Saturday, October 10, 2009

Apple Muffins your kids will eat--promise!

I made two--count em two--batches of these muffins this week. My inspiration came from some apples that had been sitting a little too long in my fruit drawer. They weren't bad...yet...but they wouldn't be great for eating. This recipe has nearly as many apples as batter but it still manages to stay together. My middle daughter took two muffins to school each day this week (one for lunch and one for a snack) after eating two for breakfast.

I have no idea where I got this recipe originally, I wrote it down as a kid and have been making it ever since. I've made some tweaks and improvements through the years. For example, I like to throw in ground flax for a little healthy boost.

Ovens ready? Here's the recipe:

Apple Cinnamon Muffins
1/2 cup butter or margarine
3/4 cup granulated sugar
1 egg, beatan
1 cup buttermilk* see note
1 teaspoon salt
1 1/2 cups diced apples
1 cup all-purpose flour
3/4 cup whole wheat flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1 tablespoon ground flax, optional
chopped walnuts, optional

*I've never used the buttermilk. Instead I squeeze a good tablespoon or so of fresh lemon juice into the milk and let it set while I dice the apples. Also, I leave the extra lemon in my diced apples so they don't turn color and to add a little zing to the apples.

Cream softened butter with the sugar and egg in a large mixing bowl. In a smaller bowl mix all of the remaining dry ingredients. And the buttermilk to the butter/egg mixture then fold in the dry ingredients and the diced apples. Mix in the walnuts. (I save a few to put on top of each muffin.) Fill each muffin cup about 2/3 full. Bake at 375 degrees for 20 minutes or until golden brown. Enjoy!


  1. Thanks for the recipe and the tip on how to make buttermilk. I will serve these muffins to my B&B guests next week.

  2. Sounds fabulous. My mum has a recipe that has a similar ratio of apple to flour and it is a show stopper, so I'm sure yours is delicious!

  3. Mmm...this sounds really delicious. Thank you for the recipe! I like taht it contains a lot of apple.

  4. These sound good and so easy! I'm going to buy some ground flax to toss into things like this - great idea!

  5. I'm going to have to try this out this week. We love muffins and apples and the combo could work great.

  6. These sound yummy. I hate to throw away leftover fruit; this is a great way to put some old apples to good use!

  7. Wow, these sound wonderful! I tend to buy so many apples that some inevitably go sorta squishy--I'll use this recipe next time that happens.

  8. These sound great for any gathering, actually. I agree with Sheryl...and what a terrific way to prepare a yummy treat.

  9. Oh! These look fab! Will have to check them out (and I guess I'll get to eat them all, because I don't have any kids).

  10. These look yummy and healthy. We have a bunch of soft apples right now so the timing is perfect...