Healthy Gluten-Free Apricot Muffins

This delicious gluten-free muffin recipe is a great treat for kids and adults alike. The muffins contain almond flour, which is a good source of vitamin E, iron, manganese, potassium and calcium. The muffins also have no added sugar, but the combination of dried apricot and apple sauce makes them sweet to taste, as well as incredibly nutritious. These muffins are the perfect thing to liven up a rainy afternoon.


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Ingredients

  • 2 1/2 cups of gluten-free oats (blended to a fine powder)
  • 1/2 cup almond flour
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1 1/2 cups natural yogurt
  • 1 cup applesauce (unsweetened) - I recommend making your own applesauce, to avoid any added sugar or preservatives. here is an easy method.
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 tbsp ghee
  • 1/4 cup dried apricots (blended)
  • 2 handfuls chopped walnuts


Method

  1. Combine processed oats, almond flour, salt and baking powder into a mixing bowl and stir until ingredients are evenly mixed.
  2. Add the natural yogurt, dried apricots, applesauce, eggs, walnuts and 2 tbsp of ghee, then whisk until you have an even dough. If the mixture isn't thickening, add another tbsp of ghee and keep mixing.
  3. Scoop the mixture evenly into muffin cups.
  4. Bake in the oven at 180° C for 25 minutes.
  5. Serve while still warm for the best taste, or store in an airtight container.

Healthy apple sauce recipe with no added sugar

This apple sauce recipe is easy and quick to prepare and contains no added sugar or preservatives, so is much more healthy than the shop-bought kind. I recommend using gala apples as they have a natural sweetness. As apples are one of the 'dirty dozen', try to buy organic, if your budget permits it.

 sugar-free apple sauce

Ingredients

  • 1.4kg apples (peeled, cored and cubed)
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 pinch of salt
  • 1 pinsh of nutmeg
  • 1.5 cups of water
  • Zest of 1 lemon

Method

  1. Add all ingredients to a saucepan
  2. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat and simmer for 20 minutes, or until soft and mushy
  3. Allow to cool

 

*This recipe is adapted from The Microbiome Diet Plan by Danielle Capalino, MSPH, RD, CDN

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