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How To Make The Healthiest Apple Muffins

Written by: Ben Orkin

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You know the old saying “An apple a day keeps the doctor away”? Well it turns out that this saying is very true. So what better way to start the day than by eating a delicious homemade apple muffin?

Apples have proven to give you whiter teeth, decrease your risk of diabetes, reduce cholesterol levels and boost your immune system. These muffins are incredibly moorish and have the added bonus of being good for your health. I’ve used whole-wheat flour in this recipe, which is high in fibre content, adding a wholesome grainy element to your muffins. Just one muffin can be filling enough for breakfast and a perfect energy booster for the day. Another ingredient used is oats, which as well as providing you with energy, contain beta-glucans, the type of fibre  that slows down the absorption of carbohydrates in your body. The result is the prevention of spikes in your blood sugar levels and keeping those unwanted food cravings at bay.

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This recipe is super easy. Literally all you have to do is place your ingredients into a bowl and mix. The batter can be stored in a sealed container in your refrigerator for up to 2 weeks. This means you can prepare the batter on the weekend and then simply bake them fresh during the week before you go to bed or are eating dinner. You place into muffin moulds, top with sliced apples (which are a decorative feature and therefore optional) and bake. You can eat them as they come out the oven! This makes it perfect for a generous smothering of butter – or maybe coconut butter. Besides for adding a delicious natural sweet flavour, the grated apple makes the muffins incredibly light and soft.

Enjoy!

Healthy Apple Muffins

Makes 14 large muffinsIMG_0669

Ingredients:

Muffins:

  • 2 cups whole-wheat flour
  • 2 cups oats
  • ½ plain flour
  • ½ cup dark brown sugar
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 2 eggs
  • 125ml vegetable oil
  • 500ml milk
  • 4 golden delicious apples

Topping (optional):

  • 1 apple
  • 3 tbs caster sugar

Method:IMG_0677

1.Preheat the oven to 180 degrees Celsius and prepare 14 muffin holders in a muffin tin. If you don’t have muffin holders (like me) you could easily use baking paper. Cut it into squares and then mould into the shape of your muffin tin holders.

Muffins:

1.With the skin left on, grate your apples.

2. Combine all of your muffin ingredients into a mixing bowl and mix until everything is combined together.

Topping:

1.Slice your apple into as thin slices as possible.

Assembly:

1.Spoon two large tablespoonfuls of your muffin mix into each muffin holder. Top with three slices of apple, spread out in a fan shape. Continue until all of your batter has been used up. Sprinkle each muffin with a little caster sugar.

2. Place your muffins into the oven and leave to bake for 15-20 minutes until golden brown in colour. Test if they are cooked ll the way through by pricking with a toothpick. If the toothpick comes out clean, they are cooked. Remove from the oven and serve whilst warm.

Serve plain or with butter or honey.

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Happy Baking!

Ben

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