September 13, 2007

Apples & Honey Muffins

2 cups diced fresh apples*
1 1/2 cups flour
1/2 cup honey**
1/2 cup buttermilk OR milk
1/2 cup canola oil
1/4 cup flaxseed meal
1 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
pinch salt
freshly ground nutmeg
1 egg

Preheat oven to 350. Line or grease and flour 1 12-well muffin tin. In a large bowl, stir together flour, sugar, flax seed meal, egg, salt, nutmeg, oil, milk and the baking powder until a fairly smooth batter forms. Fold in the apples. Divide evenly among 12 wells in a muffin tin. Bake 20 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center of the center muffin comes out clean. Cool on a wire rack.

*About 2-3 apples in a fairly large dice. Don't pack them in the cup or you might end up with too much apple and the muffins won't stick together.
**I used mesquite honey because we have a lot of it, but really, any honey would work.

My thoughts:
Party like it's 5768! Today's Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year. It is traditional to usher in a sweet new year by eating apples dipped in honey. We did that last night (over the phone with Matt's mom!) but I thought I'd make some yummy apples and honey muffins this evening. They are really tasty and pretty healthy too. The flaxseed meal gives them a buttery taste without using butter and since canola oil is roughly as "healthy" as olive oil but is flavorless so it doesn't compete with the apple and honey flavors.