Cinnamon Flavoured Apple and Raisin Muffins
- 1 ¼ cups all purpose flour + 1 ¼ cups whole wheat flour, sifted together
- 3 ¼ tsp baking powder
- ½ teaspoon salt and a pinch more
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- ¾ cup to 1 cup brown sugar (superfine)
- ½ cup vegetable oil
- 1 egg OR 1 tablespoon flax meal mixed in 3 tablespoons of water
- ½ cup milk (you can add more if you find the mixture too dry)
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 2 sweet eating apples (Royal Gala, Fuji etc. You could also use a mix of granny smith apples and red apples); peeled, cored and finely chopped
- Raisins; as desired
- ½ teaspoon + a pinch more of powdered cinnamon
- A pinch of nutmeg (optional)
- Granulated sugar, for sprinkling
- Preheat oven to 180°C (350°F). Place the flours, baking powder, sugar, salt cinnamon and nutmeg in a bowl.
- Place the oil, egg/prepared flax meal, milk and vanilla in a separate bowl and whisk to combine.
- Pour the liquid ingredients into the dry ingredients and mix until just combined.
- Add the chopped apples and raisins and mix to combine. Spoon mixture into a muffin tin lined with paper patty cases.
- Sprinkle the tops with granulated sugar and bake for 20 to 25 minutes or until cooked when tested with a skewer and top has turned crunchy and golden brown.
- Remove from tin and cool on a wire rack.
Apples are a very good fruit for building healthy bodies and are easily available throughout the year. A quick look into the benefits of Apple:
1. Apples provide Boron which is an essential trace element that helps in bone protection and building muscle
2. Improving cognitive skills and muscle coordination
3. Asthma help
4. Healthy Carbohydrates
5. Apples are loaded with Pectin, a soluble fiber that aids digestion
6. Good source of Vitamin C
Though cut apples are best for everyone, it sometimes doesn’t go down very well with little ones, especially children who don’t quite fancy freshly cut fruit. These muffins are super healthy, quick to make and will ensure that fruit goes in really well.
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