apple muffins

Monday, November 1, 2010

For all of the little apples of your eyes... this tasty apple muffin is a simple & nutritious snack for little ones (or as a breakfast on-the-go). For some delicious variations, replace the apples with blueberries or grated zucchini and/or add chopped walnuts.

1 cup all-purpose flour
1 cup whole-wheat flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
2 dashes of nutmeg
1/4 cup (1/2 stick) butter, softened
1 cup packed light-brown sugar
2 eggs
1 cup applesauce
1 teaspoon vanilla
3/4 cup buttermilk
2 apples, peeled, cored and cut into 1/4-inch pieces (about 3 cups)

1.) Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
2.) Lightly grease or line with paper baking cups18 muffin cups; set aside.
3.) In a small bowl, whisk together flours, baking soda, cinnamon and nutmeg.
4.) Beat butter and brown sugar together on medium-high speed until well blended. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each. Beat in applesauce and vanilla.
5.) Reduce speed to low and alternately add flour mixture and buttermilk, starting and ending with flour. Stir in apple pieces.
6.) Fill each muffin liner with 1/4 cup batter. Bake muffins at 400 degrees F for about 20 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean.

photo & adapted recipe courtesy of Family Circle

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