Recipe: Pumpkin-Apple Chia Muffins

Moist + flavorful
Pumpkin Apple and Walnut muffins

These muffins make great use of tiny, nutritious dynamo — the chia seed. These little powerhouses are packed with omega-3s. The chia seed, an ancient grain from Mexico, also delivers high levels of heart-friendly fiber. So when the craving for a muffin kicks in, make this moist, delicious recipe developed by wellness expert Michael Roizen, MD, and Chef Jim Perko.

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Ingredients

1 tablespoon ground chia seeds
1½ cups whole wheat flour
2 teaspoons cinnamon
½ teaspoon nutmeg
2 teaspoons baking soda
½ teaspoon salt
1½ tablespoons honey
15 ounces canned pumpkin
¼ cup canola oil
1 tablespoon vanilla
¾ cup chopped walnuts
¼ cup water
1 cup firmly packed fresh apples, peeled and grated (5½ ounces by weight)

Instructions

  1. Pre-heat oven to 350°F.
  2. Combine the first six dry ingredients and mix with wire whisk.
  3. In separate bowl, combine pumpkin, canola oil, honey, vanilla, walnuts, and water. Mix and then fold into dry ingredients.
  4. Fold in fresh grated apple.
  5. Scoop into paper cups placed in a medium-sized muffin tin and bake for 33-35 minutes.

Nutrition Information (per serving)

Makes 12 Servings. 1 serving = 1 muffin

180 calories, 10 g total fat, 1 g saturated fat, 0 g trans fat, 4 g protein, 19 g total carbohydrate, 4 g fiber, 5 g sugar, 0 mg cholesterol, 290 mg sodium.

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