The apple of my eye. These muffins are inspired by the beautiful crisp autumn days and Leo's freshly harvested apples from papas garden! These beauties are bursting with autumn flavour and a lovely blend of warming spice and sweetness to nourish and satisfy.
These muffins never usually make it out my front door so I have now resorted to making 2 batches at the same time so I can use half to share with friends, offer at workshops or as a care package for a new mama. These muffins contain spelt flour which has a low gluten content and a naturally occurring sweetness which comes from the apple sauce and honey meaning they are great as a quick breakfast or mid morning snack. It seams toddlers and the big kids like these in equal measure and they are so easy to make. They are also a Postpartum dream for new mamas as a warming, healthy treat, perfect for supporting healing and boosting energy.
Honey - In its raw form, honey has such powerful health benefits, its a natural anti-inflammatory and locally sourced can also help to protect against seasonal allergies where you live. In India its common practice for a mama to have spoonfuls of honey and ghee along with warm milk after birth as the naturally occurring enzymes, proteins and minerals support post natal healing. Honey is my all time favorite dream food. Great for a quick sweet fix, to ward of illness, to heal cuts and grazes and is always in my doula bag for laboring and post natal mamas.
Oats - Nourishing oats are a great source of fibre, slow release energy and the lactation-supporting benefits of oats mean they are a great dietary addition for any breast feeding mamas (aka an excuse to eat lots of them!).
Cinnamon - A beautiful warming spice, in Ayurvedic tradition, spices form a daily part of a healthy diet either in foods or teas as they naturally strengthen angi - or your digestive fire. This is beneficial for everyone and helps to promote a healthy happy gut, but is so important during post natal healing or when ill or run down as the body needs warming foods. A woman's blood volume doubles during pregnancy to support the life growing inside her. This excess heat and increased blood circulation is lost after birth and heat is key to restoring and healing. The goal for all mamas in the post natal period (and loved ones supporting new mamas), is to keep her body warm, to help boost circulation, and restore a weakened digestive system. It has a knock on effect and in Chinese medicine they believe supporting the digestive system in this way actually helps to build blood which impacts on increased milk production, improved sleep and a more positive mood. Erm its a no brainer!
Apple crumble and cinnamon Muffins
1 cup Spelt flour
1 1/4 cups Oats
3 tsp Cinnamon
Pinch Nutmeg / All Spice 1 tsp Bicarbonate powder 2 tsp Baking powder 3/4 cup raisins (optional)
1/4 cup Sunflower Oil
1 cup Plant yogurt
3/4 cup Apple sauce
1 Apple (peeled & diced) 3 tbl Honey 1 tbl maple syrup
1/2 cup oats
2 tbl coconut oil
1 tbl honey / coconut sugar
Pinch Nutmeg / All Spice
20-25 apples (small/medium sized)
Water (1cm of water to cover bottom of pan) 2 tsp Cinnamon (optional)
Makes 12-14 muffins
Preheat Oven to 180 degrees (fan Assisted) / 200 degrees Line your muffin tin with cases or use a little coconut oil to greese each one ready for the mixture.
First make your apple sauce - I usually do this in advance when I have a big stock of apples as its so handy and versatile to have to hand. You can also freeze it in portions to use in recipes, as a topping for yogurt and porridge or as a tasty treat for any weaning babas. Peel and core your apples and chop into small chunks. Add apples to a saucepan with ajust enough water to cover the base of the pan (about 1-2cm high). Simmer on a low heat for 30mins or until apples are really soft and have started to break down. Either mash with a fork or back of a wooden spoon or blend and leave to cool.
While your apples are cooking you can make the crumble topping. Melt the coconut oil and add the honey or coconut sugar and simmer until combined. Pour this onto your oats and leave to one side.
Mix all the dry ingredients together in a bowl. Then in a separate bowl mix all the wet ingredients together and then combine with the dry, folding lightly with a wooden spoon and taking care to not over mix, just enough to combine all the ingredients.
Spoon the mixture into your muffin tins and then sprinkle some of the crumble topping over the muffins before you put them in the over.
Cook for 25-30mins. If you insert a skewer it should come out clean.
In my humble opinion these gems are best served warm with a cuppa - Enjoy and be warned they wont last long! x