Apple season yet? With these muffins, it’s about to be
It’s getting close to apple picking time and this recipe does apple justice. Even better, it’s both healthy and delicious.
I have cut out a bunch of the sugar, but not the fat, because butter is essential in keeping them moist. If you truly insist in keeping them skinny, use cream cheese, or half apple sauce/half butter — just note that the muffins will be dense. Also, once you have adjusted the recipe, it’s pretty forgiving, so try changing it up to add more of your favorite ingredients, such as berries in the topping or a splash of evaporated milk in the muffin mix. Healthy Apple Pie Muffins
Makes 10 muffins Topping for the Muffins: 5 pink lady apples, peeled and cored, sliced into thin sticks, see description below 1 teaspoon olive oil 2 tablespoons apple pie seasoning 2 tablespoons maple syrup 1 tablespoon butter ½ cup dark brown sugar 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
The Muffin Mix: 1½ cups all-purpose flour 1½ teaspoon baking soda 1½ teaspoon baking powder ½ teaspoon salt ¾ cup white sugar (or birch sugar to reduce glycemic index) 1 egg, beaten 7 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened, or low fat cream cheese or half apple sauce ( to reduce calories and fat)
In a medium sauce pot, over medium heat combine the apples, olive oil, apple seasoning, maple syrup, butter, brown sugar and flour and mix until the butter melts and the apple soften. This will take a total of about 10 minutes. Turn off the heat. Set aside to cool. Preheat the oven to 425 F. Now prepare the Muffin Mix. You can use store bought or this very simple, low sugar recipe. Add the flour, baking soda, baking powder, salt, sugar and mix in a kitchen mixer. When it is blended, add in the egg and the butter. The batter should come together pretty quickly. Scrape the bowl several times and mix until you are sure that everything is well blended.
In a large cupcake pan lined with paper cups, evenly divide up the batter among the 10 to 12 muffins. Fill the pa- per liners to 3/4 of the way up. Next, cover each muffin with the topping.
Place in the oven to make until a toothpick comes out clean. This takes about 12 to 15 minutes, depending if you made 10 or 12.
Take care when eating, they are quite hot!
Rebecca has devised a way to celebrate the upcoming apple season without sacrificing too much health-wise.