Apple-Honey Oatmeal Muffins

I realize I said I wasn’t going to post much this week…but, here I go again with another!  I made these muffins last night and they turned out great.  They didn’t rise up much and I’m not sure if that’s normal or if I did something wrong.  However, what matters is the taste and we thought they were great.  My daughter loved them!  She had two with dinner last night and another one for breakfast this morning.  My husband also had some for dinner and breakfast (as did I).  After this morning, we only have two left.  Looks like I might be baking another batch soon!

Apple-Honey Oatmeal Muffins
Apple-Honey Oatmeal Muffins

Apple-Honey Oatmeal Muffins

(Recipe source: The Rodale Whole Foods Cookbook)

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup white whole wheat flour
  • 1 cup rolled oats
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp salt (kosher)
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp nutmeg
  • 1 egg
  • 1 cup unsweetened applesauce (only 1 ingredient: organic apples)
  • 1/2 cup milk (I use organic whole)
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 2 T organic butter, melted

Preheat oven to 375 degrees.  Generously grease a 12 cup muffin pan (I used my olive oil spray).  In a large bowl, whisk together flour, oats, baking powder, baking soda, salt, cinnamon and nutmeg.  In a smaller bowl, mix together remaining ingredients.  Pour wet ingredients into the dry ingredients and mix together with a fork.  Pour batter evenly among 12 muffin cups.  Bake for about 20-25 minutes (or until toothpick comes out clean).  Transfer to a baking rack to cool.  Serve warm.

I want to keep this short today, but I have one last tidbit of information I came across a few weeks ago that I think is important to share.  The World Cancer Research Fund recently completed a detailed review of 7,000 clinical studies covering links between diet and cancer.  Upon conclusion, it is evident that processed meats (bacon, sausage, hot dogs, sandwich meat, packaged ham, pepperoni, salami and nearly all meat found in prepared frozen meals) can be dangerous for human consumption and are strongly linked to an increased risk of bowel cancer.  How nice.  To VERY BRIEFLY summarize the article, it states that eating processed meats has been shown to increase the risk for a few types of cancer, as well as migraine headaches, Alzheimer’s disease, loss of appetite control, obesity and more.  The more often your body is exposed to these toxic ingredients (namely sodium nitrate and MSG), the higher your risk of health problems.  It’s not worth the risk.  If you want to read the whole article, click here.

You may have noticed in past blog posts that I’ve been avoiding nitrates as much as I possibly can.  It’s not easy to find processed meats without them, but once you know which brands/meats are okay, it’s a little easier.  If you’re at all concerned, like me, ALWAYS read the ingredient labels when you shop.  The more you read labels, the more educated you’ll become.  These last five months have been quite enlightening for me.  It’s totally changed the way we shop and eat and I know that we can only benefit from these changes in the long run.

Oh…and I would like to add, the “strawberry honey sauce” that I made was a BIG HIT with all of the kids AND my husband when used as a mix-in with plain Greek yogurt!  That makes me so happy!  (And I’m hoping to try it on my ice cream soon.)  Now I’m definitely glad I made 10 jars worth!

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