January 28, 2011

# Muffins

Apple Muffin Hearts

Today I am not posting a vegan recipe (sorry to all you vegans) or a gluten free recipe (sorry to all you on a gluten free diet) but I am posting a lovely, healthy, and delicious muffin recipe.


My beautiful pan


Recently I bought a silicon muffin pan. I've never used a silicon pan before so I was very excited to try it. As soon as I found a recipe I wanted to try out, I set myself to work. Plus its heart-shaped! Who can resist hearts, especially as Valentine's Day is nearing?



I am not sure how much I like silicon pans. It’s supposed to be easier to remove your baked goods from a silicon pan but I actually found it more difficult. My muffins wanted to break on me so I had to wait till the pan was completely cooled before I could remove them. Don't be fooled by the pretty colours people, these silicon pans can get hot! I'm still very happy with how my muffins came out and I like the heart shape.
I foresee some heart shaped vegan chocolate muffins in my future!



Now for the muffins!
I made some apple muffins healthier by adding whole wheat flour, yogurt, and agave. They are still not the healthiest things on the planet but they are very filling and nourishing. I found that the whole wheat flour taste was very strong in these so if you or someone you are serving this too is picky about that you might want to use half whole wheat and half white.



Apple Muffins
Makes 6

1/3 cup brown sugar
1/4 cup agave
1 cup whole wheat flour
1/4 tsp salt
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp nutmeg
1 apple, peeled and diced
1 egg
1/2 cup yogurt
1/4 cup butter, melted

1 tbsp brown sugar
1 tbsp rolled oats
1/4 tsp cinnamon

Preheat oven to 400 degrees C
Combine brown sugar, flour, salt, cinnamon, nutmeg, and baking soda
Whisk together egg, yogurt, agave, and butter
Fold liquid ingredients into the dry ingredients
Add apple
Pour batter into muffin tins
Mix together brown sugar, cinnamon, and oats then sprinkle on top of muffins
Bake muffins 16-20 minutes until the edges are browned and the muffin tops spring back when lightly pressed

20 comments:

  1. Oh how cute! And you know I love apples...I've never tried baking with silicone before, and I'm sorry to hear they were a bit difficult to remove. They still look great. Thank you for sharing your recipe with me. I hope you have a Saturday full of relaxation and laughter! We all need it!

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  2. I'm hesitant to get those pans because they seem like they would be hard to clean! Are they dishwasher safe?

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  3. Your muffins sound scrumptious! And the hearts are cute! I don't bake with silicone - sorry you had a hard time with them.

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  4. Those muffins are so cute with their heart shapes. I haven't used silicon pans either but i hear mixed reviews. Some people love them and others not so much.

    Btw, i read your profile and I was glad to find another candian foodie :)
    I live in chicago now but i m originally from toronto.

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  5. That is the cutest pan ever! I must find one!! I am a heart addict, like really anything with a heart on it I must have. Maybe thats because I was born on Valentines Day? Who knows, I just love hearts and love!

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  6. Such an adorable pan...it would be perfect for Valentine's Day! The muffins sound amazing, I love the apple/cinnamon/oat combo!

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  7. So pretty. This sounds like my kind of breakfast! Love the cute heart shape, too. I'm totally a sucker for cute colorful kitchen gadgets :)

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  8. Such a cute muffin shape! I must get my hands on one of those!

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  9. With such beautiful flavours and such a cute shape, how can these not be completely irresistible?! Lovely!
    *kisses* HH

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  10. Apple, cinnamon and nutmeg, OH MY!!! I could eat 4 of these for breakfast right now, yummy!

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  11. Yum!!! Those looks so good! I've had trouble with those pans too! I had little hershey kiss shaped ones, and it was impossible to get the brownies out :( Those looks good though!

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  12. These sound great! And I love that they are in heart shaped! ;-)

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  13. Lovely!! Thanks for the warning about silicone pans too. They have such cute patterns - might be worth the effort :)

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  14. These are adorable! I've find silicon bakeware to be hit or miss. I absolutely love my Silpat nonstick baking mat, but my silicon cupcake cups, for example, are almost impossible to get off the cake at times.

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  15. Hey Kat, thanks for the commentary on silicone pans. I've wondered if I should buy some, but they don't sound much better than anything else. Either way, your muffins look so pretty in your photos. It's tea time, Dearie (smile)!
    Oh, and glad to find your blog btw...

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  16. I don't know what's cuter, Kat, the muffins or the muffin pan! Well, let's say it's a tie. They're both so adorable. Thanks for sharing this wonderful recipe! Have a great weekend.

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  17. Love your pan! Presentation makes such a difference!

    I see on your profile that you're a Kinesiology student in Canada... I graduated from the Kin program at Western in London a number of years ago. I also figure skated for the school, so it looks like we have a lot in common! Best of luck with your studies this year.

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  18. Plain and simple- I have to make these muffins!

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  19. I love all the fun pan shapes they have now! This looks so cute!

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