So far in the ‘plant-based on a budget’ series we have had a soup and a stew, so today I wanted to share something sweet – Carrot and Apple Breakfast Muffins. They’re made with carrot and apple… obviously, but also oats, muesli, maple syrup, almond milk and cinnamon. That’s only 7 ingredients!
If you don’t already know the ‘plant-based on a budget’ series uses ingredients from Aldi, specifically the ‘super 6’; six seasonal fruit or vegetables from UK suppliers, this week being sold at 59p per pack.
SUPER 6 (3rd – 17th November 2016): baking potatoes, flat mushrooms, persimmon, pomegranate, chantenay carrots and (fun sized) cox apples.
Funnily enough the first 4 items make it into my basket every week (when they are available)! So I decided to make something with carrots and apples for a change (for me anyway).
These carrot and apple muffins are made with oats and museli, which makes them perfect for breakfast. If you read my blog regularly, you might be sick of me saying how much I think oats are a brilliant breakfast due to their slow release carbohydrates, which help to keep you feeling full all morning. I also think it’s nice to add veggies, like carrots to your breakfast for vitamins and fibre. Plus, adding fruit such as apples to your breakfast muffins, smoothie, or porridge can help to make it sweeter so you’re not tempted to add as much sugar afterwards.
I have called them ‘muffins’ but that’s kind of a lie because I only had a fairy-cake sized tin, so they actually turned out pretty small. Due to that, I think that 3 would be a good serving size for breakfast. Although, these muffins are so yummy that you might want to eat more! I actually had 4 for breakfast (plus a protein shake because I’d just finished a workout) while I was taking the photos for this blog post and I didn’t feel hungry all morning.
I think 2 would make a good serving size for a snack, and you could eat them with nut butter to make them extra yummy!
Carrot and Apple Breakfast Muffin Recipe
Serves 9 mini muffins
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- 1 cup grated apple / approx. 5 fun sized apples (7 for 59p = 42p)
- ½ cup grated carrot /approx. 4 larger chantenay carrots (500g for 59p = 2p)
- 1 cup everyday essentials porridge oats (1kg for 75p = 7p)
- ½ cup nutty muesli (500g for £1.59 = 15p)
- 5 tbsp almond milk (1 for 99p = 9p)
- 2 tbsp milled linseed with goji berries, sunflower and pumpkin seeds (225g for £1.99 = 12p)
- 2 tbsp maple syrup (250ml for £2.99 = 43p)
- 1 tsp cinnamon or to taste (1 jar for 49p = 2.5p)
- ½ tsp coconut oil (300ml for £2.49 = 2.5p)
Total Price= £1.35 / 15p per muffin = 45p breakfast!!
- Preheat the oven to 180°C.
- Mix the linseed and almond milk and leave it to gel together.
- Peel and core the apples and then grate them. You should be left with one packed cup of grated apple.
- Next chop off the end of the carrots and grate them to make half a cup.
- Mix the grated apples and carrots with the oats, muesli, maple syrup, cinnamon and soaked linseed.
- If you have silicone cake cases then you can use them, but if not put 1/2 a tsp of coconut oil into one of the holes in your cake tin and place it in the oven for one minute to melt. Once it has melted use the oil to grease 9 of the holes.
- Transfer the muffin mixture into the cake tin – it should make 9 muffins. They won’t rise so don’t worry about filling them right to the top.
- Cook for 20-25 minutes.
- Once the muffins have cooked leave them to cool on a baking rack. If you don’t have a baking rack them tip them upside down to cool for 5 minutes, then tip them up the right way to finish cooling. If there is any condensation under the muffins then move them (don’t put them back in the water) otherwise they will get soggy!!
If you are being very budget friendly you could…
- leave out the maple syrup or add in a sweetener you already have at home
- swap the muesli for porridge oats, but I think the raisins, dates, nuts and seeds in the muesli help to make the taste and texture more interesting, so you might want to throw in whatever dried fruit/ nuts/ seeds you have at home
- swap the almond milk for water
Use the rest of your …
apple in superfood mince-apple-pie compote
linseed on top of a smoothie bowl