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A clean eating recipe for healthy apple muffins. I am not a good baker – but these are super easy (and forgiving if you mess up a little)! The kids love them for breakfast or snacks. Flavored with cinnamon and maple syrup, they are gluten free and don’t have any oil, eggs, or butter. What they do have is fiber, protein, and healthy fats from oatmeal, flax and chia seeds! Bake and enjoy!

I woke up one morning to discover that my kids’ healthy breakfast routine was ruined. As a mom – I understand to the depths of my soul how desperately I need a morning routine that runs smoothly. For my personal sanity. But with one quick change of their clever 7 and 4 year old minds… Our morning routine became a smokin’ hot mess…

I love this clean eating recipe for healthy apple muffins. I am not a good baker - but these are easy! The kids love them for breakfast or snacks. It's delicious (see what happened there?) that they are flavored with cinnamon and maple syrup; they are gluten free and don't have any oil, eggs, or butter. What they do have is fiber, protein, and healthy fats from oatmeal, flax and chia seeds! #healthyapplemuffins #healthymuffins #applemuffins #cleaneatingmuffins www.themidlifemamas.com

Why Healthy Apple Muffins?

I have had a routine – a quick and easy breakfast / morning routine. I frequently included my chocolate chocolate chip muffins. They are healthy muffins that my boys both loved. I would warm these delicious muffins up a bit, let the chocolate get a little melty, and then round it out with a protein and some fruit. We were golden.

I loved the routine, because it was “familiar, easy, and quick.” And then it happened.

My boys decided that – in their reality – my beautiful morning routine was more like “boring and over-used.” Now I had to come up with a different easy, but healthy, breakfast. Necessity, they say, is the mother of invention.

What they don’t tell you is that sometimes invention doesn’t come until you’ve locked yourself in your kitchen for a weekend; consumed a perfectly paired wine for each batter of the successful, mediocre, and failed muffin attempts; and used your beloved family members as human taste-testing guinea pigs for muffin after muffin after muffin.

But that is, in fact, how these healthy apple muffins were born. They are quick and easy for me and delicious for the boys! Score – I’m back in business!

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How Can A Muffin Be Healthy? Isn’t That an Oxymoron?

This muffin is different because unlike so many other “healthy” muffin recipes out there, I didn’t just replace oil with mashed bananas and call it a sugar-laden day. Not only did I replace some of the typical muffin health offenders, but I added in true healthy super powers!

Oatmeal is a good source of fiber.  But there are other fiber powerhouses out there as well.  Just one tablespoon of ground flax has 2 grams of fiber!  Ground flax is a nutritional power house because of its high fiber content; it’s rich in Omega-3 fatty acids; and it contains phytochemicals known as lignans which may reduce blood pressure, blood cholesterol, and triglycerides.  But wait – there’s more!!

It turns out that chia seeds are awesome for more than home decor. (Who knew, right?) They are a great source of fiber, phosphorus, magnesium, protein, and Omega-3 fatty acids to mention just a few.  And there are so many amazing things you can do with these little seeds!

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So here is our healthy apple muffin recipe that you’ve been waiting for!

The Healthy Apple Muffin Recipe


Wrapped in a tiny package, this apple muffin recipe has oats, oat flour, ground flax, chia seeds, and apples.  And…this is the best part.  THE RECIPE IS VERSATILE!  By easy and versatile – I mean, you can’t really mess it up.  It’s not as exacting as most baking recipes; no precise measuring here.

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Make  Your Own Variations of Healthy Apple Muffins

You can also easily change it up – you could add blueberries and cashew butter for blueberry muffins.  If you don’t have any allergies to nuts – change up the nut butter and see what you get!  Changing to almond or cashew butter, substituting figs and increasing the cinnamon sounds awesome to me.  Use your imagination and create your own family favorite! But try these apple muffins first!

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If you want to check out some completely different versions of these muffins that have worked well for us, and more, you can find them all here:

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Let me know how you like apple raisin muffins and I’d love for you to post a comment and let me hear how you changed it up! Also – tell my your favorite kind of muffins!

*I used sunbutter to avoid nut butters, but if you don’t need this to be allergen free, you can substitute in any nut butter. Cashew butter would be delicious!!

*I used Almond Milk because, among all the nut allergies in our house, almond isn’t one of them. But I have made these with coconut milk and it works every bit as well.

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I love this clean eating recipe for healthy apple muffins. I am not a good baker - but these are easy! The kids love them for breakfast or snacks. It's delicious (see what happened there?) that they are flavored with cinnamon and maple syrup; they are gluten free and don't have any oil, eggs, or butter. What they do have is fiber, protein, and healthy fats from oatmeal, flax and chia seeds! #healthyapplemuffins #healthymuffins #applemuffins #cleaneatingmuffins www.themidlifemamas.com

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12 Comments

  1. Our grandson is 5 so I love your suggestions. Our little man wanted a Transformer and a karaoke machine. Great for his all boy side and our budding musician. 🙂

    1. Travel was how I first found these – I gave each boy a small travel sized set for a really long road trip that we took. They were so beautifully designed and came in a really nice felt pouch. They loved them and they were really luxurious and perfect for the trip! So we’ve added on a few more 🙂

  2. We love many of the suggestions on this list. Our favorites are the LEGO set and the Spot It game. Great gift guide!

  3. I just bought that easel for my almost three year old daughter! Glad it is on the list! My soon to be one son will get building blocks like the first one. I love how they can do anything with it!

  4. My 6 year old also has Lego on his brain. While Santa is bringing a Lego Technic set, my husband and I are gifting an Eezy Peezy Jungle gym that looks like the play center you mentioned.
    Such great ideas, Karen. Thank you.

  5. This is such a great range of ideas. From building to search and find games, I really love your suggestions. I feel like they are fun and educational.

  6. These are such fun ideas! I like how you built on your sons love for Legos, and gave him more options for building. I also used to love creative projects as a kid, and would have enjoyed the crafts. We still give each other games at Christmas, and usually end up opening them the same day! It makes for another fun holiday memory.

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