I'm always looking for easy to make kinda healthy food for the kids lunches.
Maybe like me, you are not completely organised but have good intentions.
I am not that mum that has the freezer filled with super healthy organic treats ready to pack and go it a pinch.
Sometimes if we are being fancy I top them with
Cream Cheese frosting and raspberries
But I do have a few recipes up my sleeve that I can mix up and make in under 10 minutes, bake while I'm in the shower and have ready for the school lunches that day. They might not get endorsed by any fancy celebrity diet chefs but they are fast, I have the stuff in my pantry and I figure it's way ahead of a packet of processed stuff any day.
Plus they make 12 so I use them for afternoon tea and school lunch the next day with the few left overs for me :)
cupcake cases Greengate
Quick Mix Apple Cinnamon Muffin makes 12 regular sized muffins
Note if you are out of buttermilk substitute milk mixed with a little vinegar, that's what I did with the ones in the picture.
3 small apples or 2 medium - grate approx half and cut the remainder in small pieces
2 cups self raising flour
1/2 cup firmly packed brown sugar
2 tsp cinnamon
3/4 cup buttermilk (#see note above if you are out)
1/2 cup vegetable oil (I use light olive oil)
1 Tbsp butter melted (optional)
1 Tbsp cinnamon sugar (optional)
Preheat the oven to 160 C (325 F).
Line a regular 12 hole muffin tin with baking cases.
Place flour, sugar, cinnamon, buttermilk, oil, egg and apple into a large bowl and mix until just combined.
Spoon evenly into the prepared muffin tin.
Place the muffin tin into preheated oven and bake for 22-24 mins or until golden on top, if you insert a skewer no mixture should stick to the skewer.
(Optional)One muffin at a time brush the top of each muffin with a little melted butter and then sprinkle cinnamon sugar onto the top.
*Sometimes if we are being fancy I top the muffins with a little swirl of cream cheese frosting and a raspberry but it squishes too much for lunchbox treats so it's just an at home thing.
Linda Vandermeer is a blogger, baker, maker and author of the cookbook ' Sweets on a Stick': More than 150 kid friendly recipes for cakes, candies, cookies and pies on the go!. Published in the US the book is available at most online book stores.
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