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Flourless Apple Millet Muffins {Vegan, Gluten-Free}

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Flourless apple millet muffins are a delicious alternative to baked oatmeal! They are naturally vegan, 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!!!” The 100-calorie yogurt commercials and “200-calorie breakfasts!” articles in my fitness magazines had seeped into my consciousness. Granted, my breakfasts were more than 100 and 200 calories, but I had nonetheless convinced myself that my initial repast should be more than enough to keep me energized and satisfied all morning long and that there was something “wrong” with me if it didn’t.

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.

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.

Ingredients for Flourless Apple Millet Muffins

This portable breakfast is easy-peasy, too. Check out the minimal ingredients:

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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 or stevia.
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The mixture should be thickened, like the above photo, before the mixture heads to the muffin cups.

Don’t forget to grease or spray the muffin cups. Be generous! These will stick like nobody’s business if you forget.
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Here’s to mornings free of crazed hunger and portable breakfasts, and happy baking!

More Great Vegan & Gluten-Free Millet Recipes to Try:

  1. Carrot Cake Millet Breakfast Bars
  2. Vegan Millet Kale Quiches
  3. Millet Apricot Energy Bars (no-cook, 5 ingredients)
  4. Toasted Millet Banana Muffins
  5. Curried Millet with Raw Apple Relish
  6. Millet Pilaf with Dried Cranberries
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Flourless Apple Millet Muffins {Vegan, Gluten-Free}


  • Author: Camilla
  • Prep Time: 5
  • Cook Time: 75 mins
  • Total Time: 1 hour 20 minutes
  • Yield: 12 muffins 1x
  • Diet: Gluten Free

Description

Flourless apple millet muffins are a delicious alternative to baked oatmeal! These “muffins” are naturally vegan, gluten-free, and fruit-sweetened.


Ingredients

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  • 1 and 1/2 cups (375 mL) unsweetened apple juice
  • 1 and 1/2 cups (375 mL) water
  • 2 large tart-sweet apples, peeled and shredded
  • 1 cup (220 g) uncooked whole millet
  • 1/2 cup (125 mL) raisins
  • 1 tablespoon (15 mL) coconut oil
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp fine sea salt
  • Optional: 1/2 cup chopped toasted nuts or seeds

Instructions

  1. In a medium saucepan, bring the apple juice and water to a boil over medium-high heat. Reduce heat to medium-low and stir in apples, millet, raisins, coconut oil, cinnamon, and salt; cover and simmer for 40 to 45 minutes until until thickened  (there will still be some liquid). Remove from heat and let stand for 15 minutes. Uncover and stir in nuts, if using.
  2. Meanwhile, preheat oven to 350°F. Generously grease (or spray) the cups of a 12-count standard muffin tin.
  3. Using a large cookie scoop or spoon, spoon the millet mixture equally among prepared muffin cups.
  4. Bake for 25 to 30 minutes or until tops are golden and slightly puffed. Let cool completely in pan on a cooling rack before running a knife around edge of each muffin and removing from pan.

Notes

Oil Options: An equal amount of avocado oil or other oil of your choice can be used in place of the coconut oil.

Storage:  Store the cooled muffins  in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 5 days or in the freezer for up to 3 months.

  • Category: Muffins
  • Method: Baking
  • Cuisine: American

Nutrition

  • Serving Size: 1 muffin
  • Calories: 128
  • Sugar: 13 g
  • Sodium: 74 mg
  • Fat: 4 g
  • Saturated Fat: 3 g
  • Carbohydrates: 22 g
  • Fiber: 1 g
  • Protein: 1 g
  • Cholesterol: 0 mg

Keywords: millet, apples, ancient grains, vegan, gluten-free, millet muffin, whole millet, flourless, egg-free, dairy-free

 

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Carla

Monday 14th of September 2020

Hi, can you help explain this bit? I’m confused about the wording/when to transfer out of the pan.

Also when do you add the coconut oil?

Let cool in pan on a wire rack for 15 minutes, then transfer to the rack to cool completely before removing from the pan

Camilla

Monday 14th of September 2020

Sorry about that, Carla! I have made the corrections. Thanks for catching my errors 😊

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Mark

Saturday 23rd of April 2016

These came out great. Used dried cherries instead of raisins. Delicious snack as well as breakfast. Thanks.

Camilla

Saturday 23rd of April 2016

Glad to hear it, Mark!

Carrie

Saturday 23rd of April 2016

A big hit with my husband and me-- I'm vegan he's not, but these suit both of us . Thx for the recipe!

Camilla

Saturday 23rd of April 2016

You are so welcome, Carrie!

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