I’ve got apples on the brain! And rightly so.
If you read yesterday’s post with a recipe for Apple Pie Overnight Oats, you already know about some of the amazing health benefits of apples. And since it’s apple season, I thought I’d round up some of my favourite apple recipes from The Muffin Myth and around the web.
One of my favourites hands down is this No Frills Apple Butter. So many apple butter recipes have lots of added sugar, which is so unnecessary with sweet, in season apples. This one uses nothing but apples, a bit of water, and time.
These gluten free Apple Pie Pancakes from my friend Kellie’s blog use a new to me ingredient: chestnut flour. But don’t worry if you can’t find it, she lists alternatives for the GF flour mix and the chestnut flour. Check it out!
This recipe for Whole Wheat Ricotta Muffins with Cinnamon Roasted Apples is probably one of my favourite muffin recipes of all time. Moist, tender, and naturally sweetened, they’re pretty much perfect.
How about this Apple and Honey Tart with a beautiful spelt crust from London Bakes?
For a quick and simple breakfast I love this Grated Apple and Yoghurt Breakfast Bowl with chia, oats, and maple syrup. So good. So easy.
If it’s cake you’re looking for, try this Apple Pie Bundt Cake from The Pancake Princess.
These Baked Apple Ginger Snap Granola Stacks from Connoisseurus Veg look dreamy!
Orrrrr, try these Spiced Apple Carrot Muffins from The Roasted Root.
Does an Apple a day keep the doctor away? Well, they’re definitely good for your heart. Apples boast well-documented cardiovascular benefits. These benefits are associated with the water-soluble fiber (pectin) content, and the polyphenol mixture in most apples. Both total cholesterol and LDL (bad) cholesterol are decreased through regular intake of apples. Another health benefit of apple consumption is blood sugar regulation. This occurs in a number of ways, including reduction of glucose absorption, slowing down of carbohydrate digestion, stimulating the pancreas to produce more insulin, and stimulating insulin receptors so that more sugar flows out of our bloodstream and into our cells. Apples also appear to have anti-cancer benefits when it comes to breast, colon, and lung cancer. Apples are a good source of fiber (both soluble in the form of pectin, and insoluble), and vitamin C. The nutrients in apples are concentrated skin, so buy organic, give them a good wash, and keep the skin on whenever possible.