Apple Streusel Muffin (3 Net Grams), Gluten-Free


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Fresh From The Oven Apple Streusel Muffins

An Apple, My New Banana

Much like the discovery I made using that single banana I applied this same principle to an apple. An apple by itself, just like a banana is very high in carbs. Again though when you divide that apple over 12 individual servings you have a muffin that comes in at 3 net grams per serving. Yup, that’s what I’m talking about, that’s low carb math done Mike’s way.

The Power of Choices

I love this quote from one of my favorite movies, Auntie Mame. In it she proclaims “Knowledge is Power.” You might well be wondering, how could that possibly be applicable here? Because the knowledge of knowing that you have great tasting, low carb alternatives that are nutrient dense sets you up for success.

When you provide yourself with a wide range of options that are an easy grab and go from the freezer, you are less likely to stray over to what I like to refer as the “dark side.”  This is a strategy that I use over and over again and what keeps me on track and motivated.

Living Deprivation Free

The result of that discovery with that single banana culminated into applying that principle to other high carb fruits, berries and vegetables not ordinarily allowed with this way of eating. Here it’s an apple. Another one of those so called low carb no no’s. Instead what this does is it gives you another delicious option for your low carb arsenal. An option where you never ever have to feel deprived or left out again. This is what I like to call a game changer! It places the ball in our court.

Applying this over and over again has effectively helped me get over the anxiety I used to often feel when my only option was to deprive myself of my beloved sweets. This is by no means a good way to live. Constant deprivation only ever led me to binge. Then after all was said and done came that outset of guilt that one ensues when you live this way. A repetitious and very vicious cycle of self hate that taught me nothing except how to beat myself down.

Coffee Cake Reinterpreted

This apple streusel muffin is a coffee cake lovers delight. The cake part of the muffin has shredded bits of a Granny Smith apple. It also has a hint of vanilla notes lurking in the background along side all that buttery richness. The streusel which is my favorite part, is made with walnuts instead of the usual flour. I used it in very much the same way you would see it used in a traditional coffee cake. It has walnut streusel core that I also use to top the muffin off with. This gives it some additional texture and that uncompromising flavor you have come to expect from my recipes.

I hope you make haste to gather your ingredients to make this delicious alternative. You are going to be so glad you did. How’s this for having your cake and being able to eat it too. From my kitchen to yours, happy low carbing. Mike

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Apple Streusel Muffins
This apple streusel muffin is a game changer. What makes it so good is the walnut streusel both inside and on top of the muffin. It has all the delicious elements you have come to expect from my recipes and is the perfect grab and go for a busy and often times hectic lifestyle.
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Prep Time 10 Minutes
Cook Time 7 + 14 Minutes (There are two baking times to note).
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Prep Time 10 Minutes
Cook Time 7 + 14 Minutes (There are two baking times to note).
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Individual Muffins
Ingredients
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Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 425°F. Line a 12 cup muffin pan with paper liners.
  2. Make the streusel by putting all the ingredients into a food processor with the chop blade attachment. Pulse until the walnuts are finely chopped. Place your finished streusel mixture into a bowl and keep it chilled in the freezer until you are ready to use it.
  3. Put your butter, coconut oil, eggs, sugar, and vanilla in your food processor with the regular plastic mixing blade. Pulse to combine completely. Add in all the dry ingredients including the coconut and shredded apple and throughly mix until you have a thick consistent batter.
  4. Using a 1" cookie scoop, place one heaping scoop of the batter into each of your lined muffin cups. Gently tap your pan on the counter to level the batter a little. Then using your finger gently press down the batter enough to make a little well in middle. Get your streusel out of the freezer and scoop 1 teaspoon of your walnut mixture into the center where you made your wells. When your done, place another heaping scoop of batter on top of the streusel. Distribute any left over batter equally into the muffin cups until its all used up.
  5. Gently tap the muffin tin a few times on the counter to level the batter again. Sprinkle the remainder of the streusel about 1 1/2 teaspoons on top of the muffins.
  6. Bake the Muffins for 7 minutes and then turn the oven down to 350°F and bake for 14 more minutes. Keep an eye on your muffins as oven temperatures vary. *Baking the muffins at 425°F for those few minutes activates the baking powder/soda and makes the muffins rise nice and high. When they're finished baking at the lower temperature you will have nicely browned, rounded muffin tops.
  7. Remove the muffins from the oven and let them sit for 15 minutes so that they can finish setting up. When they are cool enough to handle put them on a baking rack to cool completely before transferring them to a zip lock bag to freeze. Set one muffin aside.
  8. Now, make yourself a cup of coffee or tea. Alternatively you can also pour yourself an ice cold glass of coconut-almond milk and sit down to enjoy one delicious muffin.
Recipe Notes

Nutrition Facts - Calculated using My Fitness Pal
Servings 12 Muffins

Calories 218

Fat 21g, Cholesterol 25mg, Sodium 188mg, Potassium 46mg, Total Carbs 6g, Fiber 3g, Sugars 2g,
Protein 3g, Net Grams 3g  Per Muffin

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Mike

Mike is a proud UCLA Bruin and low carb recipe enthusiast. He resides in Albuquerque, New Mexico with his dog Bella. Together they are living the Dream.

2 Comments

  1. Thank you so much Mike for the recipe, and everything else on here, unbelievable!!!! Right now I am on the Ideal Protein program, Phase 1, but I am looking ahead to get to to Phase 4 Maintenance, and all the great ideas and recipes to enjoy on my new way of eating.

    • You are so welcome. Low carb was always a bummer for me until I figured a few things out along the way. Now it benefits us all. Low carb is only boring if we let it be. 🙂

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