Chai Spiced Apple Oatmeal Muffins

Chai Spiced Apple Oatmeal Muffins

If you’ve been following this blog, you know that I love to bake muffins*. I also love to bake with apples. As much as I enjoy baking my favourite apple muffins, sometimes I want to make something healthier. I was looking for a healthy muffin recipe to make for my son to put in his lunch box. I baked a batch of these Chai Spiced Apple Muffins, and he loved them. Anything that is healthy and tastes great is going to be a hit with kids and adults alike. These muffins totally passed the kid test. I really like them, too.

Chai Spiced Apple Oatmeal Muffins

Chai Spiced Apple Oatmeal Muffins

Full of delicious chai seasonings and sweet diced apple, these muffins are so satisfying. They’re made with oats and whole wheat flour, so they’re pretty healthy. They may not have any sugar, but the muffins get just the right amount of sweetness from the apples, unsweetened applesauce, and a little maple syrup. The maple and cinnamon flavoured glaze drizzled on top of the muffins adds more sweetness. If you would rather not do the glaze, you could add a sweet crunch to the top of the muffins by sprinkling coarse sugar on top before baking. I suppose the muffins would be even healthier without any topping, but I really love the glaze and highly recommend it.

Whether you’re trying to eat healthier for the new year, or you simply enjoy trying new recipes, I hope you’ll bake a batch of these delicious muffins. They’re so good!

Chai Spiced Apple Oatmeal Muffins

Enjoy the recipe…

Chai Spiced Apple Oatmeal Muffins

  • Servings: 12 muffins
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Full of delicious chai seasonings and sweet diced apple, these muffins are so satisfying. They're made with oats and whole wheat flour, so they're pretty healthy. They may not have any sugar, but the muffins get just the right amount of sweetness from the apples, unsweetened applesauce, and a little maple syrup. The maple and cinnamon flavoured glaze drizzled on top of the muffins adds more sweetness.

This recipe was adapted from Ambitious Kitchen.

Ingredients

  • 1 3/4 cups whole wheat pastry flour or white whole wheat flour
  • 1/2 cup old-fashioned/ rolled oats
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda/ bi-carb soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon cardamom
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cloves or allspice
  • 1 cup/ 250g unsweetened applesauce
  • 1/3 cup pure maple syrup
  • 1 large egg, at room temperature
  • 2 tablespoons milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/4 cup/ 4 tablespoons/ 60g unsalted butter, melted and slightly cooled
  • 1 medium apple, peeled, cored, and diced (about 1 cup diced apple)
  • For the glaze:
  • 1/3 cup powdered sugar/ soft icing mixture
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract or vanilla bean paste
  • 2-3 teaspoons milk
  • 1 teaspoon maple syrup
  • A dash of cinnamon and/ or cardamom
  • Alternative to glaze:
  • Sprinkle coarse sugar on top of muffins before baking, for a sweet crunch

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350F/ 180C. Oil a 12-cup muffin pan with non-stick cooking spray or line with muffin liners/ pattypans. If you line with muffin liners, make sure to spray the inside of the liners with non-stick cooking spray, because these are low fat muffins and they will stick to the pan if the liners are not oiled.
  2. In a large bowl, whisk together flour, oats, baking soda/ bi-carb soda, salt, and spices. Set aside.
  3. In a separate large bowl, add applesauce, maple syrup, egg, milk, and vanilla. Whisk until combined well.
  4. Add dry ingredients to wet ingredients. Mix gently until just combined. Stir in melted and cooled butter. Gently fold in the diced apple.
  5. Divide batter evenly among the 12 muffin cups, filling each cup about 3/4 of the way full. If using coarse sugar topping, sprinkle on top of each muffin cup.
  6. Bake muffins for 23-28 minutes or until tester comes out clean or with just a few crumbs attached. Transfer muffins to a wire rack to cool for 5 minutes. Remove muffins from pan and transfer to wire rack to cool completely.
  7. Once muffins are cooling, make the glaze by whisking together the powdered sugar/ soft icing mixture, vanilla, milk, maple syrup, and cinnamon and/ or cardamom. If necessary, add in a little bit more milk. The consistency of the glaze should be thick yet pourable. Drizzle glaze evenly over cooled muffins.

This recipe was created by Kim Sequoia for a delicious moment.

All written content and photos are copyright Kim Sequoia 2019 for a delicious moment.

