I’ve been partaking in the Tone It Up Love Your Body Challenge for the last couple of weeks, and all of this exercise (you have to work up a sweat everyday beginning January 1 until February 14) has seriously increased my hunger levels. Normally, I eat a big breakfast before I head out to work and am good to go until lunch time but with the extra cardio sessions, I’ve been in need of a mid morning snack lately. The solution: healthy muffins.
I have a bit of an obsession with cinnamon. I use cinnamon in my oatmeal, coffee, smoothies, yogurt—you name it, and I will top it with cinnamon. What can I say. Cinnamon is delicious. In addition to it’s delightful flavour, cinnamon also has great health benefits. It helps with digestion, has an anti-inflammatory effect, helps to control your blood sugar (great for curbing cravings), and is a source of manganese, fiber, iron, and calcium. Naturally, I knew cinnamon had to be incorporated into this recipe. Enter the Gluten Free Apple Cinnamon Muffin.
These muffins are naturally sweetened (no refined sugars here), packed full of healthy ingredients (cinnamon, apples, oatmeal, raw honey), and make for a perfect snack.
- 2 cups oat flour
- 1.5 tsp cinnamon
- 2 tsp baking powder
- 1 egg, beaten
- 3/4 cup almond milk
- 1/4 cup melted raw honey
- 1 tsp vanilla
- 1/2 tbsp. olive oil
- 1 apple, chopped
- Preheat over to 400 degrees.
- In a large mixing bowl, combine the dry ingredients: oat flour, cinnamon and baking powder.
- In a small mixing bowl, combine the wet ingredients: almond milk, honey, vanilla, olive oil.
- Mix the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients, do not over mix.
- Fold in the chopped apple.
- Fill lined muffin tins 3/4 full and bake for 20-25 minutes until a tooth pick comes out clean when inserted into the center.
- These muffins are heavy on the cinnamon flavour and are not overly sweet. If you are not a huge cinnamon fan, you could reduce the cinnamon amount to 1 tsp, and you can up the sweetness by adding 1/4 coconut sugar.