Maybe I’ve told you guys already, but autumn is definitely my favourite season of the year. It gets a bit colder but not too cold, perfect to wear your favourite sweaters and cuddly socks. The air you breathe feels more clear. It gets darker earlier, so you can light some candles or cosy lights inside. And most important of all: it’s the perfect weather for baking stuff! Tomorrow, autumn is finally officially there, and that’s why I thought it was time for an easy yet delicious autumn spiced muffin recipe!
“Autumn spiced” I tell you, but what does that exactly mean? To me, autumn is all about cinnamon, ginger, chocolate, pumpkin, almond, vanilla, and so on. It’s about the flavors and spices that warm you up inside and make your house smell like heaven. Apple and cinnamon is still one of my favourite classic combinations, so that’s why I decided to use that perfect couple again in these muffins. I’ve also added some ginger and almond which completed the combination perfectly.
This recipe is very easy, so that’s why it also fits perfectly in the “Simple Baking” category. You can also have these muffins for breakfast if you like. Basically they’re just perfect for every single moment of the day 😉 You don’t need many ingredients, and the dough is so easy to make that it’s also fun to do with your kids!
Because I was in a creative mood, I decided to do something cute and make little notes to put on the muffins. I think this is a nice idea to surprise someone, make your kids (or in my case my boyfriend 😉 ) smile when they take out their snack at school, or just a little cute something for yourself when you’re about to eat your snack at work or just at home. I just simply gathered some supplies I had still lying around (some cord, a couple mini wooden clothes pegs and some thick paper) and wrote down some sweet messages and quotes to attach to the muffins. Simple, and I think the result was very cute!
Of course you can easily make tons of variations with this basic recipe for muffins. For example you can leave the apple out, add some other fruit, or nuts, seeds, different spices, vanilla instead of almond, and so on. Whatever you like, whatever comes to your mind, just get creative and experiment with what you like most! Hardly anything can go wrong… And if it does, then just try again! The smell of muffins hanging around your house is something you probably won’t mind anyway. Enjoy! 🙂
- What do you need? (6 big muffins / about 8 smaller ones)
– 1 cup plant based milk
– 1 and 1/2 teaspoons apple cider vinegar
– 1/4 cup neutral plant based oil (coconut, sunflower, grape seed,…)
– 1/2 cup coconut sugar (or cane sugar)
– 3 drops of almond essence (or 2 teaspoons of vanilla essence)
– 2 teaspoons lemon or lime juice
– 1 cup spelt flour (or regular flour)
– 1 cup almond flour
– 3 teaspoons baking soda
– 3 teaspoons cinnamon
– 2 teaspoons ginger powder
– A pinch of salt
– 1 apple, sliced
– Almond flakes
- How do you make it?
Preheat the oven at 190 degrees (Celsius). Add the apple cider vinegar to the plant based milk, mix and put aside to let it curdle. Mix the oil with the sugar and the lemon juice. Then mix it all together with the curdled milk. Add the spelt and almond flour to a large bowl, together with the baking soda, salt, cinnamon and ginger powder. Add the wet ingredients and the drops of almond essence and mix all together until you’ve gained a good dough. (Really be careful to not use too much of the almond essence. This happened to me the first time I made these and, although the dough tasted good, once the muffins came out of the oven they tasted extremely bitter. Just a couple drops is definitely more than enough!)
Put some paper muffin cups in the muffin tins. If you don’t have any lying around you can easily make some like I did, just by using baking paper cut in squares. Fill the muffin tins with dough for about 2/4 and put a slice of apple on it. Then fill further up to the top and finish off with another slice of apple and some almond flakes.
Bake the muffins in the oven for about 20 minutes. Let them cool down before taking them out of the tin. Then, if you like, you can put some cord around each one and attach the messages to them. Or you can just eat them straight away… I won’t blame you, because they’re just too good ;)Have fun making these and enjoy!! I think there’s no better way to kick off autumn than with some delicious baked goods 🙂