Friday, October 19, 2012

Healthy Apple Yogurt Spice Muffins & Apple Chips

Today I decided to make apple chips, which require using a mandolin, and because I  cannot find the safety grip I sliced only 2/3's of each apple.  One injury is more than enough in a lifetime!   With my left over apples I decided to make muffins.  The following recipe is adapted from a Martha Stewart recipe found online. With the addition of ground flax seed, spelt flour and yogurt these muffins make a great on the go breakfast.  I reduced the amount of sugar by half, and added vanilla yogurt (already sweetened), to replace the buttermilk.  When a muffin recipe calls for 250 ml (1 cup) of sugar to yield 12 muffins it is nothing more, in my opinion, than a cupcake in muffin's clothing.  I do love cupcakes, but I try not to eat them for breakfast.  It is as scandalous, in my mind, as drinking any sort of alcohol before 6:00 pm!

Healthy Apple Yogurt Spice Muffins
yield:12 muffins
  • 250 ml (1 cup) all purpose flour
  • 250 ml (1 cup) stone ground spelt flour
  • 15 m (1 tablespoon) ground flax seed/meal
  • 7,5 ml (1 1/2 teaspoons) baking powder
  • 1 ml (1/4 teaspoon) salt
  • 5 ml (1 teaspoon) ground cinnamon
  • 125 ml (1/2 cup) sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 250 ml (1 cup) vanilla yogurt
  • 125 ml (1/2 cup) vegetable oil
  • 500 ml (2 cups) apples, peeled, cored, large dice
  • 12 thin apple slices* optional
  • Grease a muffin tin or line with baking cups.
  • Pre-heat oven to 200C (400F).
  • Add all the dry ingredients to a large bowl (minus the sugar), and whisk to blend.   Add the sugar, and the remaining ingredients to another bowl (minus the apples), and whisk for 1 minute to blend. 
  • Fold the wet ingredients and apples into the dry ingredients until just combined. 
  • Divide batter among muffin cups, filling each about 3/4's full. Top each with an apple slice.
  • Cook in the center of oven until centre of muffin springs back, and muffins are golden (15-20 minutes). 

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