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Apple Cider Muffins

Capture the feeling and flavor of fall with these rich, moist apple cider muffins.  Full of good ingredients, like chopped apples, cinnamon, ground rolled oats, and apple cider, these muffins are as nourishing as they are delicious!  They taste kind of like a healthier version of those delicious apple cider doughnuts you can get at your favorite cider mill.  Grab one for breakfast or pack one in your lunch and enjoy! And don’t forget how good your kitchen will smell as they are baking!

apple cider muffinsI adapted this recipe from a blueberry muffin recipe I found years ago in Real Simple Magazine.  Over the years I have changed and substituted things, as our tastes and choices have evolved.  The original recipe calls for orange juice and blueberries, but since we are currently in the midst of a beautiful fall, I wanted to reflect the season.  Adding chopped apples instead of blueberries and the apple cider instead of the orange juice takes these muffins to a new level of deliciousness.  And what are baked apples without cinnamon?  Of course I had to add cinnamon.

apple cider muffinsThe fall color around here is so beautiful, and I’m not sure we have even reached the peak of the color yet, since there is still quite a bit of green out there.  I hope you all have a great weekend, and hope you get a chance to get out and enjoy the glorious colors.  My son has two soccer games and we have out-of-town friends and my ex-pat cousin and her sons coming into town, so we will have lots of chances to savor the season.  I am so looking forward to all of it!  But now I must clean my neglected house! At least it smells really good in here, like apples and cinnamon.  These muffins are wonderful.  I hope you give them a try! I am sharing a plate over at Angie’s Fiesta Friday, co-hosted this week by Elaine @ foodbod and Michelle @ O Blog Off.apple cider muffinsapples and ciderfall walnuts

Apple Cider Muffins

  • Servings: 12 muffins
  • Time: about 20 minutes of prep time and about 22 minutes of baking time
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Ingredients:

  • 1 and 3/4 cups unbleached all purpose flour
  • 1 cup of old fashioned rolled oats
  • 1 teaspoon of baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon of baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon of  salt
  • 1 teaspoon of ground cinnamon
  • 1 cup of plain Greek yogurt (if you don’t have plain, flavored Greek yogurt works too!)
  • 1/2 cup of packed brown sugar
  • 3 tablespoons of unsalted butter, melted
  • 1/4 cup of fresh apple cider
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 and 1/2 cups of apple, peeled and finely chopped (about 2 medium apples)

Directions:

Preheat your oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit.  Lightly grease a 12-cup muffin tin or line it with paper baking cups.

In a blender or food processor, combine the flour, rolled oats, baking powder, baking soda, salt, and cinnamon.  Pulse until the oats are finely ground and everything is combined.

In a large mixing bowl, whisk together the yogurt, brown sugar, melted butter, apple cider, and egg.  Stir until well combined.  Gradually add the flour/oat mixture to the wet ingredients.  Stir with a wooden spoon until well incorporated and a batter forms (do not overmix).  Fold in the chopped apples.

Spoon the batter evenly into the muffin cups.  Bake in your 375 degree oven for 22 to 25 minutes, or until golden and a toothpick inserted into the center of a muffin comes out clean.  Let cool for 5-10 minutes before removing the muffins from the tin.  Enjoy!

 

 

Classic Blueberry Muffins

With just a few basic ingredients, these blueberry muffins come together quickly and easily, offering that classic blueberry muffin taste that is so comforting and sweet, with a hint of  zing from some lemon zest.  This recipe works with fresh or frozen blueberries, so you can make these crowd-pleasing treats at any time of the year.  Plus your kitchen will smell amazing as they are baking!

Last weekend, we had a cherished (and rare, these days) lazy Saturday morning, and I asked the kids if they wanted blueberry muffins for breakfast, since we had some blueberries in the freezer.  Yes, they definitely wanted them. “But,” said my daughter, “can you not make them too healthy this time?”  Oh…by healthy, I guess she was referring to the wholesome blueberry muffins I sometimes make, which are really tasty, but are more crunchy, (probably more nutrient-rich), and less like cake.

Well, it’s all about balance in life, so I indulged her and made these yummy, fluffy, and classically delicious blueberry muffins.  And yet they are not really unhealthy, much healthier than some muffins, in that they are homemade, with high quality ingredients, including fruit, and no preservatives.  And we enjoyed every last one of them!  If you are looking for a basic, simple, reliable, and delicious recipe for blueberry muffins, this is a great one.  Even better when you can enjoy them warm, right out of the oven, in a warm, cozy room or on a sunny porch.

classic blueberry muffins on plate 2The recipe I use for these muffins is based on one from my well-loved Better Homes and Gardens New Cook Book, Tenth Edition, that I have had for many years. The only thing I change when I make these, is that I use melted butter instead of cooking oil, because I really like the flavor of butter from grass-fed cows.  Frozen blueberries work great, when fresh ones aren’t available.  And the lemon zest adds a great blast of flavor, which we really appreciate.  If you don’t like lemon, you can certainly leave that part out.

