I love autumn. I know I’ve said this before but I really do love autumn and even winter. Why? In my opinion, the food is better. I love root vegetables, warm cider, hot mock-chocolate, stuffing - you name it, I love it. Oh and let’s not forget the pumpkin. How can I forget pumpkin? But, anyway, in autumn, apples are abundant. There approximately 2500 varieties of Apples Grown in the US, 7500 worldwide. Yikes! And apples aren’t even the most consumed fruit in the world - bananas are, according to the Guinness Book of World Records; but, mangoes aren’t far behind. Mangoes? Yes, that’s right. I wish I had mangoes right now..but I’m not about to buy them at 88 cents a fruit SO, apples are good. I can digest apples for the most part. I used to love granny smith apples and pink ladies, but, unfortunately their high acidity kicks up my acid reflux, which had me switch over to the delicious family which is the most ‘well known’ apple.
FYI, the earliest apple tree cultivated was in Turkey and speculated to be a red delicious. Crab apples were assumed to be discovered by Alexander the Great in 300 BCE around Asia minor, which was brought back to Macedonia. In 1600s, apples were toted over to North America by the colonists and from then on, it was apple history. Apples don’t only represent America, they also have many symbolic meanings throughout various cultures. In Greek mythology, Atalanta was defeated by Hippomenes in the great race to win her hand in marriage only by Aphrodite’s gift of the golden apples. In the Norse myth, apples are associated with Vanir, a god of fertility. He was given the apples by Skinir to woo Geror. In the bible, the forbidden fruit is speculated by some to be an apple, resulting in man’s “Adam’s apple”. Throughout history, apples ventured far and wide only to be utilized consistently in culinary traditions. Apples are very nutritious, containing no fat, no sodium, adequate amounts of fiber, substantial amounts of potassium, and a decent amount of vitamin C (a priority for me as I can’t have citrus anymore). Although, If biting into an apple isn’t your cup of tea, try one of these Cinnamon Apple Swirl Muffins to go with your morning coffee. Forget the buns for a change! ? Cinnamon Apple Swirl Muffins ¼ cup cornstarch ½ cup tapioca starch ¼ cup rice flour 1 cup soy flour ½ tbsp baking powder ¼ tsp baking soda 1 tsp xanthan gum
2 eggs, beaten 1/3 cup oil 2/3 cup nondairy or regular milk 1 tsp vanilla ½ cup pure maple syrup
3 tbsp granulated sugar 1 tbsp cinnamon
3 apples 1 tbsp dairy free butter
First, core, peel, and dice your apples. Heat a small frying pan sprayed lightly with nonstick spray and sauté the apples. Once the apples begin to cook down, add the butter. Cook until the apples turn a pretty golden color and are soft. Transfer to a bowl and mash with the back of a spoon. Set aside to cool.
Pre-heat your oven to 350 degrees and line a 12 cup muffin pan with liners, spraying them lightly with nonstick spray.
In a bowl combine the starches and flours, xanthan gum, baking soda, and baking powder. Mix until well combined. Next, add to the bowl the eggs, oil, maple syrup, milk and apples. Mix well. In another bowl, combine the cinnamon and sugar.
Fill the cups ½ of the way up then add about 1 teaspoon of the cinnamon sugar in each cup. Fill the cups up the rest of the way and then top the batter with a final teaspoon of cinnamon sugar. Take a toothpick, insert it into the muffin and turn three times in either direction to give it the swirl effect.