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The Best Fresh Apple Muffins

The Best Fresh Apple Muffins are so quick and simple that you can do it with 11 month-old twins helping you in the kitchen! Kid approved!

Almond Apple Muffins

I grew up eating healthy. No fast food. Fast food didn’t really exist in the 1950s and 1960s. And, when I raised my own three boys, I always tried to cook healthy. 

But, now with grandchildren, I’m even more committed to healthy eating. 

Grated Apple Muffins

These delicious mini muffins are made for little hands. And, nothing better than fresh apples. 

While you could grate, I simple wash the apples really well, take out the core and then pulse them in the food processor with some of the coconut milk/egg mixture. They’re perfectly ground for little ones making sure no big apple chunks are there. 

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Apple Muffins Easy

Cooking with my eleven-month-old twins may seem crazy. I mean you might be thinking, what in the world can they do to help. Well, not much. But, the big thing is that they are learning. 

The kitchen is a perfect laboratory for sensorial stimulation for young children. And, while their brains are growing and absorbing so much, why not give them the benefit of this learning. Plus, who knows, you could be preparing a budding future chef! 

Apple Ground Almond Muffins

To make the muffins more healthy, I’m adding ground almonds. You can use whole plain almonds, but I think the sliced almonds are easier to grind in the food processor. 

I always have on hand the large bags of walnuts and almonds from Costco. From salads to meals to snacks, it’s just great to have on hand. And, another tip. I keep mine refrigerated. Keeps them fresh longer. You can also freeze them and just take out what you need for a recipes. Thawing is effortless. 

Healthy Apple Muffin Recipe

This healthy apple muffin recipe has three nice fresh apples in it. I used the ‘Rave’ apple. But, if you can’t find Rave apples, try a honeycrisp, jonagold, pink lady, braeburn, or something else that’s got some sweet, is crisp and has a thinner skin. You can also peel your apple if you prefer, but there’s a lot of nutrition in the skin. 

Fresh Apple Muffins Buttermilk

On the first batch of these mini muffins, I used buttermilk. The recipe was really good. But, on this second making of the recipe, I decided to omit dairy and go with coconut milk. 

I must say it made the muffins more airy and fluffy. Certainly, I’ll go with coconut milk again! 

Apple Muffins using Fresh Apples

Oh, yes, you could use unsweetened applesauce in this recipe. But, it’s no substitute for fresh apples. 

Grinding the apples in the food processor makes them perfect for blending into the luscious batter. And, it’s just one small extra step. Totally worth it! 

Benefits of Wheat Germ

Bob’s Red Mill describes Wheat Germ!

Wheat Germ is the nutritious heart of the wheat kernel. These delicious flakes include many nutrients like folate, vitamin E and thiamin. You can add wheat germ while cooking hot cereal and baked goods for a nutty flavor and pleasant crunch.

My Mom used wheat germ often in her baking and cooking. I reckon she was ahead of her time and she definitely wanted us to have all the benefits of healthy eating! 

Best Wheat Germ Substitute

Here are the best substitutes for wheat germ, if you prefer. My preference would be ground flax. 

  • Oat Bran 
  • Rice Bran
  • Ground Flax 
  • Whole Wheat & Honey

Apple Muffins with Oil

Coconut oil is a wonderful option for cooking.  According to Healthline, “The fatty acids in coconut oil can encourage your body to burn fat, and they provide quick energy to your body and brain. They also raise HDL (good) cholesterol in your blood, which may help reduce heart disease risk.” 

Consider making a small change for your health. Here are some other great recipes using coconut oil. 

 

Coconut Ginger Broccoli Carrot Soup

oatmeal coconut cookies

S’mores Coconut Pancakes

Apple Muffins Made with Coconut Milk

The first go round for this recipe, I used buttermilk. The mini muffins were somewhat more dense. With the swap to coconut milk, the muffins were more airy and fluffy. Definitely a noticeable change in texture. 

Medical News Today says that “Coconut milk is a versatile ingredient and an excellent milk alternative. Like other coconut products, it may provide health benefits. Consuming moderate amounts of coconut milk may be able to lower cholesterol and promote weight loss.”

The Best Fresh Apple Muffins

The Best Fresh Apple Muffins

The Best Fresh Apple Muffins

Yield: About 30-32 mini muffins

Ingredients

  • Preheat oven to 350
  • 1 ½ cups flour, all purpose
  • 1 cup almonds, sliced, then ground in food processor into a sand like mixture
  • ½ cup wheat germ, can substitute ground flax
  • ½ cup coconut sugar
  • 1 tsp. allspice
  • 2 tsp. cinnamon
  • 3 tsp. baking powder + 2 pinches salt
  • 2 eggs, whisked
  • 4 Tbl. coconut oil
  • 1 cup coconut milk
  • 3 apples, washed well, skin on, cut into pieces then ground into a sand like mixture in food processor
  • ½ cup golden raisins, chop into smaller pieces
  • GARNISH:
  • Freshly grated nutmeg
  • Fresh maple syrup

Instructions

In a large mixing bowl, put the flour, almonds, wheat ger, sugar, allspice, cinnamon baking power. Blend together with a spoon.


In a large measuring cup, put the eggs, coconut oil and milk. Blend together well then put into the dry mixture.
Add the ground apples and chopped raisins. Blend into a thick batter.


Coat the mini muffin pan with coconut oil cooking spray. Use a two-tablespoon spring scoop and fill each opening.


Bake in a preheated 350-degree oven for 14 to 16 minutes. Remove from the oven. Cool on a rack.


Remove the mini muffins to a plate. Re-spray muffin pan and repeat with baking the rest of the batter.


Garnish the muffins with fresh nutmeg and a tiny drizzle of maple syrup!

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Your sharing and comments help me stay in business! Share a photo if you make the recipe #allyskitchen Thank you! xo Ally

The Best Fresh Apple Muffins

 

 

The Best Fresh Apple Muffins

The Best Fresh Apple Muffins

Yield: About 30-32 mini muffins

Ingredients

  • Preheat oven to 350
  • 1 ½ cups flour, all purpose
  • 1 cup almonds, sliced, then ground in food processor into a sand like mixture
  • ½ cup wheat germ, can substitute ground flax
  • ½ cup coconut sugar
  • 1 tsp. allspice
  • 2 tsp. cinnamon
  • 3 tsp. baking powder + 2 pinches salt
  • 2 eggs, whisked
  • 4 Tbl. coconut oil
  • 1 cup coconut milk
  • 3 apples, washed well, skin on, cut into pieces then ground into a sand like mixture in food processor
  • ½ cup golden raisins, chop into smaller pieces
  • GARNISH:
  • Freshly grated nutmeg
  • Fresh maple syrup

Instructions

In a large mixing bowl, put the flour, almonds, wheat ger, sugar, allspice, cinnamon baking power. Blend together with a spoon.


In a large measuring cup, put the eggs, coconut oil and milk. Blend together well then put into the dry mixture.
Add the ground apples and chopped raisins. Blend into a thick batter.


Coat the mini muffin pan with coconut oil cooking spray. Use a two-tablespoon spring scoop and fill each opening.


Bake in a preheated 350-degree oven for 14 to 16 minutes. Remove from the oven. Cool on a rack.


Remove the mini muffins to a plate. Re-spray muffin pan and repeat with baking the rest of the batter.


Garnish the muffins with fresh nutmeg and a tiny drizzle of maple syrup!

Your sharing is GOLDEN! Thank you!

Your sharing and comments help me stay in business! Share a photo if you make the recipe #allyskitchen Thank you! xo Ally

 

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