The little man was home sick yesterday, despite appearing to be fine in every way. sigh. I’m a sucker.
So there were a couple of things that I needed to do:
1. Use the apples that were quickly going bad.
2. Make something I can hand off to Connor in the car in case we’re running late for preschool.
3. Bake something somewhat healthy.
Since all three of these things were easily combined in one quick recipe, I decided to go with Apple Muffins for yesterday’s Sneaky Mommy Eats.
Disclaimer: this is obviously not a home-made, concocted from scratch recipe. If you are expecting that from me, please, I beg you,….get a dang clue! I would love to say I don’t have the time to do that, but that’s not true. The truth is that I just don’t want to. Why reinvent the damn wheel?
Betty Crocker Cinnamon Struesel Muffin Mix
3/4 cup of milk
1/4 cup of vegetable or canola oil
2 apples, cored, peeled, finely grated
My love for mixes is three-pronged: 1) I don’t have to mix all the tedious dry ingredients myself, thus 2) I don’t make as big of a mess and 3) save time.
My recipe is easy:
Preheat the oven to 425. Pour mix into a large bowl, setting topping bag aside. Add milk:
Then Connor’s favorite step: Add the eggs!
He likes to help crack the eggs and stir them into the mix.
I promise he’s wearing a diaper, it’s just hidden behind the bowl. He was a very good little helper until he got distracted by the tomatoes and started counting them over and over. Well actually it was more like he lined the up in a nice row, saying “one tomato” every time he added to the row. My adorable genius.
Anyways, stir the ingredients together. And once you’ve grated the apples, which are not called for on the box (that’s why this is “my” recipe), add them in and stir until all mixed.
I promise it tastes better than that picture looks.
Pour the batter into cupcake liner cups or into your greased muffin tin.
And then put this on:
While I was pouring the batter into cups, Connor brought me this headband and said “Pretty?” I thought he wanted me to put it on him, but he refused, pointed to me and said “Mommy do it.” OK….apparently Connor is concerned that I don’t look pretty enough when I’m baking. Well…thank you son for looking out for your old mom.
Back to business:
Using the topping from the box, lightly sprinkle on top of each muffin.
Try to do a better job than I did and actually get some of the topping on the muffin.
Follow instructions on the box and bake for 16-21 minutes. Then you get these:
Yum! Kid tested….