Oil-Free Apple Pie Muffin Tops

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The other night as I was giving my Recipes page a makeover, I realized that I have a bit of a thing for creating healthy snack cookies.

I have devoured…

1) Banana Apricot Spelt Oatmeal Cookies

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2) Itty Bitty Carrot Cake Cookies

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3) Pumpkin Pie Banana Chunk Cookies

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4) Pumpkin Sesame Cookies

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Healthy snack cookies bring me great joy. The other night, as I looked out my window to yet another blistery snow storm, I realized that I needed more joy in my life.

The kind of joy that tastes great, but still allows me to button my pants the next day. I needed joy with a healthy twist…

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First thing we do is mix the flax egg and set it aside to gel up.

Now, peel your apples. Grate 1 of the apples and chop the other into 1 inch pieces.

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Perfecto!

Add both apples,1 tbsp lemon juice, and 1/4 cup pure maple syrup into a pot, stir well, and heat on medium-low.

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Why cook the apples?

The reason I cooked the apples was to allow the maple and lemon flavours to soak into the apple, creating sweet, soft bites of apple, just like you’d find in an apple pie. The result was fantastic! It really didn’t add much time at all since you are preparing the other ingredients as they cook.

Meanwhile…

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Whisk together the dry ingredients.

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In a separate bowl, mix together the wet ingredients (gelled up flax egg, 1/3 cup mashed banana, 1/4 cup almond milk, vanilla)

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Fun Fact: The mashed banana served as the oil-replacer in this recipe.

After the apples have cooked on the stovetop for about 5-10 minutes, add them to the wet ingredients.

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Stir all wet ingredients together, including this cooked apple mixture.

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Now add the wet to the dry…

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Mix well. It will take a while for the mixture to come together, but not to worry!

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Stir until the flour is all mixed in. The batter will be very thick.

Scoop 2 tbsp of the mixture onto the baking sheet for each cookie/muffin top.

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Bake for 14 minutes at 350F.

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You will be left with an addicting snack cookie, that is like biting into a soft and chewy muffin top! My mother-in-law, friend Jessica, Eric, and I all gave these a big thumbs up and they went very fast. They are a great snack if you are looking for a pick-me-up that won’t give you a sugar crash.

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I’m off to do my first Tempo run of my Winter 2011 Half Marathon training plan. Any tips for Tempo runs? I’ll do a recap of what I did and let you know how it goes…Wish me luck!

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Tiffany January 19, 2011

Mmmm… those look great!! Good luck with your training plan!

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Alex @ Healing Beauty January 19, 2011

I dreamt about those muffins after seeing the picture yesterday! Cannot wait to try these out!

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Carrie (Moves 'N Munchies) January 19, 2011

ahhh these are fabulous. my mom will LOVE THESE!

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Christine January 19, 2011

Looking at this post makes me realize how long it’s been since I’ve made a healthy snack cookie. I’ll definitely be looking over your pages later today for inspiration!

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jen @ taste life January 19, 2011

Ang babe, those look amazing! Just love the step by step photos (as always).

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Felicia (a taste of health with balance) January 19, 2011

these look so good angela! i love healthy snacks, i went through a huge muffin phase a few years ago and baked/created nothing but healthy muffins. so glad I wrote all the recipes down because I love to visit them often :) I have so many apples I’m thinking I’ll probably add these to my list of things to make!

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Jessica @ How Sweet It Is January 19, 2011

These little guys are so cute!

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Sabine @ thefruitpursuit January 19, 2011

Gleee these look great! My ‘fetish’ is small healthy or sem-healty bites. Can be tiny cookies, balls, truffles, frozen PB? choc glob, etc.

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Jennifer and Jaclyn @ sketch-free vegan January 19, 2011

amazing! SO easy too!

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Sabine @ thefruitpursuit January 19, 2011

PS I made those pumpkin pie cookies ages ago and they were amazing! The rest I haven’t tried, weirdly enough.

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Nichole (Flirting with Food Fitness & Fashion) January 19, 2011

I love a “healthy” cookie recipe!!

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Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat January 19, 2011

These sound delicious Ange! I love apple pie and I like your healthified version! I often do tempo runs and I find one of the best things to do to spur me along is to plan my playlists properly so that the beat of the music doesn’t slow down too much, because I’ll unknowingly drop my pace – it’s weird but the music really does affect the way I run!

