4-ingredient flourless apple millet muffins are a delicious alternative to baked oatmeal! They are vegan, oil-free, gluten-free, and fruit-sweetened.
Confession: I eat an average of three breakfasts. Every day.
For years, I thought there was something terribly wrong with me. I’d get up, eat a healthy breakfast–for example, oatmeal, yogurt, whole grain toast with peanut butter, a big bowl of cereal, or scrambled eggs. I don’t have a huge appetite in the morning, but I have to eat something satisfying or else I quickly morph into a raging beast (to which Nick and Kevin can testify).
All was good for an hour. Perhaps two. But then, without fail, I was starving. I quickly became cranky, irritable, and unable to focus, but, most all, I was mad. Why me? I already ate a great breakfast, so what gives? I’d try to ignore the feeling, but by lunchtime my appetite was raging like an Orc on the trail of a band of hobbits.
It’s remarkable how we blind ourselves to the truth. The solution to my “problem” was plain: my body was screaming, “for heaven’s sake woman, you need more fuel!!!”
It only took 20 years to figure it out.
These days, I eat all morning long. At LEAST three mini meals. And guess what? I feel happy, energized, and focused all morning long. I am a better athlete than I was 10 or 15 years ago. And best yet, no cravings and crazed hunger.
Flourless Millet Muffins for Sustained Morning Energy
These millet muffins are a perfect example of one of my “mini meals.” 100% delicious, fruit-sweetened, perfectly portioned, portable power!
I am going to say it now, and will say it again: you need to eat carbohydrates, especially if you are engaged in any kind of endurance training! Your muscles are fueled primarily by carbs when you are doing sustained cardio work–being in short supply is a recipe for misery and fatigue. Who wants that?
The key is eating high-quality carbohydrates. The millet, apples and raisins in this recipe will make you feel like a superstar.
What is Millet?
Millet is a naturally gluten-free grain (technically, a seed) that is rich in dietary fiber, protein, thiamin, manganese, niacin and magnesium.
Unlike many other grains, millet is alkaline-forming. Acid-forming foods are not “bad” per se, but the typical Western diet is heavily weighted towards them already; adding more alkalizing foods, like millet, to your eats is an easy way to create much-needed balance.
- Vegan (egg-free, dairy-free)
- Made with 4 ingredients
- No added sugar
- High in fiber
Ingredients for Flourless Apple Millet Muffins
The exact amounts of each ingredient are indicated in the recipe card at the end of the post.
This portable breakfast is easy-peasy, too. Check out the minimal ingredients:
Pre-Cook Millet on Stovetop
The millet gets partially cooked on the stovetop before heading to the oven, which results in tender grains that stick together.
If you want to cut the (natural) sweetness, you can sub water for the apple juice. The apples and raisins still provide ample sweetness, or you can augment with some monkfruit, maple syrup or coconut sugar.
The mixture should be thickened, like the above photo, before the mixture heads to the muffin cups.
Don’t forget to spray the muffin cups. Be generous! These will stick like nobody’s business if you forget. Alternatively, line the muffin cups with foil or paper liners.
More Great Vegan & Gluten-Free Millet Recipes to Try:
- Carrot Cake Millet Breakfast Bars
- Vegan Millet Kale Quiches
- Millet Apricot Energy Bars (no-cook, 5 ingredients)
- Toasted Millet Banana Muffins
- Curried Millet with Raw Apple Relish
- Millet Pilaf with Dried Cranberries