These muffins are fantastic little punches of protein and fiber. They are delicious for an after workout treat or for a quick work snack. When I feel like I'm about to faint from hunger at work and don't have any time to take a real break, I can eat one of these guys quickly and feel satisfied. They have a nice almondy flavor and the apricot and hemp hearts give it a nice little crunch.
This recipe comes originally from a friend of my mom's Sandae. My mom highly adapted it (as did Sandae she thinks) and is very popular in my family and with my mom's other friend Lee Anne, whose husband likes to have two of these muffins in his lunch everyday (Lee Anne also has adapted it highly--so please feel free to do the same!). There are so many different variations you can make; like trying dried blueberries or cherries, or frozen mixed berries, or alternating different kinds of nuts or using vanilla extract instead of almond extract or you could add a little bit of cinnamon... The options are endless! My favorite way to eat them is with apricots and cranberries, either straight out of the oven or microwaved for 15 seconds and drizzled in agave.