Looking for a healthy muffins recipe? These easy Apple Cinnamon Muffins contain no added sugar, are flour free, and use no butter or oil. They are sweetened with dates and taste amazing! Your family will enjoy the baked goods and you will enjoy serving a healthy breakfast treat.
Healthy Muffins for Quick Breakfasts
It is back to school time after break! I’m not sure what goes on at your house, but my mornings have been full of “lovely” children who just want to stay in bed and a mom who just wants to drink coffee in peace.
I’m not going to lie, sometimes the moment the bus pulls away from the stop is one of the best moments I have before 8 a.m.
Serving a breakfast treat is one way to make morning a bit less dramatic and less stressful for everyone. I can usually coax little people out of bed with promises of baked goods and, if all else fails, I can stick a muffin in their hand as they head for the bus stop.
No Sugar Apple Cinnamon Healthy Muffins
Our family is full of sugar-coated carb-lovers. My kids love breakfasts full of cinnamon rolls, donuts, or coffee cake. I enjoy being the mom that thrills and delights with the occasional sweet treat for breakfast, but I also want to make sure that everyone has a healthy meal to start the day.
This easy Apple Cinnamon Muffin recipe will please both sides. It contains no sugar, no flour, and no oil but still tastes sweet. It’s a win-win, your family will enjoy the baked treat and you will enjoy serving a healthier breakfast option.
No Sugar or Artificial Sweetener
These muffins contain no sugar or artificial sweetener but still have loads of sweet yummy apple cinnamon flavor. The secret? They are sweetened with pureed dates!
Dates are cousins to raisin and prunes with a milder, sweeter flavor. The taste is sometimes compared to caramel, which makes them an excellent addition to baked goods and the perfect companion to apples. (Hello caramel apples!)
Easy Preparation & Clean-up
The healthy muffins are made in your blender or food processor so you don’t have a lot of bowls and utensils to wash. They take 10 minutes to prepare and even less time to clean up. Just measure, blend and pour.
There is another plus to using the blender, it turns the whole oats into oat flour so you get a delicious baked good that has great muffin consistency without using wheat flour!
MORE HEALTHY MUFFIN RECIPES TO TRY
1 – Healthy Oatmeal Muffins – My original no flour, no sugar, no oil recipe. This basic recipe is sweetened with bananas and is easy to customize.
2 – Healthy Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Muffins – My kids’ all-time favorite healthy oatmeal muffins recipe. Lots of CHOCOLATE flavor.
3 – Healthy Pumpkin Muffins Recipe – Pumpkin, maple syrup, and spices give the muffins classic pumpkin pie flavor. Enjoy a fall favorite with no guilt!
4 – Healthy Zucchini Muffins Recipe – Zucchini and spices give the muffins classic zucchini bread flavor. Enjoy a fall favorite with no guilt!
- 2 1/2 cups old-fashioned oats (plus 1/4 cup for garnish if desired)
- 1 cup dried dates chopped
- 1/2 cup water boiling
- 1 1/4 cup apple diced (about 1 large apple)
- ¾ cup milk
- 2 large eggs
- 2 tsp real vanilla
- 2 tsp baking powder
- ½ tsp baking soda
- ½ tsp salt
- 2 tsp cinnamon
- Place diced dates into blender and pour boiling water over. Allow to sit for 5 minutes then blend until smooth.
- Add diced apples and milk to the blender. Puree until smooth.
Add remaining ingredients and puree until oats are well ground, scraping down sides of blender as needed.
- Line muffin tin with muffin papers and fill 2/3 full with batter, approximately 1/4 cup per muffin.
- Sprinkle each muffin with 1/2 tsp old-fashioned oats, if desired.
- Bake at 350 degrees Fahrenheit for 30-35 minutes, a toothpick inserted in the center of the muffin should come out clean.
Notes: 1) Use parchment baking cups. Healthy muffins have a habit of sticking to the baking cups and muffin tins. Parchment baking cups will prevent them from sticking. If you do not have parchment baking cups try spraying or brushing the muffins wrappers with a small amount of oil before baking.
2) How to store the muffins. Keep the muffins for 3-4 days in a sealed container on the counter, 7-10 days in a sealed container in the refrigerator, or for several months well wrapped in the freezer (defrost in the fridge overnight).
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