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Leanne @ Healthful Pursuit January 19, 2011

yum! It’d be so easy to make these gluten free too! I must try! Have fun running this morning!

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Moni'sMeals January 19, 2011

Yum! Maybe these would be good with some fresh ginger too, I just bought a whole bunch. :)

Good luck!

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Kara M. January 19, 2011

YUM! I can’t wait to make these!

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stephchows January 19, 2011

mmm how I love healthy cookies!! I need to add these to the to bake list!

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cathyb.@brightbakes January 19, 2011

Mmmm…I love all your “snack cookies”….especially fond of the itty bitty carrot cake cookies!
love,
cathy b.

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Krystina (Basil & Wine) January 19, 2011

I just love the chunks of apple!

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Beach Bum Beauty January 19, 2011

I love the names you pick for the cookies almost as much as I love the recipes! Made your macaroni cheese last night and can’t believe how chessy it tastes even though there’s no cheese. Trouble is my husband loved it a bit too much and now wants me to make it again asap!

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Ashley January 19, 2011

I hate bananas, but this looks sooo good. Do you think they could be replaced with applesauce, or can you even taste them in there?

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Joslyn @ missfitbliss January 19, 2011

I like how delicate and cute these look! I’m in a bit of a baking lull these days, so this may be just the recipe to help pull me out of my rut:)

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Sarah January 19, 2011

I just love your site, Angela! You have the kind of creativity with healthy, satisfying food I wish I had!

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Candice @ ChiaSeedMe January 19, 2011

These look amazing! I’m a huge muffin fan, so any muffin recipe that is healthy and good for the waistline gets an A+ in my book! Thanks for the recipe:)

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Candice @ ChiaSeedMe January 19, 2011

These look amazing! I’m a huge muffin fan, so any muffin recipe that is healthy and good for the waistline gets an A+ in my book! Thanks for the recipe:)

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Annie@stronghealthyfit January 19, 2011

Mm I love muffin tops, especially healthy ones :-)

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Laura @ Sprint 2 the Table January 19, 2011

You’ve defintiely kept me in full-supply of good cookies this winter! Those Sesame Pumpkin cookies were my favorite.

Apple may have to happen tomorrow… I have some ripe bananas begging to be used.

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Trish @I_am_Succeeding January 19, 2011

YUM!!!!!!!

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Katie January 19, 2011

I totally have a thing for small healthy cookies too. I am always looking for new ones, and I just got a bunch of bananas yesterday! I am on a sugar free kick though…so I might have to try to make these without the sugar. I think I’m up for the challenge!

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Leanne (For Health's Sake) January 19, 2011

This recipe looks so delicious!

Those no-bake almond butter chews are my fave after work snack right now. I have one when I get home so that while I cook dinner I’m not ravenous! These “muffin tops” look like they’d do the trick as well!

Good luck with your tempo run today!

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Dani @ Body By Nature January 19, 2011

Now THIS is the kind of muffin tops I can get behind :)

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Christina January 19, 2011

That looka amazing! I never know what to do with my left over apples that are on their last days so this is a great recipe! Usually I just munch on them until I’m sick of them ahahahaha!

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Jenny- About a Girl Finding her Healthy January 19, 2011

Mmm… apple pie… These really look good. Another must try from you!
Thank you for your continued recipe inspiration, you’re helping to open my eyes on healthy baking alternatives and super delicious, healthy food!

Good luck with your half-marathon training!

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Amber K January 19, 2011

Those look mouthwateringly delicious!

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Alaina January 19, 2011

I love anything apple and pie related. :-) These look amazing. I wish I had the ingredients on hand right now!

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Gen January 19, 2011

Where has this recipe been all my life? It looks WONDERFUL! Thanks!

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Steph@stephsbitebybite January 19, 2011

I am loving the sound of these! Your pictures have got my tummy growling :) Love that these are so good without being so bad!

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Kathleen @ Kat's Health Corner January 19, 2011

Those look SO GOOD!!! Delicious! :)

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Anna @ Newlywed, Newly Veg January 19, 2011

Wow– what a great, healthy snack! I love how portable they are too!

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Madeleine@ Stepping to the Brightside January 19, 2011

And this is one of the MANY reasons I adore your blog. The healthy sweet snacks. Ah, yes!

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Sruthi @ Exercise, Food & Beyond January 19, 2011

These look yummy.

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