More apples!!! But I still have a lot left over… I need to cook through these apples so I can move onto pumpkin and acorn squash. Actually an acorn squash just came out of the oven. I don’t have a lot of patience when it comes to food.
These are seriously the ugliest little muffins ever. They taste awesome but are not pretty. It was my mother-in-law’s clever idea to hide them under some pretty apple slices. Garnishes. Fix. Everything. Frosting is a garnish, right?
Have you ever had those cookies with coconut, nuts, oatmeal, raisins, cranberries, and other things mixed in? Trail mix cookies or something? I can’t remember what they’re called but that’s what these remind me of. They have a nutty, not too sweet flavor with little sweet bits of apple mixed in. I had one for breakfast and spread some coconut oil on it. YUM!
Keep scrolling…there’s a recipe on this page somewhere.
I’ve never cooked with mahlab before. My aunt was making a trip to Penzeys and I asked her to pick me up something different, preferably weird. This is what she came up with and it took me about a year to think of something to use it in. It’s really good and tastes similar to a mild almond extract to me. I really like the way it pairs with the other spices. I also got to grind the mahlab myself! That was fun but I bet it would get old fast. Wanna see?
- 1½ C pumpkin seed flour (or any other seed/nut flour)
- ¼ C coconut flour
- ¼ C + 1 Tbsp coconut oil
- 1 C apples, diced into ¼ inch pieces
- 4 eggs
- ¼ C maple syrup or honey
- ½ tsp baking soda
- ½ tsp baking powder
- 1 tsp ground mahlab, optional
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- ¼ tsp cloves
- pinch of salt
- Preheat oven to 325ºF.
- Place apples and 1 Tbsp coconut oil in a small saucepan over medium-low heat. Cook down apples, stirring occasionally, for about 20 minutes or until softened.
- While apples are cooking, use a mixer to combine wet ingredients (1/4 C coconut oil, eggs, and maple).
- Use a fork to combine dry ingredients (pumpkin seed flour, coconut flour, spices, baking soda, and baking powder.
- With mixer on lowest setting, slowly add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients. Mix until well-combined.
- When apples are finished cooking, stir them and any juices by hand into the muffin mixture.
- Line a muffin pan with paper baking cups. Use a spoon to transfer the mixture to the muffin pans. It should make about 10 muffins.
- Bake muffins 15-20 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.