October is here! That means it’s prime apple season here in New York, making these Apple Honey Muffins the perfect recipe to join your autumnal baking line-up.
But apples and honey are special in more than one way this time of year. They are at the heart of the New Year festivities being enjoyed by all our neighbors observing Rosh Hashanah. This holiday is a time for family and community, with everyone gathering together for a delicious meal laden with challah bread and fall produce. To bring in good tidings for the new year, apple slices are dipped in honey in celebration of life’s sweetness.
This tasty pairing is what inspired this recipe; a scrumptious muffin loaded with chunks of fruit and a drizzle of everyone’s favorite sweetener.
Apple Honey Muffins
- 1 1/4 cup whole wheat flour
- 1 1/2 tsp baking powder
- 2 tps ground cinnamon
- 1/2 tsp ground ginger
- Pinch ground nutmeg
- 1/2 tsp baking soda
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1/2 cup oats
- 1/3 cup melted coconut oil
- 1/2 cup honey
- 2 eggs, at room temperature
- 1 cup + 2 tablespoons plain Greek yogurt (preferably full-fat or 2%)
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 1 cup grated apple
- 1 cup diced apple (¼-inch cubes)
Preheat the oven to 425 degrees. Grease a muffin tin with coconut oil, or line with parchment liners. Set aside.
In a large mixing bowl, sift the flour, baking powder, cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, baking soda, and salt. Stir, then fold in the oats. Set aside.
In a medium mixing bowl, whisk together the melted coconut oil, honey, eggs, Greek yogurt, and vanilla. Fold into the dry ingredients until just combined, then add the grated and diced apple. Do not overmix!
Divide the batter evenly between the slots in the muffin tin. Bake until golden-brown and a toothpick comes out clean, about 12-15 minutes. Keep a close eye, since honey causes baked goods to brown more quickly than usual.
October is also National Farm to School Month, and New York is a great state to support your local apple farmers. Take advantage of the bounty by eating apples now and throughout autumn to enjoy them while they are in season.
Your local Greenmarket or farmer’s market is a great resource to pick up local apples and learn about their origins directly from the farmers.
Or, make a day out of it and by planning a trip to one of the many U-Pick Farms in the Hudson Valley. Not only is apple picking a fun activity for the whole family, but visiting an orchard is also an excellent opportunity to get a more intimate glimpse into where your food comes from.
We hope your October is filled with plenty of Crispin, Granny Smith, Fuji, Gala, Braeburn and Empire apples! ???
Until next time,
The Allergic to Salad Team