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Healthy Apple, Date and Walnut Muffins

These fiber-rich whole wheat muffins, made with apples, dates, chickpeas and walnuts are a delicious and healthy way to start the day.
By Mansi Desai
Healthy Apple, Date and Walnut Muffins

Healthy Apple, Date and Walnut Muffins
 
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These fiber-rich whole wheat muffins, made with apples, dates, chickpeas and walnuts are a delicious and healthy way to start the day.
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Recipe Type: Baking
Serves: 12
Ingredients
  • 2 cups chopped apples
  • 1 cup whole-wheat pastry flour
  • ¾ cup all-purpose flour
  • 1½ teaspoons baking powder
  • ¾ teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • ½ teaspoon ground allspice
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup canned chickpeas, rinsed and drained
  • ¾ cup unsweetened applesauce
  • ½ cup unsweetened almond milk or nonfat milk
  • ? cup vegetable or light olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon fresh ginger, grated
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup finely chopped pitted dates, divided
  • ½ cup chopped walnuts, plus more for garnish
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray a 12-cup muffin pan with vegetable cooking spray or line with paper liners.
  2. In a large bowl, mix together both the flours, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, allspice, and salt.
  3. Place the chopped apples, chickpeas, applesauce, milk, oil, ginger, vanilla, and ½ cup of the dates in a blender or food processor and blend until smooth, about 1 minute. Add this puree to dry ingredients and mix gently until all the flour has been incorporated. If the mixture is too dry, add a small amount of additional milk. Batter should be thick but wet. Fold in remaining ½ cup dates and chopped walnuts.
  4. Divide mixture among prepared muffin cups. Top each with a walnut half if you like.
  5. Bake until a toothpick inserted in the center of a muffin comes out clean,about 18 to 20 minutes. Let cool in pan 5 to 10 minutes, then transfer to a wire rack. Serve warm or at room temperature.
Mansi Desai

Mansi Desai

A part-time recipe developer and food blogger, Mansi loves to experiment with vegetarian food, taking each recipe and giving it a fusion gourmet mark, a glimpse of which you can see on her blog called Fun and Food Cafe. As a mom of a toddler, she also looks for ways to keep her food healthy and flavorful, so even kids can enjoy it.

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Originally Published: September 6, 2013

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