Applesauce Muffins

  • 1 cup cashew butter
  • 1/2 cup honey
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 cup milk (I used almond milk)
  • 1 tsp lemon juice
  • zest of 1/4 lemon
  • 12 tsp vanilla
  • 1 cup applesauce
  • 1/4 cup arrowroot powder
  • 1/4 cup coconut flour
  • 3/4 cup ground flaxseeds
  • 1/2 cup oats
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp sea salt
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 cup walnuts, pecans and/or cashews

Makes 12 large muffins.

Have all ingredients at room temperature. Preheat oven to 350 and pull out your muffin molds (or grease a muffin tray).

Cream cashew butter in a mixing bowl with a large mixing spoon. Add honey and cream to combine. Add egg and cream to combine.

Combine milk, lemon, vanilla and applesauce. Add milk mixture to the cashew butter mixture in 3 additions, creaming well after each.

Stir together arrowroot, coconut flour, flaxseeds, oats, baking soda, salt and cinnamon. Add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients in 3 additions, stirring to combine after each.

Fold in nuts. Scoop into muffin molds and bake for 35 minutes, rotating the pan halfway through cooking. Remove from the oven and allow to sit for 10 minutes. Unmold the muffins, let cool and enjoy!

Banana Muffins

These muffins are fantastic with or without the Almond Chocolate Collagen Frosting. Without the frosting they are about 290 calories each and with the frosting they are about 390 calories. My husband and I often have one as a breakfast on the go. These muffins are filled with good fats and proteins (flaxseeds, coconut oil or grass fed butter, yogurt, almonds and collagen). Each muffin has 2 tsp of maple syrup in it (with frosting, each muffin has 1 Tablespoon + 1/4 tsp of maple syrup in it).

Banana Muffins:

  • 5 TB grass fed butter or coconut oil, at room temperature
  • 18 g (about 2 TB + 1 tsp) flaxseeds
  • 1/3 cup cooked quinoa
  • 1 banana
  • 60 g (1/4 cup) greek yogurt
  • 1 egg
  • 75 g (about 4 TB) maple syrup
  • zest of 1 lemon
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 100 g (3/4 cup + 1 TB)  wheat berry flour (click for information) or another wheat flour
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp pink salt
  1. Turn oven to 350 degrees. Grease a muffin tin (or get out your silicone muffin sheet). Allow the butter to come to room temperature (or take out your coconut oil).
  2. Blend in a vitamix: flaxseeds, quinoa, banana, yogurt, egg, maple syrup, lemon zest and vanilla until homogenous. It will be thick like a batter.
  3. Whisk together flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt in the bowl of a stand mixer. Add the paddle attachment to your mixer. Add the butter or coconut oil and half of the banana mixture to the mixer. Mix on speed 4 for 60 seconds. Stop the mixer and scrape the sides down with a spatula.
  4. Add the remaining banana mixture in 2 parts (scraping the bowl each time), beating at speed 4 for 30 seconds after each addition.
  5. Portion out into the muffin tin of your choice and bake for 25 minutes.
  6. Remove from the oven and let sit in the muffin tin for 5 minutes.
  7. Turn out onto a wire cooling rack until they reach room temperature. If icing with almond chocolate collagen frosting, frost 20 minutes after the muffins come out of the oven.

Almond Chocolate Collagen Frosting:

  • 2 TB maple syrup
  • 2 TB almond butter (or peanut butter or cashew butter)
  • 1 TB grass fed butter or coconut oil
  • 1 oz (about 1 TB + 1 tsp) chocolate (click for my recipe)
  • 1 1/2 scoops of collagen
  • 1/4 tsp vanilla extract
  • small pinch of salt
  1. Place all ingredients in a bowl. Melt over a double boiler. Stir initially to moisten the collagen with the maple syrup.
  2. Once the chocolate and fat start to melt, stir again. When the chocolate and fat are almost completely melted, start whisking over the double boiler until the frosting thickens.
  3. Remove from the heat and whisk a few times.
  4. Use a 1 TB portion scoop or Tablespoon to spoon over each muffin.

*please use organic ingredients, if possible.

*Note: because of the collagen, this frosting hardens very quickly. You have to use it while its warm and quickly. Because of this, you cannot pipe this frosting. I use a portion scoop, to scoop the frosting over my muffins. The frosting will run over and drip down the muffin and then harden.

Banana Muffins and Almond Chocolate Collagen Frosting=Intermediary Culinary Skill Level- click to read how I rate the difficulty of my recipes