Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Tempting Apple Muffins

Here we have Adam and Eve, doing a little nude produce shopping at the Eden Superette, seemingly oblivious to the fact that the grocery clerk is Satan, seen here in his guise of lizard/kangaroo hybrid with the face of Jack Nicholson. We all know how this story ends - expulsion from Paradise, bringing forth children in pain and sorrow, the whole "mortality" thing, blahblahblah - but I can't help thinking that if Eve had shown a little more creativity, things might have been very different. Instead of just eating the forbidden fruit right there on the spot, she could have whipped up a batch of these sweet, fluffy muffins. That way, when Jehovah dropped in (unannounced, as usual: SIGH), she could have offered Him a nice cup of tea and a snack. A cute apron would have counteracted any newfound nakedness=shame awkwardness, and with the first bite, all that righteous fury would have disappeared. The moral of this story? Not even a wrathful, Old Testament God can stay grouchy when presented with a plate of warm, freshly baked muffins!

Tempting Apple Muffins

~ 2 cups whole wheat pastry flour (or all purpose, if you prefer)
~ 1 tbsp. baking powder
~ 1/2 tsp. baking soda
~ 1 tsp. cinnamon
~ 1/2 tsp. each: salt, nutmeg
~ 2 apples, chopped into small dice
~ 1 over-ripe banana, mashed
~ 2 tbsp. canola oil
~ 2 tbsp. maple syrup
~ 2 tbsp. ground flax seed
~ 1 cup orange juice
~ 1 tsp. vanilla extract

~ Preheat the oven to 375 degrees fahrenheit and lightly coat a muffin tin with cooking spray.
~ In a large bowl, sift all the dry ingredients together. When well combined, add the diced apple and toss to coat with the flour mixture.
~ In a separate bowl or beaker, combine the mashed banana and all remaining ingredients.
~ Make a well in the dry ingredients, add the wet mixture, and mix with a wooden spoon or rubber spatula (don't overmix!).
~ Spoon the muffin batter evenly into the tins, and bake at 375 for 20-25 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.


  1. I love your intro to this recipe, it made me laugh. Your muffins sound yummy. Apple muffins are one of my favorite kinds.

  2. ha ha, that troublesome Jehovah, always dropping in! I'm stoked to see this recipe, because I have a motherload of apples going on right now. Mmmm, muffins!

  3. I love apple muffins so I definitely have to try these!