Apple Zucchini Spice Muffins



Author Notes: Fall is harvest time for the freshest and tastiest apples and zucchini. Here is an easy recipe for breakfast or an afternoon break. I add minced raisins and toasted walnuts and flavor with pumpkin pie spice. The topping is more fresh apple wedges tossed in brown sugar and cinnamon. COOKS NOTES: Use a paper towel to absorb excess moisture in the grated apples and zucchini before adding to the batter. Use a Jumbo/Texas sized muffin pan for 8 muffins or (my favorite) short crumb cake baking paper cups, no muffin pan needed, to also make 8. Lorraine Fina Stevenski

Makes: 8 muffins
Prep time: 30 min
Cook time: 20 min

Ingredients

  • DRY INGREDIENTS
  • 1- 1/2 cups white whole wheat flour
  • 2 tablespoons golden flaxmeal
  • 3/4 cup light brown sugar, or stevia brown sugar blend
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon pumkin pie spice
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • WET INGREDIENTS:
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1/3 cup canola oil
  • 1/2 cup light buttermilk
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ADD IN'S:
  • 1/2 cup raisins, chopped
  • 1/2 cup toasted walnuts, chopped
  • 1 medium zucchini, skin on, remove seeds, grated and then pressed in a paper towel
  • 1 medium, Honeycrsip apple, peeled, cored , grated and then pressed in a paper towel
  • TOPPING:
  • 1 medium, Honeycrisp apple, remove skin, core and then cut into 1/4" slices
  • 1 tablespoon light brown sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
  • sprinkle of cinnamon sugar on each muffin
In This Recipe

Directions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Line 8 Jumbo muffin cups or arrange 8 short crumb cake baking cups on a half sheet pan.
  2. MAKE THE BATTER: In a large mixing bowl whisk together all the dry ingredients. In a medium mixing bowl, whisk together all the wet ingredients. With a rubber spatula, add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients and stir just a few times. Gently stir in the raisins, walnuts, shredded zucchini and shredded apple. Stir just until combined. Set aside while making the topping. (This rest period gives the batter a chance to hydrate the flour and flax and the baking powder to start activating)
  3. MAKE THE TOPPING: In a small mixing bowl, toss the apple wedges, brown sugar and pumpkin pie spice.
  4. PUT IT ALL TOGETHER: Fill each muffin cup almost to the top. Arrange 3 apple wedges on top of each muffin. Sprinkle with cinnamon sugar. Bake for 18-20 minutes or until a tester comes out clean. The muffins will look shiny and wet when done. Cool slightly and then serve warm.

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