My daughter kept telling me she was sick right after lunch today and I didn’t believe her. My kids often tell me they’re sick just so they can have medicine. Of course, I don’t want to give them medicine unless I really think it’s justified. She kept telling me this over and over and I thought, ‘maybe she’s telling me the truth?’ So, I took her temperature and was shocked that it was 101! Poor girl. 🙁 I gave her some medicine, which immediately made both of my boys fake cough and ask to have medicine, too. Thankfully, they didn’t have fevers…so they got turned down (for now…). My daughter asked if I would make her muffins since she didn’t feel well, so that’s just what I did! I haven’t baked anything in a while now and our freezer needed replenished anyway, so it worked out well. (That she wanted me to make muffins, not that she is sick…just to clarify!) 🙂 These turned out awesome!! I’m always looking for an excuse to create my own recipes and these Apple Banana Cinnamon Muffins (a.k.a ABC Muffins) worked out perfectly on the first attempt! I always love when that happens!
My daughter just ate THREE of these! She didn’t eat much for lunch, so I know she was hungry. And the best part about them (besides the taste)? There is absolutely no added sugar…no processed sugar, no honey, not even maple syrup! The sweetness comes only from the added fruit. My boys each devoured their muffins, too. I thought they were really good and had two, myself. I’ve been trying to be really mindful of how much I eat these days (see my I’ve Been Slacking… post), but these muffins make for a wholesome, real food snack and one that I’m happy to eat and feed my kids.
- 3 cups white whole wheat flour
- 4 tsp aluminum-free baking powder
- ½ tsp salt
- 2 tsp cinnamon
- 1½ cups organic 1-ingredient apple juice
- ¼ cup applesauce (I use homemade)
- 4 eggs
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- ½ cup coconut oil, melted
- 2 ripe bananas, smashed or diced into small pieces (I sliced and then quartered)
- Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
- In a large bowl, whisk together all dry ingredients.
- In a microwave-safe bowl, add the apple juice and applesauce and warm up just slightly.
- Add in the eggs, vanilla, and melted coconut oil; whisk together.
- Mix wet ingredients into dry and stir well to combine.
- Gently fold in banana.
- Spray two muffin tins generously with an olive oil sprayer.
- Divide batter among muffin tins.
- Bake for about 11-13 minutes (or until toothpick comes out clean).
- Serve warm or at room temperature.
- Freeze what you won't eat right away to save for another day!
Note: This recipe was inspired by 100 Days of Real Food‘s whole wheat muffin recipe. I doubled it, tweaked some ingredients, and eliminated others. I love how great they turned out!