Toaster Oven Cinnamon Apple and Walnut Muffins with Almond Flour and Maple Syrup

I rely mostly on my toaster oven for convenience, speed, energy efficiency, and most importantly - it makes me feel like I'm a kid using my Easy-Bake Oven.  Another benefit for making baked goods in the toaster oven is having a small batch without the temptation of compulsively pigging out.  I wanted to make some apple-jam-packed muffins with toasted walnuts, lots of cinnamon, a touch of maple syrup, almond flour, and a touch of flaxmeal.  These muffins turned out moist, flavorful, not too sweet, and apple-y as all get out.  Any apple will work.  Use your favorite.  I recommend using cupcake papers.  I thought I was being wise by not using them, and it was a mess to get them out of the tiny toaster oven pan.  Cupcake papers also help providing the best shape and rise for the muffins while baking.  Next time....

walnuts, chopped - 1/2 cup (65g)
almond flour - 1/2 cup (70g)
flaxmeal - 1/4 cup (30g) (I used golden)
maple syrup - 1/4 cup (83g)
apple sauce, natural - 1/4 cup (64g)
coconut oil, melted - 1/4 cup (45g)
egg, large (50g)
cinnamon - 1 tablespoon (5g)
salt - 1 teaspoon (5g)
baking soda - 1 tablespoon (5g)
apple, small, chopped small

Have all ingredients at room temperature.  Toast the chopped walnuts in the toaster over for about 4 minutes.  Remove and allow to cool.  In a medium bowl, weigh out the almond flour and flaxmeal into the bowl - stir until combined.  Add in the maple syrup, apple sauce, coconut oil, egg, cinnamon, salt, and baking soda.  Mix until homogeneous.  Lastly, add in the chopped walnuts and apples.

Now, preheat the toaster oven to 350F.  Place 6 cupcake papers into the muffin tin.  Fill the paper cups almost to full.  Bake for 20-25 minutes or until when a toothpick is inserted, comes out clean.  Remove from oven.  Allow to cool slightly, remove muffins and place on cooling rack.  Allow to cool and enjoy.  These muffins are also great right out of the fridge for breakfast, as I did this morning.

-Erin Swing
The Sensitive Epicure

This is part of Food Network's Fall Fest. Check out The FN Dish.  The summer produce we're focusing on here are apples.  On twitter, we're tagging #FallFest. Here are other delicious apple recipes to try out: