The weather here has been ridiculously cold. I know that this winter has been worse for some, but as a Floridian towards the southernmost part of the peninsula I have been hibernating my bum off! I am sincerely surprised by these cold fronts. No snow or ice for us, but I find myself kind of wishing I was home for all that craziness. Sledding down Brook’s Bridge seems like it could be a blast. We don’t get much excitement up there, that’s for sure.
It’s not exciting down here either. Like I said, I’ve been hibernating. I feel bad sending my oldest to school because I don’t even want to go outside. I’m that person that’s freaking out about any temperature below 55 degrees Fahrenheit. Do. Not. Want.
To make it up to my morning commuters, I’ve been experimenting with different breakfast muffins. Inspired by some cookies I made with chunks of real apple, I decided to make some muffins that have the same effect. If you chop up and peel the apples ahead of time, you can whip these up even on the busiest of mornings.
Apple Spice Muffins
- 1 box Duncan Hines Spice Cake mix
- 1 Granny Smith apple peeled and finely chopped
- 1/3 cup coconut oil *
- 3/4 cup applesauce *
* Note: You’re basically following the directions on the cake mix. I substitute coconut oil in all my baked goods because it’s a better oil for both nutritional needs and flavor. I like to substitute apple sauce for eggs in my cake mixes as well. Duncan Hines is a vegan mix, so by omitting the eggs you’re keeping it free of animal byproducts. (The substitution is 1/4 cup apple sauce per egg.)
- Preheat the oven to 350°. Line a standard muffin tin with cupcake liners, or grease with your preferred method.
- Mix the cake mix, apple sauce, and coconut oil. Add in chopped apples. You may add water to reach the appropriate consistency, but the apple sauce and apples already add moisture to the muffins.
- Bake about 18 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Let them cool a bit before serving. Careful, the apple chunks can be very hot!
I’m new to this gluten-free, from scratch baking business, but I found the perfect muffin mix during my internet adventures while inside hiding from the cold. As I was reading the article, I was imagining chunks of apple in it and maybe some walnuts too. Can you envision it? I can and they taste wonderful.
I’d like to create some mixes ahead of time for myself so I can cut out the boxed cheats in my life. I’ve always been a fan of semi-homemade because being able to cook a nice meal for my family without spending too much time in the kitchen is ideal. What I’m realizing is that people who create good meals from scratch are cooking in bulk so that they can utilize their efforts over a longer span of time. I really just need to put my mind into it and work on my time management to include things like that.
Until then… I’m going to stuff my face with these Apple Spice Muffins… Because they’re fabulous.