Applesauce Chia Muffins – a better way to start your day! Packed with protein from Greek yogurt and chia seeds, and deliciously apple spiced. These muffins are not too sweet, but can be adapted to your sweet tooth as necessary.
1/2cupmelted coconut oilolive oil or unsalted butter
Preheat the oven to 400°Line a muffin pan with liners, parchment paper, or lightly grease with coconut oil, olive oil or flour.
In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, cinnamon, baking soda, salt, nutmeg and cloves.
In another small bowl, whisk together the eggs, brown sugar, melted coconut oil, applesauce, and vanilla until smooth. Mix in the Greek yogurt and chia seeds until blended. Stir in the egg mixture into the flour mixture and whisk until just combined. Do not overmix the batter, you want it to be lumpy.
Distribute the batter into the prepared muffin pan and sprinkle with the demerara sugar and cinnamon. Place in the oven and bake for about 18-20 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean. Remove from oven and place the muffins on a wire rack to cool before enjoying.
I used sweetened applesauce in this recipe and used less brown sugar than I normally would use in a muffin, but found the muffins sweet enough for our liking. If you use unsweetened applesauce, be sure to adjust your sugar accordingly. And if you prefer a sweeter muffin overall, then you may want to add an extra 1/4 cup of brown sugar to what I list here.Adapted heavily from Applesauce Spice Muffins, Gourmet (November, 2003) via Epicurious.