Apple and Spice Oatmeal Muffins

This filling muffin just feels like a breakfast muffin, with the apples and the spice and the oatmeal. And the Greek yogurt not only adds moisture, but a little extra protein too.

 It is quick and easy to grab one in the morning and provides a good foundation to starting your day. Just pick one up on your way out the door.

THE SERIOUSLY HEALTHY REAL FOOD INGREDIENTS

First line your muffin pan cups with paper liners. I use “Unbleached Totally Chlorine-Free (TCF)” liners to bake in, then place my muffins in decorator papers for serving. Then cut two apples into small pieces.


Next, in a small bowl, whisk an egg lightly and add buttermilk, vanilla, yogurt and oil, and whisk until combined. Then add oatmeal to the wet ingredients and let them rest. This will keep the oats from being too dry.

In a large bowl, whisk the dry ingredients together. Flour, sugar, baking powder, salt and spices. Fold the chopped apples into the dry ingredients. This will help keep them from sinking to the bottom of the bowl when mixed with the wet ingredients.

Pour the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients. Using a large spoon or spatula, stir mixture just until combined. Be careful to not over mix.

Notes: Unbleached White Whole Wheat Flour is milled from hard white spring wheat rather than the traditional red wheat of regular Whole Wheat Flour. With its lighter color, milder flavor and finer texture, it is a great substitute for all-purpose flour. It gives you all of the nutrition and fiber of whole grains, in a lighter, milder-tasting flour.

Organic Cane Sugar is much less processed than granulated sugar and retains a lot of its nutrients. Being organic, damaging pesticides are also eliminated.  I try to use organic products whenever possible.

Fill the muffin cups completely full. Sprinkle the tops with a little sugar for a little crispy crust. Place the muffins in the oven and immediately reduce the heat. Bake until a toothpick inserted in the middle comes out clean. Then remove from the oven and as soon as possible move them to a cooling rack.

I LOVE THE SAYING, “AN APPLE A DAY KEEPS THE DOCTOR AWAY!”

Apples contain nice quantities of vitamin C and beta-carotene. It is generally known that vitamin C in fruits and vegetables is a powerful natural antioxidant that provides many health benefits.

Apple and Spice Oatmeal Muffins

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    Prep Time: 20 Minutes     Cook Time: 25 Minutes     Yield: 12 Servings


    Ingredients

    • 2 Cups Apples, Diced (I Used 1 Medium Fuji and 1 Small Granny Smith)
    • 1 Cup Buttermilk (Make Sure the Ingredients are Cultured Milk and Salt Only)
    • 1 Teaspoon Pure Vanilla Extract
    • 1/4 Cup Organic Canola Oil
    • 1 Large Egg, Room Temperature
    • 1/4 Cup Plain Greek Yogurt (Check for Unwanted Additives)
    • 1 Cup Rolled Oats (I Use Organic Old Fashioned Whole Grain Rolled Oats)
    • 1 1/4 Cups White Whole Wheat Flour (100% Whole Grain)
    • 1/2 Cup Organic Cane Sugar (Or Granulated Sugar)
    • 1 Tablespoon Baking Powder
    • 1/4 Teaspoon Salt
    • 1 Teaspoon Pumpkin Pie Spice (Or Cinnamon and/or Nutmeg)
    • Sprinkle of Sugar for the Top of the Muffins

    Preparation 

    1. Pre-heat your oven to 400 degrees F and line your muffin pan cups with paper liners. I use “Unbleached Totally Chlorine-Free (TCF)” liners to bake in and then place my muffins in decorator papers for serving.
    2. Cut the apple into small pieces (about 2 cups).
    3. In a small bowl, whisk the egg lightly. Add the buttermilk, vanilla, yogurt and oil, and whisk until combined.
    4. Add the oats to the wet ingredients and let them rest for 15 minutes. This will keep the oatmeal from being too dry.
    5. In a large bowl, whisk the flour, sugar, baking powder, salt and spices together.
    6. Fold the chopped apples into the dry ingredients. This will help keep them from sinking to the bottom of the bowl when mixed with the wet ingredients.
    7. Pour the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients. Using a large spoon or spatula, stir mixture just until combined. Do not over mix.
    8. Fill the muffins cups completely full. Sprinkle the tops with a little sugar.
    9. Place the muffins in the oven and immediately reduce the heat to 350 degrees F.
    10. Bake the muffins for 25 to 30 minutes, until a toothpick inserted in the middle comes out clean.
    11. Remove from the oven and as soon as possible move them to a cooling rack.

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    Author: Dianna

    Dianna Donnely is the Author of “Heart Seasons: The Rainbow Revelation” Who is Passionate About a Healthy Happy Lifestyle and Easy Real Food Recipes! Real Food Meals Recipe Books Coming in the Future!

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