Apple Orchard Muffins

Apple Orchard Muffins

Ingredients

  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 4 large eggs, beaten
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 cup vegetable oil
  • 1-2 cups of chopped apples of choice
  • 1 cup of sugar
  • 1 teaspoon salt

    Note: Apple choices may vary from tart options like Granny Smiths to sweeter ones like Gala, Fuji, Macoun or Honeycrisp. If you decide on a sweeter apple, reduce the amount of sugar added to ½ cup.

     

    Directions

    Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

    In a large mixing bowl, combine oil, eggs, and vanilla. Stir to combine all wet ingredients. In a separate mixing bowl, combine flour, salt, sugar, baking soda and cinnamon. Stir well to combine dry ingredients.

    Make a well in the middle of the dry ingredients bowl. Gently pour the wet ingredients into the center of the well. Using a spatula, gently combine the two until well combined. Then add the apples and mix one more time. Note: Batter will be on the thick side.

    Line muffin tin with liners. Fill about ¾ of the way up each muffin mold.

    Bake for 20-25 minutes. Remove from oven and allow muffins to cool for 5-10 minutes.

    Makes approximately 18 muffins.

     

    Recipe Activities for Kids

    • Have your little chef line the muffin tin with liners. Practice counting 1-10.
    • Have your child help whisk the wet ingredients (i.e. eggs, oil, vanilla)
    • Have your child help measure out the dry ingredients (i.e. flour, baking soda, salt and sugar).
    • Talk about where apples grow and the different varieties available. Can your helper name a few?
    • Your kitchen helper can help fill the liners with a cookie or ice cream scoop
    • For the older kids:
      • Use the muffin liners and practice simple addition and subtraction. They can also practice counting 1-20 by 2s, 5s and 10s. See how high they can count.
      • With adult supervision, they can practice peeling an apple if you decide to not include the apple skins.
      • With adult supervision, they can practice chopping the apples with a kid-friendly knife
      • Practice cracking eggs and beating them with a fork or whisk.

     

     

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