So, I got to thinking---apples and peanut butter are really a tasty little treat, right? Well then, they would make a terrific combo in a muffin. Yes. Yes they would. Yes they do.
I've said it before...Minnesota has the very best apples. These are Honeygolds. They are a cross between a Golden Delicious and a Haralson. In 1960, the Honeygold was crossed with a Macoun. Their lovechild was the Honeycrisp!
You may recall that my husband and I went apple picking a couple of weeks ago. I still have apples to use! Not only that, we bought a couple jars of peanut butter at Costco. Jars may not be the best term. Drums. Drums of peanut butter. Apple Peanut Butter Muffins were meant to be.
Use a cookie scoop to get the batter in the tins..much less messy.
This time, instead of chopping up the fruit, I grated the apples, peels and all (I did core them). It's easy if you use a food processor...or a salad shooter.
Apples and cinnamon = yum. Apples and peanut butter = yum. Apples, cinnamon, and peanut butter = Holy Cow!
Apple Peanut Butter Muffins
2 cups all purpose flour
1 cup sugar, divided
2 teaspoons baking powder
2 1/2 teaspoons cinnamon, divided
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 1/2 cups shredded apples (about 2 medium)
1 cup low fat buttermilk
1/2 cup creamy peanut butter
1/4 cup coconut or canola oil
1 egg, slightly beaten
1 teaspoon vanilla
Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.; line a 12 cup muffin tin with cupcake liners.
In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, 3/4 cup sugar, baking powder, 2 teaspoons cinnamon, and salt. In another bowl, stir together the shredded apples, buttermilk, peanut butter, oil, egg, and vanilla. Combine the wet ingredients with the dry, stirring until just mixed, being careful to not over beat. Spoon the batter into the muffin tins. Combine the remaining sugar and cinnamon and sprinkle evenly over the muffin tops.
Bake for 18-20 minutes, or until the tops spring back when lightly touched. Cool on a wire rack.
Of course, twelve muffins are a few too many to have around the house. These freeze really well. In fact, they are almost better after a day or so...the flavors meld together. For a quick breakfast, just grab one from the freezer and nuke for about 30 seconds.
Apples, peanut butter, cinnamon, coconut oil...these are on the road to healthy. A few more tweaks and we'll be there. Perhaps, next time I'll try some whole wheat flour and a little less sugar. Or maybe not. It's hard to mess with success. :)