Baked Breakfast Apple (GF + Refined Sugar Free)

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Fall is finally here! Well… sorta. It is still quite warm here in Montreal and I am getting impatient as I long for warm sweaters and comfort foods. This recipe is a great ease into the new season as it uses seasonal fruits spiced with fall classics. Growing up my mom always made baked apples for dessert. As I was creating a menu for a client this week, I realized how easily this traditional dessert could be a great fall breakfast. My favourite honey crisp apples are in season and I love incorporating them into all of my recipes. So with only 3 ingredients, you can have the best refined sugar free apples you’ve ever had. This recipe is for 9 apples so if you want to make less just cut the recipe in half. I will note that these stay amazing in your fridge all week for a super easy grab and go breakfast. With the added granola, they remind me of a apple crumble. Hope you love it. Don’t forget to share your versions of my recipes on Instagram or Facebook!
XO
Jen
Healthy Baked Apples

Ingredients:

• 8-9 honeycrisp apples (or any baking apple)
• 1/4 cup maple syrup (I like dark amber)
• 1 tsp cinnamon
• avocado/olive oil spray OR melted coconut oil or ghee
• boiling water

Directions:

1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.

2. Wash and core your apples and place them in a baking dish. Lightly spray or coat your apples with oil.

3. In a small bowl, mix your cinnamon and maple syrup. Using a brush, coat your apples with the mixture making sure to get on the inside of the apple. Fill your baking dish with boiling water about 1/4 of the way up the apples (about a 1/2 inch).

4. Bake for 45 minutes or until tender. Serve with goddess granola or your granola of your choice and coconut yogurt.

Healthy Baked Apples

Baked Apple Crumble Oatmeal

Baked Apple Crumble Oatmeal
Staying on the theme of New Year’s resolutions, I have set out to make 2016 the year of less clutter! I have a bad habit of keeping papers, clothing and ingredients that I feel I may need at another date. However, by the time all the clutter has built up, I can never manage to find the item anyway. A general rule that has been proven time and again is that if you don’t use an item for at most a year, then you probably have no use for it. So in the New Year I plan to clean out my pantry, office and closet to reduce clutter and focus on organization. The same notion holds true in my clean eating philosophy. There is no need to have a 20-ingredient list of items that you don’t understand and most importantly, need. For example, most restaurant and store bought oatmeal and muffins have so many added sugars and artificial flavors. Most of us turn to these packaged items out of convenience. But what if I told you your weekly dose of sugary packaged oatmeal can be replaced by one recipe? This Baked Apple Crumble Oatmeal is packed with fewer, more wholesome ingredients and can be eaten for breakfast all week long. For an easy grab and go breakfast, portion the baked oatmeal into 5 containers so you have a healthy breakfast ready Monday to Friday. With the help of Truvia Calorie-Free Sweetener, you have all the comfort and sweetness of apple crumble without any added sugar.

Ps. For free samples of Truvia Calorie-Free Sweetener head to Truvia.com/Canada/products/free_sample

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Baked Apple Crumble Oatmeal

Ingredients:

• 3 cups gluten free oats
• 6 packets Truvia Calorie-Free Sweetener
• 1 tbsp cinnamon
• pinch of salt
• 3 tbsp coconut oil
• 1 cup coconut milk (can is best)
• 2 cups almond milk or non dairy milk of choice
• 1 tsp vanilla
• 1 egg
• 3 tbsp coconut oil
• 2 sweet apples peeled and diced
• 1/2 cup golden raisins

Topping:

• 1/3 cup chopped walnuts or almonds
• 1/3 cup gluten free oats
• 1/2 packet Truvia Calorie-Free Sweetener
• 2 tbsp melted coconut oil
• 1 tsp cinnamon
• pinch of salt

Directions:

1. Preheat oven to 350F.
2. In a medium bowl, mix oats, cinnamon, salt and Truvia Calorie-Free Sweetener. Set aside.
3. In a medium bowl, melt coconut oil. Allow to cool then whisk in coconut milk, almond milk, vanilla and egg.
4. Add dry ingredients to wet and stir. Mix in chopped apples and raisins and pour mixture into baking dish.
5. In a small bowl mix all topping ingredients and sprinkle over oatmeal.
6. Bake for 50-55 minutes or until liquid is fully absorbed.
7. Serve with coconut yogurt and pure maple syrup.
8.Store in an airtight container and refrigerate for up to 1 week.
Baked Apple Crumble Oatmeal

Apple Cinnamon Walnut Muffins

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With fall just around the corner, I have been working on making warming meals featuring some of my favourite fall ingredients. Although summer is an amazing break from our freezing, sometimes miserable winters here in Montreal, fall will always be my absolute favourite season. There is nothing more comforting then being in an oversized sweater (I have a slight addiction to buying these), with a warm cup of tea watching those beautiful multicoloured leaves fall.

When those crisp temperatures begin in September, we all crave more comforting, warming meals that feature hearty ingredients and bold spices. Cinnamon is definitely my favourite fall spice that I use year round. Besides for making dishes taste amazing,  cinnamon has so many amazing benefits some of which include controlling blood sugar levels and warding off hunger.

So to ease us into the season, I have made these super light muffins that are lower in fat but full of fiber, protein and whole grains. I have been able to reduce the fat content by replacing oil with apple butter. If you’ve never heard of it, apple butter is a highly concentrated form of apple sauce made by a slow cooking process where apples are cooked to a point where the sugar in the apples caramelizes creating a deep rich brown colour. It is extremely flavourful and adds intense moisture to baked goods! I bought apple butter at a regular grocery store where they have the natural nut butters, honey, maple syrup etc.. You can also make this yourself at home!

These muffins are packed with oats, chunks of apples and crunchy pieces of walnuts.  An extra sprinkle of cinnamon and coconut sugar gives these muffins a crunchy topping that goes amazing with a cup of coffee in the morning! These Apple Cinnamon Walnut Muffins are an amazing grab and go breakfast that the whole family can enjoy. These also are perfect with a little spread of  Chia Jam or Roasted Cinnamon Maple Almond Butter on top. As always these muffins are gluten, dairy and refined sugar free. Bon Appetit!
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Ingredients:

• 1 cup gluten free rolled oats
• 1 cup oat flour
• 1 tsp gluten free baking powder
• 1 tsp baking soda
• 1/2 tsp salt
• 1/2 cup chopped walnuts (optional)
• 1 cup diced and peeled apples (preferably organic)
• 2 tsp cinnamon (divided)
• 2 eggs
• 1/2 tsp pure vanilla extract
• 3 tbsp coconut or light olive oil (melted)
• 1 cup almond milk (or non dairy milk of choice)
• 1/2 cup apple butter or unsweetened apple sauce
• 1/2 cup pure maple syrup
• 2 tbsp coconut sugar

Directions:

1. Preheat oven to 375.Line muffin tins with parchment and grease with coconut oil.
2. In a large bowl, mix oat flour, oats, 1 tsp cinnamon, salt, baking powder and baking soda.
3. In a medium bowl, whisk together apple butter, melted coconut oil, maple syrup, vanilla, eggs and almond milk.
4. Slowly add wet ingredients into dry until combined. Then, mix in diced apples and walnuts.
5. Pour batter into muffin liners. In a small bowl mix together the remaining 1 tsp cinnamon and the 2 tbsp coconut sugar. Sprinkle over the tops of the muffins.
6. Bake for about 30-35 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean. Cool and enjoy!
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