Can you believe it’s the first day of Autumn?! What happened to September?! It’s not like I didn’t see the warning signs; apples at the market, the arrival of pumpkin spice lattes and the need to wear a cozy sweater in the morning, it’s just that I kept telling myself that it was still summer. I was convinced that everything was just early this year. Apparently I was just late :/
Since it is Autumn, though, and since I found myself with an abundance of fresh picked Honeycrisp apples from the market, I felt a strong urge to make something with them. Applesauce seemed like the best place to start. It’s hard to imagine anything more comforting than the smell of applesauce stewing on the stove. It’s basically Autumn in a pot. Once the sauce was made, I started dreaming of all the ways I could use it. I have a few ideas in mind, but because muffins are a weekly staple at our house, they’re the first thing that the applesauce was added to. They’re easy to make and a deliciously healthy option to quickly throw into my kids lunch bags. I hope you enjoy these Autumn inspired applesauce muffins 🙂
1 1/2 Cups sweet apples, peeled, cored and diced (I prefer Honeycrisp or galas)
1 tsp cinnamon
1/4 Cup water
Simmer over low – medium heat until softened. Remove from the heat and mash with a potato masher until desired consistency. I like to leave a few chunks in it, but if you prefer a smoother sauce, then go for it. Set aside to cool.
2 Cups whole wheat flour
1/2 Cup sugar
1 tbsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
1 tsp cinnamon
1 Cup milk
1 Cup applesauce
Preheat the oven to 400 degrees Farenheit.
Combine the first 5 ingredients in a large bowl. Mix well.
In a small bowl, whisk the egg until frothy. Add the milk and applesauce and stir until well combined.
Make a well in the centre of the flour mixture. Pour in the applesauce mixture and stir gently until just combined.
Evenly divide the batter between 12 greased muffin cups. Bake for 20 -25 minutes, until a toothpick inserted in the centre comes out clean.