Julie’s Blueberry & Apple Muffins

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Julie’s Blueberry and Apple Muffins

I’m lucky to have the lovely Julie Meek, well respected peak performance specialist and dietician, as my guest recipe blogger this week. Julie is going to share with us her delicious Blueberry and Apple muffin recipe, which is a favourite with her family. These tasty muffins are easy to whip up and contain plenty of healthy ingredients. Eating apples regularly is a great way to keep a healthy heart, as they are rich in pectin, a type of fibre beneficial for lowering cholesterol levels. Apples and blueberries are full of immune-boosting vitamin C, and potent antioxidants that help fight free radicals that increase premature ageing and the risk of many chronic diseases. Coconut oil contains healthy fats that can be used by the body easily for energy production, and also help improve brain function. Coconut oil is considered a thermogenic food that can help give your metabolism a boost.

Ingredients

Wet Mix:
2 cups grated apple
1 cup frozen blueberries
1/3 cup raw honey
½ cup cold pressed coconut oil
2 eggs
1 tsp vanilla bean paste or essence

Dry mix
2 cup wholemeal SR flour
¼ tsp baking powder
2 tsp cinnamon powder

Method
1. Preheat the oven to 180 C.
2. Thoroughly combine the wet ingredients.
3. Combine the dry mix ingredients and then add to the wet mix.
4. Gently fold through the blueberries.
5. Place the mixture into a prepared 12-hole muffin pan and bake for 20-25 minutes.

0932smallJulie Meek (Peak performance Specialist and Dietitian). Its true, Julie Meek is an Accredited Practising Dietitian – but there’s a lot more to Julie than food. Julie worked for many years with The Dockers, Perth Wildcats and athletes at the WA Institute of Sport. She has helped thousands achieve personal and business success through eating well and implementing the strategies of the elite sports person. Julie’s 20+ years of experience and qualifications enable her to deliver the most current and groundbreaking information available. Julie is the resident ‘nutrition and performance’ expert with a regular segment on 6PR and the author of “truth, lies & chocolate” and “Ready, Set…Go”.

 

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Healthy wholemeal carrot & apple muffins

These delicious muffins are jam-packed full of beta-carotene goodness, to help improve your eye health and vision. This important vitamin is also vital for a strong functioning immune system and for beautiful healthy skin. Perfect for school lunch boxes or for an afternoon treat with a herbal tea.

Wholemeal carrot & apple muffins

Ingredients:

1 ½ cups organic wholemeal flour

1 tsp baking soda

1 tsp cinnamon

Pinch salt

2 tablespoons organic coconut oil

1/2 cup organic raw honey

1 organic egg

1 tsp vanilla extract

1 cup unsweetened applesauce

2 medium organic carrots, grated (makes 1 cup)

2 tablespoons flaxseeds or sunflower seeds plus extra for topping

1 heap tablespoon sultanas

Method:

Preheat oven to 180*C. Line a 12 hole muffin tin with paper muffin cups.

In a large bowl place dry ingredients and mix until well combined.

In a smaller bowl whisk all wet ingredients (except carrot) together until well combined.

Make a well in the centre of the dry ingredients and slowly pour in wet ingredients, mixing gently. Don’t over mix.

Gently fold through carrot, seeds and sultanas and then place mixture in muffin cups.

Sprinkle with seeds and bake for around 25 minutes, or until a toothpick comes out cleanly from the centers.