We are getting closer and closer to feeling like spring here.  The temperatures have been warm and cold, changing almost daily, but those warm days feel so good.  And the colors outside are starting to brighten. The sunlight is more vivid, the grass is starting to turn a fresh, bright green, and the daffodils are starting to bloom.  I hope you are all having a great week!
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Classic Blueberry Muffins

  • Servings: 12 muffins
  • Time: about 15 minutes prep time, and about 20 minutes baking time
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Ingredients:

  • 1 and 3/4 cups of all-purpose, unbleached flour
  • 1/3 cup of sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon of salt
  • 2 teaspoons of baking powder
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 3/4 cup of milk
  • 1/4 cup of unsalted butter, melted
  • 3/4 cup of blueberries, fresh or frozen
  • 1 teaspoon of finely grated lemon peel (lemon zest), optional

Directions:

Preheat your oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit.  Lightly grease a muffin tin, or line with paper baking cups.

Heat the butter in a small pan on the stove until just melted.  In a large mixing bowl, combine the flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt.  Make a well in the center of the bowl.  In a medium bowl, combine the egg, milk, and melted butter. Pour the wet ingredient mixture all at once into the well in the center of the dry mixture bowl.  Stir until all the ingredients are just combined.  The batter will be a little lumpy.  Fold in the blueberries and lemon zest, and stir gently until just combined.  Spoon the batter evenly into the 12 muffin cups.  Bake at 400 degrees for about 20 minutes, or until the muffins are golden.  Remove the muffins from the tin to cool.  Serve warm. Enjoy!

This recipe is adapted from the Better Homes and Gardens New Cookbook, Tenth Edition.

 

 

Wholesome Blueberry Muffins

Blueberries….Using blueberries right now feels like clasping the hand of summer one last time before saying goodbye. These blueberry muffins are delicious, satisfying, and full of nutrients.  Oats, pecans, flaxseed, Greek yogurt, and applesauce give them a deep, rich flavor, and more vitamins and minerals than the average blueberry muffin.  Mornings can be a bit rushed.  Actually, so can afternoons.  It is nice to be able to grab something (or give something) you know will be full of good stuff to carry yourself or someone you love through a busy part of the day.

This fall, among other things, I will be looking for quick, healthy, filling foods that can be eaten on the run.  My kids have extremely busy schedules right now, and are burning a lot of calories with running, soccer, and marching band.  They need lots of food, but I want it to be fueling their active bodies in a healthy way.  (My husband and I are pretty busy and active too!)  These blueberry muffins fit the bill.  This recipe is based on a few different muffin recipes I have played around with over the years, and it produces moist, tasty muffins that are healthy but don’t taste too “healthy,” meaning my kids enjoy eating them.

blueberry muffins on purple bench 8 This week mother nature has given us quintessential end-of-summer weather, with such beautiful sunrises and sunsets, cool mornings and evenings, and warm, drowsy afternoons. Although fall is my favorite season, I will miss this summer and all it has given us.  We are probably seeing the last of the fresh Michigan blueberries, and they don’t taste as sweet as they did earlier in the season (that is why I put them in muffins!).  However, as fall and winter come, you can also use frozen blueberries in this recipe.

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Cooking and baking and preparing food day in and day out can get tough once in awhile.  My family would be the first to tell you I am not always inspired about being in the kitchen.  (Luckily, my husband and kids do help out too).  But sometimes, cooking, baking, and preparing food feels like so much more than just a chore.  Sometimes, it is elevated to a higher level.  There is a kind of alchemy that occurs, where food can bridge gaps, fill empty spaces, or give meaning to chaotic feelings.  In the kitchen, sometimes I feel I am creating something beautiful and transformative out of very ordinary ingredients.

muffins in trayFor whatever reason, I felt that way with these muffins.  I felt like they were helping us navigate the passage from summer to fall, from relaxation mode to work/school mode, from spending lots of time with family to spending more time with friends and classmates, new teachers, co-workers, and learning new things.  I felt like making these muffins allowed me to grasp the most of what remains of the summer.  I was able to turn a pint of rather sour blueberries into a dozen healthy muffins bursting with tartly sweet blueberry flavor.  And in giving these muffins to my family I was giving them not only nutrition, but all those other things as well: energy to face new challenges, memories of our good times together this summer, strength to grow.

I may not be able to change to world, or solve large-scale problems from the kitchen, but I can contribute in my way.  According to the Dalai Lama, “Just as ripples spread out when a single pebble is dropped into the water, the actions of individuals can have far-reaching effects.”  Blueberry muffins are only a little pebble dropped into the water, but they are also part of something larger.

