Apple Walnut Spice Muffin

Apple Walnut Spice Muffins

My husband loves all food.

You know when you order food at a restaurant and they bring it out on lettuce or with a lettuce garnish? Yeah, he eats the lettuce.

I love that he loves all food. He always tells me how great any dish I make tastes and will eat up every bite. There is hardly ever any leftovers because he will eat anything.

…Or so I thought.

I make him lunch almost every day. I don’t mind. I like that he can think of me while he’s eating lunch. And I think it’s awesome that he has no idea what’s in his lunch box everyday!

But recently I discovered something. Every time I put a Granny Smith apple in his lunch box, he brings it home and puts it back into the fruit bowl.

At first, I thought maybe I had just packed too much food or he had snacked at work… But then it started happening every day… So one day I asked him why he always bring the green apples home. His answer?

He hates green apples.

How weird is that? I guess I get it. They are a bit sour… But that is the reason I love them!

Now I have this whole fruit bowl full of green apples. There are simply too many apples for one person to eat!

*Enter a bunch of apple recipes*

This recipe is for a delicious Apple Walnut Spice Muffin! It is semi-healthy and perfect for breakfast. In this case, I did not peel the apples. I was a little worried that the skin would be a little tough after baking, but it isn’t. If you don’t enjoy the skin, go ahead and peel your apples. But you don’t need to.

My friend, Chrissie, introduced me to this recipe and you can find her variation and many others here. Or you can see the original recipe here. I have tweaked it quite a bit to make it easier and also, I don’t have a mixer of any kind, so everything can be mixed with hand and it still comes out yummy!

Oh! Here’s a little delicious muffin trick my mom taught me: (once cooked) cut the muffin open, put a slice of butter between the pieces and microwave for 10-20 seconds. AH-mazing!

Apple Walnut Spice Muffins

Yields 12 muffins

Ingredients:
½ c butter
½ c white sugar
¼ c brown sugar
1 egg
1 c plain yogurt
2 c flour
1 tbsp baking powder
1 tbsp baking soda
¼ tsp salt
1 tsp cinnamon
½ tsp nutmeg
¼ tsp cloves
2 c diced apples (peeled or unpeeled, the choice is yours!)
1 c chopped walnuts

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
  2. Mix softened butter with white and brown sugars.
  3. Mix in egg and yogurt.
  4. Add all dry ingredients and spices. Stir until mixed well.
  5. Add apples and walnuts, stir until mixed evenly.
  6. Fill cupcake papers to top. (They do not rise like cupcakes)
  7. Sprinkle each muffin with brown sugar.
  8. Bake 20-35 minutes, or until toothpick comes out clean.
  9. Cool and enjoy!

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