The first recipe to come out of my new kitchen! Since I have tried to cut back sweets in January, I've been hankering to make muffins. Muffins don't count as sweets, they are a breakfast items. I can justify anything if I put my mind to it; sort of like the mini M & M's I ate for dinner last night. So I thought I discovered a short cut in the new kitchen by softening cold butter on the hot radiator. Cut to 10 minutes later when there is butter all over the floor. A whole box of butter in the garbage. On a positive note, I've invented a new Olympic sport - butter skating! Trying to walk on a greasy floor is an adventure for sure.
I've been thinking about these muffins for awhile now. A nice muffin with a thick crumble sounded super tempting and tasty. Mixed with caramel bits and apple chunks you have a delightful breakfast treat. The muffins are moist and not overly sweet. The little bits of caramel add extra sweetness. There is a thick crumb topping full of cinnamon and crunch. Whether you're eating sweets or not, this is a great muffin to make!Print the Recipe!
Caramel Apple Crumb Muffins Adapted from Tracey’s Culinary Adventures Yield - 8 muffins
1 stick (8 tablespoons) unsalted butter, melted & divided 1/2 cup packed light brown sugar 1 cup + 5 tablespoons flour, divided 1/4 cup old fashioned oats 2 teaspoons cinnamon, divided 1/4 teaspoon + a pinch of salt, divided 1/4 cup + 2 tablespoons sugar 1 teaspoon baking powder 1/2 cup diced apples 1 egg yolk 1/2 cup unsweetened almond milk 1 teaspoon vanilla 1/3 cup caramel bits
- Preheat the oven to 350 ˚F and liberally spray your muffin tins with Baker’s Joy.
- Crumb topping - Melt the butter and let cool slightly. Set aside.
- In a small bowl whisk together the brown sugar, 5 tablespoons flour, oats, 1 teaspoon of cinnamon, and a pinch of salt.
- Mix in 3 tablespoons of melted butter until the mixture is moist. Set aside.
- Muffins - Whisk together 1 cup flour, sugar, 1/4 teaspoon salt, 1 teaspoon cinnamon, and baking powder. Toss in the apples.
- In a liquid measuring cup mix together the almond milk, vanilla, 3 tablespoons melted butter, and the egg yolk. Stir into the dry ingredients until just combined. Stir in the caramel bits.
- Spoon into the muffin tins until about half full. Fill the rest of the tin with the crumb mixture. Really press the crumbs into the top.
- Bake for 18-20 minutes until the tops are brown and the middle is set. Let cool completely on a wire rack before removing from the muffin tin.
- Store in an airtight container.