Anyone who has ever had a fruit bowl and a toddler in the same room at the same time will be familiar with this sight...
... yep, the ol' "I really need to eat an apple right now but oh wait actually I only wanted a bite or two so I'll leave it here for later until the next time I want an apple but then I want a new one not this old half eaten one" power-toddler move.
Rather than throwing out all the half eaten apples, here's my frugal way to use up all those left over scrappy bits of apple. Also a great recipe for using up any old, sad looking apples at the bottom of the fruit bowl.
The muffins are a lovely soft texture (perfect as a finger food and for Baby Led Weaning) and the large amount of apple and the added dried fruit give these muffins a goof burst of fibre for your picky or fussy eater who might not like to eat fruit whole. The muffins also lend themselves to being made gluten-free really easily, and they are also dairy-free and nut-free too! A good option for school lunchboxes or an allergy friendly snack.
We love these muffins in our house! Very easy to make (just chuck it all in a bowl and mix!) so they're a great one to get the kids helping out with in the kitchen. Enjoy!
Scrappy Apple Muffins
2 cups Self-Raising Flour*
½ cup rolled oats*
1 ½ tsp cinnamon
½ cup brown sugar (lightly packed)
1 cup milk / milk alternative (for dairy-free)
1/3 cup lightly flavoured oil
½ cup sultanas or cranberries (or dried fruit of choice)
2 large apples (or 4 half-eaten apples), peeled & grated
Preheat the oven to 180 C (fan forced) and line a muffin tray with paper cases.
Grate the apple into a large mixing bowl.
Add the rest of the ingredients and mix together until combined.
Fill the cases, and cook for 18 – 20min. Try and wait til they’ve cooled before tucking in!
*Replace the flour with GF Self-Raising Flour and omit the oats for a gluten free version