Apple Muffins

P1050132Lately I have been participating to a course about the New Nordic Diet. I have been trying new recipes based on this diet. The main requirement of the New Nordic Diet is to eat a lot of grain,  wild berries, vegetables and fish. You have to favor locally grown products. Based on this I decided to replace my white flour by wholewheat flour in most of my dishes. The recipe below fits perfectly in this diet.

For 10 muffins

  • 1 chopped peeled apple
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 cup wholewheat flour
  • 1 tablespoon of baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 3/4 cup milk
  • 1/3 cup maple syrup
  • 1/2 cup butter

Preheat  your oven for 15 minutes at 180°C.

In a bowl, combine flour, baking powder, cinnamon and nutmeg. Make the butter melt in a pan. In a small bowl, beat egg lightly  and stir in milk and maple syrup.

Add the milk mixture to the dry mixture, then add the melted butter. Mix until the dry ingredients are moistened. Then stir in the apple pieces.

Pour the mixture in the muffins tin.

Bake for 20 minutes or until they are brown.

Let the muffins cool down before turning them out of the tin.

These muffins are perfect for breakfast or for a snack.


Blackberry Apple and Lime smoothie

Blackberries Apples and lime Smoothie_2Feeling tired, need some vitamins, what is better than drinking a smoothie? A smoothie is a mix of fresh fruits with yogurts, milk, water or ice. As you have probably noticed smoothies are a very trendy drink. It is quite healthy and you can invent hundreds of recipes. If you on the rush you can easily find these drinks in supermarkets or in smoothie bars that now are popping up in cities

The recipe I am going to share with you is really healthy as it only contains fruits and ice cubes!

For 2 glasses

  • 225g blackberries
  • 4 apples (my apples were small ones)
  • 1 lime
  • 10 ice cubes

The first step is to wash the fruits. Then peel and cut the apples in pieces.

Blackberries Apples and lime Smoothie_1

Presse the lime to get the juice.

With the blender crush the ice. Then add the blackberries, apples and lime juice and mix everything until you get the smoothie.

You can also add some milk or yogurt for a creamy drink!

For a good smoothie, you need to find the balance between juicy fruits and fruits whom the consistency is thick (banana…).

Apple Crumble

I had some apples left and as they were getting soft so I decided to do a crumble. The good thing about crumble is that it easier to prepare than a tart. Below is the recipe.

 

 

 

Serve 4

  • 4 apples
  • 20g salted butter
  • 100g flour
  • 80g unsalted butter
  • 80g sugar (40g white sugar/40g brown sugar)
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon

In a pan, simmer the chopped apples in the salted butter until they are soft. You can add 2 tablespoons of water to make juice for the cooking.

In a bowl, combine the flour, sugar, unsalted butter and cinnamon. Stir all these ingredients together. Keep working the crumbs with your fingers until the butter is absorbed.

In a pan, layer the apples and then the crumble on the top. Bake for 45 minutes at 180°C or until golden brown.

Personnaly, I prefer eating crumble when they are warm because there is much flavour. If you don’t eat everything in once, you can always heat it again the next time and it will taste the same.