I know the recipe name is a mouthful in itself, but these delicious muffins are not only very nutritious but they are also easy to make. And at ~200-220 calories a serving, they make an excellent choice for breakfast on-the-go or a filling snack! Plus, this recipe is super versatile and you can cater it to whatever your taste buds crave.
- 2 cups green apple, unpeeled and shredded (I prefer unpeeled apples for extra fiber and nutrients, but you can use peeled apples also)
- 1 1/2 cups whole wheat flour (whole wheat flour is less processed and better for you than all purpose kind. C’mon, you know you can use the extra grains too!)
- 1 cup quick oats
- 2/3 cup firmly packed brown sugar
- 1 1/2 tsp baking powder
- 1/2 tsp baking soda
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- ½ tsp of all spice (optional, but adds great flavor so worth using in the recipe)
- 1/2 cup unsweetened original almond milk (Unsweetened soymilk is another subsitute. And for the die-hard cow’s milk folks, yes you can use skim milk…but go easy on the dairy)
- 2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil (can substitute canola oil)
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 1 cup plain non-fat greek yogurt (regular non-fat plain yogurt is fine too, but greek has added protein. Plain soy yogurt can also be substituted for vegan preference)
- 2 ½ tbsp of ground flax seed mixed w/ 3 tbsp of water = egg substitute* (Don’t want to go eggless? Use 2 egg whites instead) *Flax is also a great source of Omega 3’s!
- Handful of walnuts (optional, will add a few extra calories and fat but it’s a healthy addition 🙂 )
LET THE PREP BEGIN!
Let’s start with shredding the granny smith apples. Find yourself a good grater and go to town on those apples. When done, scoop up your pile into a bowl and set to the side. Don’t worry if your apple shreds begin to brown as they set for a few minutes. It’s just oxidation and it’s normal 🙂
Next step, get a big bowl to mix up your dry ingredients. Spoon the flour into measuring cups, level with a knife and add to the bowl. Then add the oats, brown sugar, baking powder, baking soda, salt, cinnamon and all spice. Stir with a whisk.
Now, get another bowl to mix up the wet ingredients together. Combine the almond milk, olive oil, vanilla extract, yogurt and flax seed blend. Stir until well blended.
Next, add wet ingredients to flour bowl and stir until just moist. Then mix in your apple shreds.
Spoon batter into a pre-greased 12-cup muffin tin. Bake at 400F degrees for 15-20 minutes. After baking, let them cool for 10-15 minutes.
Enjoy these yummy muffins anytime you want. Remember, you can always tailor a recipe to your preference. Don’t be afraid to tweak and make it truly your own. Cheers to good health! Bon Appétit!!