Healthy sugar-free apple muffins

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Two sugar-free weeks down! Woohoo! I’m halfway through Sugar-Free September and I’m feeling great. Although I haven’t felt very deprived at all, I’ve actually lost 4 pounds without even trying. I didn’t think I was eating that much sugar, so it’s pretty crazy that cutting it out has helped me drop a bit of extra weight. I’m not even sure what the biggest change in my diet has been. Other than avoiding store-bought salad dressing and steering clear of the candy aisle, I don’t feel like I’m missing all that much.

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But I guess usually I would have eaten a few store-bought baked goods, and I would have probably eaten out at a restaurant 2 or 3 times. Maybe some all-you-can-eat sushi or thin-crust pizza. There might have been a bowl of ice cream, maybe a few handfuls of chips. Definitely a chocolate bar. Then there would have been that drizzle of maple syrup on my granola and those extra bananas in my morning smoothies. Even a pumpkin spice latte.

I guess that all does add up!

Having cut all those things out, what has my typical day looked like? Thinking back to the last two weeks, here’s a sample of my recent meals:

Breakfast: low-sugar green smoothie

Snack: a piece of fruit (apple, grapefruit, peach)

Lunch: large salad of kale or mixed greens, lots of veg and topped with a sweet potato quinoa patty, avocado, or grilled chicken

Snack: salted nori or blueberries

Dinner: pasta primavera or a big bowl of spaghetti squash or a millet bowl

Late-Night Snack: sugar-free granola with almond milk, raspberries and cocoa nibs or chopped veggies and hummus or chia pudding with chocolate coconut mousse or a slice of sugar-free peach pie

Eating like this has left me feeling light, but energized. I’ll admit though, I have been fantasizing about the Nutella crepes I’m going to be enjoying next month while in Paris!

While I definitely won’t be avoiding sugar for ever, I am realizing that there are lots of places I can cut it out. Like these super easy healthy sugar-free apple muffins, which are perfect for ushering in the cooler fall weather with hints of cinnamon and nutmeg. Unsweetened apple sauce and a flax egg make for this easy muffin recipe that is vegan and contains absolutely zero added sugars.

I went with a pared down version, but these muffins are the perfect base for loads of fun mix-ins. Go crazy with blueberries, raisins or chocolate chips or add a smear of sugar-free chia jam and you won’t be missing any of the sugar or eggs at all.

basic muffin recipe

Healthy sugar-free apple muffins
 
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Recipe type: healthy, vegan, muffins, sugar-free, gluten-free
Serves: 12
Ingredients
  • 1 egg: use flax egg for vegan option (3 tbs warm water + 1 tbs ground flax seed)
  • 2 tbs coconut oil
  • ½ vanilla extract
  • 1.5 cups unsweetened apple sauce
  • 2 cups gluten-free flour
  • 1 cup gluten-free oatmeal
  • 1 large apple, peeled, cored and finely chopped
  • ¾ tsp baking soda
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp nutmeg
  • 2 tsp cinnamon
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 375F
  2. In a small bowl, mix ground flax with water and set aside to thicken for 2-3 minutes
  3. In a mixing bowl, combine coconut oil, vanilla, apple sauce
  4. Stir in flax egg
  5. Mix well
  6. Add remaining ingredients except apple and mix until smooth
  7. Gently stir in chopped apple
  8. Fill greased muffin tins ⅔ full
  9. Sprinkle small pinch of oatmeal on top
  10. Bake at 375F for 15-20 minutes, until toothpick comes out clean

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