In today’s post I’d like to share with you a recipe that combines two of fall’s favorite foods – pumpkin and apples! Pumpkin Apple Streusel Muffins are a wonderful blend of pumpkin and apples plus flaxseed, brown sugar, pumpkin pie spice and maple syrup topped with a cinnamon-brown sugar streusel.
- 2 cups all-purpose flour
- 1/2 cup flaxseed
- 1 cup brown sugar
- 1 tablespoon pumpkin pie spice
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 2 eggs, lightly beaten
- 1 cup canned pumpkin puree
- 3 tablespoons vegetable oil
- 6 tablespoons maple syrup
- 2 cups finely chopped apples, peeled & cored (about 2 apples)
- 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
- 1/4 cup brown sugar
- 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1 tablespoon melted butter
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees and lightly coat 18 muffin cups with cooking spray or use paper liners.
- Blend in a large bowl 2 cups flour, flaxseed, brown sugar, pumpkin pie spice, baking soda and salt. In another bowl, beat together eggs, pumpkin, oil and maple syrup. Add flour mixture to pumpkin mixture, beating until just blended.
- Fold in the apples. Spoon batter into prepared muffin cups.
- For streusel: In a small bowl, mix 2 tablespoons flour, 1/4 cup sugar and 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon. Drizzle melted butter over the top and blend with a fork until the mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Sprinkle topping over muffin batter using a teaspoon measuring spoon.
- Bake until toothpick inserted into muffin comes out clean, about 35 minutes.
Pumpkin Apple Streusel Muffins are made using the traditional method of making muffins in which the dry ingredients are combined in one bowl and the wet ingredients are combined in another bowl; then the wet and dry ingredients are mixed together until the dry ingredients are just moistened.
Did You Know?
Studies have shown that apples provide some anti-cancer benefits for several different types of cancer – colon, breast and lung cancer related to their antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. Apples may also have anti-asthma benefits as well. Having a low glycemic index (GI), apples may improve blood sugar regulation by reducing glucose absorption and by stimulating the pancreas to put out more insulin.
Apples have a moderately sweet, refreshing flavor and a tartness that is present to a greater or lesser degree depending on the variety. Red Delicious and Golden Delicious are two of the sweetest apple varieties; Granny Smith apples are the most tart.
Tart apples, which retain their texture during cooking, are often preferred for cooked desserts like apple pies. Sweeter varieties are usually eaten raw.
Apples are grown all over the world! You may find an orchard nearby this time of year where you can pick your own apples. When I was growing up my Dad took our family to Taylorsville, North Carolina each fall to buy apples by the case. It was a fun family outing!
More Apple Recipes
Here are some other Silver Foodie recipes containing apples that you might like:
German Apple Pancakes in the post Breakfast & Brunch 3
Baked Sliced Apples in the post Brunch & Breakfast 4
Nutty Apple Muffins in the post Muffin Mania 3
Applesauce Spice Muffins in the post Muffin Mania 2
Morning Glory Muffins and Walnut Apple Crisp in the post Autumn Apple Delights
I hope you’ll try one or more of these recipes and enjoy pumpkin and/or apples soon!
Remember to Savor the Flavor!
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