Apple-Cinnamon Breakfast Muffins! (Low Calorie, Low Sugar, High Fibre, Diabetes friendly ... Superstar Muffins!)

Sunday, September 11, 2016



Guys.


Guys.


These muffins.


They're the bomb.com.

I wish I could take credit for these beauties, but I was heavily inspired by this wonderful recipe.  Please head on over to Fit Bottomed Eats to see where I got my inspiration!


While their version is 100 calories, mine comes in at 150 calories, and it's absolutely perfect for me!  Not only is it low-calorie, but I added a couple of superfoods to make these muffins even better for you than they already were.  I pair one of these babies with 3/4 cup of lactose-free vanilla yogurt (160 calories) and half a cup of blueberries (40 calories), for a healthy, filling breakfast that comes to a whopping total of 350 calories!  Trust me, you do NOT want to miss out on these muffins!

Enough talking, let's get to it.

Prep Time: 10 Minutes
Cook Time: 20 Minutes
Total Time: 30 Minutes

Servings: 18

Calories per serving: 150

Ingredients

1 cup vanilla yogurt (I used lactose free)
1 cup almond milk 
1 cup large flake oats 
2 large eggs 
1/3 cup packed brown sugar 
1 finely chopped unpeeled apple 
1 2/3 cups flour (whole wheat is best!)
1/3 cup Chia seeds 
5 tsp baking powder 
3/4 tsp salt
1 tsp vanilla extract 
Cinnamon to taste

Instructions

Preheat oven to 375°F. 

In a large bowl, combine yogurt, almond milk, sugar, chopped apple, Chia seeds, vanilla, and cinnamon.  Stir well and set aside.  This can be done overnight to allow the Chia seeds to soak, which will create a more pudding like consistency.

In another bowl combine flour, oats, baking powder, and salt.  Sift well and add to liquid ingredients.  Stir until just combined - do not over-mix!

Fill lined muffin tins.  Bake for 20 minutes, until brown and centre is cooked.

These muffins will stay good throughout the week if refrigerated, but also can be frozen for later use.


If you're interested, here are some of the benefits of the ingredients in these muffins:

Chia seeds are a nutrient-dense food which has been proven to improve the health of those who live with diabetes.  Chia seeds are considered energy food, as they provide vitamins, minerals, and fiber necessary for a healthy start to the day.  They have been known to improve digestion, cholesterol, blood pressure, skin and signs of aging, diabetes, metabolism issues, low energy levels, bone health, weight loss, and dental health.  Click the link for more info.

Cinnamon is more than just a staple fall ingredient.  Cinnamon is another food that has been proven to improve the health of those living with Type 2 Diabetes.  It can reduce insulin resistance, and lower cholesterol levels.  Cinnamon is also beneficial to those who have Poly-Cystic Ovarian Sydnrome (PCOS), by helping to manage insulin resistance and mitigating irregular menstrual bleeding. Cinnamon has so many health benefits that I can't even begin to touch on them!  I'll be using cinnamon in recipes more frequently, so stay tuned to see more of this superfood on the blog! Click the link for more info.

I know I didn't put these in the muffins (although I could have!), but I had to tell you why I pair these superfood muffins with this amazing fruit.  Blueberries are low-calorie, but packed with nutrients.  These tiny berries are packed with fiber, Vitamin C, Vitamin K, and Manganese, and contain the highest amount of antioxidants among commonly consumer fruits.  They also protect cholesterol, lower blood pressure, and help to maintain heart health.  And like cinnamon, blueberries are a great food for someone who is living with diabetes and other insulin-related issues.  Click the link for more info.

I just chose to discuss these three ingredients, but the truth is that every single ingredient in these muffins is good, and good for you.  Trust me, you need these babies in your life!  Make them, I promise you won't regret it.

Cheers to superfood muffins, and a healthy start to the day!

xoxo, Jayy

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