More apple recipes! We needed some more muffins for lunchboxes, and I knew I had some pumpkin and LOTS of apple in the freezer, so as usual, I hit Pinterest for some inspiration. There are lots and lots of great recipes out there, but I needed one that had no sugar – or an alternative sweetener – because my pantry was starting to look a little bare in terms of baking ingredients.
This recipe fit the bill completely. It uses maple syrup to sweeten it (which I actually did have!), and is nut free, which is necessary to send them to school. The recipe really intrigued me, because it doesn’t use flour or egg, but instead uses oats as its base. I personally love oats in a muffin, so I knew I had to give it a go.
I thought that half a cup of maple syrup seemed a bit excessive, so I only used a quarter of a cup, and I felt that it was enough, but you could go all out with the half a cup. I cooked them at 180 degrees Celsius for 20 minutes, but the ones on the bottom needed a bit longer in the oven. In patty pans in a regular sized muffin tin, I got 16 muffins.
I topped them with pepitas and sunflower seeds, because I love the nuttiness they add. I also left out the spices (begrudgingly), because we have little people who don’t like cinnamon (what is wrong with them? I mean, are they even mine?). I left out the flaxseed too, because I don’t have any and wasn’t about to go out and buy it.
Don’t expect them to look perfect – being made from oats, they hold the shape you drop them in, so if you like a rounded muffin, make sure you smooth it out before they go in the oven. I also found that they didn’t rise much, if at all, so if you want a big muffin, you need to put in about as much in the tins as you want to eat. I don’t mind a slightly small muffin, so not problem for me, and it’s a bit more manageable for the littler tummies.
The texture is dense and heavy and a bit porridge-like, although on the plus side, I know they’ll be filling, which is great for a hungry growing boy. I love how healthy these are, with the pumpkin and apple, and being made from oats, I know they are packed with fibre and long lasting energy. Being free from lots of major allergens, makes them worth a try if you’ve got kidlets with dietary restrictions.
So would I make them again? The short answer is yes. The real answer is slightly more complex. I personally would want to add some flour to lighten their texture a bit and maybe some craisins (or white chocolate chips?) to give it a bit more flavour, since I omitted the spices. Having said that, they have scored massive thumbs up from school boy and hubby just as they are, so maybe not! Overall, they are worth giving a go if you’re looking for something new and a bit different.
You can find the recipe here.