Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Apple Catastrophe Averted!

So what do you do when the family sets the LARGE bowl of apples within easy reach of a 19 month old that loves apples?  Spend the day finding apples with 1 or 2 bites out of them hidden in the bowl, in toy drawers, and in the hands of said little one!

After you have collected all 6 of the concealed (and some not so concealed) apples what do you do with them?  In this case, I whipped up some whole wheat apple muffins.  I started with a recipe from called Apple Streusel Cinnamon Swirl Muffins and like most things I cooked, I tweaked it.  This is what I came up with:

Apple Streusel Cinnamon Swirl Muffins II
cinnamon sugar:
mix 1/4 cup white sugar with 1 Tbsp cinnamon

1 1/2 c grated peeled apple
2 tbsp cinnamon sugar mix (above)
1 1/4c whole wheat flour
1/4 c.  white sugar
1/2 c. dark brown sugar
3/4 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp salt
2 eggs
1/2 c. canola oil
1 Tbsp cinnamon
1 tsp nutmeg
1 tsp vanilla

Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.  Spray muffin pans with nonstick spray.  In a small bowl mix 2 Tbsp of the cinnamon sugar mixture with the grated apples.  Set aside.

In a large bowl sift the flour, sugars, baking soda, salt cinnamon, and nutmeg.  Mix in eggs, oil and vanilla.  Stir in the apple mixture.  This makes a thick batter (think carrot cake batter).

Spoon about 1 Tbsp of batter into each of the 12 muffin tins.  Spread to cover the bottom of the tin.  Sprinkle about 1/2 tsp of cinnamon sugar mixture over each muffin.  Cover with remaining batter.  If desired you can sprinkle any remaining cinnamon sugar mixture over the tops of the muffins.

Bake for about 20 minutes.  Enjoy!

Nutrition Info per serving:
215.9 calories
10.3 g fat
       1 g sat. fat
        2.8 g poly fat
        5.8 g. mono fat
        (no idea where the remaining 0.7 grams are!!)
35.4 mg cholesterol
141.6 mg sodium

66.8 mg potassium
33.2 g carbs (2.6 g of which is fiber and the rest is sugar)
2.8 g protein



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It has to thrill you a little bit that your 19 month old loves apples. My youngest (4.5) is my fruit and veggie freak. When he was like 18 months old I would get the oddest looks from waitresses when they saw him double fisting the broccoli I had ordered instead of fries for him. This is the same child who can eat an entire pint of blueberries in one sitting, and ate peas straight off the plant last summer! As a result, I bought 2 blueberry plants this spring, and am planting most of a 4x4 bed of peas this summer.

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Admittedly I do love it! H (my 10 year old) is the same way. The produce section in the supermarket is wonderland for her. If something new or exotic is there we just have to get it, figure out how to cook it and then eat it. For school snacks she asks for carrots and apples. J (my son) on the other hand has the mentality that if it never breathed oxygen it isn't worth eating. We have to make him eat veggies before he can eat meat otherwise he won't ever eat them. We tried a garden when he was younger hoping he might warm up to them, H loved it. J enjoyed the garden but not the food transferred to his plate.

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my kids developed a taste for Jicama last summer. The librarian at our local library introduced them to it during the "lunch bunch" program. It has the texture of a radish, but tastes a little like apple. You peel it and slice it.

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