We're trying to get the kids away from eating sugary cereals everyday for breakfast. I've been trying to find some alternatives that are healthy for them and still fill their bellies with the nutrients they need to keep their brains working!
I had a few apples in the fridge, so I decided to make some apple muffins with them. I used this recipe from Betty Crocker for Zucchini Bread and just made the old swtich-a-roo for apples!
I also switched out white flour for whole wheat flour and oil for apple sauce.
3 cups shredded apples (about 3)
1 2/3 cup sugar
2/3 overflowing cup apple sauce
2 tsp vanilla
3 cups whole wheat flour
2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp pumpkin pie spice
3 1/2 tsp baking powder
First, I put all my dry ingredients into the mixer and let them get good and mixed.
I started out with three apples. I cored and peeled them, they needed to be shredded and the easiest way to do that is in the food processor
Once you add all of your wet and dry ingredients together, the mixture will seem really thick and heavy. Not to worry...all in well in Apple Bread Town!
The "muffins" don't have to be muffins, if you prefer a bread...make a loaf of bread. Anything in the shape of a muffin make my kids want to eat them, so I went with muffins.
If you're making bread - make sure to grease and flour your pan!
Otherwise, pull out your muffin tin and some cool liners....and fill each one about 3/4 of the way full.
For muffins, you'll bake these bad boys in a 350 degree oven for 20-25 minutes.
For bread, you'll bake it at 350 degrees for 50-60 minutes.
To make sure they're done, stick a tooth pick in the middle and hope that it comes out clean, if it doesn't - try another 5 to 10 minutes in the oven.
These muffins are awesome! My kids and hubby gobbled them up for breakfast! They store great in an air-tight container in the fridge. I set enough out in the morning on the counter and in about 10 minutes, they were ready to go!
You could also add some ground flax seed to these for the added health benefits or drizzle them with some icing if you just feel like having something sweet! Raisins would be good too...or nuts!
Another bonus of this recipe is it's really easy to cut in half for a smaller family.
Either way - these are some yummy muffins!
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