Happy Thanksgiving to my fellow Canadians! I hope you had a special gathering with loved ones, and ate lots of delicious autumnal food. Speaking of autumn food, I’ve been obsessed with this recipe I created for spiced apple muffins! The apples were free from a neighbour’s front garden (taken with permission), and they add a tart kick to these treats. Combined with Cream of Wheat, and crunchy walnuts, these muffins are full of texture and have that quintessential fall aroma of spiced apple!
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I’ve been trying to take advantage of harvesting and gleaning as much local food as possible this autumn. This includes food I’ve grown at the allotment and back garden, but also foraged berries. In the case of these apples, the neighbours have a large apple tree and way more apples than they can possibly eat. Rather than the fruit going to waste, I figure I can enjoy a few from the “for free” bucket and take advantage of locally-grown seasonal produce. For more on eating seasonally and locally, see: Eating Seasonally and Locally in the UK while living Zero Waste
This is the second recipe I’ve made with Cream of Wheat, the first being: Cream of Wheat Berry Muffins. I’ve been trying to use up a box of Cream of Wheat that I brought back from Canada at least two years ago. I’m surprised it’s still edible, to be honest. Semolina would add a similar crunchy texture if you can’t find Cream of Wheat.
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Spiced Apple Muffins
- 1 ½ Cups White Flour
- ½ Cup Cream of Wheat
- ½ Cup Dark Brown Sugar
- ¼ Cup Granulated Sugar
- 2 Tsp. Baking Powder
- ½ Tsp. Salt
- 2 Tsp. Cinnamon
- ⅓ Cup Vegetable Oil
- ⅔ Cup Oat Milk (any plant-based milk)
- 1 Egg (or flax egg for vegan)
- 3 Medium Tart Apples peeled and chopped
- ½ Cup Walnuts chopped
- Cinnamon and sugar for topping
- Pre-heat your oven to 180°C (350°F) and line your muffin tin.
- In a large bowl, sift together the dry ingredients.
- In a glass measuring cup or bowl, whisk together the egg, milk, and oil.
- Add the liquid to the dry ingredients, and stir until just combined.
- Fold in the chopped apples and walnuts
- Fill muffin tin cups ¾ full and sprinkle cinnamon sugar on top.
- Bake for 15-20 minutes.