Healthy Apple Cinnamon & Oat Muffins

Before I share this delicious recipe I just have to ask where the heck August and September went. The last time I blogged was August 2nd and that seems like forever ago. Just so you know, I haven't just been sitting around doing nothing, I started nursing school! Two weeks after my last blog post I started my first day of my new future. I am currently starting my first week with real patients. Yeah, I still can't get over the fact that they are going to let me be around living breathing humans so quickly. That being said, I haven't had a lot of time to create recipes. I have been cooking a lot despite the insane study load, I just haven't had time to shoot the food and sit down and write about it.

Boy haven't I missed it though. This past week my family had some free time and we went apple picking, one of my favorite fall activities up here in our beautiful state of Maine. But let's be honest, all I could think about was what I was going to bake with those beautiful Cortland apples!

When I got home I quickly whipped up an apple crisp for my husband then buckled down and made these delicious healthy apple cinnamon and oat muffins for myself. Man, oh, man they are super yummy and they are practically guilt free! If you're on the hunt for an oil free muffin recipe that is oh so yummy then try this - I promise you will not be disappointed!

Ingredients for the Muffins

2 cups finely chopped / minced apples
½ cup old fashion oats - chopped (either by hand or in food processor)

⅓ cup applesauce
1 cup fat free  Half & Half (or milk)
⅓ cup brown sugar
1 large egg
1 teaspoon vanilla
½ cup all purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon baking powder
½ teaspoon salt

½ teaspoon cinnamon
½ teaspoon nutmeg

Ingredients for the Topping
2 tablespoons cold butter in small pieces
½ cup old fashion oats - chopped (either by hand or in food processor)
½ cup brown sugar
2 tablespoons flour
½ teaspoon cinnamon
½ teaspoon nutmeg

Preheat Oven to 350ยบ and spray muffin pan
Muffins: Whisk together the brown sugar, egg, vanilla, Half & Half, and applesauce. Then add in flour, baking soda, baking powder, cinnamon, nutmeg, and salt. Then slowly fold in the apples and oats.

Topping: Mix by hand all ingredients for the topping until it lumpy but all mixed together then place in the fridge for 5-10 minutes. You hands will warm the butter up a little so placing it in the fridge will help harden it up a little. 

Cook: Fill muffin tins ⅓ full with muffin mix then sprinkle the topping on top. Cook for 15 minutes or until a knife comes out clean.