Fall makes me so happy. It’s so refreshing. It’s so colorful.
It’s so delicious.
A few weeks ago I was recalling a certain Saturday morning as a child. My entire family was outside doing yard chores. There were only a few Saturdays and a few years that I remember doing that as a family…and remember those times fondly. Here’s what I wrote:
I remember as a child smelling the Autumn air and thinking, ‘This is my favorite time of year.’The air smelled fresh. There was no dampness. My clothes didn’t cling to me with my sweat and the humidity. My hair wasn’t frizzy like a lion’s. My family was happy, even in doing chores. It was one of those perfect Saturday mornings. And I knew even as a child that these moments in time were precious and fleeting. I understood that time didn’t stand still. That this was the only time all the kids wouldn’t be reluctant to do chores. And when after we were done, we would skip off to go play, or use our imaginations for some other adventure in the basement.
I’m always in a state of missing my childhood. My heart swells with nothing but love for my siblings. And now that we’re adults, we connect and understand each other differently, yet the same. Seeing any and all of them is always so grounding for me. We all remember our childhood with so much joy and love — and laugh at our games and our inside jokes. When our noses are tickled with the smell of a fresh apple pie or pumpkin bread or pumpkin cookies, we just inhale and go back in time — smile — and enjoy.
I always say to myself, “I’m so lucky to be in such a loving web of a wonderful family.” And now my family has grown! I have a beautiful niece and nephew. And being married to Chris gives me a wonderful extension of in-laws who I simply adore.
I’m all sorts of happy!
And that brings me to these apple flax muffins.
They also make me happy.
Since I no longer have the metabolism of an 8-year-old, I must make sweets a bit healthier. (Or just indulge only once in a while) My mom has been making these muffins for years. I always turned up my nose to them because they had a strange and unusual ingredient called “flax meal” in them. But the flax and the whole wheat add so much body to these muffins. And they’ll fill your home with the smell of Fall.
Be sure to make them with the bounty of apples you’re bound to collect from apple picking season
Apple Flax Muffins
- 1/4 cup Flax Meal
- 3/4 cup whole-wheat flour
- 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
- 1/2 cup sugar
- 2 tsp baking powder
- 1/2 tsp baking soda
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1/2 tsp cinnamon
- 1/4 tsp nutmeg
- 1 egg, beaten
- 1 1/2 cups apple, peeled and finely chopped (2 small or 1 large)
- 3 Tbsp vegetable oil
- 1/2 cup milk
- Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Grease or line muffin tins.
- Sift together your dry ingredients in a large bowl (flax meal, flours, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, and nutmeg).
- In a separate bowl whisk together the egg, vegetable oil, and milk.
- Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients and stir until just blended.
- Fold in the apples. The batter will be thick. Fill the muffin tins 2/3 full and bake for 18 – 20 minutes or until the tops of the muffins spring back when touched.
- Let cool in pan for 5 minutes then remove to wire rack to cool completely. (These muffins freeze well! — wrap individually in plastic wrap and place in gallon-sized bag and seal. Great for a mid-morning or anytime snack.)
My Two Cents
Good. Straight goodness.
I’ve been enjoying these as my mid-morning snack all week long.
Enjoy and embrace Fall in all its glory before winter rolls in