Saturday, November 12, 2011

Apple Oatmeal Muffins

Hi!  Today's post is from Jana, the third sister of the Thrice the Spice blog!  I am showing you how to make delicious Apple Oatmeal Muffins!  This recipe is adapted from Cathlin Cooks, a recipe blog that I found through Pinterest.  I have made these twice now, and they are delicious!  All of my family members (my husband and both children) gave them two thumbs up!
Before beginning to mix your ingredients, preheat your oven to 400 degrees, and grease a 12 cup muffin tin.
Mix your dry ingredients: whole wheat flour (or a combination of whole wheat and white), oatmeal (can be old-fashioned or quick oats), brown sugar, white sugar, cinnamon, baking soda, and salt.

In a separate bowl, mix your wet ingredients: water/milk, oil, eggs, and vanilla.

Make a well in the dry ingredients, and add the wet ones, mixing just until ingredients are combined.

Take two apples of any kind (I chose Gala), and peel them.  This is a good recipe to use apples that aren't as crisp anymore. 

Slice and dice your apples, and then stir them into the muffin batter.  Next, fill your muffin cups with the batter, and bake for 15-20 minutes.  A toothpick should come out dry (without any batter) when you poke it in the muffin to see if they are done baking. 

This will be your delicious end result!!  Another bonus is how wonderful your house will smell!  Muffins are a great breakfast-on-the-go, snack, or bedtime snack!  Muffins also freeze really well. You can easily double this recipe, and freeze half of the muffins to eat another time!  Either set the whole bag out to defrost, or take a couple muffins out at a time and warm in the microwave!

Apple Oatmeal Muffins

1 1/2  cups whole wheat flour
1/2 cup oats (can be old-fashioned or quick oats)
1/4 cup brown sugar, packed
1/4 cup sugar
1 1/2 tsp. cinnamon
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt

2/3 cup milk or water
1/2 cup oil
2 eggs, lightly beaten
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 1/2 -2 cups chopped apples (2 medium sized apples, diced)

1. Preheat oven to 400°F and grease a muffin pan.

2. In a large bowl (or stand mixer), stir together flour, oats, sugars, cinnamon, baking powder, and salt.

3. In another bowl, stir together milk/water, eggs, oil, and vanilla until blended.

4.  Make a well in center of dry ingredients and add wet ingredients, stirring just to combine. Stir in apple.

5. Spoon batter into prepared muffin cups and bake for 15-20 minutes or until a toothpick can be poked in, and come out dry!

6. Allow muffins to cool on a wire rack for five minutes before removing from pan.

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