Friday, January 18, 2013

Apple Spice Muffins

Have you had a girl's night lately?

These muffins were inspired by this Spiced Apple Cake served at dinner with two of my girlfriends who I always describe as awesome and inspiring.  Do you have any friends like that?  They encourage me to stick with my passions and inspire me to be better in every aspect of my life.

We all brought something different to dinner, all gluten free.

Girl's Night Dinner Menu:
Trader Joe's new Guacamole and Yogurt dip with chips and pepper slices
Against the Grain's Baguette toasts with goat cheese, blueberries and a reduced balsamic glaze
Elena's Pantry Chicken Parm served over simple steamed green beans
and the aforementioned awesome apple cake for dessert

As for these muffins, I love them.  I've been on a grass-fed butter kick since BJs started selling it for only $6, but you could easily substitute to make these non-dairy.  There is not a lot of cinnamon either, which I prefer for these because it acts as a subtle flavor in the background and lets the apples and golden raisins shine through.  I made them with normal raisins as well which is also super tasty- they're just a sweeter and stronger raisin than the golden variety.

You might also like:
Spiced Apple Muffins from the Nourishing Gourmet made with coconut flour and coconut oil
Nourishing Fruit and Spice Muffins from This Chick Cooks.  Make sure to substitute for the whole wheat flour used in this recipe.
Cinnamon Spice Muffins from The Detoxinista that use almond butter and apple sauce
Pumpkin Apple Muffins from Big Eats...Tiny Kitchen who adapted from this recipe at Urban Poser

Apple Spice Muffins
makes 12

1/3 C butter melted
1/3 C honey
3 eggs
1/2 C golden raisins
1 C apple pieces (from 1 medium apple)
1 1/2 C almond meal
1 C blanched almond flour
1 tsp cinnamon

Preheat the oven to 350
Line a muffin tin with paper liners
Whisk the melted butter, honey and eggs
Mix in the raisins to soak in the mixture
Prepare the apple pieces by peeling, slicing and chopping into 1/2 inch pieces
Mix into the wet ingredients
In a separate bowl mix the almond meal, blanched almond flour, salt, baking soda and cinnamon
Mix the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients and blend
Use a full ice cream scoop to evenly fill the 12 muffin cups
Bake for 15 minutes

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