These lunchbox friendly, super nutrient dense apple cinnamon muffins were born through my popular coconut cupcake recipe. I wanted to keep the same principle but add more fibre, omega 3s and protein so that it was a super sustaining lunch box item for my son – so I did a little play around and this variation was born.
They are grain, gluten, nut and dairy free. They are very low in natural sugars. AND they still taste like a delicious treat – Important, don’t you think? AND you don’t need to even break out the whisk or mixer, although you can chuck it all into the Thermomix or MyCook for a quick mix for a few seconds rather than using the bowls, if you prefer.
To vary you can add a few frozen blueberries or raspberries in the mix (like 3-4 blobbed into each individual one once spooned into the tins, and voila! An apple berry transformation, just like that!
Do let me know how you enjoy them. It’s a delicious project to involve the little people too!
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Real Treats. Happy Bodies.
Gluten, Nut and Dairy Free Apple Cinnamon Muffins Recipe
Hand mixing in a bowl method… Dry bowl ingredients in one bowl
- 40 g coconut flour (for full grain free, ie ‘no buckwheat’ or tapioca flour below, do 80g / 1/2 cup coconut flour and increase to 3 eggs, not 2)
- 90 g tapioca flour or buckwheat flour (you can grind down buckwheat kernels into a powder to make buckwheat flour)
- 30 g flaxmeal (you can buy preground or grind flax seeds fresh for best result. Speed 7, 8 seconds, or on high in a regular food processor)
- 1 tsp aluminium free baking powder
- 2/3 tsp bi carb soda
- 1 tsp vanilla bean powder (if you don’t have, just do 2 teaspoons vanilla bean extract in the wet ingredient bowl)
- 1 heaped tsp ground cinnamon*
- 40 g desiccated coconut
Wet bowl ingredients in a second bowl
- 2 eggs broken up with a fork first in the bowl (if you have egg allergy to cater for, you can replace the egg with 50ml extra of coconut milk. It will be a little less stable in texture if you wanted to make a cake, but still perfect for cupcakes)
- EGG FREE OPTION FROM HANNAH who’s made them already: I just add 3 tbsp of water to 1t of flaxmeal to replace one egg usually – stir it and let it sit for a couple of minutes. It goes all goopy and makes a large ‘egg’. For this recipe though I only used 2tsp of flaxmeal to 6 tsp of water as I thought with the other 30g already it wouldn’t need as much. It was great.
- 1/2 cup or 160g rice syrup, maple syrup or 120g honey ( You could also use stevia glycerate or erythritol if needs be, although I find them to taste very chemically).
- 125 ml or 1/2 cup coconut milk (there is a little fructose in coconut milk. If super sensitive / fructose malabsorption issues, replace with nut milk or whole milk)
- 100 g melted butter, ghee or coconut oil
- 1 large red apple, cut into approximate 1cm cubed size chunks about 1.5 cups of chopped apple - anywhere between 1-2 cups is fine though so don't stress.
- Pop the oven on 180C / 350 F, non fan forced setting.
- Once you’ve got everything in your wet and dry bowls, just give them each a little stir through.
- Combine the bowls together and stir through until just combined.
- Leave for a minute to firm up.
- Pour into your cupcake cups, leaving 1cm off the top for rising.
- Bake for 20-25 minutes, doing a skewer test at 20 minutes to check. Skewer comes out clean? You’re done.
THERMOMIX or MY Cook NOTE
- Melt butter for 2 mins on 90C. Then pop everything else in except the apple (make sure you do egg last so the hot butter doesn’t cook it) and blend on Speed 6 for 5 seconds. Reverse Speed 5 for 5 seconds. Done. Then stir in your apple chunks and voila. Ready to line your cupcake tin.