Gluten Free Apple Oatmeal Muffins

Ingredients: – 2 cups (160 grams) gluten-free rolled oats, plus extra for topping (Gluten-free oat flour may be substituted, which equals about 1 1/2 cups oat flour) – 2 tablespoons flax meal – 1/4 teaspoon salt – 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder – 1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda – 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon – 1/4 teaspoon ground ginger – 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg

– 3/4 cup unsweetened applesauce – 2/3 cup non-dairy milk – 1/3 cup maple syrup – 2 teaspoons apple cider vinegar or lemon juice – Optional: 1/2 cup diced or shredded apple (peeled) to fold into batter, plus extra for topping Topping: – 1/3 cup diced apple – 1/4 cup rolled oat – Coconut sugar substitute such as brown sugar swerve

Instructions: Preheat the oven to 350°F. Line or grease a muffin tin; set aside.

In a large bowl, mix together the dry ingredients, ensuring to remove any flour clumps. If using rolled oats instead of oat flour, grind the oats into a fine flour using a blender.

Whisk the applesauce, milk, and maple syrup together in a medium bowl until combined.

Combine the wet ingredients with the dry ingredients, then gently stir in the apple cider vinegar. Fold in 1/2 cup of chopped apple into the batter (optional).

Spoon the batter into lined muffin pans, filling each cup 2/3 of the way full.

For the topping, mix 3 tablespoons of rolled oats and 1/3 cup chopped apple in a bowl. Add 2 tablespoons of coconut sugar or brown sugar substitute. 

Place the muffin tin in the oven for 18-22 minutes or until the center comes out clean with a toothpick.