Saturday, August 10, 2013

LUNCH BOX APPLE-PUMPKIN MUFFINS

School lunches are right around the corner,
and these muffins are SUPER moist (they taste even better on day two and three as long as you keep them covered well) AND they are packed with flavor!!

Make a batch of these for  school lunches, or a bake sale or share them at work. You will love this muffin!!!

 This recipe goes together quickly and easily and the muffins bake up with nice round tops covered with a sweet streusel topping. Makes 18 muffins. I don't even use a mixer for this recipe, just a hand whisk works well.

2 1/2 cups flour
2 cups white sugar
2 teaspoons cinnamon (see substitution note below)
1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 eggs slightly beaten
(1) 15 ounce can of pumpkin
1/2 cup canola oil
2 cups cooking apples (peeled and chopped small)

Preheat oven to 350°. In large bowl, mix dry ingredients until well combined, set aside.

In another bowl, whisk all of the wet ingredients until smooth, then stir in the chopped apples by hand. 

Mix the bowl of wet ingredients into the bowl of dry ingredients. Spoon batter equally into paper lined cupcake pans. Top with streusel topping (optional) (recipe below) and bake for 35-40 minutes at 350°.

Muffins are done when toothpick inserted in center comes out clean.

STREUSEL TOPPING   (optional)
2 tablespoons flour
¼ cup white sugar
½ teaspoon cinnamon
4 teaspoons melted butter

Mix streusel ingredients with your fingers until you get a dry crumbly topping. Put a little on each muffin before you bake.

NOTE: You can substitute 1 tablespoon pumpkin pie spice for the cinnamon-ginger-nutmeg combination.

NOTE: Let muffins cool down a little, but before they are entirely cold, cover with plastic wrap. Muffins should be stored covered.

NOTE: Recipe says to bake for 35-40 minutes. My oven cooked these in 35 minutes exactly.

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