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Ornish Apple Spice Muffins Recipe

Serves: 12
Serving Size: 1 muffin
Prep: 10 min
Cook: 35 min
Ready: 45 min

Full of warm spices and sweet apple, these wholesome gluten-free muffins make a healthy start to the day. They can also serve as a delightful afternoon snack or dessert. Look for fruit spreads that are sweetened only with fruit juice or fruit juice concentrate, not sugar or corn syrup. For more information about gluten-free flours, check out Healthy Holiday Baking: The Scoop on Flours.


Nonstick cooking spray
2 CUPS whole wheat flour or gluten-free flour blend
½ CUP old-fashioned rolled oats
½ CUP flax meal
2 TEASPOONS pumpkin pie spice (see Chef’s Note)
1 TEASPOON baking powder
1 TEASPOON baking soda
½ TEASPOON fine sea salt
½ TEASPOON stevia powder
1 ¼ CUPS unsweetened applesauce
½ CUP apricot fruit spread (fruit juice-sweetened only)
1 CUP apple grated about 1 medium apple
1 CUP chopped dried apple
½ CUP raisins
2 TEASPOONS vanilla extract


1. Preheat oven to 350ºF. Spray a 12-cup non-stick muffin pan lightly with cooking spray, or line muffin pan with paper liners and spray liners lightly with cooking spray.
2. In a medium bowl, whisk together whole wheat flour or gluten-free flour blend, oatmeal, flax meal, pumpkin pie spice, baking powder, baking soda, salt, and stevia powder.
3. In a large bowl, stir together the applesauce, apricot fruit spread, grated apple, dried apple, raisins, and vanilla extract. Stir in half the dry ingredients, then stir in the remaining half until just mixed. The mixture may look lumpy.
4. Spoon one-third cup batter into each muffin cup. Bake the muffins until a toothpick comes out clean from the center of a muffin, about 35 minutes. Be careful not to overcook. Place muffin pan on a rack and let cool for 10 minutes, until muffins pull away slightly from the edges of the muffin cups. Remove muffins from pan. Serve warm or let cool on a rack to room temperature.

Chef’s Notes:
Pumpkin Pie Spice
We love the convenience of pumpkin pie spice, a warm, autumnal blend of cinnamon, ginger, and cloves (and sometimes allspice, nutmeg, and/or mace, too), that’s sold in the spice section of most supermarkets. It’s great for adding a dash of sweet spice to apple, pear, and pumpkin desserts and baked goods. If you don’t have it on hand, you can make your own using 1 teaspoon cinnamon, 1/2 teaspoon powdered ginger, 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg, and 1/8 teaspoon allspice.

Shopping list:
Gluten-free flour blend (2 CUPS)
Old-fashioned rolled oats (1/2 CUP)
Ground flax meal
Pumpkin pie spice
Baking soda
Baking powder
Stevia powder
Unsweetened applesauce (1 1/4 CUPS)
Apple (1 MEDIUM)
Apricot fruit spread (1/2 CUP)
Dried apples (2.25 OZ/1 CUP)
Raisins (2.5 OZ/ ½ CUP)
Vanilla extract
Nonstick cooking spray
Paper liners (OPTIONAL)

For more Ornish recipes, visit the online Recipedia.

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