Kirsten loves bringing homemade muffins to school and I love making them for her because I know exactly what's in them. We have quite a few favourite recipes and these apple and cinnamon ones are definitely up there. In an effort to make the muffins in her bento boxes more cute (I have an obsession with making everything cute if you haven't realized that by now!), I came up with this idea. She had an adorable little animal muffin in her lunch box everyday for a week for her morning nutrition break. She was just delighted and wants me to make them again! I also love to make large batches of muffins and freeze them so I can always pop one out of the freezer and have some homemade goodies in her lunch. Here's the recipe:
1 1/2 cups of unsweetened applesauce
1 cup white sugar
1 slightly beaten egg
1/3 cup melted butter
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 1/2 cups flour
1/2 tsp. cinnamon
Mix the applesauce, sugar, egg and butter together. Set aside. In a separate bowl, mix together baking soda, baking powder, salt and flour. Mix wet and dry ingredients all together. Pour into greased muffin tins or muffin liners, and bake in 350 degrees oven for approximately 20 minutes.
These are relatively healthy, moist and delicious. They are one of our favourites.
Here are my cute little animal creations. Most are made using chocolate melting wafers, icing eyes, and chocolate jimmies. Super easy. A little gel icing will help hold the decorations in place.
These monkey muffins were made using chocolate melting wafers for the ears, icing eyes and a sliced nilla wafer.
The cute little piggy muffins were made by cutting 2 pink melting wafers into triangles and sticking them in the top of the muffin. The piggy also has icing eyes and a pink melting wafer with chocolate jimmies for the nose.
The mouse muffins were made using white melting wafers for the ears, icing eyes, a heart sprinkle for the nose and chocolate jimmies for the whiskers.
This bear muffin is just a little bit different than the one I put in her lunch box last week. This one was chocolate melting wafer ears instead of fruit leather. He also has the red heart nose, chocolate jimmies for the mouth, and icing eyes.
And lastly, an adorable little owl muffin. This owl muffin was made using chocolate melting wafers cut into triangles for the ears, an orange melting wafer cut into a triangle for the nose and 2 white melting wafers with a chocolate dot for the eyes.
muffin recipe from Cat Can Cook