The very first.


I hope you’re not yet tired of muffins.

I hadn’t the faintest intention of baking today.  No sirree.  Not a chance.

I was hard at work with studying, after all.  The dietitian exam is coming up and I need to focus.  No time to bake, Sarah!

But then.

I looked up.

And I saw these little red and green ornaments sprinkled throughout my apple tree.  And I just didn’t have the heart to tell them no.

You understand.  Right?

I spent a good ten, fifteen minutes knocking these apples down with a (very) large stick.  The neighbor’s dog looked confused, and the chickadees weren’t at all too happy.  But—gosh darn it!!—a girls gotta do what a girls gotta do.

The apples themselves aren’t much to look at, really.  We’ve never once sprayed them, and they get next to no attention at all from us, until the fall comes, when we scrap up whatever we can get from the ground, from the branches (this is selfish to say, I know, but it’s true.)

And yet.

They taste nothing at all like the grocery store apples, and I mean this in the absolute, the very best sense.

I took a bite of one, letting the tart-sweet juice run down my hand and my chin.  Letting myself take in this deliriously wonderful moment.  The very first apples of the season.

And then I thought.


Somehow I convinced myself that this was all part of my studying.

You can learn a lot, you know, about food service and chemistry and things like that, simply through the time that you put in, in your very own kitchen.  MmmHmm.


I hope you’re not yet tired of muffins.

Because I have a feeling that this is just the start.

Yes.  The very beginning of apples and muffins and afternoons and weekends spent baking.

The very first.

Spiced Apple-Walnut Muffins 

  •  1-1/2 cups whole wheat flour
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1-1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1/2 cup loosely packed brown sugar
  • 1-1/2 cups packed, coarsely grated apples with their juice (skins washed and left on)
  • 1/4 cup canola oil
  • 1/2 cup chopped walnuts
  • 1/4 cup dried cranberries or raisins
  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.
  2. In a medium mixing bowl, combine flour, baking powder, baking soda and cinnamon with a whisk.
  3. In a separate bowl, combine eggs and sugar with a whisk.  Add apples, stir to combine and let sit for 5 minutes.  Add oil, walnuts and dried cranberries or raisins.  Stir well.
  4. Combine dry ingredients with wet and fold together just until combined.  Do not overmix, as this will create a tough texture.
  5. Spoon batter into 12 sprayed muffin tin cups, place in oven and cook for 13-15 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted comes out clean.  Let cool on wire racks and ENJOY!
QUESTION: What is your favorite autumn fruit/vegetable?

10 comments on “The very first.

  1. BroccoliHut says:

    I am so completely envious that you have fruit trees in your yard! I would love to go apple picking one of these days…
    I really love pumpkin. I can’t wait to start cooking with it again in few months!

    • You know, I completely forgot about pumpkin until yesterday when it hit me that it would soon be lining the shelves once again. It’s one of autumn’s many highlights!

      (not to mention the pumpkin latte from starbucks…sigh)

  2. sofia says:

    these look delightful. my dad is delivering a boatload of super-tart, funny-looking apples from our tree to me tomorrow – just might have to make this! 🙂

  3. Nicole says:

    I’m always — ALWAYS — looking for new, healthy muffin recipes that actually taste good. Ha, ha. So I say, keep them muffins coming!! 🙂 (Can’t wait to try these!).

  4. Caitlyn says:

    I will never tire of muffins! I have always wanted an apple tree or fruit tree 🙂 How fun!

  5. Holly says:

    This is my first time checking out your blog — I love it so far! Your pictures are beautiful and I like your writing style 🙂

    I could never get tired of muffins — no way. My favorite autumn fruit is definitely an apple — I can’t wait to get loads of them at the apple orchard.

  6. I am so jealous! Though I am trying to hold onto summer with every breath that’s in me, I do LOVE apple season 🙂 Can’t wait for all the lovely crisps and pies and whatnot I can make!

  7. Katie says:

    I’ll never be sick of muffins. And I’ll think of you every time I have one.

    I can’t WAIT for good fall apples!

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