Apple Cinnamon Breakfast Muffins

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Apple Cinnamon Breakfast Muffins

Muffins definitely have a healthy hallow about them. Unfortunatley store-bought or fast-food muffins often aren't much better than the doughnuts sitting on display next to them. It is certainly tricky trying to create a healthy muffin, while maintaining quality and flavour! 

This recipe is loaded with whole ingredients including oats, seeds, yogurt, apples, and dates! I reduced the use of "free/added" sugars by using dried dates as a natural sugar source.

Break your morning fast with a balanced source of monounsaturated fats, whole grains, fruit, and natural sugars. Take it to-go with a protein shake, a yogurt, or a hard boiled egg.

 

Pre-heat oven to 350F

Dry Ingredients:

1.5 cups whole wheat flour

1 cup whole oats

2 teaspoons baking soda

1 teaspoon baking powder

2 teaspoons cinnamon, ground

1/4 cup light brown sugar

2 tablespoons unsalted sunflower seeds

2 tablespoons unsalted pepitas (pumpkin seeds)

Wet Ingredients:

1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil

1/4 cup apple sauce

2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract

1/2 cup plain Greek 2% yogurt

1 cup date puree (add ~3/4 cup almost boiling water to 1 cup dried dates, blend or process into a paste)

2 apples, cored, peeled and diced small

 

Directions:

1) Line a muffin tin with paper muffin cups or mini parchment cups

2) In a small bowl, sift the dry ingredients together

3) In a larger bowl, beat the wet ingredients together. Add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients and beat until just blended

4) Spoon the batter into each muffin cup ~2/3 full

5) Bake 18-22 minutes

 

Makes 12 muffins

Nutrition profile per muffin: 200 calories, 6.8 grams fat, 32 grams carbohydrate, 4 grams fibre, 5 grams protein

 

Submitted by Brooke Bulloch, RD


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