Food Friday: Apple-Oat Muffins

All of a sudden it is feeling a lot  like fall, so naturally?  We went apple picking. Even Henry, age 2, can reach the apples on the lowest branches, so it was a successful venture all around.

For our first foray into cooking with apples this fall, we decided on apple muffins. I took the backbone of this perfect muffin recipe, altered it slightly and came up with Apple-Oat muffins. And, pausing to wipe the crumbs off my shirt, I can tell you I think this is one of the best apple muffin recipes I’ve ever made.

Apple-Oat Muffins

1 stick butter (1/2 cup)

1 cup light brown sugar, very loosely packed

2 eggs

1 tsp. vanilla

2 cups flour (I used one cup unbleached white and one cup King Arthur’s White Wheat)

1/3 cup rolled oats

2 tsp. baking powder

1 teaspoon cinnamon

1/2 tsp. ground ginger

1/2 tsp. nutmeg

1/2 tsp. allspice

1/2 cup milk, plus 1-2 tablespoons if needed

2 1/2 cups diced, peeled apple

Preheat oven to 400.

Cream butter and sugar. Add vanilla and eggs. Add flour, spices and baking powder, stir gently.

Add apple chunks and milk, adding milk slowly to keep batter sticky. Add a few more tablespoons of milk if necessary to stir batter.

Fill tins until heaping——this is important for tall, lovely muffins——sprinkle a few oats on each muffin and bake 20-25 minutes. You can also mix oats and brown sugar and sprinkle on each muffin for a crispier, sweeter crust.

Tell me what YOU do with apples in your house. Pie? Crisp? Gnaw them whole?

Happy fall!

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8 Responses to “Food Friday: Apple-Oat Muffins”

  1. MelodyA. Says:

    The girls have been dying to pick apples. Not sure where they learned about that myth in STex! Greg and I took a drive to pick apples when we lived in Boston and it was so exciting for us.

  2. Anna Says:

    Wait, are there seriously no apples growing in South Texas? I am amazed. I want to send your girls some apples!

  3. B. Says:

    Yum!

  4. Nicole Says:

    My favorite fall recipe with apples is butternut squash and apple soup. So good.

  5. JenBun Says:

    I miss apple picking! When we were kids we would go every year with our parents. I would help them, picking lower ones, and they would pick boxes full, and my brother would amuse himself… by taking each one out of the box, taking exactly ONE bite, and putting them back… the first bite is always the best, I guess! 😀

    I looooooooooove to make apple pie with a lattice crust. This recipe sounds amazing, too. YUM!

  6. Christina Says:

    I am seriously jealous of the opportunity to go apple picking…that is one of my favorite childhood memories, but there are no orchards around here. 😦

  7. Erin Says:

    Yummy! Bring on apple-oat muffins, cider and all other autumn deliciousness!

  8. libound Says:

    Anna, I’m making these RIGHT NOW. Thank you for the recipe, my house smells wonderful!

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