Apple Cinnamon Muffins

Apple Cinnamon Muffins

Muffins are a popular addition to a morning coffee run, but aren’t always the most healthy option. Being vegan, it can also be hard to find plant-based baked goods on the go, let alone find a nutritious option. So of course, I had to make my own. The extent of my baking abilities goes as far as opening a box mix and following the instructions. Needless to say, making this recipe was a bit of a challenge but after many visits to the test kitchen, it resulted in these delicious (and healthy) vegan apple cinnamon muffins. Easy to grab before you head out the door and eat with one hand while trying to balance on a moving bus.

If you’re anything like me, you are a chronic snooze button hitter. I love to stay up late and I hate to wake up early. This normally results in me rushing out the door without sitting down to a proper breakfast. On the rare occasion, I like to sit down with a nice big bowl of oats or some avocado toast. Most days of the week (especially Monday’s) I’m go-go-go. With the new year just around the corner, I would love to set a resolution to stop hitting snooze…but it’s not going to happen. INSTEAD, I’m going to  make it a point to prepare nourishing grab & go breakfasts ahead of time, like these apple cinnamon muffins.

They’re perfectly moist on the inside with a burst of apple cinnamon flavour. The ‘crumble’ topping adds a nice crunch when they’re fresh out of the oven. The addition of Genuine Health fermented vegan proteins+ powder in vanilla gives it an extra nutritional boost. Fermented foods are all the rage in the health world right now, but it’s not like this concept is new. 

When I think fermented I think sauerkraut and kimchi which have been cultural staples for hundreds of years. I never would have thought this process would be used for protein powders!

The process of fermentation amplifies the nutritional profile of foods – so that they are more potent and bioavailable. It works to partially break down proteins into more easily used components, which requires less digestive effort. Fermentation literally “pre-digests” our food for us, breaking down any obstacles and liberating the proteins and nutrients for our bodies to absorb and use. Genuine Health’s advanced fermentation process ensures that nutrients are easy to absorb and digest, allowing users to get all the goodness that’s actually inside the product – from high quality protein and nutrients in their fermented proteins to highly-absorbable greens in their fermented superfood. You can find more information on the fermented line of vegan proteins at the Genuine Health website, including a list of retailers.

 

APPLE CINNAMON MUFFINS · [makes 6]

D R Y  I N G R E D I E N T S

1 cup spelt flour (can substitute all-purpose flour or 1:1 gluten free baking mix)
1/2 scoop Genuine Health  fermented vegan proteins+ powder (vanilla)
1.5 tablespoons ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon fine sea salt
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1.5 tablespoons ground cinnamon

W E T  I N G R E D I E N T S

1 large green apple peeled, cored & diced + 2 teaspoons maple syrup + 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon + 3/4 cup water + 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 flax egg (1 tablespoon ground flaxseeds mixed with 3 tbsp water)
1 teaspoon apple cider vinegar
1/2 cup plant-based milk
2 tablespoons melted coconut oil
1/4 cup maple syrup

T O P P I N G [optional]

3 tablespoons rolled oats
dash of cinnamon
1 teaspoon coconut oil

Directions

Preheat oven to 375F and line a small muffin tin with 6 paper liners, or grease well.

In a small saucepan over medium heat, stir the apple, 2 teaspoons of maple syrup, 1 teaspoon of cinnamon, 1 teaspoon of vanilla & 3/4 cup of water until apples become soft and most of the liquid is absorbed. Set aside to cool.

In a small ramekin, mix together all of the topping ingredients and set aside.

In a large bowl, sift together the dry ingredients. In a separate bowl, mix together all of the wet ingredients (not including the apple mixture.) Stir the apple mixture into the dry ingredients, and slowly add the wet ingredients stirring until just combined. Be sure to scrape the sides of the bowl with a spatula to incorporate everything.

Divide the muffin batter evenly among the 6 paper liners.

Bake for 12 minutes. Allow to cool for 5 minutes then transfer to a cooling rack. Allow to cool completely before storing in an airtight container for 2-3 days. Enjoy anytime, anywhere. These apple cinnamon muffins pair wonderfully with a heaping tablespoon of nut butter and a cup of tea or coffee.

From now until 12/31 you can get $5 off any Genuine Health fermented product. Gift yourself or a health conscious friend a tub of proteins+ so you can fill your home with the festive scent of these delicious and nutritious muffins!

As always, if you decide to make this recipe I would love to see your beautiful photos on instagram. Be sure to upload them and tag me @jocelynneflor.

Happy Holidays!

Note: This post is sponsored by Genuine Health. The recipe, photographs, and opinions are all my own.

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