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Following the success of the Mexican Luau/Hawaiian Fiesta, we picked up the decorations from the back yard, cleaned up the kitchen, and sent the kids on their way with a fun party favor.
Several weeks later, I was happily pottering or frantically cooking in my kitchen, I forget which exactly, so great was the surprise when I opened the door to my bottom oven, to find cupcakes from the pool party serenely sitting in the rapidly heating insides.
When returning my friends dish, I included these Apple Oat Muffins with Brown Sugar Cinnamon Swirl, oh, and if you happen to be missing anything, feel free to come check out my bottom oven, I’m not sure what you will find in there.

The inside of my oven with the old cupcakes


1 cup flour
1/2 cup whole wheat flour
1/2 cup quick cooking oats
1/2 cup sugar
3 teaspoons baking powder
1 1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon, divided
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
1 tablespoon brown sugar
1 tablespoon warm water
1 cup milk
1/2 cup applesauce
1 egg
1 tablespoon vegetable oil
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 apple, peeled, cored and diced

Heat oven to 400F.
Fill a 12 cup muffin pan with paper liners.
In a large bowl, combine both flours, oats, granulated sugar, baking powder, 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon, baking soda, salt and cloves. Mix thoroughly with a fork, make a well in the center and set aside. In a small bowl, combine remaining teaspoon of cinnamon, along with brown sugar and water. Whisk until brown sugar is dissolved. Set aside.
In a medium bowl, whisk together milk, applesauce, egg, oil and vanilla. Pour liquid mixture into center of dry ingredients and stir until just blended. Fold in diced apple.
Spoon batter into prepared muffin tin, then top each muffin with 1/2 teaspoon of the brown sugar-cinnamon mixture. Bake for 12 to 15 minutes, until a toothpick inserted in the center of one muffin comes out almost clean. Cool in pan, on a wire rack for 5 minutes, before removing muffins from pan.

Recipe adapted from Shape Magazine, October 2004