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GF Cinnamon Apple Oat Muffins

Welcome to the first Monday of the Autumn Produce Challenge!  I am so happy you have come to join in on the Fall produce fun!  Let the Fall yumminess begin!GF Apple Cinnamon Oat Muffins

Today’s theme is apples!  Sweet, crisp, delicious apples.

GF Apple Cinnamon Oat Muffins

Health Benefits of Apples

  • Apples are rich in fiber, aiding with digestion and helping you feel full.
  • There’s evidence apples may play a role in cancer prevention.
  • Apples are a rich source of iron.
  • Pectin in apples lowers LDL – aka the bad cholesterol.
  • Apples lower the body’s need for insulin and may help in the management of diabetes.
  •  There is a flavonoid called phloridzin that is found only in apples that may protect post-menopausal women from osteoporosis and may also increase bone density
  • And last but not least…an apple a day keeps the doctor away!  So make these muffins and you’ll be good!

GF Apple Cinnamon Oat Muffins

These muffins are the perfect Fall breakfast, snack, or after-dinner treat.  They are gluten-free, using oat flour for the base.  Applesauce and apple chunks make these puppies burst with apple flavor!

GF Apple Cinnamon Oat Muffins

Some fun add-ins would be walnuts, pecans, peanut butter, or maybe even peanut butter chips!  That’d be fun to try!

GF Apple Cinnamon Oat Muffins

You can make a batch, freeze them, and then just pull them out and heat them up in the microwave whenever you’re craving some soft, moist apple goodness.

GF Apple Cinnamon Oat Muffins

They make for an easy breakfast.  Just serve with some eggs or egg whites to add some protein.  Add a smear of nut butter to the muffin, and you’ve got your three macronutrients of Carbohydrates, Fat, and Protein covered.

GF Apple Cinnamon Oat Muffins

Last, let’s talk calories.  These babies come in just under 140 calories.  So go ahead and help yourself to two while you’re at it!

GF Apple Cinnamon Oat Muffins

Cinnamon Apple Oat Muffins

Ingredients

  • 1 1/3 cup oat flour
  • 1 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1 c. diced apple, peeled
  • 1/2 cup applesauce
  • 2 T. honey
  • 1 tsp brown sugar stevia mix (or 1 add an extra T. Honey)
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened, vanilla almond milk
  • 1/3 cup egg whites or two egg whites
  • 2 1/2 T. coconut oil, melted
  • 1/4 cup rolled oats
  • 1 tsp. cinnamon + an extra sprinkle to top each muffin

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 375 and spray 9 muffin tins with a nonstick cooking spray.
  2. In a medium sized bowl, whisk egg whites, coconut oil, milk, honey, and brown sugar stevia mix. Add in cinnamon and apple sauce.
  3. In a smaller bowl, combine oat flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt.
  4. Add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients until just combined.
  5. Stir in the apple.
  6. Fill each muffin tin about 3/4 of the way.
  7. Sprinkle some rolled oats and extra cinnamon on top of each muffin before baking.
  8. Bake in the oven for 20 minutes at 375 degrees.
  9. STUFF YO FACE.
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GF Cinnamon Apple Oat Muffins

I am also linking up with Confessions of a Mother Runner and A Whisk & Two Wands for Meatless Monday.

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Autumn Produce Challenge

Kick-Off of the Autumn Produce Challenge!

I am so, so, SO excited to announce the kick-off of this new series!  And it only seems right to do it on the first day of Fall.

Introducing the….

Autumn Produce Challenge

Here’s the deal…

Every Monday, Ellen from My Uncommon Everyday, Priya from Masala Girl Travels, and I will be posting a recipe featuring that week’s Fall produce item.  Within our posts will be a link-up for you to post your own recipe using that week’s featured ingredient.  This is a topic that is near and dear to my heart as I strongly support eating local and eating seasonally.

We would love it if you would insert the above image into your posts, and link back to us to share the love!

We want to see you get creative with these ingredients and have fun with it!

We start next Monday with apples!  Be sure to link up your best apple recipes with us!

Now to your weekly dose of yummies…

Since I didn’t get to link up with Peas and Crayons for What I Ate Wednesday yesterday, I’m going to delight you with some yummy pictures of healthy food before we get to the nitty gritty.  This is from no particular day but rather a complete photo dump since last What I Ate Wednesday!

What I Ate Wednesday Thursday

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Protein Pumpkin Spice Pancakes

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I finally tried the almond milk iced latte macchiato at Starbucks.  It’s friggin’ amazing!   Go and get yourself one now.

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Turkey and Sweet Potato Frittata

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Plain Greek yogurt topped with banana, strawberries, and blueberries

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Peanut Butter and Banana Smoothie before teaching spin class.

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Saturday night pizza night!  This BBQ Chicken Pizza is made with Joseph’s Lavash Flat Bread as the crust.

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Zucchini and ground turkey lasagna.  This was so good it’s already on the meal plan again for next week.

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I mean, just look at those layers!

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Chipotle turkey burger over a bed of arugula, avocado slices, and cherry tomatoes.  Look how lean, clean, and green!

I hope you all have a fantastic Thursday!

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Lehigh Valley Whole Foods Tour & Giveaway

I am so excited to be collaborating with the new Whole Foods coming to our area!  It is set to open on September 28th.  I, along with every other human in the Lehigh Valley, is ecstatic about the addition of Whole Foods to the Hamilton Crossings shopping centers.

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The next closest Whole Foods is about an hour away, and I wish I could say I was lying when I tell you that I have maybe made the two hour round trip drive for groceries once before…okay, okay, several times before!

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When I lived in New York City, I was spoiled by having a Whole Foods just nine blocks from my apartment.  I grew accustomed to a beautiful supermarket that caters to health-conscious individuals, fresh and beautiful produce displays, and all-natural body care products.

After moving back to the Lehigh Valley from New York City, the biggest thing I missed is the Whole Foods shopping experience.  It’s refreshing having a grocery store care about what I put in my body just as much as I do!

Lehigh Valley Whole Foods

Whole Foods Tours & Giveaway

Here’s where you come in.  This Whole Foods location is offering tours of the store before the store even opens to the public!  Those who go on the tour will get to learn more about the store, their products, and their mission.

You can go to Allentown.WholeFoodsRSVP.com or click here to register for this event.

As if that’s not awesome enough, readers of this blog can enter to win a gift bag of Whole Foods products the day of the tour by entering through the giveaway app you’ll find below!  I have to explicitly state here that this giveaway is only open to those who reside in Lehigh Valley, PA, AND are attending one of the preview tours.

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