GF & DF Almond-Oatmeal Apple Muffins
In case you missed it, I am a huge fan of all things oats-related, and one of my favorite baking ingredients is, in fact, oat flour. I love the hearty taste as well as the added benefit of fiber. Plus, oats pair so nicely with a lot of seasonal flavors, particularly apples.
I’ve also mentioned before that unsweetened applesauce is one of my favorite sweeteners. The flavor provides a rich taste to any baking recipe, without being overwhelmingly sweet. Plus, the texture works well as a substitute for liquids or even eggs, depending on the recipe.
I have been wanting for some time now to make something with apples and so I am really excited with how these bars turned out. The applesauce is the only sweetener in this recipe, meaning they are added-sugar free. The chopped up nuts and apples, as well as the addition of whole rolled oats, add a great texture throughout. And then the almond milk and oat flour make these muffins a bit lighter than your traditional muffin, making them the perfect midday snack…especially when slathered with almond butter. Yum!
Let me know your thoughts, and feel free to play around with additions: throw in some dark chocolate, pecans, and maybe even some chia seeds! Comment below what you add into yours and share your pics on Instagram with the tag @Straighttothebutze!
Makes 12 muffins
- 1 cup oat flour
- 1 cup unsweetened applesauce
- ½ cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk (or any unsweetened, non-dairy milk)
- 1 egg
- 1 tsp vanilla
- 4 tbs melted coconut oil, and extra for greasing pan
- ¾ cup rolled oats
- 1 tsp baking powder
- ½ tsp baking soda
- 2 tsp cinnamon
- ¼ tsp salt
- 1 large honeycrisp apple, peeled and diced
- ¼ cup slivered almonds
Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F and coat a muffin pan with coconut oil. As the oven heats, beat the egg in a large bowl and then add in the oat flour, applesauce, almond milk, vanilla, and melted coconut oil, mixing all ingredients together thoroughly. Once mixed, add in the remaining ingredients one at a time, the apple and almonds (and any other add-ins) last.
Scoop the mixture into the muffin tin, and place into the oven for 15-20 minutes, or until a toothpick comes out clean from the center of a muffin.