Saturday, June 20, 2009

grab-and-go applesauce muffins

I don't know about your house, but at mine we don't have time in the morning to sit down and have breakfast. This is mostly because the carnivore and I are not morning people. We try to squeeze in every last minute of sleep possible. This usually leads to us running around like crazy people to get out of the door on time and no time for anything but a grab-and-go breakfast. I don't however want to stuff my carnivore with processed fruit bars or worse yet have him go without breakfast, so I often make muffins. This is my latest example.

I found this recipe in my 500 cupcakes book. What appealed to me was that it contained lots of good for you ingredients - like whole oats, walnuts, and apples - and I had all the ingredients on hand already!

So here is what you will need for the muffins:
1 stick of softened butter
3/4 cup of brown sugar
1 egg, beaten
3/4 cup of unsweetened applesauce
2 cups of self rising flour
1 tsp of baking powder
1 tsp of ground ginger
1/4 tsp of ground cloves

For the topping you need:
2 tbsp of softened butter
1/4 cup of powdered sugar
3 tsp of chopped walnuts
2 tsp of rolled oats
1/2 tsp of cinnamon

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Line your muffin tin with baking cups. In a bowl combine the butter and brown sugar until pale and creamy. Add in the egg slowly. Then mix in the applesauce thoroughly. Add all of the dry ingredients and spices. Distribute the batter among the 12 cups evenly. To make the topping, mix all the ingredients together in a small bowl until they resemble a bread crumb texture. Spoon a bit of the topping on each muffin. Bake for about 20-25 minutes. Remove from the oven and let them cool in the pan for five minutes before removing to a cooling rack. Serve while warm or reheat as needed.

These dense little "cupcakes" are sure to fuel you up at the start of your day, even if you have to grab a couple on your way out the door.

4 comments:

  1. Oh yum the sound delicious. I've been trying to rid myself of the sugar processed food that is breakfast bars but it can be tough.

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  2. These beat bakery muffins anyday! Looks wonderful!

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