I haven’t made muffins in awhile.
And sometimes in October, you just need to fill your home with that warm, apple cinnamon smell.
I’m so into these muffins. They’re soft and warm, perfect for fall. They’re loaded with grated and chopped apples, filled with applesauce to make those centres extra moist, and topped with a few pretty apple slices. Spiced with cinnamon and ginger, they’ll definitely make your house smell like October.
And the best part? These muffins are seriously healthy!
Healthy how? They’re made with oats and whole wheat flour, and sweetened only with dates and unsweetened applesauce. If you have a bit more of a sweet tooth, you can add a little maple syrup, but I don’t think they need it.
Soft and warm from the oven, these make a healthy breakfast or a great snack.
1 cup all purpose flour
1 cup whole wheat flour
2/3 cup large flake oats
1 1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
1 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp ground ginger
2/3 cup plain yogurt
1/3 cup coconut oil
10 dates, pitted and mashed
1/3 cup + 1/4 cup unsweetened applesauce
Preheat oven to 350. Line 12 muffin tins with paper muffin liners.
Combine all dry ingredients in a large bowl. In a food processor, combine yogurt, coconut oil, dates, 1/3 cup applesauce, and eggs. Add wet ingredients to dry ingredients and stir to combine. Grate one apple and add to batter, and dice a second apple, adding to the batter.
Fill each muffin cup about 1/3 of the way. Place about a tablespoon of apple sauce in the centre of each muffin, and top with enough batter to cover. Slice the third apple into thin slices, and place on top of muffins. Brush with a bit of vegetable oil, sprinkle with cinnamon, and bake 20 minutes.
Enjoy the taste of fall with these healthy muffins!