apple spice muffins

October 7, 2010

I would like to publicly apologize for abandoning you all last night. I’m sure it was tough for you to get to sleep knowing you didn’t read about my day. For this, I am sorry. I promise it won’t happen again… maybe.

I was a busy bee yesterday — school, dentist, run (which was horrible), dinner with mom, bible study, home, dishes, bed. Needless to say, there was no blogging time involved.

This morning I was exhausted when I woke up — and really not too hungry. I’m not sure what’s going on with my appetite lately, but I am not a fan. I love waking up hungry in the morning, mainly because I love eating breakfast. Hungry or not, I eat… and you should too.

This morning’s lineup involved some hot pumpkin oats topped with cinnamon, cranberries (yum!), diced apples, and Artisana Raw Pecan Butter! (By the way, remember how I’m having an Artisana Nut Butter Giveaway right now? Go enter!)

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Holy cow! This stuff is extremely delicious — no joking around here. There was a little bit of a crunch to it due to the pecan bits, but there was also some cashews in the mix which gave it a creamy, sweet taste.October 4, 2010 007

I’m not sure why, but I’ve been really obsessed with the leaves in my backyard lately.

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They’re pretty right?

There’s something about 80 degree weather in October that makes students a little nutty — but all in all they were good today. Especially when I told them I was going to be in another meeting all afternoon. Seriously, my goal for next week is to be in the classroom the entire week. They have had me in so many meetings and with my doctor appointments thrown into the mix, it’s made for an interesting past week or so.

Last night when I was over at my parent’s, I saw some veggie soup in my mom’s fridge. Being the gracious mother she is, she let me pilfer some soup for lunch today.

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I also had an open faced tomato and hummus sandwich. I’m not sure why I took a picture of the hummus container and not the sandwich… meh, I’ll take it!

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(since it looks like I’m doing a days worth of eating, I just wanted to put out there that I’m not — I don’t photograph everything folks!)

After 3 hours of meetings this afternoon, I wanted to get home… QUICK! Unfortunately, Chicago traffic had other plans in mind for me. For some reason, the highway signs said there was a lane closure, which was making everyone go fast. So, after snailing along for about 40 minutes, I finally got to the point where the lane was supposed to be closed. Was there? Of course not. At this point, I was literally in tears because I was so exhausted and just wanted to be home.

When I finally did get home, all I wanted to do was lay on the couch and close my eyes for a few minutes — I crashed for a power nap the second I walked through the door. I thought I had been asleep for a really long time when I woke up, but it was only 15 minutes! Sometimes, that’s all you need!

I have been craving really simple and fresh meals lately — all I wanted for dinner tonight was veggies. I didn’t care how I ate them, I just wanted a lot of them.

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Yes, it was delicious if you’re wondering.

After my power nap today, I was in the mood for some muffins. I usually keep a stash of muffins in the freezer to get my fix for my evening snack. I’m running low on the pumpkin supply (both of muffins and in general), so I decided to go a different route. My obsession with muffins is quite weird for me — I never used to be a muffin person. Now, I can’t live without them.

Apple Spice Muffins yields 12 muffins

  • 2 cups gluten free flour
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1.5 tsp cinnamon
  • .5 tsp nutmeg
  • 3/4 cup almond milk
  • 1/2 cup applesauce
  • 1/3 cup maple syrup
  • 1 flax egg (1 tbsp flax + 3 tbsp warm water — mixed together and left to sit for 2-3 minutes)
  • 1 medium apple, cored and diced
  1. Mix your dry ingredients together in a large bowl (flour, baking soda, salt, and spices)
  2. In another small bowl, make your flax egg by mixing 1 tbsp. flax seed meal and 3 tbsp warm water. Set aside for 2- 3 minutes to allow thickening to occur.
  3. Mix your wet ingredients in a medium sized bowl (almond milk, apple sauce, maple syrup, flax egg). Mix your wet ingredients into your dry ingredients until the batter is smooth.
  4. Gently fold your diced apples into your batter.
  5. Line a muffin tin with 12 liners — this makes enough batter to completely fill your muffin liners. What can I say, I like the muffin top! (on my muffins, not on my jeans)
  6. Bake in a 350 degree oven for 18-20 minutes and enjoy!

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I am off to go enjoy one of these babies right now! They look delicious — and I may have already eaten a muffin top.. and almost died from how delicious the flavors were. The nutmeg really stands out in this recipe. I love them!

Question: When you’re appetite goes whacky, do you still eat as you normally would?

PS — Don’t forget to enter my Artisana Nut Butter Giveaway! It ends Friday, October 8 at midnight. You have one more day to enter! Good luck!

{ 31 comments… read them below or add one }

ann October 7, 2010 at 8:39 pm

When you say gluten free flour, what do you use?



cleaneatingchelsey October 7, 2010 at 9:03 pm

I use Bob Red Mill’s all purpose gluten free flour – you can find it at almost any grocery store. You can also just use regular flour!


carascravings October 7, 2010 at 9:12 pm

Love apple spice muffins….especially how good they make the house smell!

Even when I do not have an appetite I still eat. I know that my body needs the energy. I have never not had an appetite in the morning though, my stomach is always screaming at me when I climb out of bed.


Lauren October 7, 2010 at 9:54 pm

Those look lovely :) I don’t think I’ve ever met a muffin a didn’t like.

Even when my appetite is off I eat like normal and then feel gross but I know I still need food. Lately I’ve been having to wait a while in the morning before I get hungry and I don’t like it!


