Tuesday, May 05, 2009

Applesauce Granola Muffins

The last batch of granola bars weren't exactly delicious. In fact they were disturbingly sweet, far too gooey to form bars, and got your hands sticky and gross. It appears I was distracted when counting 1/2 cups of honey and added one too many. Bleck! Needless to say, they sat in the pantry for quite a bit and weren't going to be eaten any time soon. If this happens at your house as well, do not fret. The entire process of creating your own family recipes is a learning curve with many detours into food that is less than edible. This does not mean it needs to be thrown away. It can be recreated into something quite tasty and no one has to know that it was orignially an utter disaster. I won't tell if you don't.

In our household when life gives you icky granola bars, you make applesauce granola muffins.

2 cups whole wheat flour
1 tsp. baking soda
2 tsp. cinnamon
1/2 tsp. nutmeg
1/2 cup vegetable oil of choice
1 egg
1 1/2 cup applesauce
1/2 batch of failed granola bars

(There is no sugar in this recipe as the issues we seem to have always involve them being too sweet, you may have to add 1/2 cup of sugar and subtract something else to meet your individual needs)

Cream oil, egg, and applesauce together. Whisk together all dry ingredients. Combine oil, sugar, egg and applesauce in another and mix well. Break granola bars into quarter sized chunks of granola. Add dry ingredients to wet and stir until combined. Fold in the granola in until all combined into batter. Bake at 350 for 20-25 minutes. Remember to grease your muffin tins or your loaf pan. If you are making bread, you will need to bake for about 50-60 minutes. Yields 1 dozen large muffins.

These work really well as a snack and also as a quick breakfast on the go. Since I've started sending Jules to work with breakfast, he feels significantly more awake and hopefully will be less likely to crave tobacco (he's trying to quit) on the way to work. They also make great give aways. My father and his "lady friend", as he calls her, devoured quite a few!

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