Warming Spiced Apple Muffins

apple-spiced-muffinsWith the cold weather well and truly here, it is always nice to have warming nourishing snacks to have on hand, that will help to see you through the day.

I recently made these delicious muffins which are not only gluten and dairy free, but contain no sugar except for naturally occurring sugars from apple and a little added rice syrup which is fructose free.

These muffins contains ingredients which not only taste good but have many health benefits. Such as;

Cococnut oil: is a great source of fats as it contains medium chain fatty acids which are easier for the body to digest and therefore many believe it can help to improve metabolism. It also contains lauric acid which is great for supporting our immune systems and is actually found in breast milk, so a great addition to the diet especially during the winter months when our immunity can often need a boost.

Mesquite: This powder is full of natural occurring minerals which help our body to function efficiently as well as being a good source of dietary fibre to help us feel fuller for longer and keep our bowl movements regular.

Cinnamon: Has many wonderful benefits as it adds a delicious subtle sweet flavour, helps to warm the body but is known for helping to lower blood sugar levels and having anti fungal properties.

LSA: This stands for Linseed, Sunflower and Almond and is a great substitute for flour, it is free from gluten and is rich in protein. Using this type of flour makes it suitable for gluten free diets as well as people following the paleo diet.

Here are the things you will need.

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup plus 2 tablespoons LSA
  • 1 tablespoon mesquite
  • 1 tablespoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 apple
  • 3 eggs
  • 1/4 cup coconut oil (melt first)
  • 1-3 tablespoon rice malt syrup (depending on sweetness you desire)
  • Lifefoods chia seeds (optional)

Method:

  1. Pre-heat oven 180 degrees, and prepare a 12 holed muffin tin.
  2. Put LSA, baking power, cinnamon, and mesquite all together and mix.
  3. beat your eggs and melt your coconut oil.
  4. cut up your apple and then whizz in a food processor.
  5. Then put all your other ingredients in the food processor except chia seeds.
  6. When you mixture is well combined, spoon into muffin tins and sprinkle with chia seeds.
  7. Pop in the oven for about 20 minutes, they are ready when a you insert a skewer and it comes out clean.

I hope you enjoy these muffins, I like to make mine with very little sweetness, however if you prefer yours sweeter then add 2-3 tablespoons of liquid sweetener such as rice malt syrup, maple syrup or honey.

What do you like to snack on during the winter? We would love to hear any recipes that you have to share, leave a comment below.

(please note we are not qualified health practioners any advice given is opinion only)