December 1, 2010

Humpastry Day - Cranberry Muffins

Cranberry Muffins
I had half a bag of fresh cranberries left over from Thanksgiving just starring at me every time I opened the refrigerator.  I hate waisting food, so I thought about making more of my cranberry sauce extraordinaire that I made for Thanksgiving, but then I realized that I could probably use them in some type of Humpastry day recipe!  Now, I'm not a huge fan of fresh cranberries because they always seem to be a little too bitter to me, but I wanted to try them out in muffins.  I wasn't sure how this recipe would end up, but I have to say I was pleasantly surprised!  Although the cranberries were still a little bitter, the rest of the ingredients complemented them nicely and made for a pretty good muffin!

This batter made a lot of muffins!  I filled up my 12 big muffin tins, but still had tons of batter left over, so I made 20 mini muffins.  I figured my boys would get a kick out of the mini muffins! :)
*  1/2C unsweetened applesauce
*  1/2C white sugar
*  1/2C brown sugar
*  2 flax eggs (2Tbl. ground flax mixed with 6Tbl. warm water)
*  1tsp. vanilla extract
*  1C vanilla yogurt (you can also use sour cream or plan yogurt)
*  1/4C orange juice
*  1C all-purpose flour
*  1C whole wheat flour
*  1tsp. baking powder
*  1/2tsp. baking soda
*  1/2tsp. cinnamon
*  1/4tsp. nutmeg
*  1/4tsp. salt
* 1 1/2C chopped fresh or frozen cranberries (I just cut the cranberries in half)

1.  Preheat oven to 375 degrees and lightly grease a muffin tin **Note:  I used muffin liners and the muffins totally stuck to the paper! FAIL!  So, for this recipe, I would suggest lightly greasing the tin.  
2.  Prepare flax eggs and set aside
3.  In a mixing bowl, mix together the sugar and applesauce.
4.  Add the vanilla extract and flax eggs and mix well.
5.  Fold in the yogurt.
6.  In a medium bowl, mix together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, and nutmeg.  Gradually add the mixture into the wet mixture until just combined.
7.  Fold in the cranberries.
8.  Fill the muffin tins 2/3rds full of batter.
9.  Bake in the oven for 15-20minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the middle comes out clean.
10.  Let cool in the muffin tins for a couple of minutes, then transfer to wire racks to cool completely.
11.  Enjoy!


Chad said...

1. You're muffins are beautiful!
2. "Humpastry" is the funniest word I've said today. Thanks for that.

Julie said...

Mmmm. Those look really good! We had a seasonal clif bar with cranberries the other day and it really got my tastebuds going.

Jamie said...

Yum! I have 2 bags of cranberries left over. I think I may try this.

Emz said...

Ohhhhhhhhhhhh ya.
I'm loving "the look inside" photo.

Jen (Triathlete Within) said...

Yum! I was hoping you would post a holiday humpastry today!! Thanks!

KC (my 140 point 6 mile journey) said...

You always amaze me at your creativity and how organized all of your containers are. I'm thinking you were probably rolling your eyes about how difficult I thought heating up a thanksgiving meal was. Anyway, wish you lived closer b/c i'd run over just to have one of those lovely muffins.

Jason said...

These look great and I'm sure warmed in the oven or microwave with a cup of coffee in the morning and you are all set.

I like this whole flax egg thing. Going to have to try that in a recipe or two.

Yeah for Humpastry Day!!!!!

Jon said...

I LOVE cranberry anything. Thanks for posting!

Tricia said...

Yum, thanks for sharing!

Patrick Mahoney said...

These look awesome. I just figured out what "humpastry" means. Sorry I am slow.

Regina said...

Your recipes make me so happy. They are always so yummy and I never feel guilty eating them!! I love cranberries too, double good stuff!

Heather said...

Yum yum yum. looks good and sounds good too. must try this. thanks.

Julie said...

Yum...I love everything, oatmeal, bread, yogurt...I wish my boys liked them even a little. If I tried this I would have to eat all the muffins. :)

Amber Shea @Almost Vegan said...

These look REALLY moist and tasty!

Kevin said...

Super Yummy!! I want some!!


DRog said...

these no longer make me drool as a result of self imposed gluten free dairy free untill AZ RnR - I didnt even blink twice at the leftover pancakes with powdered sugar that my kids didnt eat this morning.....after 21 days it becomes habit for me!

ill be drooling again in Feb


Michelle said...

Nom nom nom. Can't wait to make these, they look yummy!!

Barbie said...

That looks absolutely delicious.

Julie said...

Mmmm, those look so good right now and I have not had breakfast yet:)

Julie D. said...

Those look awesome, I'll have to give them a try!