Allie October 7, 2010 at 11:39 pm

Whenever my appetite is whacky I try to just listen to what my body is saying and do my best to attend to whatever it is craving! Usually works pretty well :)


healthyexposures October 8, 2010 at 6:00 am

Those muffins look SO perfect!! Saving ;)
I hate when my appetite disappears, too. Luckily, I think I am the exact opposite lately! Maybe yours joined mine?! I tend to still eat meals of the same size because I know I need it, but snacks will vary a bit.
I promise I haven’t forgotten about your header!! I was hoping to work on it yesterday, but then the computer crisis happened :X Hopefully this weekend!!


cleaneatingchelsey October 8, 2010 at 8:33 am

no problem! I know you’ve been busy and you’ve been so kind to help me out!!!


Amy @ Second City Randomness October 8, 2010 at 7:11 am

Students aren’t the only ones going a little nutty… I’m right there with them when it comes to reacting to 80-degree weather. Love it!


Lisa October 8, 2010 at 7:34 am

Love that you can’t eat gluten as well! You always have the best recicpes! =)


Puppy Dog Tales October 8, 2010 at 7:34 am

When my appetite goes wacky, I normally crave baked goods! This happens to me this time of year!


Chelsea October 8, 2010 at 8:02 am

I’ve been stalking your blog for the last few weeks- I found you via a comment on Kath’s blog. Just wanted to pop in to say that your muffins have inspired me to bake for the first time since I discovered my celiacs in January. I used to be an avid baker, but gluten free flours scared me for some reason. I happened to have all the ingredients on hand, so I have a batch of your muffins in the oven right now. Thanks for the mouth watering pictures!


cleaneatingchelsey October 8, 2010 at 12:00 pm

I am so excited you’re going to try baking again! I must admit gluten free baking had me baffled for a while too, but I’ve just been rolling with it! I mess up recipes all the time… I just throw it away and keep on going! :)


Meg October 8, 2010 at 8:35 am

Hooooraayy gluten free :D These look amazing! As everything you make does, of course! I love all baked goods, and being GF, it’s so hard to enjoy them everyday – cause they aren’t as convenient as stuff with gluten!

Enjoy your day girl! And those muffins! :)



cleaneatingchelsey October 8, 2010 at 12:01 pm

I know, being GF is difficult at times. That’s why I always have some kind of baked good stocked up in my freezer!


Natalia - a side of simple October 8, 2010 at 10:05 am

I’m all about breakfast AND leaves in the backyard :) The muffin recipe looks delicious, can’t wait to try it!


GetHealthyWithHeather October 8, 2010 at 10:43 am

Mmmmmm I love muffins. These look great!


Missy Miller October 8, 2010 at 11:07 am

Yeah…so about last night.
I feel like I am one of your students who just ran into you on a Saturday night.
“Why aren’t you at school? Don’t you sleep there?”

I mean…you exist outside of my google reader? You have a life outside your blog?

JK. No apologies. But…be kind to yourself, my pretty! I’m concerened (Drs and wonky appetite and *gasp* a NAP!) Could it be that maybe…nah. I won’t go there.(0:
However, I think you need a vacation.
That’s an order.
How does Hawaii sound?
I’ll talk to God about it. (0;


cleaneatingchelsey October 8, 2010 at 11:57 am

no it’s definitely not that! :)

Hawaii does sound absolutely fantastic!


Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin October 8, 2010 at 11:18 am

Lately I’ve had mornings where I’m not hungry too. I don’t know what’s up with that. I’m ALWAYS hungry. :P But I just go ahead and eat a normal sized breakfast anyway. I enjoy eating too much to not eat haha.

Those muffins look delicious! :D


highonhealthy October 8, 2010 at 2:00 pm

Those muffins came at the perfect time because I went a little apple crazy yesterday while at the grocery store..

Whenever my appetite gets whacky I usually still eat and then feel awful. Now I’m trying not to eat until my stomach tells me to. I mean, if I’m not hungry then there must be a reason for it.


izzy October 8, 2010 at 8:50 pm

I am jealous of your muffin tops! (Sound dirty, I know…but I really am!) Mine always deflate and don’t ever get delightfully crumbly like that!



Kelsey October 10, 2010 at 8:18 am

HAHA SINFUL!! u and me know how much muffins mean in our lives..kinda makes us complete huh?? <3 xoxo


cleaneatingchelsey October 10, 2010 at 11:27 am

Muffin <3


katshealthcorner January 11, 2011 at 7:52 am

You’re title had me SO excited! Apple Spice — my favorite! I’ve never tried almond butter before . Would the best place to buy some be online?


Lisa September 16, 2012 at 6:18 pm

Can I use 2% milk instead of almond milk and if so how much would I use?


cleaneatingchelsey September 16, 2012 at 6:32 pm

absolutely! same amount!


Christine January 25, 2013 at 9:53 pm

for the flax egg do you use whole flax seeds or ground?


dee April 30, 2013 at 8:39 pm

Do you think I can cut the sugar to 1.4 cup ? I want to have as little added sugar as possible


cleaneatingchelsey May 1, 2013 at 6:15 am

I’m sure it’ll be fine! :) I reduce the sugar in recipes all the time.


dee May 1, 2013 at 8:34 am

Thanks, will be making them today.


Jennifer M August 20, 2013 at 7:31 am

Making this recipe first thing in morning, its a winters day here in Australia and looking forward to the smell of these baking in the kitchen while enjoying a tea break. Thanks heaps for amazing recipes, just discovered your site and real pleased with the options you have, Can’t wait for more, take care:)


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