Is it too late in the Fall for apple posts?? I hope not!!

We have been going to pick apples at the same orchard in Southwest Michigan for the last 7 or 8 years.


Sweet little Jake picking apples for the first time in 2008




Hailey getting a lift from Daddy at the orchard in 2008



In 2009, it was freezing cold and rainy and Jake was just miserable. Not many pictures from that trip!!!


A little bit bigger – picking apples at Jollay Orchards in 2010



Climbing up the ladder to pick apples in 2011



With their haul in 2011


This year, we lucked out with a gorgeous Fall day….



We were able to pick golden delicious and granny smith apples, but the golden delicious have by far been our favorite!!!


Being silly with their apples – I guess these apples passed the smell test!!!



A little bit bigger, but still getting a lift from Daddy to get the good apples at the top of the tree!

The very first thing that I made with our apples was crockpot applesauce. This hardly needs a recipe – it was about 10-12 apples, peeled and chopped with a couple of teaspoons of cinnamon, slow cooked on low for a few hours. I left it pretty chunky and served it for dinner with pork tenderloin and sweet potatoes and it was devoured before I could even take a picture!

Then, I decided to make some muffins with it. I have mentioned the grain-free raspberry muffins that I have been making lately. I love the nutritional profile of them, but wanted something more seasonal and thought apples and cinnamon would be a great addition.



Personally, I don’t mind eating these cold when I’m on the go, but they are amazing sliced and toasted or warmed up a bit. I even crumbled one into my Greek yogurt the other day for breakfast and it was SO good.


If you are experimenting with some of the grain-free flours or gluten-free recipes, I highly recommend giving these muffins a try!


Cinnamon Apple Muffins (gluten-free, dairy-free, paleo-friendly, no refined sugar)


2 c. almond meal/almond flour (you can make this by grinding blanched almonds in your blender until flour consistency)

3 T. coconut flour

1/2 tsp baking soda

1/2 tsp baking powder

1/2 tsp salt

1 heaping tsp cinnamon

3 eggs

1/3 c. pure maple syrup

1/4 c. melted coconut oil

1/4 c. unsweetened applesauce (I used the tiny bit of leftover homemade applesauce that we had)

1 1/2 tsp. vanilla extract

1-2 apples, peeled, cored, and diced into small pieces


Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Lightly grease a muffin pan with melted coconut oil or butter. Mix dry ingredients together in a bowl. Mix liquid ingredients in a separate bowl. Combine wet and dry and fold in chopped apples. Fill muffin pan 2/3 full and bake 22-25 minutes, until a toothpick comes out clean.









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