Apple Cinnamon Spice Muffins

September 8, 2019

OH MY... these have quickly become my fav muffin for so many reasons.  My apple tree is dropping apples left and right and it is as full as can be. I hate wasting anything so yummy.  Scrolling through  my FB thread, I found Miss Alicia Krips with the same dilemma of too many apples.  She was searching for recipes and had posted a picture of these amazing looking muffins and it was on!!! She sent me the recipe and the picking began. 

I have tweaked these a fair amount and am on my 4th batch of making them, as they are a huge hit with my crew.  Shout out to Once Upon a Chef with Jenn Segal for the initial original recipe. www.onceuponachef.com    She has some amazing recipes.... check her site out. I always come up with few gluten free and vegan friendly options for our family as well as dairy free when I can.   This recipe worked perfectly making a few minor changes! For the original recipe - check out the web site above.... for mine... keep reading and I have bolded the changes I made. 

 

INGREDIENTS:

-4 tbsp vegan or regular butter - I went with melted (it asks for 8 tbsp - I cut this in half)

-1/4 cup dark brown sugar 

-1/4 cup coconut sugar (asks for 1/2 white refined sugar - I cut this in half and changed it to coconut sugar)

-1 large egg 

-1/2 cup coconut unsweetened yogurt - you could use regular unsweetened yogurt (it asks for 1 cup of yogurt - I cut this in half and added the unsweetened apple sauce instead)

-1/2 cup unsweetened apple sauce (my own tweak instead of 1 cup of yogurt)

-1 cup almond flour OR 2 cups and no regular flour (gluten free) (my own tweak - asks for 1 cup whole wheat no almond flour -  I wanted gluten free)

-1 cup white flour OR whole wheat (I used the white flour once and then doubled the almond flour another time - both worked!)

-1 tsp baking powder

-1 tsp baking soda

-1/4 sea salt

-11/2 tbsp real cinnamon - I am picky here!  I don't buy fake cinnamon.  It doesn't have the same amazing benefits and it really doesn't have as strong of a flavor

-1/2 tsp ground nutmeg - we aren't nutmeg fans so I didn't add this

-1/4 tsp ground cloves - again - we don't LOVE cloves in baking - ham yes.... baking no so I didn't add this... thus I added the extra 1/2 tbsp of the cinnamon

-2 cups of apples - peeled, cored, and finely chopped. I kinda left them a bit chunky  

-1/2 to 1 cup of pecans - I added this …. oh my …. soooo good! (no nuts are originally in this recipe) 

 

WHAT TO DO:

-prepare the apples and put them off to the side

-prepare the pecans and up them off to the side

-add the sugars, butter, and the egg - mix well (again I melted the butter so it was very simple to mix)

-add the yogurt and stir all together

-add the flours, baking soda, baking powder, salt, and cinnamon (other spices too if you like them!) 

-add in the apples and the pecans and mix it well

-put into muffin tray and then sprinkle with brown sugar - just a little!!!! but this is just the added touch 

-bake at 375.  I called for 20-25 minutes but with the change in the recipe I found mine took 30 minutes and were finished nicely.  I make smaller ones - not filled to the rim - 3/4 full in the muffin tray

ENJOY!!!!  These are ahhhhmazing and really quite simple once you have the apples all prepped.  I prepped extra apples and froze them for the next batch.  Maybe I will try coconut flour next time. 

 

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