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Happy Food Day! (and a recipe for apple muffins)

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Today was a perfect day for a homemade apple bread.  The air was chilly today, breezy, and very dry.  Leaves crackled under my feet as I walked along the Emerald Necklace and the smell of a fire burning floated through the air.  The leaves on the trees are finally vibrant shades of orange.  As I was walking, a church bell struck noon in the distance (no joke, I thought I was in a movie).  The only sense that hadn’t been utilized yet was taste… but that was ok, because I was on my way to:

Happy Food Day, readers!  But we eat food every day… why do we need a holiday to celebrate it?  Well, a lot of what some people eat isn’t really food.  To use Michael Pollan‘s phrase, lots of “food” is actually an “edible food-like substance”, comprised of lots of fakey gross things, handled by hundreds of people before reaching the plate (or wrapper, or car, or office…).  So today, hundreds of people gather in their local communities to lead workshops, cooking demos, lectures, activities, farmers’ markets, etc. to increase awareness of where real food comes from and to get to know the people who produce it.

In celebration, Brookline City Hall hosted a set of informational tables and an apple cider tasting.  Climate Action Brookline, Healthy Eating, Bountiful Brookline, and Zero Waste Kits were there.  Huge bags of local apples from Allandale Farm and surrounding farms completed the “food” part of the event.

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I got some Macoun apples (the very last bushel of the season!).  These are by far the best apples I’ve ever had, but I didn’t want to just eat them.  So I finally got around to making the only baked good that I still really really like: Apple Bread!

My mom has the best recipe in the entire world, but I was too impatient to wait to get it from her, so I found a recipe online that was close.  Of course, I can’t leave well enough alone, so I made it healthier and turned them into muffins– automatic portion control!

Here’s the recipe:

Healthy Apple Muffins

  • 1 1/3 cups sugar
  • 2/3 cups apple butter
  • 1 cup canola oil
  • 2 large eggs, lightly beaten
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 2 cups whole wheat flour
  • 1 cup AP flour
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon, plus other spices if you’d like
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 3 cups peeled and finely chopped apples (I used Granny Smith and Macoun)

1) Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Prepare two 12 cup muffin pans by spraying with nonstick cooking spray.

2) In a large bowl, whisk together sugar, apple butter, oil, eggs, and vanilla extract.

3) In a separate bowl, whisk together flours, spices, baking soda, and salt.

4) Stir the dry ingredients into the wet, add the apples.

5) Bake for about 25 minutes, until a toothpick comes out clean.

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Almost as good as Mom’s, and much better for you!

Enjoy with a beverage that you can pronounce every ingredient in.  And Happy Food Day!

Healthy Apple Muffins

Healthy Apple Muffins

Ingredients

  • 1 1/3 cups sugar
  • 2/3 cups apple butter
  • 1 cup canola oil
  • 2 large eggs, lightly beaten
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 cups whole wheat flour
  • 1 cup AP flour
  • 2 tsp ground cinnamon, plus other spices if you'd like
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 3 cups peeled and finely chopped apples (I used Granny Smith and Macoun)

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Prepare two 12 cup muffin pans by spraying with nonstick cooking spray.
  2. In a large bowl, whisk together sugar, apple butter, oil, eggs, and vanilla extract.
  3. In a separate bowl, whisk together flours, spices, baking soda, and salt.
  4. Stir the dry ingredients into the wet, add the apples.
  5. Bake for about 25 minutes, until a toothpick comes out clean.
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