These Blueberry Fig Applesauce Muffins are amazing. Why? Because of the ingredients. We made this recipe with a blend of fresh fruits, hearty grains, autumn spices, and organic Lifeway Oat. Our probiotic oat milk adds a light, springy texture to these vegan treats, and the delicious blend of fruit gives these muffins a naturally sweet flavor that’s hard to resist.
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- 3/4 cup dried figs soaked in 1 cup cold water (reserve the soaking water)
- 1 1/2 cups whole grain oat flour
- 1/2 cup whole grain rolled oats
- 2 tbsp. ground flax meal
- 1/2 tsp. sea salt
- 1/2 tsp. baking powder
- 1/2 tsp. cinnamon
- 1 1/2 cups Blueberry Oat
- 1 1/2 cups unsweetened applesauce
- 1 tsp. pure vanilla extract
- 1 cup fresh blueberries
- *Prep: Preheat the oven to 375 degrees, Fahrenheit. Soak the dried figs in 1 cup of cold water on the countertop for at least 30 minutes (or the night before in the fridge) to soften them up. Do not drain off the water.
- In a large bowl, add the oat flour, rolled oats, flax meal, salt, baking powder, and cinnamon. Stir and sift together well with a fork or whisk. Set aside.
- Add the soaked dried figs and the soaking water to a food processor and puree until you get a thick paste.
- In another bowl, add Blueberry Lifeway Oat, the applesauce, vanilla, and stir just enough to combine. Fold in the oat/flour mixture from step 1 and stir, or blend with a hand mixer.
- Fold in the fig mixture with a spatula, then stir again to combine everything together but the figs still have slight chunks. Then fold in the fresh blueberries and stir just until combined; do not over-mix.
- Spray a standard 12-cup muffin pan with no-stick spray, and add the muffin mixture into each cup 3/4 full. Fill all the cups and bake for 30-40 minutes until they are golden brown on top. Stick a fork inside to make sure they are done, then remove and cool on the counter 30 minutes before serving.
- Serve with unsweetened apple butter, applesauce, raw honey, or maple syrup. Enjoy!