Chai Spiced Apple Oatmeal Muffins

 

*Here are a few more of my muffin recipes…

Apple Cinnamon Muffins with Streusel Topping

Blueberry Lemon Sour Cream Muffins

Banana Coconut Chocolate Chip Muffins

Jalapeno Cornbread Muffins

 

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Sweet Chili and Lime Chicken Tenders

If you’re looking for an easy and super flavourful recipe to serve for dinner, then you’ve come to the right place. It’s the perfect time of year for simple, healthy recipes, right? I’m trying to make quick, easy meals, at this time of year. After the decadence of the holidays, I want light, fresh foods. This easy chicken dish fits the bill, and it’s great for a weeknight dinner.

Sweet Chili and Lime Chicken Tenders

These delicious chicken tenders are packed full of flavour from a marinade of sweet chili sauce, lime juice, garlic, spring onion, and soy sauce. All you have to do is marinate the chicken for an hour and then bake in the oven. So easy!

Sweet Chili and Lime Chicken Tenders

I served this chicken with steamed jasmine rice and a mix of steamed vegetables. It was a big hit with my family! I will definitely be making this chicken again and again. I hope you will, too.

Sweet Chili and Lime Chicken Tenders

Enjoy the recipe…

Sweet Chili and Lime Chicken Tenders

These delicious chicken tenders are packed full of flavour from a marinade of sweet chili sauce, lime juice, garlic, spring onion, and soy sauce. All you have to do is marinate the chicken for an hour and then bake in the oven. So easy!

This recipe was adapted from Six Sisters Stuff.

Ingredients

  • 2 lb/ 1kg boneless, skinless chicken tenders
  • 1/2 cup sweet chili sauce
  • 2 Tbsp lime marmalade
  • 1/4 cup low-sodium soy sauce
  • 2 Tbsp fresh lime juice
  • 1 Tbsp spring onion/ scallion, finely diced, white part only (about 2)
  • 1 clove garlic, minced

Directions

  1. In a large Pyrex or ceramic bowl, whisk together sweet chili sauce, lime marmalade, soy sauce, lime juice, spring onion, and garlic. Pour mixture over chicken. Stir to coat chicken with marinade. Cover bowl with plastic wrap and let marinate in fridge for about at least an hour (and up to 4 hours), turning chicken once, about half way through marinating time.
  2. Preheat oven to 425F/ 220C/ 200C fan-forced. Spray a 9×13″ Pyrex or ceramic baking pan with non-stick cooking spray.
  3. Remove bowl of marinating chicken from fridge, discard plastic wrap, and pour chicken and marinade into prepared pan. Arrange chicken tenders in a single layer. Spoon marinade over top chicken, to evenly cover.
  4. Bake chicken for a total of 25-30 minutes, or 18-20 minutes for a fan-forced oven, turning over once, half way through cooking time. Chicken will be done when the juices run clear.
  5. Serve chicken while hot.

This recipe was created by Kim Sequoia for a delicious moment.

All written content and photos are copyright Kim Sequoia 2019 for a delicious moment.

 

Peach Crumb Bars

Now that peaches are in season, I just had to bake a batch of these peach crumb bars. They’re full of wonderful fresh peaches. The sweet yet tart fruit filling and the buttery crumb are complimented perfectly by a simple drizzle of glaze across the top. They’re absolutely delicious!

Peach Crumb Bars

Just as with another favourite recipe, blueberry chocolate chip crumb bars, these peach crumb bars are made using a simple crust that is also used for the crumble topping. Using plenty of fresh peaches lets this gorgeous summer fruit shine. You can easily substitute any stone fruit or berry for peaches, in this recipe, if you like. These peach crumb bars are wonderful with a cup of coffee. Serve them with a scoop of vanilla ice cream, as I did last night after a family dinner, for an extra special treat.

Peach Crumb Bars

Enjoy the recipe…

Peach Crumb Bars

The sweet yet tart fruit filling and the buttery crumb base and topping and complimented beautifully by a drizzle of glaze across the top of these peach crumb bars. They're absolutely delicious!

This recipe was adapted slightly from Saving Room for Dessert.

Ingredients

For the crust:

  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 3 cups unbleached all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup/ 225g butter, cold, cut into small cubes
  • 1 large egg, lightly beaten

For the peach layer:

  • 4 cups fresh yellow peaches, peeled and diced 1/4″ square (6-8 large peaches or 10-11 small peaches)
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch/ cornflour
  • 1 teaspoon fresh lemon juice

For the icing:

  • 1 cup powdered sugar/ soft icing mixture
  • 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 tablespoon milk (use more or less for desired consistency)

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350F/ 180C if using a glass pan, or 375F/ 190C for a metal pan.  Lightly grease or spray a 13×9-inch baking pan and set aside (I like to use Pyrex).

For the crust:

  1. In a large mixing bowl, whisk together 1 cup of sugar, 3 cups flour, baking powder, salt, and cinnamon.  Using a pastry cutter or two table knives, blend in the butter until the mixture resembles coarse sand.  Add the lightly beaten egg and mix together thoroughly.  Press 2/3 of the dough into the prepared pan, using the back of a large spoon (like a table spoon), until a smooth base is formed.

