These apple cinnamon almond blender muffins are for a Hero. As in, literally a boy named Hero. A couple of months ago his mom sent me a message on Instagram saying he’d watched my segment on AM Northwest when I made chipotle cauliflower tacos, and suggested the cauliflower as a veggie side for their dinner that night. Furthermore, she told me he likes my blender muffins, so naturally I needed to dedicate a recipe to one of the coolest fans ever. So Hero, these are for you. I hope you love them. 🙂
As with all of my blender muffin recipes, they start with a base of rolled oats. This makes them gluten-free if you use certified gluten-free oats. As the name implies, these also have apples, almonds, and cinnamon. Baking soda for lift, salt for flavor, coconut sugar for sweetness, and almond extract to bring out that extra almondyness. Normally I’d just have you toss all this in a blender and bake away, but these muffins have just one small extra step that’s worth the effort.
We’re going to add two apples to the mix to make up part of the liquid. So the first thing you need to do is core and chop two apples, and blend them to smithereens. Then just add water to the applesaucy mixture to make 2 cups of liquid. Every apple is different in terms of water content, so the amount of water you need will vary. If you don’t want to do this step but want the extra apple flavor, just use apple juice instead of water. YUM. I used SweetTango apples here, which have been described as the perfect Fall apple, and I have to agree!
From there just add all of the other ingredients and blendy blend blend until the batter is smoothish and a pourable consistency. If it’s not pourable, add water a little at a time until it is pourable. Then you can, you know, pour it into the muffin liners. Fill em’ up all the way, they can take it.
Then thinly slice one more apple and lay them on top of each muffin liner in an X shape. You don’t have to do this, of course, but it looks cool so you should.
Then bake at 375F for 22-25 minutes or until a toothpick comes out mostly clean. The apples dry out a bit and add some nice texture to the top of the muffin when you devour them.
Now go be someone’s Hero and make these muffins! Or if this particular flavor combination doesn’t float your boat, pick from this ever-growing list:
Thank you for inspiring these muffins, Hero! Hope I get to meet you one day, I think you’re super cool.
Apple Cinnamon Almond Blender Muffins
- 3 cups rolled oats
- 3 apples, divided*
- 3/4 cup roasted unsalted almonds, or other nut of your choice (pepitas also work for a nut-free option)
- 1/2 cup coconut palm sugar, maple syrup, or other sugar of your choice
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
- 1 1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
- 1 teaspoon almond extract or vanilla extract
- Core two apples and cut into chunks.
- Add apple chunks to a blender and puree until mostly smooth.
- Pour the apple puree into a liquid measuring cup and add water or apple juice until the volume has reached 2 cups.
- Add the apple liquid to a blender along with the remaining ingredients.
- Blend until the batter is mostly smooth and pourable. If the batter is too thick to pour, add water a bit at a time until it is just pourable.
- Fill muffin liners with the batter until almost full.
- Core and thinly slice remaining apple, layering two to three slices on top of each muffin liner.
- Bake at 375F for 22-25 minutes, or until a toothpick comes out mostly clean.
- Let cool before enjoying!
Disclosure: I was provided SweeTango apples to use for this recipe at no cost to me, but I received no other compensation. This recipe and my opinions are my own.