I finally got a picture!
Where are the pictures you ask? I apologize up front, but somehow I have made these muffins a number of times and we have managed to eat them all before I could get a picture. It doesn’t make sense and it doesn’t seem right, but it’s the truth. Apparently, we have no self control. I thought about delaying the post until I could make another batch, but we ate our last apples at lunch today. I’ll post a photo as soon as I make a new batch. Yes, I am THAT scatter brained this school year.
For whatever reason I have a need to mark every occasion with food. I don’t have any profound explanation. I simply LOVE to eat and food transports me to particular places and times in my mind. It comforts me, brings back great memories of the people I was with, and simply puts a smile on my face.
Sometimes I wonder if it’s because I’m from Louisiana and so many parts of our culture, life, and celebrations revolve around food. I think I’ve always been that way, and now my children have firmly planted their footprints on the same path. They now think every event should be acknowledged with food. I have succeeded in my brainwashing efforts:}
When we returned to school when I was a child, it was always in September. There was always a special breakfast to mark the transition. You would head out into the crisp morning with your new clothes and a full belly. When I think of fall and the start of school, my mind automatically goes to apples. What “Back to School” sign, poster, or calendar have you ever seen without an apple?
Although we started school in August, I was compelled to use apples on our first day to really set the mood. Our Classical Conversations group meets on Mondays and we marked our first week of school with the start of CC. I LOVE starting the week with something fresh from the oven. The kids woke up to the smell of cinnamon. This is the recipe for our hearty muffins that put a smile on everyone’s face.
- 2 c quick cooking oats
- 1 c oat flour
- 2/3 c sugar
- 2 tsp baking soda
- 5 tsp cinnamon
- 1 3/4 tsp xanthan gum
- 2 apples, chopped
- 1 1/2 c applesauce
- 2 eggs
- 1/2 c milk
- 1/2 c coconut or canola oil
- 1/2 c chopped walnuts (optional)
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a medium bowl combine the dry ingredients: oats, oat flour, sugar, baking soda, xanthan gum, and cinnamon. Toss the chopped apples and walnuts with the dry ingredients. There is no need to peel the apples. In a separate small bowl combine the wet ingredients: applesauce, eggs, milk, and oil, if using canola oil. If using coconut oil, stir it in at the end because the cold milk and eggs will cause the oil to solidify. Spoon the batter into greased muffin tins. Bake at 350 degrees Fahrenheit for 18-20 minutes. Makes 1 dozen muffins.
Enjoy warm from the oven or later as a snack!