Applesauce spice muffins

4 applesauce muffins on a blue pottery plate. Muffins have a thin slice of apple baked into the top.

3 photos of snowfall on vegetation and backyardMy apple crop is getting smaller but as you can see, I still have lots left. I was hoping to eat them through the winter but they seem to be going spongy. Maybe I stored them improperly or picked them at the wrong time? 

It finally snowed last week. I thought winter had arrived but it all melted 2 days later. Looked nice while it lasted.
2 boxes and 1 plastic laundry hamper full with this season's golden apples
Yesterday, I switched into high gear with applesauce making. The biggest pot on the stove and 2 batches in the slow-cooker. Just apples with cinnamon. I have more to do but it made a dent in the reserves.  
pot on stove with sliced apples and crockery pot filled with sliced applesSadly, yesterday was the death of my slow cooker. The pot cracked in a moment of stupidity. Can't add cold water to hot clay!!!! 

With so much applesauce, I needed a plan. Muffins would be the most practical (I so love practical) so, I experimented with muffin making (and ate about 8 muffins in the course of the day). 

The first one, a rye/rice flour combo. O.K. but a little flat and dense. Too much applesauce (I'm trying to use it up, don't you know). Other batches: whole wheat bread flour & maple syrup, pretty, but chewy as heck. 
2 kinds of muffins. Ones with honey-glazed pecan on top and a denser muffin spread with peanut butter
Best batch of the day, finally!! A mix of whole wheat bread flour and rye flour (top picture).

Prep time: 15 minutes
Bake time: 15 minutes at 350 degrees
Yield:  12 muffins


3/4 cup whole wheat bread flour
1/2 cup rye flour
1/4 tsp salt
1 scoop vanilla protein powder (I use Natural factors, Whey factors)
1 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp baking soda
1 tsp baking powder
1 cup applesauce
1/3 cup dark brown sugar (loosely packed)
1 egg
1 tsp vanilla
1/3 cup milk (of your choice)
1/4 cup finely chopped apple

  1. Mix applesauce, sugar, egg, vanilla and milk in a large bowl. 
  2. In a smaller bowl mix flours, salt, baking powder, baking soda, and the rest of the dry stuff. 
  3. Add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients and then add the finely chopped apple.
  4. Spoon into a greased or lined 12-muffin tin. Add a thinly sliced piece of apple on top.
  5. Bake at 350 for 15mins.
  6. Cool on a wire rack.

bowl with liquid ingredients with a spatula in it and another bowl with finely chopped apples on top with a metal spoon in it.

I'm over apples! For a few days anyway. I do have a few other ideas in mind for the future...
  • quinoa apple cake
  • some kind of soup with apples in it
  • applesauce granola bars
  • apple spread with honey and blueberries
  • applesauce tart

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