Apple and butternut squash muffins

Prep Time 15 minutes Cook Time 20 minutes Total Time 35 minutes
Serves 14 muffins     adjust servings

Apple -squash muffins are a great, healthy fall treat, perfect for school lunches!

Ingredients

    For the apple and squash puree

    • 1 (32 oz.) container Eat Smart cut butternut squash
    • 2 small Michigan apples (such as Red Delicious or Gala)
    • Yield 2 cups squash and apple puree

    For the muffins

    • 1 1/2 cups white whole wheat flour
    • 1 1/2 teaspoons cinnamon
    • 1 teaspoon baking soda
    • 1/4 teaspoon baking powder
    • 1/2 teaspoon salt
    • 2 large eggs
    • 1/2 cup honey
    • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted (or sub canola oil)
    • 1 teaspoon vanilla

    Instructions

    1. Preheat the oven to 350. Line a muffin tin with paper liners. (You’ll need two tins, since this recipe makes about 14 muffins.)
    2. To make the apple and squash puree: Steam 2 1/2 heaping cups each of butternut squash and apples for about 10 minutes, or until tender.
    3. Transfer to a blender or food processor and puree. (I puree mine until smooth but you could leave it a little more chunky if you prefer.)
    4. Measure out 2 cups of the puree mix to use for this recipe.
    5. To make the muffins: Combine flour, cinnamon, baking soda, baking powder and salt in a large bowl.
    6. Make a well in the middle of the dry ingredients and add eggs, honey, butter, vanilla and the 2 cups of apple-squash puree.
    7. Stir the wet mixture together in the well and then mix to combine with the dry ingredients.
    8. Spoon mixture into prepared muffin tins. (I like to spray my paper liners with cooking spray since there’s not much fat in this recipe. It prevents the muffins from sticking to the liners.)
    9. Bake at 350 for 18-22 minutes, until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.
    10. Cool completely. Store on the counter for 2-3 days, in the fridge for a week or in the freezer for up to 5 months.

    Recipe Notes

    You can serve these with a spread of butter, peanut butter or almond butter.
    To freeze: wrap each muffin in aluminum foil then place in a freezer bag.

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