using CorEats Pumpkin or Banana Mix
Apples are connected to some of my favorite childhood memories!
Growing up in the country, our extravagance was the natural beauty that surrounded us. The rolling mountains with exquisite views, the storms blowing in that were AWE-inspiring, and the endless sloping fields that made for the BEST snow tubing adventures imaginable! We would pile a BUNCH of people onto tractor tire inner-tubes and squeal with delight with EVERY near-death experience... It was THE BEST!
But of all the things that set my childhood farming adventures apart, the abundance of wild blackberries and apples lent me such beautiful experiences with my father. They gifted me time with an amazing man that I am beyond blessed to call my dad. Memories that I now carry near and dear in my heart.
Every year we would hike around the property, sampling wild apples, searching for that Holy Grail of trees. When a tree snagged our attention, one BURSTING with flavor, my dad would Tarzan to the top of the tree, find the ripest, plumpest fruit, and drop them down to our outstretched hands below. Once we were rapturously loaded, we had pie, applesauce, and muffins to make! But before our baking commenced, dad would begin the pruning process... polishing our apple-treasures.
It always amazed me how the apples would flourish, getting bigger each year under his watchful care. Sweet, tangy, and tart apples. SO many varieties: white, yellow, pink, red, and green! One particular variety had this red veining to the core and its’ flavor was UNEQUALED... when you found a really ripe one, the red juices would flow down your face as you bit into it. I always wondered if that variety had a name, or if it was a wild treasure gifted to us alone 💕
Okay, now that you are dreaming apples, let’s get baking, shall we?
1 CorEats Pumpkin or Banana Bread & Muffin Mix
½ cup applesauce
2 Tbsp oil
1 tsp vanilla
1. Preheat your oven to 350°
2. Empty your dry mix contents into a medium sized bowl. Add the applesauce, eggs, and vanilla. Mix until combined.
3. Spoon your batter into a lined muffin pan, filling to ¾ full. Bake for roughly 25 minutes, or until an inserted toothpick comes out clean.
4. Cool for a few minutes
-Try topping your muffins with my cream cheese frosting for an extra flavor twist.
-My apple chips make such a beautiful, festive, and delicious garnish! Try pairing BOTH the cream cheese frosting and apple chips for a fun Apple Spice Muffin Flair!
-You can also make healthy doughnuts with this batter! Oh. My. Goodness. You're in for a treat. Simply use a silicone doughnut mold or pan that makes 3”-3 ½” doughnuts. Bake for 15-20 minutes. Once cooled, sprinkle with powdered sugar, cinnamon sugar, drizzle with glaze, dip in your favorite paleo chocolate, ice those babies, sprinkle with nuts (heck, try a combination of these options!)... OR, just dive in and eat them hot!