Let me take you back to the last week of September. My kids had already started begging me to let them put up Halloween stuff. I put it off as long as I could, but the last Saturday before October I gave in. I brought out my giant bin of Halloween decorations, set it inside, and I went back outside to finish cleaning the garage. My kids took it upon themselves to put out all the decorations- in the best way that they could as a 6 and 8 year old. It was all I could do with my OCD issues to let some things be different than they have been for years and years. Luckily, I baked some of these tasty muffins to mellow me out. These were great!
If you read the post that goes along with the Caramel Apple Pie, I still have some apples from my friend that gave me a giant load of apples and pears! They are never going away! When I went to get apples from her, she handed me some photocopied pages of a small cookbook and smiled. When I read the title, it was a "Fall Baking Cookbook" and there was a whole section on orchard fruit baked goods. Oh, dear! I could have made a different one every day of the week for two weeks! I did try these muffins, which were phenomenal. My kids gobbled them up,
Source: From a small "Fall Baking" cookbook from a friend
1 1/2 c flour
2/3 c packed brown sugar
1/2 c oats
1 T baking powder
1 t cinnamon
1/2 t salt
1/8 t nutmeg
1/8 t ginger
1 c coarsely chopped peeled apples
1/2 c chopped walnuts
1/2 c chopped pitted dates (I omitted these- mainly because I think they look like mummified cockroaches)
1/2 c butter, melted and cooled
1/4 c milk
Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Grease muffin tins or use paper muffin liners.
Combine the flour, brown sugar, oats, baking powder, cinnamon, salt, nutmeg, and ginger in a large bowl. Add the apples, walnuts, and dates (If using)
In a small bowl, whisk the butter, eggs, and milk until well-mixed. Stir into dry ingredients until all the flour is incorporated. Spoon the batter into the muffin cups. It makes 12 muffins.
Bake for 20-25 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the middle comes out clean.
Cool and eat!