Pumpkin and apple muffins are a delicious blend of fall flavors in a healthy fruit and veg filled muffin!
What are the best apples for muffins?
When adding apples to a muffin, you need to keep in mind that texture is really important. Good baked apples should keep their shape and not turn into pulp. The taste of the apple depends on what you are doing. If your muffin is less sweet, a sweeter apple variety like golden yummy may be a good choice. The opposite is also true – if you're making a sweet muffin, a Granny Smith with a very sour taste is a delicious contrast in taste. Here is a list of apples we like to use in muffins:
- Golden Delicious
- Granny Smith
- Pink woman
Here are some tips on how to enjoy great apples:
- Selection: Choose apples that are firm to the touch and have no bruises.
- Storage: To maintain freshness, apples should be stored in a plastic bag in the refrigerator.
- Preparation: Wash apples thoroughly in water before use. Apples can be enjoyed in salads, smoothies and bread.
Health Benefits of Apples
Apples are a great thing to add to your kid's menu! An apple a day could really keep the doctor away (though I'm not sure anyone has ever tried it!). These are some of the health benefits for your children that you may find interesting:
- Much of the food in an apple is in the peel. So make sure to keep the peel when giving apples to your kids!
- Apples are good for your child's digestive health as they are not only high in fiber, but of two different types too! Apples contain both soluble and insoluble fiber. Together, they help your children have regular bowel movements by softening and puffing their stool and moving it along the bowel, preventing constipation.
- Apples contain pectin, a type of fiber that acts as a prebiotic. This means that it feeds the good bacteria in your intestines.
How to make your own pumpkin puree
Did you know you can make your own pumpkin puree instead of buying it? We have a whole post on how to make your own pumpkin puree in 3 easy steps! We have more pumpkin recipes for you, even if you're the pumpkin-loving type:
OUR BEST PUMPKIN RECIPES:
- 2 Cup Flour
- 3/4 Cup sugar
- 1 tablespoon Pumpkin pie spice
- 1 teaspoon Baking soda
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 1/2 TL Salt-
- 2 big Eggs
- fifteen ounce Pumpkin, canned
- 1/2 Cup oil
- 1 Cup Apple, chopped
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
Chop apples (requires 1 cup).
Mix the flour, sugar, pumpkin spice, baking powder, baking powder and salt in a large mixing bowl. Put aside.
Beat eggs in a separate bowl. Mix in the pumpkin puree and oil.
Fold wet ingredients into dry ingredients until they are just combined. Don't overmix. Fold in the chopped apple.
Line the muffin pan with baking cups or spray each can with cooking spray. Fill each muffin bowl 3/4 full and bake for 25-30 minutes or until the toothpick inserted in the muffin comes out clean.
Calories: 170kcal | Carbohydrates: 24G | Protein: 3G | Fat: 8thG | Saturated fatty acids: 1G | Cholesterol: 23mg | Sodium: 90mg | Fiber: 3G | Sugar: 11G