Flax Apple Cinnamon Muffins (Gluten-Free)
Very soft, chunky, chewy muffins that are a little sweet but not overly so. I think you cannot tell the difference between the flax and a good whole-wheat flour, but my husband says that they have a little bit of a stronger taste. I think that the flax substitutes for the wheat perfectly, but he says he can tell, but still likes them. Everybody's different, so try them out and see for yourself!
There are multiple variations on a theme that you could make with these muffins, depending on whether you're just going gluten-free or also trying to reduce your sugars. The full recipe (all optional ingredients) makes each muffin 155.1 kcal (6.3 g fiber, 7.6 g sugars). If you're wanting to reduce your carbs, without the turbinado sugar you drop to 147.6 kcal (6.3 g fiber, 5.6 g sugars). By dropping sugar + fresh apple + raisins, you drop down to 128.9 kcal (5.9 g fiber, 2.0 g sugars). This recipe is very flexible and you can easily add or take away any ingredients you want. I also make this same recipe with bananas instead of the applesauce and apple chunks, but add a little olive oil to keep them moist.
Be careful about over-baking these muffins. I often bake them until the toothpick comes out clean (~20 minutes), but they will still be a bit soggy on the inside because of the apple chunks. I refrigerate them overnight, and then microwave for 1-1.5 minutes when I want to eat them, which finishes baking the insides. I get a soft, piping hot muffin that goes great with my morning coffee and a couple of eggs!
Note that if you want a nut that will stay crunchy, substitute a harder nut like walnuts or pecans for sliced almonds. I like that they get a little chewy, but you may not.Submitted by: SHINING_ON