That is one of the things that keeps drawing me back to the kitchen:  the alchemy that I often feel there, the ordinary becoming extraordinary, the making sense of intangible feelings through tangible food, and the feeling that what I do there is important.  Whether a muffin is just a muffin, or the poet in you sees the symbolic in food the way I do, I hope you have a wonderful weekend! I am taking a plate of these of to Angie’s Fiesta Friday, co-hosted this week by Judi at Cooking with Aunt Juju and Quinn at Dad What’s for Dinner.blueberry muffin ingredientsblueberry muffins in tinblueberry muffin in half

Wholesome Blueberry Muffins

  • Servings: 12 muffins
  • Time: about 15 minutes to prepare and about 25 minutes to bake
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Ingredients:

  • 1 and 1/4 cups unbleached all-purpose flour (you can also use whole wheat flour if you prefer)
  • 1 cup of old fashioned rolled oats
  • 1/4 cup of flaxseed meal (if you have whole flaxseeds, just grind them in a coffee grinder to make the meal)
  • 1/4 cup of pecans
  • 1 teaspoon of baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon of baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon of salt
  • 3 tablespoons of unsalted butter, melted
  • 1 cup of Greek yogurt (either plain or flavored–I use whatever I have on hand)
  • 1/2 cup of light brown sugar
  • 1 large egg, beaten
  • 1/4 cup of applesauce
  • 1 teaspoon of lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract
  • 1 and 1/2 to 2 cups of fresh blueberries (or about 8 ounces of frozen blueberries)

Directions:

Preheat your oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit.  Grease a standard 12-cup muffin tin with butter (or line it with paper liners).

In a blender or food processor, chop/mix the flour, oats, flaxseed meal, pecans, baking soda, baking powder, and salt.  Process until the mixture is finely ground and combined.

In a large mixing bowl, briskly stir together the butter, yogurt, brown sugar, egg, applesauce, lemon juice, and vanilla extract.  Add the flour mixture and stir until the dry ingredients are absorbed into the wet–be careful not to overmix it.  Gently fold in the blueberries.

Distribute the batter evenly among the 12 muffin cups.  Bake for 22 to 25 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.

Let the muffins cool in the tray for a few minutes, then remove them to a plate or cooling rack.  Enjoy!

Autumn Sun and Apple Cinnamon Muffins

Three apples on trayAbsolutely gorgeous weather we are having these days! The birds are gathering in large flocks in the sky, getting ready to migrate, and pumpkins are ripe in the fields, waiting to be collected.  The sun is still warm and the light is golden. It reminds me of this quote from Walt Whitman: “Give me the splendid silent sun with all his beams full-dazzling, give me juicy autumnal fruit ripe and red from the orchard.”  It is the time of ripeness and fullness.  My mom recently gave us a bag of Empire apples from an orchard near where she lives. It is such a good feeling to have lots of apples piling up in the kitchen, just waiting to be eaten or baked into a tasty concoction. apple muffins in tin 1 I promised more apple recipes for apple season, and below I have posted a recipe for apple cinnamon muffins.  I made a dozen yesterday morning and they are already gone. They are so moist and delicious, and they work great as part of a breakfast or for a snack.  I know my kids love them, so it is a good way for me to be sure they eat something filling for breakfast before rushing out the door. I originally got the recipe from “The Family Circle Cookbook: New Tastes for New Times” many years ago, and have made only minor changes to it because it has worked so well for me.  I hope you enjoy these muffins, and hope we all can savor the beautiful autumn while it is here.

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Recipe for Apple Cinnamon Muffins

Apple Cinnamon Muffins

  • Servings: 12 muffins
  • Time: about 20 minutes, plus about 20 minutes baking time
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Ingredients:

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour (I used 1 cup whole wheat flour and 1 cup white flour)
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup firmly packed light brown sugar
  • 3/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 cup apple, peeled, and cubed into 1/4-inch pieces
  • 1 cup buttermilk (if you don’t have buttermilk, you can use regular milk plus 1 tablespoon of vinegar)
  • 1 egg, slightly beaten
  • 1/4 cup (1/2 stick) unsalted butter, melted

Directions:

Preheat your oven to 400 degrees.  Lightly grease a standard sized 12-muffin tin or line it with paper muffin-pan cups.

In a large mixing bowl, combine flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, sugar, cinnamon, and apple. Make a well in the center.  In a medium-sized mixing bowl, combine the buttermilk, egg, and melted butter. Add the wet mixture all at once to the well in the dry ingredients.  Stir just until the dry ingredients are moistened and everything is combined.  Do not overmix–it is okay if the batter is lumpy.  Spoon the batter into muffin cups, dividing it evenly.

Bake in a preheated oven at 400 degrees for 20 to 25 minutes, or until the muffins are lightly golden and a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.  Cool the muffins in pan for 5 minutes.  Run a knife or spatula around the edges of the muffins.  Remove them from the tin and serve warm.  Enjoy!

Recipe adapted from The Family Circle Cookbook: New Tastes for New Times, 1992 edition

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