Apple ‘n Spice Muffins

I’m feeling my age (maybe even older).  That simply won’t do.  So while I’m waiting impatiently for 10 rejuvenating nights at Walt Disney World, I’m going to spend my free seconds doing things that make me feel young again.  Along with all the DIY beautifications to come, I’ve also broken my three year tanning bed sobriety (don’t be hatin’… I know it’s bad), and I’ve been baking muffins.

Baking muffins?

Baking muffins makes me feel like a teenager.  I baked (and ate) a lot of muffins when I was a teenager, much to my family’s delight… I think – they always were eaten pretty quickly anyway. With fresh muffins around all the time, it spoiled me for just about any store-bought variety, most of which just taste like cake or are so dry and heavy you can’t choke them down with all the coffee in the world.

I found this recipe on Cooking Light and it was just what I was looking for today, a simple muffin with just a little bit of spice.  It’s just a bit sweet and my favourite thing about it is the added cornmeal, I might start sneaking some into some of my own recipes.

Apple ‘n Spice Muffins
Adapted from Cooking Light
Makes 1 Dozen Muffins
1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 cup cornmeal
1/3 cup sugar
1 tsp baking powder
1 tsp ground cinnamon
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp salt
1/4 tsp ground ginger
1 3/4 cups shredded apple (2 medium)
3/4 cup low-fat buttermilk (I was out and used 1 tbsp white vinegar topped up with 2% milk instead)
2 tbsp vegetable oil 
1 large egg, lightly beaten 
For topping:
2 teaspoons sugar
1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
Preheat oven to 400 degrees (375 convection).  In a large bowl, whisk together the first 8 ingredients.  In another bowl, mix together shredded apple, milk, oil and egg.  Stir the wet ingredients into the dry and only stir them until no dry bits remain (standard muffin instructions). Equally divide the batter into 12 prepared muffin tins (I use a non-stick pan, but still spray them liberally with Pam), sprinkle cinnamon sugar on top and bake for 18-20 minutes (15 convection).  
Does any recipe take you back to your youth whenever you make it?
About Heather Nolan

Heather Nolan lives just outside of Halifax, Nova Scotia. She loves her lil' family, her cats, traveling, and creating in the kitchen. Her iPhone is often confused for a conjoined twin.


  1. Your apple spice muffins look great. A lovely addition to a morning cup of coffee!

  2. they sound good! I love the idea of a little cornmeal in there!

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