Muffins, in general, are not a healthy choice for breakfast. They’re usually loaded with saturated fat and sugar, making them extremely high in empty calories that are not beneficial to the body. These muffins, however, contain nothing but nutritious ingredients that are full of flavor. Enjoy a Pineapple Citrus Muffin for breakfast or a quick snack…guilt-free!
Pineapple Citrus Muffins
1 cup old-fashioned rolled oats
1 cup oat flour (see Recipe Notes)
1 cup unsweetened applesauce
½ cup diced pineapples
¼ cup chopped pecans or walnuts
¼ cup Date Honey
¼ cup flaxseed meal
2 teaspoons unsweetened coconut flakes
2 teaspoons grated orange zest
½ teaspoon ground ginger
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Lightly rub 8 cups of a 12-cup muffin tin with olive oil, and set aside.
Combine all ingredients in a large bowl, and stir well to combine. Scoop out mixture into muffin tin cups, allowing about 1/3 cup for each muffin. Bake 20 minutes, or until muffin tops are lightly browned. Serve warm.
Yield: 8 servings (serving size: 1 muffin)
- Make your own oat flour by placing old-fashioned rolled oats in a food processor or blender and process until fine (½ cup old-fashioned oats will yield about ½ cup ground oats).
- Spread almond butter or Date Honey on top.
- Flaxseed meal is a powder made from ground flaxseeds. It can be found in health food stores and some grocery stores. Instead of buying flaxseed meal, you can also grind whole flaxseeds at home by using a coffee or seed grinder.
- The zest is the outermost, colorful skin of citrus fruits. Zest is often used to enhance flavor in recipes. The pith, or white membrane underneath the outside peel, has a bitter, unpleasant taste and should be avoided while zesting.