Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Apple Cinnamon Muffins

Good Morning! These sweet muffins make a perfect morning snack! They are light and have a nice aroma of cinnamon and sweet apple taste. There are options listed to add a little more health- added carrots or raisins if you would like. Sometimes simple is better, and that's how we enjoy these muffins !

1 1/3 cup whole wheat pastry flour
1/2 cup sugar- (We use coconut sugar, but you can use regular sugar here)
Optional- 1/2 cup natural brown sugar (not needed if using coconut sugar)
1 1/2 tsp baking soda
1 tsp ground cinnamon
1/4 tsp salt
2 eggs
1/3 cup butter (melt half way and stir well so its not too hot)
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 green apple, cored, peeled and diced into small pieces
1/4 cup dried shredded unsweetened coconut

1/2 cup chopped nuts- walnuts or pecans are good in this recipe
1/2 cup grated carrots
1/2 cup raisins

Preheat oven to 325 degrees. In a large bowl, mix flour, sugar, brown sugar if using, baking soda, cinnamon and salt. Break up any lumps.
In a separate bowl, whisk together eggs, butter, and vanilla. Add to flour mixture, stir gently until just combined. Do not over mix. Add apples and coconut. (you may now add nuts, carrots or raisins if using). Again, stir gently and carefully not to over mix.
Spoon batter into about 12-16 lined muffin cups(depending on if you add optional ingredients) until 2/3 full. Bake 25- 30 minutes until fully cooked. Toothpick should come out clean.

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