Whole Wheat Apple Oat Mini Muffins

appleoatmuffin6Once a month I help coordinate a Mug N’ Muffin get together for the women of our church.  It’s such a good time.  Everyone brings their favorite mug and we provide the coffee and muffins.  This month I experimented over and over and over again with muffin recipes but hadn’t found one that I was satisfied with.  When I made healthy substitutions, they all turned out too dense.  Then I experimented with this recipe.  Can I just tell you, these are so crazy good….seriously it took 7 bad batches to land on this one.  Kind of like waiting to find the right man, these were worth the failed attempts:)  Thanks to www.whitelightsonwednesday.com for the inspiration for this recipe!

Makes 28-30 mini muffins

1 1/4 c unsweetened applesauce

1 c old fashioned oats

1 c whole wheat flour

1/2 c all purpose white flour

1/2 c unsalted butter (softened)

1 c pure maple syrup

1 tsp vanilla

2 eggs

1 tsp baking soda

1/2 tsp cinnamon

1/2 tsp nutmeg

1/4 tsp salt

Topping:

1/4 c butter (melted)

2/3 c walnuts

1/3 c brown sugar

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Grease 2 mini muffin pans. Begin by bringing applesauce to a boil in a small saucepan.  As soon as it begins to boil, remove from heat and stir in oats.  Allow this to sit while you are preparing the other ingredients.  In a small bowl, sift flours, salt, cinnamon, nutmeg and baking soda together.  In a larger mixing bowl, whisk softened butter and maple syrup together for 2 minutes.  Whisk eggs and vanilla into maple syrup/butter mixture.  Fold flour mixture in 2 parts into the wet ingredients.  Lastly, fold in applesauce/oat mixture into rest of batter.

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Fill muffin cups with batter 3/4 of the way full.

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Bake for 18-20 minutes (mine were done at the 18 minute mark).  While these are baking prepare your topping mixture.

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Remove muffins from oven.  Put oven on high broil setting.  Place teaspoon size dollops of topping on each muffin.

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Place muffins back in the oven for 1-2 minutes until topping is melted.  Remove from oven and allow to cool before serving.

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