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Pumpkin Week: Spiced Pumpkin and Apple Muffins

When school started in Sep­tem­ber Ceri was in a twirl about lunches and I had my share of wor­ries about get­ting a decent break­fast on the table. Lit­tle did either of us know that snacks would sneak up on us and make them­selves the sur­prise stres­sor. I can't keep the damn things in the house. And what I do man­age to have Scar­lett tires of in record time. I also have to deal with snack pres­sure. "Can't I bring potato chips? " Scar­lett whines. Or my favourite, "My friends have their hal­loween candy!" Now, I know the kids in her class and most bring decent snacks so I'm not sure who she is spend­ing recess with. The eighth graders hang­ing at the cor­ner store?

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I decided to start leav­ing the snack up to her. What do you want to eat at recess? "Apples!" she replied. "Can't I just give you an apple?" I asked. "No!" Now, I'd give you the rest of her answer but it was a long winded expla­na­tion about being able to man­age the jun­gle gym and an apple. She had a point. So I came up with these muffins full of big apple bits. I also put pump­kin in them for me. I've got to have snacks, espe­cially since I ate all the hal­loween candy.

Spiced Pump­kin and Apple Muffins

1/4 cup but­ter, room tem­per­a­ture
1/2 cup brown sugar, a lit­tle extra for sprin­kling
1/4 cup honey
2 eggs
1 cup pump­kin puree
1 gala apple, diced
2 cups spelt flour
1 tsp bak­ing soda
1 tsp cin­na­mon
1/2 tsp gin­ger
1/4 tsp nut­meg
1/4 tsp salt


Pre­heat the oven to 350.

Pre­pare a muf­fin tin with muf­fin sheets.

In a large bowl, using an elec­tric hand mixer, cream the but­ter and sugar. Add the honey. Then add each egg one at a time, be sure to blend the egg into the mix­ure before adding the next. Mix in the pump­kin as well as the diced apple.

In a sep­a­rate bowl, whisk the flour, soda, cin­na­mon, gin­ger, nut­meg and salt. Blend the dry ingre­di­ents into the pump­kin mix­ture until they are well combined.

Drop the dough into each muf­fin paper, fill­ing 3/4 of the way. Sprin­kle the dough with a bit of brown sugar. Place in the oven to bake for about 22 to 25 min­utes, or until a tooth­pick inserted into the cen­ter comes out clean.

Keep in an air­tight con­tainer for one week.




  1. Laura says:

    Love this! My older daugh­ter has braces and can't eat an apple unless it's cut up … I made the colos­sal mis­take of send­ing a par­ing knife in her lunch bag one day (she's 13 and quite capa­ble of peel­ing and slic­ing an apple). After almost send­ing the school into lock down, and get­ting a terse call from the prin­ci­pal … well, I'm look­ing for apple alter­na­tives. Many thanks!

  2. Amy says:

    I'll be try­ing these asap! I'm always look­ing for new muf­fin recipes — with one child in JK and a seven-month-old home with me, muffins are per­fect for quick break­fasts, school lunches and snacks. And, I recently bought spelt flour for the first time and am look­ing for ways to use it. Can it be sub­sti­tuted in equal parts for a/p flour in other recipes?

  3. Ceri Marsh says:

    I find spelt swaps out for whole wheat or all pur­pose flour pretty well. The only thing I'd say isn't doesn't give quite as much struc­ture. So some­times I'll have 3/4 cup spelt and 1/4 a/p or wh.wh in exchange for other flours. But for this recipe I think you'd be fine to just swap it. Let me know how it goes, okay?

  4. Ceri Marsh says:

    Your com­ment made me laugh out loud! What's the world com­ing to when you can't send a knife to school with your kid?! Lol! I'm glad we've given you this alter­na­tive! Let us know if you give them a whirl.

  5. Amy says:

    Hi Ceri. I totally for­got to get back to you on this! I made these muffins ages ago, (I used half a/p flour and half spelt) and they were soooooo good!!! I absolutely loved them. I may have eaten 4 of them in one day. They were actu­ally a hit all around, and my hus­band says he doesn't like pump­kin. :) Thanks for the recipe!

  6. […] Spiced Pump­kin and Apple Muffins Ok, we already have a pump­kin muf­fin but who can resist get­ting there apple a day this way? […]

  7. Allison says:

    How many muffins does this recipe make?

  8. Laura Keogh says:

    This recipe makes 12 medium muffins. Sorry for the omission.

  9. Paula says:

    Thanks for the great recipes!

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