Need a perfect fall breakfast? Give these caramel apple muffins a try.
I know this is a cupcake blog. I know that I have posted a muffin recipe once before (which is PERFECT for right now, btw) and talked about it being a muffin recipe on a cupcake blog. But here I am again, telling you that I will post a muffin or a cake or other type of fantastic baked good from time to time, and I’m just going to need you to go with me on this. These caramel apple muffins are so great for fall, and they are SO easy to make that I had to include them.
Outside of the caramel apples, there’s only one bowl necessary for this recipe. You literally put everything into one bowl and mix it up by hand. Simple recipes are awesome, right? Like the easy pumpkin cupcake recipe I introduced a few days ago on the blog. That’s why a muffin recipe is ok every once in a while, because you know I drive you crazy with my 28 step recipes in 5 parts. Don’t even pretend like I don’t. These caramel apple muffins are an attempt to bring some balance to the difficulty scale, so please try them out. The only real labor involved is dicing a granny smith apple and letting it heat for a couple of minutes with some sugar and butter. After they’ve softened a little, I add a splash of heavy cream to make the caramel-like sauce and then let them cool slightly. That’s all there is to it.
Simple and tasty- what could be better?
These muffins are hearty and not too sweet, so if you’re looking for stodgy or more sweet like a cupcake, this isn’t your recipe. But if you want easy apple muffins that are a perfect companion to your morning coffee, then these caramel apple muffins will be your bff. You can even tweak the recipe a little to boost the healthy factor; try adding an apple/spinach/blueberry puree pouch (yes, I keep those toddler treats in my cabinets at all times because they come in handy for snacks and for recipes like these!) in place of the applesauce. Or use whole wheat flour and coconut sugar in place of the refined stuff. They’re great in any form, and they’ll be a staple for your front porch morning coffee time.