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I've always been an experimentalist in the kitchen. Just ask my Mom. I loved to invent new recipes when I was younger. Though I flopped a lot I never lost that drive to tinker with flavors and food whilst creating my own signature versions. Now, I've added experience, photography and the Trim Healthy Mama lifestyle to my repertoire and I'm excited to bring you my brand new adventures!Since I don't believe in sacrificing my taste buds for the sake of health here is where you're going to find the recipes I've scoured for (and more than likely tweaked) to be successes in that brutal criteria. I guarantee vibrant flavor and textures that will make you happy that you switched to REAL food.So please come on in! Grab a spoon and a mug before you cozy in at my kitchen table. We'll chat awhile about health and life and all the things we love while I serve you up some of my favorites!

Sunday, July 6, 2014

Apple Donut Muffins

Everything apple.
Those sugar and cinnamon covered donut holes. Sticky, gooey and oh so good, let me lick the tips of my fingers, I want every crumb!

That's what these Apple Pie Muffins remind me of. A trip to the Orchard bakery, fall smells and crowds all around gathered in sweaters. The staff is rushing. It's busy season. Yeasty dough and baking sweets hangs heavy in the air.
Fall is my favorite season. Maybe it's yours too. I could give a list a mile long about everything I love about Autumn, but biting into a crisp apple, fresh, solid, and freshly made cinnamon and sugar donuts are just the tip of the sweet life. This recipe combines both of those skillfully and oh-so-tastily.

I am a sucker for food pictures. I often decided if I'm going to make a recipe just by the picture that represents it. I saw the picture for this recipe on Pinterest and instantly thought,  "DONUTS! I've got to try this!"
Am I glad I followed that instinct? You betcha! They didn't disappoint! These have been a hit with everyone who tries them and they are so easy to whip up! Also a great, quick, on-the-go breakfast for Trim Healthy Mamas who are off and running when feet touch the ground.
I made a whole batch of these (18) and frozen at least a dozen since there are just 2 of us who eat them, and they did well although they got a tad dried out and the sugary topping melted a bit, but still yummy!
A serving size for us THMamas or singles is 1-2. They fall into E category because of the apples and oats. Oat flour is inexpensive and so versatile, a great staple for E meals. And if you don't want to buy oat flour you can make it by grinding up Old Fashioned oats in a high powered blender til it's powdery. Easy peasy.
Okay, enough about my drooling over this recipe. 
Apple Donut Muffins
 2 cups oat flour (or rolled oats ground into flour)
2/3 cups Truvia (not the Baking Blend! It contains sugar)
1 Tbsp. baking powder
2 tsp. cinnamon
1 tsp. nutmeg
1/4 tsp. baking soda
2 cups of apples, peeled and diced
1/2 cup egg whites (carton or fresh)
3/4 cup 0% Greek yogurt
2 Tbsp. butter or coconut oil melted
1/2 cup no sugar added applesauce
2 tsp. vanilla extract
Optional Sugar & Cinnamon topping:
1 Tbsp. butter or coconut oil melted
2 Tbsp. Truvia
1/2 tsp.cinnamon
Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Line 18 muffins cups with paper liners and then spray them with nonstick spray. Mix together dry ingredients. Peel and dice your apples then coat them in your flour mixture. In another bowl, mix together the wet ingredients of yogurt, melted butter, applesauce and vanilla. Add the dry ingredients to the wet and stir until combined. Divide evenly among your muffin cups. Bake for 15-18 mins or until a toothpick inserted comes out with just a bit of crumb.
Optional Topping: Melt the butter or coconut oil in a small bowl. Mix together Truvia & cinnamon in another small bowl. Brush a bit of butter on each muffin then sprinkle with cinnamon "sugar" topping. Let cool slightly then devour! :)
This is an E meal or snack: serving size is 2 muffins
Happy Baking!
You might even want to light a fall scented candle for the full experience.


  1. Thanks for this recipe, these were so delicious! Made them for a church potluck and they were a huge hit!!

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    2. Oh Kristi I am so glad you loved them! They have been a hit here for us too! If you want to keep it as a secret recipe I won't tell anyone ;)

    3. I can't find the recipe for the Apple Pie Muffins or Apple Donut Muffins. It says the account is not available. Help. I would love the recipe.

    4. I'm so sorry Paulette. I just checked this out and you are totally right. For some reason it is suspended and I have no idea why. I will check my recipes and see if I have it written down aside from this post and post it for my loving readers since they cannot access the recipe any other way. Thank you for bringing this to my attention.

    5. Hi I just posted the original recipe now so you are free to bake my dear :)

      Maiden Princess

  2. Where is the recipe? I am obviously clueless.

    1. Hi Beth! No you are fine! The recipe is in the link in the paragraph just above the last one of the post. It is highlighted in a different color where it says "You can find the recipe scoop here". Click on the word HERE and it will take you to the original recipe. :)

  3. Question: do you measure the oats before or after grinding?
    Also, have you done a fat/carb breakdown per serving-just curious :)

    1. Hi Colin!

      I actually usually use pre ground oat flour so I would grind and then measure.
      I have not done a breakdown. I just know that 3 muffins is a serving to keep you within the fat limits of an E.

      Hope this helps!

  4. I LOVE these muffins! The taste like fall! Thanks for the recipe!!!

    1. Yay! I'm So glad you enjoyed this recipe Dianne! I appreciate your comment to let me know. I love getting feedback from my readers!

  5. Do you know what the measurements would be if I used Gentle Sweet or Pyure? The conversion charts confuse me!

    1. Hi Julie,
      I'm so sorry I haven't gotten back to you in months. My personal life has been very busy and as a result the blogging has taken a major back seat.
      I've never had experience with Pyure but my understanding is that it's very similar to Truvia so just try equal measurements.
      For Gentle Sweet try 1/2 cup in the batter instead of 2/3 cup and just stick with the 2 Tbsp for sprinkling unless you can get away with less.

  6. I made these for a THM potluck and they turned out great! Thanks for sharing! I do have one question. The Muffins that you don't freeze, do you keep them in the fridge or out on the counter?

    1. Hi Liza,

      I'm so sorry for taking months to get back to you! I've had a lot of big things come up in my life personally and as a cause of that blogging has taken a huge back seat.

      I generally just leave mine out on the counter but putting in the fridge wouldn't hurt them either. Totally your preference! The fridge would probably just keep them a little longer. Glad you enjoyed them!


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