBS CHIA SEEDS (Optional)
  • 2 PACKETS OF STEVIA, NOT Baking Stevia (Optional)
     * My sweet tooth likes my batter extra sweet. The stevia packets have a much more 'intense' sweetness than the baking stevia. The tartness of the apples in this recipe, I feel, take a little of the sweetness away. So on top of the 1/2c Baking Stevia, I also added 2 Stevia Packets to the batter. You do not have to do this. It's totally optional.

     BAKING STEVIA


     STEVIA PACKETS
 

Using Flax and Chia seeds in this recipe is completely optional and neither one changes the taste of the muffin. However, both are high in Omega-3s, fiber, and Manganese (which helps strengthen bones). And both ward off cancers along with a ton of other benefits! I sprinkle Flax and Chia into all my muffins, salads, and sauces. One of my favorite desserts (and breakfast) is Chia Pudding. They are flavorless and take on the taste of whatever they are in.




INGREDIENTS FOR APPLE PIE FILLING:
  • 2 APPLES (Med-Large). I used Red Delicious apples.
  • 1/2 c UNSWEETENED APPLESAUCE
  • 1/2 tsp NUTMEG
  • 1/2 tsp CINNAMON
  • 3 PACKETS OF STEVIA (or desired amount), NOT Baking Stevia
    *Add one packet of Stevia at a time AFTER the apples have been cooked and cooled so that you can find the perfect sweetness to suit your own personal taste.
    Your Apple Pie Filling Ingredients (Minus the apples):

INSTRUCTIONS FOR APPLE PIE FILLING:

 1. Peel, slice, and dice your apples and place in baking dish.
*After I slice my apples, I cut each slice length-wise and then dice them.
 

 
2. Add unsweetened applesauce, nutmeg, and cinnamon. Mix well.
3. Cover and bake for 30 minutes at 350 degrees.
4. Set aside until cool enough to taste.
5. Add stevia packets, one at a time, until you find the perfect sweetness to fit your taste.
6. Set aside.
* I always make a double batch of the apple pie filling and store the extra batch in the fridge because we usually run out of muffins within, oh IDK, like 2 days!!! And with the extra batch of filling in the fridge, it's a HUGE time-saver to have it already made. It allows me to quickly whip up another batch of these yummy muffins!

Just make sure to store it in an airtight container. The apple pie filling will keep for a week.
INSTRUCTIONS FOR MUFFINS:

 1. Pulverize the oats in a blender or food processor until you reach a flour-like consistency and put in large bowl.
2. Add all dry ingredients (Baking powder, baking soda, baking stevia, and stevia packets) to the pulverized oats.
3. Add Greek yogurt, eggs, and vanilla extract. Mix well.
4. Fold in apple pie filling, chia seeds, and flax seeds.

       * The batter will be somewhat runny. It's okay, it's supposed to be!

5. Line 12 muffin tins with FOIL LINERS ONLY.

*Please Note: Because the muffins are flourless, they will stick to paper liners. They'll still stick a little bit even using the foil liners. But if you use paper liners, you'll rip the muffins to shreds trying to get them off! Just peel the foil liners off carefully. They'll peel off a lot easier once they've been in the fridge.


6. Fill the tins almost to the top of the liners.
    *They won't rise much at all.
7. After filling tins, place walnut pieces on top of each muffin.

8. Bake at 350 degrees for 20-25 minutes. Or until the muffin tops are a golden brown.



On the outside they will be nutty and crunchy but on the inside they will be super moist and delicious with the most amazing apple pie filling taste!!!



*TIP: STORE MUFFINS IN FRIDGE (In a gallon ziploc bag). They will keep for 7 days.

*TIP: From out of the fridge, pop a muffin in the microwave for 10-14 seconds (20-23 seconds for TWO muffins) for extra yummy flavor!!
SERVING SIZE: ONE MUFFIN
NUTRITIONAL INFO:                     
120 CALORIES                                 
2g FAT                                           
29g CARBS                                  
5g SUGAR                                     
4g FIBER                                      
6g PROTEIN                                 

NUTRIONAL INFO w/ FLAX and CHIA SEEDS:
135 CALORIES
2g FAT
30g CARBS
5g SUGAR
6g FIBER
7g PROTEIN


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