Jibs says, "It's pretty hard to wait for these to cook, I want one now."
Having muffins or loaf around really helps in the mornings, Jim loves being able to grab something quick to eat in the car on the way to work if he doesn't have time for a large breakfast. They also travel well as a snack if we have to run out to the store. So it's nice to have a few good, healthy recipes on hand to whip up.
I don't like to give my people sugar first thing in the morning, so I worked on making this recipe tasty but also reasonably healthy and sugar-free. The sweetness comes from apple sauce and honey with some nice bits of fresh apple. These come out moist and full of flavour.
I use all whole wheat flour and I would encourage you to do the same because it adds a really nice texture and taste, but white flour would be fine too. Feel free to add a handful if walnuts or raisins to the batter at the end if you like. My peeps like plain apple spice so that's how I do them.
Apple Spice Muffins
1 C apple sauce
1/2 C honey
1/2 C butter, soft
1 3/4 C whole wheat flour
1 tsp soda
1/2 tsp salt
1 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp cloves and ginger
1 C apple, chopped
(1/2 C nuts and 1/2 C raisins or craisins, optional)
Preheat oven to 350*.
Cream together butter and honey. Add applesauce and mix well.
Combine all dry ingredients. Add the applesauce mixture to dry.
Blend just until combined. Fold in apple and extras.
Scoop into 12 lined muffin tins or 1 loaf pan.
Bake 25-30mins. (for muffins)
or 40-60mins (for loaf)