Friday, March 4, 2011

Apple-Cranberry Wheat Muffins

Posting one of our favorite muffin recipes today ~ as far as my kids are concerned.....any day that begins with warm, homeade muffins is a good day indeed!  As always.....my fresh whole grain substitutions, as well as any others, are in parenthesis.

Busy mom tip:  sometimes I'll double the recipe and bake in two loaf pans instead, adjusting the time as necessary.  This saves me time in more ways than one:  loaf pans are easier and quicker to clean, and I can freeze the extra loaf for another time. =)

When I bake it in the loaf pan, my crew also enjoys it warm with cream cheese (Neufchatel - 30% less fat) if we have it!

Apple-Cranberry Wheat Muffins

photo courtesy of Luv2Bake @ food.com

Ingredients :


1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 cup whole wheat flour
(or omit the 1st two ingredients and use 3 1/3 cups freshly ground soft wheat or a combo of ground soft wheat and ground oat groats)
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1/4 cup toasted wheat germ
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
2/3 cup carnation fat-free evaporated milk { 5 ounce can} - (or low fat milk if you don't have evap.)
1/3 cup 100% apple juice, Premium
1/4 cup vegetable oil  (or 1/4 cup unsweetened applesauce)
1 large eggs
1 1/4 cups baking apples
3/4 cup dried sweetened cranberries (OCEAN SPRAY CRAISINS)
1 tablespoon cinnamon sugar

Directions:

Preheat oven to 400ยบ F.

Grease or paper-line 12 muffin cups.

Combine all-purpose flour, whole-wheat flour, granulated sugar, wheat germ, baking powder and cinnamon in medium bowl.

Beat evaporated milk, apple juice, vegetable oil and egg in small bowl until blended.

Add to flour mixture; stir just until moistened.

Fold in apple and cranberries.

Spoon batter into prepared muffin cups, filling 3/4 full.

Sprinkle with cinnamon-sugar.

Bake for 14 to 16 minutes or until wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean.

Cool in pan on wire rack for 2 minutes.

Remove to wire rack to cool slightly.

Serve warm.
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1 comment:

Aurie said...

mmm...sounds (and looks!) yummy!