Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Healthy-ish Caramel Apple Muffins

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I'm still practicing all the food for O's birthday party, and these are too cute not to share.  They come from a big mix of ideas & then I winged it.  Putting caramels in the center came from a Gordan Ramsay recipe, the frosting came from a Disney Family Fun article, and the muffin itself is a basic apple muffin with some healthy substitutions.

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This is all you need + plain yogurt. (I was not getting it all out again for a new pic.)

For the muffins, you will need


  • 1 cup whole wheat flour
  • 1/3 cup all purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoons baking spice
  • pinch of salt
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/4 cup applesauce
  • 1 cup plain yogurt
  • 2 large-ish or 3 small-ish apples, peeled and chopped
  • 6-8 soft caramels, chopped
Preheat oven to 400.

Wisk together the dry ingredients.
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In another bowl, wisk the eggs, applesauce, & yogurt.
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Mix it all together with the apples until blended.
Fill muffin cups 1/2 way. Sprinkle caramel pieces, and then fill the cups the rest of the way.  (Makes 12)
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Bake for 15 min (until a toothpick comes out clean).

While they are baking, prepare the frosting.

You will need
  • 8 oz. of softened cream cheese
  • 2 tablespoons + 1 teaspoon of maple syrup
  • 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract
  • food coloring
  • chopped nuts
  • craft sticks
Mix cream cheese, maple syrup, and vanilla extract with a mixer.  Add food coloring to achieve a caramel color.  
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I played with yellow, red, and bit of blue.

Frost each muffin, coat the edge with chopped nuts, and push a craft stick into the center.

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mmmmm





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