Apple Pie a la Muffin

Let me tell you how my morning went.

For starters, I went to bed way too late. Why is it that I decide at 11 p.m. that all the dishes in the sink need to be washed, the overflowing pile of laundry laundered and the war-zone of Pearyn's toys tamed? Apparently I'm a glutton for punishment (or I just suffer from serious micromanagement, whichever).

So I get up and stumble into the bathroom to try and conquer my morning breath, which, is pretty normal, except while picking fuzz (dear God I hope it was just fuzz) out of my hair I drop a giant blob of bling-blinging white toothpaste on my favorite, cozy, wear-every-single-night-if-it's-not-dirty tank top. Ladies, you know which one I'm talking about. It's worn in (but not so worn in that it looks sloppy), it's comfortable and it makes you look good. This is essential for me in the mornings. And now, I'm going to have to wait a good two-three days to wash said heavenly tank top because as I said earlier, I already tackled our mountain of cloth diapers, hubby's work uniforms and my random items of casual business attire.

I know, it's another one of Chubby Vegan Mom's drawn out, has-no-point stories.

Except I do.

So while I absolutely detest, seriously detest breakfast and all things morning food, I decided the only way to turn my day around was to start it off with some super scrumptious, dessert-disguised-as-breakfast, snack. That's right, friends. I ate dessert for breakfast two (count them), two days in a row (oh no she didn't!)

And while your sweet tooth probably doesn't rival mine, I guarantee you're going to want to save this recipe for one of your rainy days (or you know, one of those "drop a giant glob of toothpaste on your favorite tank top" days).

Apple Pie a la Muffin
(Makes 24 mini-muffins, because everything is better mini)
2 cups all purpose flour
1/2 cup whole wheat flour (lets get a little goodness in there)
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup brown sugar
1 stick butter
1/2 cup almond milk (with a tablespoon of lemon extract added to it, let it sit for 5 minutes)
1/2 cup apple juice
1/2 cup applesauce
2 cups diced apple (I used pink ladies because their super sweet and crisp)
2 tsp vanilla
1 TBS cinnamon (plus some to sprinkle)
Hazelnuts (to sprinkle on top)
Raw, big, fat crystal sugar (to sprinkle on top)

Preheat oven to 400 degrees.

Take one large or two medium apples and dice them up super tiny.
Throw them into a pan with 1 stick of butter, a sprinkle of cinnamon and 1/2 cup brown sugar. Cook on low heat for 10-15 minutes. (You're essentially creating the "apple pie" filling here.
In a bowl, mix flour, white sugar, almond milk, apple juice, applesauce, vanilla and 1 TBS cinnamon.

Fold in gooey, buttery, baked apple mixture. Spoon into greased mini-muffin tins. Top with crunchy sugar and hazelnuts to taste (or whatever nut your heart desires).
Bake for 12-15 minutes (or until golden brown on the outside and springy in the middle.

Now, what was I complaining about?


  1. Yum. That is definitely a good way to turn your day around!

  2. Love the sound of your tank-top! Also your muffins!