Apple muffin bars

The impetus behind this:
1. I went apple picking and accidentally picked the wrong kind…they were not the kind I like to snack on but perfect for baking!
2. It’s Rosh Hashanah, which for those who don’t know is the Jewish New Year. It’s in the fall so apples traditionally symbolize a sweet New Year. Apple cake is a common Rosh Hashanah treat.

I originally intended these to be chewy granola bars but they turned out more like muffins!!! Even better. Yummy addictive muffins!!! Super clean healthy wholesome nutritious fruit sweetened muffins! So next time I’ll make them in a muffin tin…

1 T coconut oil
2 T ground flaxseed + 1/4 c boiling water
2-4 Apples (depending on the size)
1 overripe banana
2 T peanut butter
4 dates (pitted and soaked in hot water)
2 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp vanilla
2 cups oats
1/2 cup garbanzo flour (any flour will do but I like it because it’s gluten-free & high-protein & wholesome…you could also use protein powder or coconut flour or whatever)
1/4 cup raisins
1/2 cup chopped walnuts
1/4 cup goji berries (optional)
1/4 cup pumpkin seeds
1/4 cup sunflower seeds

Preheat oven to 350.
Grease a 9×13 in pan with the coconut oil (has to be melted).
Combine the flaxseed with the water & stir occasionally with a small whisk. Let sit.
Peeling is optional but you will have to roughly chop & core the apples. Shred the apples in your food processor. Set aside in a large bowl.
Place the banana, peanut butter, dates flaxseed mixture, cinnamon & vanilla in the food processor. Combine until smooth.
Next add the oats and the flour and pulse until mostly mixed. Add that mixture to the bowl with the apples and add the remaining ingredients. Stir well.
Spread evenly in your pan and cook for 20-30 min. Possibly longer if you are making muffins.

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