My destiny as a domestic goddess came to a screeching halt when I was 11 years old. Every week, my mum drove my friend and me to a fabric arts class at Arts Umbrella, a performing and visual arts school located on Vancouver’s Granville Island.
Maybe if we stuck with tie-dying t-shirts I would have been okay. But a few weeks in, I discovered that I could make the knitting yarn tangle just by looking at it. It all went downhill from there.
The redeeming factor for me, besides hanging out with my friend (and a pretty respectable stuffed bunny that I wove on the loom), were our trips to the Granville Island public market after class. If you ever have the opportunity to visit Vancouver, the market is a “must make” stop on your sightseeing agenda. Of course, good food always comes to the rescue!
Our favorites were the fresh Vietnamese spring rolls, filled with plump shrimp, tender rice noodles and lettuce. Coming in a close second were the bran apple muffins. Each one was as big as my hand and topped with a slice of tender, cooked cinnamon-coated apple. They were hearty and a meal unto themselves.
These apple spice muffins are inspired by those muffins of yesteryear, though I dare say that this version is considerably more calorie-wise and lower in fat. Applesauce and Greek yogurt add moisture without adding fat, and the whole wheat pastry flour produces a tender texture while adding fiber.
These are fantastic for an after school snack or as an on-the-go breakfast option, and they freeze very well.
So, knitting and sewing may never be my thing, but I’d like to think that I earn a couple of domestic goddess points for these muffins.
- Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F. Lightly coat the muffin tin with cooking spray.
- In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, baking soda, cinnamon, nutmeg and salt.
- In a large bowl, combine the applesauce, Greek yogurt, brown sugar, canola oil and egg. Stir together until the mixture is smooth.
- Stir the dry ingredients into the applesauce mixture until combined. Stir in the apple pieces.
- Spoon the muffin batter into the prepared muffin cups.
- Bake until a toothpick inserted in the center of the muffins comes out clean, 20 to 25 minutes.
- Remove muffins from the pan and allow to cool. Serve.
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