Oaty, Apple & Cinnamon Muffins

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…’tis the season to be greedy, fah la la la la la la la la!

As you are probably very aware by now – we love the tasty cinnamon and cooked apple combo in our house. The fact that cinnamon is a Christmassy spice helps us enjoy the seasonal cheer all the more, as it means there’s no limit to how much cinnamon we can bung into our baking. This is a recipe which fulfils the hospital criteria for baked egg. I added some ground cloves and freshly grated nutmeg for that real Christmassy spiced taste – their fragrance is delightful as they bake (to me! Aars is obviously out of the house when they are baking).

Oaty, Apple & Cinnamon Muffins – Ingredient List

oats, apple juice, apple puree, plain flour, cinnamon, ground cloves, fresh nutmeg, baking powder, bicarbonate of soda, golden caster sugar, sunflower oil, egg

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scrummy spices

Oaty, Apple & Cinnamon Muffins – Process (makes 12)

  • Preheat oven to 180°C
  • Line muffin trays with cases (paper or silicon)
  • In a bowl combine:
    • 1 C oats
    • 200 ml apple juice
    • ½ C apple puree
  • Leave the oats to soak in the apple
  • Combine the dry ingredients in a separate bowl:
    • 1¼ C plain flour
    • 2 heaped tsp cinnamon
    • ½ tsp cloves
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      lumpy mix
    • freshly grated nutmeg (to your taste preference)
    • ½ C  golden caster sugar
    • 2½ tsp baking powder
    • ½ tsp bicarbonate of soda
  • In a large jug beat the following until just combined:
    • 75 ml sunflower oil
    • 1 egg
  • Pour the oat and apple mix into the egg and oil and mix lightly
  • Pour the lightly beaten liquid into the dry ingredients and stir until it is all pretty much combined – remember lumpy is always good! (Smooth mix means your muffins will come out more like rocks)
  • Spoon into the muffin cases
  • Pop into the oven for 30 mins
  • Leave the muffins in their trays for 5 mins before taking out to place on cooling rack.
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    ding dong ;-P
  • These smell incredible – see how long you can hold out before scoffing one!

I put the majority of the muffins into sandwich bags and freeze them so that Aars gets a fresh one each morning. I pop one into his cake tin every eve so that it’s defrosted by morning and is ready waiting for him. I love them warmed up – just stick the defrosted muffins into a warm oven for about 7 mins… and they are ready as if freshly baked that moment. If you forget to get one out the night before, they also work well from freezer to microwave for 1 minute and onto the plate for breakfast!

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