Friday, September 20, 2013

Apple Muffins with Crunchy Oat Bottom & Maple Glaze

Apple Muffins with Crunchy Oat Bottom & Maple Cinnamon Glaze: Loves Food, Loves to Eat
You know those stupid, fattening, sweet, buttery muffins that parade around as breakfast but are really just dessert? 

Apple Muffins with Crunchy Oat Bottom & Maple Cinnamon Glaze: Loves Food, Loves to Eat Well, sorry. That's what these are. 

I said I'm sorry!

Apple Muffins with Crunchy Oat Bottom & Maple Cinnamon Glaze: Loves Food, Loves to Eat
Ok, but really… I'm not all that sorry. For starters, swimsuit season is over, my friends. Time to put on some extra weight to stay warm through the winter, right? And they do have whole wheat and apples, hello…that's healthy-ish. And also, my house smelled so amazing and warm and fall-y when I was making these, which is reason enough to whip up a batch.

Apple Muffins with Crunchy Oat Bottom & Maple Cinnamon Glaze: Loves Food, Loves to Eat

Sidenote: have you seen the most obnoxious Gwyneth Paltrow food quotes? OMG. I love it so much. I just want to find ways to incorporate autumnal yum into my daily vocabulary. These muffins are a pretty good excuse…they're chock-full of autumnal yum. 

Apple Muffins with Crunchy Oat Bottom & Maple Cinnamon Glaze: Loves Food, Loves to Eat Do you remember the apple muffins at Costco? I'm not talking about the ones they have now, with the streusel topping… I'm talking about the ones they used to have with the crunchy oat-crumble bottom. You guys, those muffins were awesome, as far as dessert muffins go. That's what I was going for here with the crispy oat bottom, but the muffins themselves are loosely based on the blueberry muffin recipe in the Grand Central Bakery Cookbook. I changed it up quite a bit. I mean, obviously I used apples (big hearty chunks of 'em) instead of berries, but I also used whole wheat flour and oats, and lots of warm fall spices. And butter. There's a good dose of the good stuff in here. You could definitely use coconut oil, but the butter makes these so good. For dessert, I mean. 

Apple Muffins with Crunchy Oat Bottom & Maple Cinnamon Glaze: Loves Food, Loves to Eat
Apple Muffins with Crunchy Oat Bottom & Maple Cinnamon Glaze: Loves Food, Loves to Eat

Apple Muffins with Crunchy Oat Bottom and Maple Cinnamon Glaze
Makes 24 standard sized muffins

I made some in paper liners and some directly in a greased muffin tin. The crunchy bottom seems to come out of both just fine, but either way, be sure to cool entirely before trying to remove, to avoid leaving behind delicious crumble. 

Crumble bottom:
1.5 cups quick oats
1/2 cup butter (1 stick) melted 
1/2 cup brown sugar
pinch of salt

Muffin batter:
2 cups whole wheat flour
1 cup quick oats
3/4 cup sugar
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ginger
1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
1/4 teaspoon allspice
2 medium apples, diced (about 3 cups of apple chunks)
4 eggs
3/4 cup (1.5 sticks) unsalted butter, melted and slightly cooled
1 teaspoon vanilla 
1 cup buttermilk (or 1 cup with 1 tablespoon lemon juice)

Glaze: 
1 cup powdered sugar
1 tablespoon pure maple syrup
Juice from half a lemon
Dash of cinnamon 

Preheat oven to 350. Lightly grease 24 muffin tins, or line with paper liners. 

Make the crumble bottom: Stir all ingredients together until combined and set aside.

Make the batter: 
In a large bowl, whisk together the flour through allspice, and stir in the apples until coated. Make a well in the center.

In a separate bowl, whisk together the eggs, vanilla, and melted butter, and pour into the well in the dry ingredients. Evenly pour the buttermilk around the outside ring of the dry ingredients. 

With your hands, mix the dry and wet ingredients together, using big, slow circular scrapes. Be sure to incorporate the dry ingredients on the bottom of the bowl, but stop as soon as everything is incorporated. Don't over mix! 

Bake: Fill each muffin tin with a small scoop of crumble, and pat down with your hands or the back of a spoon. The spoon muffin batter on top of crumble, filling tins about 3/4 of the way full. Bake for 35 minutes, or until golden brown and a toothpick poked in the center comes out clean.

Cool completely in the tin, then gently run a knife along the outside edge to release the muffins. 

Mix together glaze ingredients (add more syrup if it's too stiff, or more sugar if it's too runny), and glaze cooled muffins. 

Apple Muffins with Crunchy Oat Bottom & Maple Cinnamon Glaze: Loves Food, Loves to Eat
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13 comments

  1. These are so frickin crazy I can't even believe it. I never knew such a thing existed and now I don't know how I've lived so long without it...

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    1. HA! The day I bought Costco apple muffins and they didn't have the crunchy oat bottom, a little piece of my heart died!

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  2. This is 'THE ULTIMATE MUFFIN' recipe!!!!! I can't wait to make them...Yummy!!!!!
    If they are successful, I'll post my photos and link to your blog for the recipe --- okay??
    Thanks :o)

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  3. I just made these as mini-muffins for my daughters preschool class snack. They are awesome!

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  4. What do you do with the quick oats, baking powder, baking soda, salt, sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg, and ginger?

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    1. Hi Bobby, per the instructions, "In a large bowl, whisk together the flour through allspice, and stir in the apples until coated." :)

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    2. Thanks but does that mean that I mix the other dry ingredients in as well?

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    3. Yes, mix flour, oats, baking powder, soda, salt, sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, and allspice. Sorry, I see the confusion. By "flour through allspice" I mean all ingredients that fall between flour and allspice in the list (including the flour and allspice)...as in "A through Z," "flour through allspice" etc :). Sorry about that! Enjoy!

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  5. Oh My Goodness! I am beyond excited!! I remember when they changed the recipe. I was so sad! And nowadays I'm vegan so I wouldn't eat them even if they did still make them. This recipe looks great and easy for me to veganize. Thanks so much! Can't wait to make them!!

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  6. Oh, thank you for this! I've been dreaming about those old Costco apple muffins. I'm going to make these as soon as possible!

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  7. 3 Studies SHOW How Coconut Oil Kills Waist Fat.

    The meaning of this is that you actually get rid of fat by consuming coconut fats (including coconut milk, coconut cream and coconut oil).

    These 3 studies from big medicinal journals are sure to turn the conventional nutrition world upside down!

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