Sunday, September 14, 2008

Orange Muffins

I make a LOT of muffins, as you can probably already tell. They make great on-the-go snacks as well as being quick and easy breakfast accompaniments. Plus, I can make them in virtually any flavor, and Abby will snarf them down. So today, I tried orange muffins!

Orange Muffins
Prep time: 10 minutes
Bake time: 12 minutes (for mini muffins)

1 cup all-purpose flour
3/4 cup whole wheat flour
2 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp salt
1/2 cup orange juice
1/4 cup milk (or soy milk)
3 Tbsp honey
2 Tbsp canola oil
2 Tbsp unsweetened applesauce
1 egg
1/4 tsp vanilla extract
1/4 cup chopped dried papaya
1/4 cup chopped dried apricot
extra dried fruit to decorate the tops, optional

Preheat the oven to 400F. In a large bowl, whisk together the flours, baking powder, and salt. In a smaller bowl, whisk together the orange juice, milk, honey, canola oil, applesauce, egg, and vanilla extract. Add the wet ingredients to the dry and stir until just combined. Gently stir in the dried fruit. Divide between 24 mini-muffin cups (or 12 regular-size muffin cups) and decorate with chopped dried fruit, if desired. Bake mini muffins for 12 minutes (or regular muffins for 20 minutes), until golden.

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