- 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.
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.
Kitchen Activities for Budding Chefs
- 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.