It’s not like I don’t like breakfast, I do. But remember I work nights. So I usually eat my breakfast as you all are eating your dinner.
I know, kinda backwards isn’t it.
Chili for breakfast? Yep, that’s usually my norm.
But something tells me you are not going to want to see a chili breakfast anything……so let me fix this once and for all.
Oatmeal Applesauce Muffins
There we go. That’s much better.
These little muffins are completely vegan, with no added fat, butter, or oil – so are also 100% McDougall Friendly.
Oatmeal, applesauce, flax seeds, almond milk, walnuts…. you know, breakfast foods.
All compacted into little bite-sized mounds of sweet yumminess.
And you know, I got the inspiration for this recipe from the strangest of places. Well not strange in that Lee Drummond is the most amazing cook, or the queen of all food bloggers. Her blog The Pioneer Woman is like one of the food blogs in America.
But what is strange is the fact that if you’re familiar with Ms. Drummond or her blog at all you know….. she’s not exactly Vegan 🙂
But she had this recipe for Oatmeal Banana Muffins that looked so good and was already pretty darn close to being vegan, that it didn’t take much to tweak it for all of us veg-heads that don’t live out on the range.
So that’s what I did. I replaced the buttermilk in her recipe with almond milk and a couple of teaspoons of apple cider vinegar and I replaced the egg with a flax egg.
Oh, and I completely forgot the banana. Oops.
But they still came out wonderful.
Moist, full of flavor, and super-duper healthy.
The wife took one bite and instantly gave her seal of approval. (I hope there’s some left for me later)
If you’re not familiar with Flax Seeds and are wondering what in the heck a Flax Egg is ……. let me explain.
Flaxseeds are a rich source of micronutrients, fiber, manganese, vitamin B1, and the essential fatty acid called omega-3. They are often used in baking recipes as an egg replacer and binder. When you grind these seeds up and add some hot water, it magically turns into a kind of disgusting looking gelatinous goo that works the exact same way as an egg.
Weird huh. Strange but true.
So for the “Flax Egg” in this recipe, simply take 1 tablespoon of Flax Seeds and grind them up in an old coffee grinder. Then add 2-3 Tablespoons of hot water and stir (use a small bowl – not your coffee grinder – duh).
After about a minute or two it will be ready to add to your recipe.
Oatmeal Applesauce Muffin Recipe
Ok enough prep talk. Are we ready to bake some muffins?
Simply take all the dry ingredients, up to the milk that is, and stir together in a bowl.
Like I said, for the ground flax-seed either use a coffee grinder, or buy some flax-seed meal which is already ground.
If you are watching your fat content you can completely eliminate the walnuts. They add a nice bit of texture but are not necessary.
In a separate bowl, mix all the wet ingredients.
Make a well in the dry ingredients and pour in the wet.
Not stir it all up until there’s no dry stuff left. Don’t over stir this or they’ll come out as dense as little hockey pucks. Just enough to get all the dry stuff moistened and no more.
Now scoop a tablespoon or two into each cup of your muffin tin and bake at 350 for about 18 minutes, or until a toothpick comes out clean. You can use those little paper muffin cups so they won’t stick to your tin.
There you go.
Moist, chewey, healthy, muffins made from oatmeal and applesauce.
- 1 cup Whole Wheat Flour
- 1/2 cup All Purpose Flour
- 1/4 cup Ground Flax Seeds
- 1 cup Rolled Oats
- 1/2 cup Brown Sugar (packed)
- 1/2 teaspoon Salt
- 1 tsp Baking Soda
- 2 tsp Baking Powder
- 1/2 tsp Ground Cinnamon
- 1/8 tsp Ground Nutmeg
- 1/2 cup Chopped Walnuts (optional)
- 1 cup Unsweetened Almond Milk
- 2 tsp Apple Cider Vinegar
- 1 Flax Egg
- 1/2 cup Unsweetened Applesauce
- 1/4 cup Molasses
Preheat oven to 350F.
Mix all dry ingredients together in a large bowl.
Whisk the vinegar and almond milk together in a separate bowl
Add in remaining wet ingredients and stir to combine
Make a well in the center of the dry ingredients and slowly pour in the liquid mixture.
Stir just until combined.
Pour into prepared muffin tin (or use paper muffin cups) and bake for 15-18 minutes.