I look back now and laugh at the idea of a healthy muffin. These are good, they don’t taste very sweet, they have veggies and lots of fiber, but good for me? I don’t know. They were great in a lunch sack for the boys. At least, I think they ate them; I found out years later they never ate the oranges. Who knew?
This really goes back to the Norwegian tradition of Hygge. It’s that cozy time with a cup of coffee or tea, a time to connect with a friend or a moment for yourself. I may just give up on scones altogether. Muffins and I seem to do ever so much better. These also got the seal of approval from the Hunka-hunka.
Keep your eye on the baking time. It will really vary depending on how juicy your apple is and how moist your batter is. I think you are going to be really surprised at the lack of sweetness considering all the sweet additions the basic recipe has. Enjoy a little Hygge time.
2 cups all-purpose flour
1-1/4 cups sugar
2 teaspoons baking soda
2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon salt
3 large eggs
1 cup oil
1 medium apple, shredded, approximately 1/2 to 1 cup ( I used Honey Crisp, my favorite eating apple. I won’t next time, I’ll go with a Braeburn or a Granny Smith. You don’t want the apple too juicy. Maybe that’s why they took longer to bake than mom’s did.)
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
2 cups grated carrot
1/2 cup golden raisins
1/2 cup sweetened shredded coconut
1/2 cup chopped pecans or walnuts
In large bowl, combine the flour, sugar, baking soda, cinnamon and salt. In another bowl, combine the eggs, oil, apple and vanilla. Stir into the dry ingredients just until combined. Fold in the carrot, raisins, coconut and pecans.
Fill 18 paper-lined muffin cups three-fourths full. I used a large ice cream scoop. Bake at 350° for 15-18 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Mom’s oven must have been warmer than mine. I ended up baking the muffins for 22 minutes and I think they could have used a little longer.
* From the Recipe Box:
This was in mom’s recipe box, how very hippy-dippy of her. These were supposed to be a very healthy muffin.
My favorite Gkid, you know the one, said they were the best muffins she ever ate. This was after her 5th or 9th.
and remember: One of the hardest things in life to learn is which bridges to cross and which bridges to burn. Big kiss, Lynn