Friday, September 18, 2015

Autumn's Banana Apple Muffins



All I can say is WOW!!! These little guys are AMAZING!  They are gluten free, no added sugar and the healthiest version of a muffin that I ever made!  My 2 year old son LOVED them too! HE seriously sate down and inhaled 2 of these muffins when they come out of the oven.  I mean who doesn't LOVE a warm muffin?  This recipe is courtesy of the amazing 21 day fix cook book!   Pick up a copy of yours here.

Containers used: 1 purple & 1 blue
Serves: 9 (1 muffin each)  
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 18 minutes

Ingredients:
2 large eggs, lightly beaten
1 cup mashed ripe banana (about 2 medium bananas)
2 Tsp. organic grass-fed butter melted
1 1/2 cups almond flour
3/4 tsp. baking soda, gluten free
1 dash sea salt (or Himalayan salt)
1/2 cup chopped apple (about 3/4 medium apple)

Directions:
1. Preheat oven to 350 F
2. Prepare nine muffin cups by lining with muffin tin liners or coating with spray
3. Combine eggs, banana, and butter in a medium bowl; mix well.  Set aside
4. Combine almond flour, baking soda, and salt in a medium bowl; mix well.
5. Add almond meal mixture to egg mixture; mix until blended.
6. Add apple' mix until just blended
7. Divide batter evenly between prepared muffin cups
8. Bake 16-18 minutes, or until golden brown and toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.
9. Transfer muffins to rack; cool.

Tips:
1. If you want them to be sweet let your bananas ripen longer.  I personally do not like very sweet bananas so I used mine just as they were starting to get brown spots on the outside.  So if you want your muffins sweet try using the banana's when they have the cheetah print spots on them.

2.  If you would like a little more fiber and some omega-3 fatty acids, replace 1/2 cup of your almond flour with 1/2 cup of flaxseed meal.

3. You can make your own almond flour by processing 1 cup of slivered almonds in a food processor or blender with a strong motor.  Make sure that you pulse in 20-second intervals to prevent the almonds form turning into almond butter.  1 cup of slivered almonds yields approximately 1 cup of almond flour.

4. If you can't find almond flour in your store, you can look at club stores or online.  

Nutritional Information (per serving): 
Calories: 161   -   Total Fat: 12g   -   Saturated Fat: 2g   -   Cholesterol: 45mg
Sodium: 157mg   -   Carbohydrates: 11g   -   Sugars: 4g   -   Protein: 6g


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