Apple Oatmeal Mini Muffins

These easy, healthy mini muffins are a perfect fall snack for adults and kids! Made with grated apples and oatmeal, they are flourless and only slightly sweetened with maple syrup. My kids (and I!) love them!

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I’ve clearly been on a mini muffin kick. Between all the pumpkin and all the apples, I’ve been trying to think of new ways to enjoy all of the fall flavors. Oh, and trying to find some healthy snacks for my kids and myself.

You know what’s not healthy? 2 full huge bowls of Halloween candy that we have sitting atop our china cabinet, taunting me every evening. I am such a trick or treat pusher - we have to find the best spots to trick or treat, and my kids must get tons and tons of candy (it’s the thrill of the get after all!) - but I don’t love actually having the candy in my house.

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Also not healthy? The fact that I worked like crazy last week and snacked on whatever I could get my hands on. And not even good unhealthy snacks. I’m talking chocolate teddy grahams people. It was bad. Really, really bad.

That’s why I love all the things that mini muffins have to offer. They are a small snack that’s easily poppable. I take two in a little container as my afternoon snack at work. My kids love them. P, who’s 5, asks for them as soon as she wakes up and I’m happy for her to start the day with something healthy (instead of the sugarfied yogurt she talked us into buying). H, who is 16 months, also digs them. I quarter them up, or just let him go to town on the whole thing.

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These muffins are simple and delicious. They’re inspired by The Clean Eating Couple. Instead of blending these up, I simply mixed them by hand (another reason why I heart muffins so much), and I edited some of the ingredients. I hope you enjoy!

Apple Oatmeal Muffins

  • 2 C old fashioned oats

  • 1 tsp baking powder

  • 1 tsp baking soda

  • 1/2 tsp salt

  • 1 1/2 tsp cinnamon

  • 1 tsp ginger

  • 1/4 tsp nutmeg

  • 1/8 tsp cloves

  • 2 eggs

  • 1/2 C maple syrup, at room temperature (not cold!)

  • 1/3 C coconut oil, melted and cooled

  • 1/3 C unsweetened almond milk

  • 2 baking apples, peeled and grated

Instructions:

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

  • Grease a mini muffin tin with baking spray.

  • In a blender, or with a coffee grinder (that's what I used!), pulse the oats until they are like flour.

  • In a mixing bowl, whisk together the oat flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg and cloves.

  • In a separate bowl, combine the eggs, cooled oil, maple syrup and almond milk.

  • Pour the wet ingredients into the dry.

  • After grating the apples, squeeze out some of the moisture with a paper towel, as the apples will be very wet.

  • Fold the apples into the mixture.

  • Scoop into the mini muffin tin. I used a scant small cookie scoop for each muffin.

  • Bake for 12-14 minutes or until firm and a toothpick comes out clean (a few crumbs are ok, as long as it doesn't come out like wet batter).

  • Let cool and enjoy!

  • These can be stored at room temp for 2-3 days, in the refrigerator for a week or in the freezer for up to 3 months (or until freezer burnt).

Lemon Chicken Orzo Soup


Hi friends! Admittedly I'm feeling sad that Monday is upon us once again. As per usual, the weekend flew by oh so quickly and last night I found myself crashing on the couch at 9:30 and trying to hold my eyes open, wondering how it got to be Sunday night again already. It's still super cold here in the tri-state area and friends...I'm OVER IT! Seriously, this is enough. I could deal with 40 degrees, I even rallied for one last snowstorm on Friday...but today it was 24 degrees and that I'm just not ok with. I guess it's good for blog purposes though because today I'm sharing this really comforting lemon chicken orzo soup! I had shared this on Instagram and on my What I Ate from last week and a bunch of people asked for the recipe. I didn't take great photos of this, but I really wanted to get this up and out since you asked! Penelope loved this soup and she even helped prep it. She ate it all last week for dinner, and couldn't wait to eat 'her soup'.

Next time, I'll update with pretty photos and also add in some greenery! I used up what I had in the fridge, but I think this would really be amplified with some fresh baby spinach, celery and even a chopped up bell pepper. Hope you enjoy!


Lemon Chicken Orzo Soup
for the chicken:
1 lb skinless boneless chicken breasts
1 1/2 C low sodium chicken broth
1/2 tsp kosher salt
1/4 tsp black pepper
1/4 tsp onion powder
1/4 tsp paprika
Cooking spray

for the lemon orzo soup:
2 C carrots, diced
1 onion, diced
1/2 Tbsp butter
1/2 Tbsp olive oil
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 tsp pepper
6 1/2 C low sodium chicken broth
juice of one lemon
zest of one lemon
1.5 C dried orzo
2 C frozen corn
1 pkg chopped spinach, defrosted (or 1 bag fresh baby spinach)
Parmesean cheese, if desired
Lemon slices for garnish, if desired

Spray the inside of a slow cooker with cooking spray. Place the chicken in the slow cooker, sprinkle with salt, pepper, onion powder and paprika. Pour about 1.5 cups of low sodium chicken broth around the chicken until it's almost covered. Cover and cook on low for four hours. When finished, shred chicken in the cooker and set aside.

Start the soup.
In a Dutch oven or stock pot, melt the butter and olive oil together over low heat. Add the chopped onions and carrots and sautée until soft. Add the remaining chicken stock, lemon juice and zest and bring to a boil. Add 1.5 cups of dried orzo and stir together. Turn heat to low/simmer and cover. Cook for 15 minutes. Add corn, spinach or any other soft vegetables you desire (if you plan to include celery or bell peppers, I recommend sautéeing those in the beginning with the carrots and onions). Let simmer a few minutes more.

When ready to serve, pour out soup into a bowl and top with shredded chicken. I don't mix these together in the pot if I'm making a big batch to last for a few days because I find that the chicken breaks down quickly. Top with a slice of lemon or parmesean cheese if desired.

Enjoy!