Several weeks ago, we found a sweet little pick-your-own apples spot in rural North Carolina called Hill’s Apple Orchard and Vineyard. Even though Mr. Hill didn’t have too many apples left on his trees, he let us pick from what was left. My father-in-law was visiting from Arizona, the kids were out of school for the day and we wanted a taste of fall!
So, we picked as many apples as our hands could reach.
Even after a delicious apple pie and countless apples packed in lunch boxes, we still had a lot of apples left. And since October is National Apple Month, I thought it would be fun to make an apple muffin with a crunchy granola-like topping.
I grabbed a box of Enjoy Life Muffin Mix that Enjoy Life Foods sent to me to try, along with other tasty baking and pizza crust mixes. Like all of their products, the muffin mix is allergy-friendly and free from the top 8 allergens (including wheat, dairy, peanut, tree nut, soy and egg) and gluten. It’s made from a blend of teff, rice, buckwheat, millet and quinoa flours with added probiotics. All you need to add is water and oil, but–of course–I had to make these even more nutritious and exciting. Of course, these muffins would also be delicious with blueberries, strawberries or pumpkin and chocolate chips.
The result? A fluffy and moist muffin that is so easy you can even whip these up on a weekday morning. Delicious!
In posting this blog, I acknowledge that I received a complimentary box of Enjoy Life Muffin Mix from Enjoy Life Foods. I was not compensated for my time, this blog post or recipe development.
- 1/2 cup oats
- 1/4 cup brown sugar
- 3 tsp. ground cinnamon, divided
- 1/4 cup pumpkin seeds, chopped and lightly toasted
- 3 Tbsp. non-dairy margarine
- 1 package Enjoy Life Muffin mix
- 1/4 cup canola oil
- 1 cup + 1 tsp. water
- 1 tsp. vanilla extract
- 1-1.5 cups apples, diced
- 2 tsp. chia seeds
- Preheat oven to 350-F degrees. Lightly oil or place muffin cups into muffin pans.
- To make streusel topping, mix oats, brown sugar, 2 tsp. cinnamon and pumpkin seeds. Cut in margarine, and combine until mixture is crumbly. Set aside.
- To make muffins, combine muffin mix, oil, water, vanilla and remaining cinnamon in a medium bowl. Mix just until ingredients are just incorporated. Add in apples and chia seeds. Mix until combined; place in muffin pan. Bake for 20-25 minutes, or until tops are golden and inserted toothpick comes out clean. Cool on wire rack.
- Makes 15 muffins.
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