For the peach mixture:

  1. In a large mixing bowl, whisk together the sugar, cornstarch/ cornflour, and lemon juice.  Add the diced peaches and stir gently to combine.  Pour the peach mixture over the crust and spread evenly.
  2. Crumble the remaining dough over the peach layer.
  3. If using a glass pan, bake at 350F/ 180C degrees for 50-55 minutes or until lightly browned.  If using a metal pan, bake at 375F/ 190C degrees for 40-45 minutes.  Cool completely in the pan on a cooling rack, loosely covered with a clean tea towel. Then chill bars for at least one hour before cutting.
  4. For the icing, whisk together the powdered sugar, vanilla extract, and milk.  Drizzle across the top of the bars, using a small spoon, about 10-15 minutes before serving.
  5. Store bars in an airtight container in the refrigerator. They will stay fresh for about 3 days.

This recipe was created by Kim Sequoia for a delicious moment.

All written content and photos are copyright Kim Sequoia 2018 for a delicious moment.

Black Cat Garland

I’ve got a fabulous craft for you today! This Black Cat Garland is so cute and so quick and easy to put together. It would be perfect for Halloween, a party decoration, or a decoration for a kid’s room.

Black Cat Garland

In fact, this cat garland started out being made of yellow and black cats. I originally made it for my son’s cat-themed 5th birthday party, a couple of weeks ago (which you can see, along with the other cat-themed decorations and cake I made, on my Instagram ). He is obsessed with cats. He asked for a cat-themed birthday party. Of course, I said yes!

Then, my son had the brilliant idea of making all the cats black and using the garland as a Halloween decoration! Isn’t he clever? (I’d like to think that some of my arty/ craftiness is seeping into his consciousness, but maybe he’s this clever all on his own.) So, I took off the yellow cats and made some more black ones for the garland, for Halloween. Of course, you could make the cat garland any colour you like. I can picture an adorable pink or pastel-hued version.

Black Cat Garland

Here’s how to make the Black Cat Garland:

Materials:

  • 2 sheets of black poster board
  • twine or thick white cotton string
  • clear tape
  • metallic permanent marker
  • pencil
  • scissors

Instructions:

  1. Draw and cut out a cat head template using thin cardboard (I used a cereal box). Or you could cut the cat shape out, to trace around it.Black Cat Garland Template
  2. Trace cat heads onto poster black poster board, using pencil. The ones I made are about 5 inches across, I think. I recommend making an odd number, like 7 or 9. I think asymmetry looks the most balanced.
  3. Cut out the cat heads.
  4. Draw faces on the cat heads, using metallic permanent marker. This type of marker will show up beautifully on the black board. (You can use any kind of marker you like, for other colour cats.)
  5. Lay the cat heads face-down in a straight line across a large table, spacing them as evenly as possible, about one inch apart.
  6. Lay twine or thick white cotton string across the tops of the cat heads, making sure the centre the twine through the middle of the ears. Leave enough twine at each end, for hanging the garland.
  7. Using clear tape to attach the twine to the cat ears. Be very careful to keep the cat heads and twine very still, as you work, to keep everything aligned properly. Black Cat Garland Back
  8. Tie a knot at each end of the twine, to prevent unraveling.
  9. You can hang the garland using the twine, or poster putty/ Blue Tack. If you use putty, cover it up with small circles cut from excess poster board.

Black Cat Garland

That’s it! One spooky Black Cat Garland completed.

Happy Halloween!

Friday Finds

ginger jar and elephant ears art print via society6.com

 

Happy Friday! It’s time for another round of lovely links. Here are some of the beautiful and delicious things I’ve found this week…

 

This fabulous art print (shown above), which I would love to have in my family room.

I would totally devour these amazing-looking chipotle braised chicken nachos!

I really enjoy the blend of elegance and unique decorative touches in the lovely home of artist Dana Gibson.

I love honeycomb candy, so I might have to try this recipe for homemade honeycomb.

These chickpea pancakes with rainbow chard and lamb by Donna Hay look delicious.

I don’t normally like olives, but these crumbed and fried goat cheese-stuffed olives could make me change my mind. They look so good!

Talk about comfort food! This loaded baked potato casserole is making my mouth water.

I definitely want to bake a batch of these orange muffins sometime. They would be perfect for morning tea.

You can always count of Food52 for awesome recipes. These brown sugar saucepan blondies look like something I’d like to make again and again.

I feel like a kid again just looking at this wonderful banana split cake.

 

That’s all for this week. Have a lovely weekend, everyone!