Muffin Monday and a “Drive By” post………

It’s the little things.   See this red mixing jug?

I’d thought about buying it about 20 times but never did.   I was afraid to bring home another plastic container/bowl as we have a vast collection that the six foot teenager finds the height of frustration when he empties the dishwasher. But it went on sale and came home with me.   It’s perfect for mixing up a one bowl batch of muffins.   It was $8 and I love it.   Enough said.

I’m still studying and I’m just about over it!  I had one exam this afternoon and have an essay due Friday and then I am free as a bird until February.   Oh the extra time I will have.   Sorry, I just had to pick myself up off the floor from laughing as I never seem to have free time.

I seem to remember a long, long time ago, simply spending Sunday on the lounge watching movies and recovering from a big Saturday night.   Now I spend Saturday and Sunday running like a lunatic to fit everything in.   I really think I need to examine the expectations I set for myself so maybe I can do that in my spare time after I finish studying this term :)

I did, however, find time to make some muffins as a colleague requested the recipe.

 

I used apple cider instead of other liquids in this and topped with a crunchy gluten free granola (subject of a future Road Test Tuesday). This makes a great mid morning snack to share with friends and is not only delicious but low fat as well. Enjoy your week ahead. I hope to make it through with minimal stress but stellar results!

 

Apple Cider and Granola Muffins – (yields 12 standard muffins)

2 cups gluten free all-purpose flour
½ tsp xathan gum
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp baking powder
1 tsp salt
1 tsp ground cinnamon
1/4 cup applesauce
2/3 cup granulated sugar or sugar substitute like Natvia
1 tsp vanilla
2 eggs
1/2 cup apple cider (or apple juice)
1 large apple chopped into chunks
Gluten free granola for tops

Preheat oven to 170 for fan forced or 185 for standard.   Place muffin liners in a 12 cup muffin tin and set aside.

In a small bowl, place the chopped apple and cinnamon, if desired,  and microwave for 2-3 minutes until starting to soften. 


In a large bowl, mix together applesauce, sugar, eggs and vanilla. Sift in the flour, xanthan, baking soda, baking powder, salt, and cinnamon and mix.   Stir in the apple cider until just mixed in (don’t over mix). 

Place 1 tablesboon batter into each muffin cup, followed by a teaspoon of apple mixture.

  Use remaining batter to fill each muffin cup.   Place a tablespoon or so of granola on top.

Bake for 20-25 minutes or until a toothpick inserted comes out clean. *note I tented the pan with foil after about 10 minutes to avoid the granola burning.   Alternatively, you could add the granola at about the 10 minute mark.

Public Service Announcement - I simply have not had a chance to organise myself for the next giveaway so it will be later this week! Sorry for any deflated hopes for today but, don’t forget, tomorrow is a betting paradise with Melbourne Cup and Oz Lotto $100 million jackpot!

Muffin Monday – Apple Cider & Granola
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Serves: 12
Ingredients
  • 2 cups gluten free all-purpose flour
  • ½ tsp xathan gum
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • ¼ cup applesauce
  • ⅔ cup granulated sugar or sugar substitute like Natvia
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 2 eggs
  • ½ cup apple cider (or apple juice)
  • 1 large apple chopped into chunks
  • Gluten free granola for tops
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 170 for fan forced or 185 for standard. . Place muffin liners in a 12 cup muffin tin and set aside.
  2. In a small bowl, place the chopped apple and cinnamon, if desired and microwave for 2-3 minutes until starting to soften.
  3. In a large bowl, mix together applesauce, sugar, eggs and vanilla. Sift in the flour, xanthan, baking soda, baking powder, salt, and cinnamon and mix. Stir in the apple cider until just mixed in (don’t over mix).
  4. Place 1 tablespoon batter into each muffin cup, followed by a teaspoon of apple mixture. Use remaining batter to fill each muffin cup. Place a tablespoon or so of granola on top.
  5. Bake for 20-25 minutes or until a toothpick inserted comes out clean. *note I tented the pan with foil after about 10 minutes to avoid the granola burning. Alternatively, you could add the granola at about the 10 minute mark.

 

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