Grain free Apple Walnut Muffins with Maple Butter Frosting

Grain free Apple Walnut Muffins with Maple Butter Frosting, processed sugar free

Sweetened with maple syrup, these Apple Walnut Muffins are soft and moist with a wonderful cinnamon flavor. A grain free flaxseed and cashew meal mix makes these extra healthy and tasty!

I finally found a good — nay, GREAT way to use flaxseed meal in baked goods. The last few times I baked with flaxseed meal, I wasn’t really satisfied with the outcome; mainly with the texture and flavor. I tried different flour mixtures and spices with mediocre results until I tried this combination: flaxseed meal + cashew meal. We’re looking at a winner! Why use flax meal anyhow, you ask? Because flax seeds are incredibly healthy!

Flaxseed are a powerful plant food with many amazing health benefits but the main ones are these:

  • Omega-3 essential fatty acids, “good” fats that have been shown to have heart-healthy effects. Each tablespoon of ground flaxseed contains about 1.8 grams of plant omega-3s.
  • Lignans, which have both plant estrogen and antioxidant qualities. Flaxseed contains 75 to 800 times more lignans than other plant foods.
  • Fiber. Flaxseed contains both the soluble and insoluble types.

Enjoy this recipe because I’m not much of a muffin baker and probably won’t post another muffin recipe for a while. No particular reason. I just prefer real cake, that’s all :). However, my latest mission is to provide my man with healthy meals during the week as his choices at work are so limited (I’m ranting about this here) and part of my healthy meal plan is healthy desserts. Muffins are just so easy to store and transport!

I bought cashew meal at Trader Joe’s and I haven’t seen it anywhere else. No worries, though, you can make it yourself! Just grind up raw cashews until they have a floury texture. If your blender / food processor isn’t that strong, simply sift the cashew flour and add bigger pieces back into the blender until they’re evenly ground and use as directed.


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  1. Lynn says

    They look wonderful. May I substitute almond flour for the cashew flour? I have a lot of it and I am very new to baking gluten free. Thank you.

    • Rose says

      I’ve been getting cashew meal at Trader Joe’s, too! :) Kind of the reason I started to use it more; so convenient not to have to make it yourself (although it’s not a lot of work!)

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