Sometimes the best remedy for a bad day is a freshly baked, homemade muffin – or muffin top in this case. Especially when it isn’t baked by you. That’s exactly what I had in mind when I made these spiced apple walnut muffin tops. My sister and my niece had a rough day the other day that was complete with an emergency trip to the doctor. Fortunately, everything turned out okay, but I know it was probably super stressful for both of them.
Since there wasn’t much I could do about it, I made some apple walnut muffin tops for them. It made me feel better and kept my mind busy while I waited to find out if everything was ok. Did you know that psychologists have actually shown that baking for other people can be beneficial for your mental health? I’ve always found it to lower my stress levels, but it’s also a great way to show someone how much you care.
To make these muffins, I used Bob’s Red Mill organic all-purpose flour because it’s milled from premium quality ingredients, giving baked goods that extra touch of quality, which is definitely something you want when baking for the people you care about. I made these muffin tops dairy free, but Bob’s Red Mill also has a 1-to-1 gluten free flour that would be perfect if you need to make these gluten free. (P.S. There’s a coupon on their website for $1 off any product!)
Since my sister and I are both obsessed with Gilmore Girls, I figured these muffin tops would be the perfect choice for a Gilmore Girls themed care package. I made her these spiced apple walnut muffin tops, inspired by Sookie, and completed the care packaged with red vines, popcorn, classic movie DVDs, lots of coffee and some yellow daisies. It was the perfect thing to cheer her up after a long, stressful day.
To make these apple walnut muffin tops, I used a special muffin top pan, but you can also make the recipe into full-sized muffins, just bake them for 20 – 22 minutes instead of the listed 11 – 13 minutes. I tried them both ways, and it works. The only thing is, you’ll only get 6 muffins, so if you want a full dozen, you’ll have to have to double the recipe. I tested it out just in case you don’t feel like buying a special pan to make these.
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Spiced Apple Walnut Muffin Tops
Yield 12 muffin tops
- 1 cup chopped Granny Smith apple
- 1/2 cup sugar, divided
- 1 cup all-purpose flour
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 1 teaspoon
- 1 egg
- 1/3 cup almond milk
- 3 tablespoons canola oil
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1/4 cup walnut pieces
- Preheat oven to 350˚F and prepare muffin top pan.
- In a medium bowl, combine apples and 1/4 cup sugar. Stir to coat apples evenly. Set aside.
- In a large bowl, whisk together remaining sugar, flour, baking powder, and spices.
- Add egg, almond milk, oil and vanilla extract. Whisk until mostly smooth.
- Add apple mixture and walnuts. Stir until combine.
- Divide mixture between muffin top cups. Bake for 11 - 13 minutes, or until an inserted toothpick comes out clean.
- Remove from oven and cool in pan until muffin tops are cool to touch. Transfer to a wire cooling rack.
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