Apples and a lot of Cinnamon Gluten-Free Muffins

Why does it always happen when you are looking forward to the weekend that it flies by so quick?

This weekend was all that I could have asked for and more. The boyfriend came up for the Keith Urban concert “Fuse” on Friday night in Toronto. He was simply amazing, we could not have asked for a better show. We decided to make the most of our time in Toronto with a little bit of shopping at the Eaton Centre and then visiting the new “Ripley’s Aquarium,” which on a Saturday afternoon was mayhem. However, it is definitely a MUST see, I would recommend it to anyone, the perfect activity for a date. Plus you learn all about the fish living in our Great Lakes all the way to the oceans. Do you know how many teeth sharks have? Feel free to count.

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You would have thought when we got home we would have been tired, however I found this recipe on Quest for Balance and I was too excited about it, so I began my quest for the perfect Gluten-Free Apple Cinnamon Muffins.

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Through personal preference I made a few changes to the recipe and gave it my own little twist. I chose to use granny smith apples because well they are one of my favourites and have a great sweet taste to them. I decided not to use milk so I included more eggs (not quite as many in the picture) and I added apple sauce (yet another great natural sweetener) instead. Lately I have been loving coconut oil, so I resorted to using that instead of olive oil. I also added more cinnamon because who doesn’t love a spoon full of cinnamon?

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This recipe was simply divine and they turned out perfectly. They were small in size and perfect for a simple snack in the middle of the day. Plus who could resist a warm apple cinnamon muffin with a cup of tea on a cold winters day? NOT me that is for sure. The boyfriend loved them as well, so I was sure to send some with him for his drive back home.

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This time I made sure to capture photos throughout the entire process so you could follow as I baked. I am always looking for new recipes so stay tuned to what I will come up with next. Happy Sunday my friends!

Enjoy!

Mackenzy

Gluten-Free Apple Cinnamon Muffins

Adapted from: My Quest for Balance

2 cups oat flour (I used brown ride flour)

1.5 tsp cinnamon

2 tsp baking powder

1 egg, beaten (I used 3 eggs & 2 tbsp. apple sauce)

3/4 cup almond milk

1/4 cup melted raw honey (I did not add quite as much)

1 tsp vanilla

1/2 tbsp. olive oil (I used coconut oil)

1 apple, chopped (I shredded 2 apples)

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.In a large mixing bowl, combine the dry ingredients: oat flour, cinnamon and baking powder. In a small mixing bowl, combine the wet ingredients: almond milk, honey, vanilla, olive oil. Mix the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients, do not over mix. Fold in the chopped apple. Fill lined muffin tins 3/4 full and bake for 20-25 minutes until a tooth pick comes out clean when inserted into the center.

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Gluten-Free Quinoa Pizza Muffins

So you would think that living in North Bay for the majority of my life I would be used to this cold weather. However, that is not the truth, this so called “polar vortex” has made us house bound. So instead of sitting there like a bump on a log we decided to focus our energy into cooking.

Luckily, I was visiting with my best-friend (more like sister) Kate,  we came across this unique recipe for Gluten-free Quinoa Pizza Muffins and began cooking.

Photo of ingredients Mixed Together. I have to admit, they didn’t turn out quite as pretty as I had hoped and saw on Little Red Delish or So Very Blessed however, they sure did taste good. That’s what matters though right?

These muffins were oh so satisfying. They offered the excitement of having a pizza but didn’t have the unhealthy aspect of eating a slice of pizza. The quinoa acted as dough and the chosen toppings acted as though they would on your favourite pizza. The bonus was using a homemade pizza sauce because it added that extra taste of home.

I knew these muffins were a perfect snack from the start; filled with protein, great flavour and in a bite-sized muffin.

I got so excited while cooking I completely forgot to take a picture once they were finished. Sadly (or not so sad) enough we devoured them rather quickly which left none for a picture. I promise next time I will remember to take photos so that you’re not left hanging.

Enjoy!

Mackenzy

Gluten-Free Quinoa Pizza Bites

Adapted from: Little Red Delish & So Very Blessed

1 cup uncooked quinoa

2 large eggs

1 cup chopped onion

1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese

2 teaspoons minced garlic

1/2 cup fresh basil, chopped (or 2 tablespoons dried)

1/2 cup roma tomatoes, diced

1/2 cup fresh spinach, chopped (we forgot to add this)

1/2 cup black olives

1/2 teaspoon salt

1 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes (we didn’t think that they needed this)

1 teaspoon dried oregano

Pizza sauce for dipping, I used a homemade spaghetti sauce but you can use any pizza sauce that is your favourite.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Place the quinoa and two cups of water in a covered pot. Bring to boil and then simmer for 20 minutes or until quinoa is tender.  Mix together all ingredients, except pizza sauce, in a medium mixing bowl. Distribute mixture into a greased muffin tin, filling each cup to the top and press down gently to compact.  Bake for 15-20 minutes.  Broil on low for two more minutes.