Hana’s Healthy Apple Muffins

During our recent cottage vacation, I got to spend time with all of my beautiful nieces, including Hana (rhymes with “piranha”–she told me that’s what she writes on name tags, so people don’t call her “Hannah.”)  Hana has, since she was 5 or so, been a kitchen adventurer, trying new recipes, making things up with no recipes, and in general doing the kind of kitchen chemistry that they really ought to give credit for in school.

Anyway, Hana was telling me about this apple muffin recipe that she makes, and her parents and sister all chimed in to endorse how fabulous the muffins are.  So I of course begged for the recipe, and Hana has kindly provided it.

Hana’s Healthy Apple Muffins

-Dry Ingredients-

  • 1 cup whole wheat flour
  • 1/2 cup bran flour (can use whole wheat)
  • 1/4 cup ground flax seeds
  • 2 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tbsp cinnamon
  • 1/8 tsp ground cloves
  • 3/4 tsp salt
  • 1/2 cup Splenda (or sugar–1 c. Splenda=1 c. sugar)

-Wet Ingredients-

  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 cup skim milk
  • 2 tbsp honey
  • 1 tbsp molasses
  • 1 1/2 tsp vanilla
  • 1 tbsp ground flax
  • 1 tbsp non-fat yogurt
  • 3 tbsp applesauce
  • 3 apples
  • 1/2 cup raisins

1. Preheat oven to 350
2. Peel all apples
3. Add all wet ingredients except 1 apple and raisins to food proceesor (if they don’t all fit just mix them in later)
4. Chop remaining apple into chunks, and raisins into teeny tiny peices (sending through food processor doesn’t work)
5.Combine all dry ingredients, then add all wet
6. Pour batter into sprayed muffin tin (should make about 17 muffins)
7. Place in oven for 25 minutes