Woooo muffins!! I love muffins. Which reminds me…
Remember that line in Anchorman where Brick says “I love lamp“? Yeah. I can never say “I love __insert-anything-here__” because AJ gets this stupid little smirk on his face and makes me feel I’m not allowed to love anything.
But I’ve decided I don’t care. From this day forth I shall wake in the morning, go into the kitchen and proclaim “I LOVE MUFFIN!!!!”
Because that’s how I roll.
So will you muffin with me? (does that sound dirty?)
I know that January (I just typed February…) is not the time to generally be making apple muffins, but I’ve been wanting to make them since October but my
stupid wonderful vegan pumpkin pie kept taking up all my time. I mean, it was worth it. But come on. 6 pies?!?
I’m obviously a little butthurt about it.
So now that the pie is done, it’s muffin time! And my timing isn’t all that horrible, because these muffins are actually a celebration for the newest addition to our family!
Nope, still not pregnant ;)
The newest addition, which is possibly more exciting than getting pregnant, is an apple tree! Trees are great. You only have to feed them like once a week, they don’t cry, and they give you delicious gifts! I don’t know of any kids that great..
I bought the tree for AJ for Christmas from a local tree nursery called Trees of Antiquity. It was finally available and ready for pickup this past weekend, so we drove up to Templeton to grab it. We took our little car because, come on, how big can a 1-year old tree be?
Turns out they can be 8 feet long, actually. So I cuddled with the tip of tree while we made the trek home. Then AJ dug a large hole and plopped it down, and voila! Apple tree! I can’t wait until it leafs out in the spring. It’s going to be so fun!
Soo these vegan apple muffins are celebration muffins. And let’s be real, you can probably find a decent apple in the store any time of year. They don’t even come close to the ones you get fresh in the fall, but for muffins, any decent apple will do.
These are spiced with a bit of cinnamon and are actually decently healthy, what with their whole wheat flour and all. Oh and they’re vegan! Vegan = healthy, right? Right.
I’ve been in the habit of eating these as my mid-morning snack, and I’m pretty sad now that they’re all gone. Fortunately they’re pretty easy, so I guess I’ll just have to make them again!
Vegan Apple Muffins
These vegan apple muffins are easy, delicious, and filling! Half whole wheat to amp up the nutrition, while maintaining a good crumb. They’re my new favorite!
- Prep Time: 15 mins
- Cook Time: 20 mins
- Total Time: 35 minutes
- Yield: 12 muffins
- 1 cup all-purpose flour
- 1 cup whole wheat pastry flour*
- 1 ½ tsp baking powder
- ½ tsp baking soda
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- ½ tsp salt
- ½ cup vegan butter (I used Earth Balance)
- ½ cup brown sugar
- 1/3 cup white sugar
- 3 Tbsp ground flax seed + 8 Tbsp water
- ? cup applesauce
- 1 ½ tsp vanilla extract
- 1 small apple, chopped into 1 cm pieces
- coarse sugar for sprinkling on top
- Heat your oven to 425ºF and generously grease a 12-cup muffin pan.
- Combine the flax seed and water in a small bowl and set aside. In the bowl of a stand mixer, add the butter and sugars. Use the paddle attachment to beat until homogeneous, and a bit fluffy, about 2 minutes. Scrape down the sides as needed (I highly recommend getting one of these).
- Add the flax seed mixture and the applesauce and beat until combined, another minute or so. Add the vanilla and beat, then mix in the chopped apples.
- Combine the flours, baking soda & powder, salt, and cinnamon in a medium bowl. Add to the wet ingredients and mix just until combined – do not overmix.
- Divide evenly amongst the muffin cups; they should be almost full, but not quite. Generously sprinkle each one with coarse sugar.
- Bake for 5 minutes at 425, then lower the temperature to 350ºF and cook for another 15 minutes or so, until the tops are just barely starting to turn a bit golden and a pick inserted into the center comes out clean.
- Remove using a fork and quick fingers to a wire rack to cool. Let cool for about 30 minutes before eating. Enjoy!
– If you can’t find whole wheat pastry flour, sub with 1/2 cup all-purpose and 1/2 cup whole wheat.
Nutrition info per vegan apple muffin: