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Spiced Apple and Cinnamon Muffins

Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 25 mins
Total Time 40 mins
Course Baking, Breakfast, Snack
Cuisine American, Australian
Servings 12 large muffins

Ingredients
  

  • 2 cups Almond Meal , blanched
  • 2 tsp Baking Powder , aluminium free
  • 1 & 1/2 tsp Ground Cinnamon
  • 1 tsp Ground Allspice , or ground nutmeg
  • 1 & 1/2 tsp Vanilla , powder or essence
  • 2 large Pastured Eggs , lightly beaten
  • 1/4 cup Coconut Oil or Butter , melted
  • 1/4 cup Maple Syrup , or raw honey
  • 1/4 cup Coconut Milk , or full-cream milk
  • 1 Organic Orange , finely grated zest
  • 2 medium Organic Apples , skin left on and cut into small dice
  • 3 tsp Flaked Almonds , or coconut flakes

Instructions
 

  • Preheat oven to 160C (fan forced) and line a muffin tin with paper cups.
  • Mix the almond meal, baking powder, cinnamon, allspice and vanilla together until thoroughly combined.
  • Stir in the eggs, coconut oil, maple syrup, coconut milk and orange zest. Do not over-mix the batter as this usually results in dry and tough muffins.
  • Gently fold through the apples.
  • Spoon the mixture into the muffin cases and top with a sprinkle of almond flakes.
  • Bake for 25 minutes or until cooked through.

Optional Ideas:

  • Replace the apples with other in-season fruits, such as pears, blueberries, raspberries, strawberries, banana, plums or peaches.
  • Add a handful of roughly chopped walnuts, pecans or macadamias.
  • Make a lovely apple and cinnamon cake by baking the same mixture in a lined 20cm springform tin for 1 hour, or until cooked through.