Pumpkin Apple Muffins

A couple of weeks ago, I was feeling tired and not excited to go to the office so I stopped at a local cafe and picked up a pumpkin scone. It was so good and literally made me so happy! I immediately said I wanted to bake some pumpkin goodies so I could always receive this instant satisfaction. I printed a bunch of recipes including a version of these Pumpkin Apple Muffins, but never got around to making them…until today. I made a pumpkin chili on Sunday to have for the week and the leftover pumpkin was starring at me, asking to be made into a yummy baked good!

This morning, I was rolling around in bed and debating whether I should try to go back to sleep, work out or just sip coffee on the couch. I decided to sip coffee on the couch and enjoy some quiet alone time. As soon as I opened the fridge I saw the pumpkin and apple and got inspired. I pulled out all the ingredients and got to work at 6:15am.

And I am so happy I did!

Pumpkin Apple Muffins

These are the perfect Fall treat without making you feel guilty at all. There is a small amount of sugar and the calories are only 151 per muffin which is way better than anything you typically get at a cafe or store.

Pumpkin Apple Muffins

Emerson and I enjoyed them together this morning! She woke up as I was finishing combining all the ingredients and helped me put them in the muffin tin. Check out my Insta story today if you want to see her chowing on a muffin! 🙂

She is starting to get interested in helping me cook which is fun!I am going to have to think of some kid friendly recipes. Let me know if you have any!

Pumpkin Apple Muffins

Pumpkin Apple Muffins

Serving Size: 12

Calories per serving: 151

Ingredients

  • 1 cup unbleached flour
  • 1/2 cup whole wheat flour
  • 1/3 cup old-fashioned oats + extra for topping
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp cinnamon + more for apples
  • 3/4 cup pumpkin puree
  • 1 cup almond milk
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 2 Tbsp coconut oil, melted
  • 1 egg, at room temp (so it doesn't harden the coconut oil)
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 apples, peeled, cored and diced
  • 1/2 Tbsp butter

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F (190 C) and line muffin tin with paper liners or spray with oil.
  2. Sautee apples in a skillet with butter and sprinkle of cinnamon until soft. Set aside.
  3. Combine pumpkin puree, almond milk, brown sugar, oil, vanilla extract and egg in a large bowl.
  4. In a separate bowl mix flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt and cinnamon and mix together. Carefully and slowly fold the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients. Put about a 1/3 of the dry ingredients, at a time, into the wet ingredients and stir.
  5. Add apples and oats and stir again lightly until just combined. Spoon into muffin tin filled to the top. Sprinkle oats on top (optional).
  6. Bake for 22-24 minutes or until golden brown and a fork comes out clean.
  7. Refrigerate to ensure freshness.

Notes

* adapted from Minimalist Baker's Vegan Pumpkin Apple Muffins

http://www.comfyconfident.com/2017/10/18/pumpkin-apple-muffins/

What are your favorite fall pumpkin recipes? I had originally pulled this one after going apple picking, but I love it more for the pumpkin than the apple!

Are you an apple fan or a pumpkin fan? I eat apples almost every day but I love the seasonal excitement around pumpkin. There is nothing else like it!

10 Simple and Easy Apple Recipes

10 Simple and Easy Apple Recipes

My all-time favorite Fall activity is going apple picking. It brings back so much nostalgia from my child-hood, from the smell of the cider donuts to the cool brisk air. It’s a great excuse to bust out your fall gear, spend quality time with family and friends and make delicious apple recipes!

This past weekend, we ventured up to Applecrest Farm Orchard and spent the morning apple picking. It was SO much fun. I was so happy and literally am already making plans for next year… we have to arrive right when it opens to avoid the crowds, I need to wear my Bean boots and I might have to have Emerson get her face painted!Apple Picking 2017 Applecrest Farm2

We came home with a giant bag of apples. We will never be able to eat them all, so I was googling fun and easy recipes I could make. There are so many!! I decided to compile a list of the 10 most simple, easy to make apple recipes I found. I don’t know about you, but I do not have a ton of ingredients on hand and I also do not have a ton of time so when I look for a recipe it has to have minimal ingredients, be easy to make, require very little time and taste delicious. I mean, I’m not asking too much, am I!?

For instance, I don’t have apple brandy, I don’t have arrowroot, and I definitely don’t have any of those special extracts. But I do have cinnamon, vanilla extract and lots of apples!10 Simple and Easy Apple Recipes

Here are the recipes. Enjoy!

  1. Applesauce in the Slow Cooker [never done it. have to try. plus, then I can use it in other recipes listed below.] via The Kitchn
  2. Homemade Apple Cider [because what’s better than a hot cup of cider on a cool fall day.] via All Recipes
  3. Baked Apple Stuffed with Oatmeal Brown Sugar [anything single serving is a win in my book. #portioncontrol]via The Kitchn
  4. Apple Pie Bites [had to include some sort of apple pie treat] via the Blond Cook
  5. Cinnamon Apple Quinoa Salad [I figured I needed to throw in some real food. not just desserts and treats] via Love and Zest
  6. Apple Cinnamon Baked Oatmeal [oat bakes are the best breakfast for a working mom on the go; the feed both mom and kid, perfect!] via Five Heart Home
  7. Apple Pumpkin Muffins [because Minimalist Baker and muffins are two of my favorite things!] via Minimalist Baker
  8. 5 Ingredient Apple Crisp [give me all the 5 ingredient recipes you can. This mom is all about ease and convenience!] via Carrots ‘N Cake
  9. Crock Pot Apple Cinnamon Steel Cut Oatmeal [it meets all the requirements. Crock pot = easy, apple = duh, Oatmeal = yum] via PB Fingers
  10. Apple Cinnamon Blondies [these just look like the ultimate treat and I have to try them.] via Bakerita

What is your favorite apple recipe!? Please share! Maybe I will try to make that too 🙂