Healthy and Sane

Apple picking + apple treats

October 21st, 2010 · 26 Comments · baking, favorite recipes, muffins

Thank you, as always, for your supportive comments on my weigh-in post. I swear that every day is not as gloomy – I do have time to enjoy my life (sometimes a little too much perhaps 😉 ). I’d rather focus on the good stuff and as I’m eating the fruits on my labor (literally, right now!) I figured it would be fun to share the apple picking pictures from this weekend with you… and then of course show you the first thing I made with apples from my loot! :mrgreen: Ready?

It was a gorgeous Saturday morning – crisp air, a little windy, but lots of sunshine. Perfect for a day on the orchard! After a little detour to an orchard with no apples (yeah…) we finally found ourselves at Cider Hill Farm in Amesbury, MA… and it was OPEN. That’s a good sign.

We enjoyed the viewed for a minute…

… grabbed our apple picking bags and made a quick bathroom stop [I’m telling you this because well… see for yourself. I had to… Adam waiting for me while I’m in the bathroom. Priceless. Sorry, honey – it’s for the blog!! 😆 … and on that note, I’m pretty sure he will never hold my purse ever again. Thank you, Tiffany, for this priceless photo nonetheless. Totally worth it!]

… and then it was time to apple pick!

Hey, does anyone see any apples here? Um, this could be trouble.

After a bit of climbing and jumping (the boys did the dirty work 😉 )…

… we somehow managed to get a lot of apples. Yay!

Wait, what’s that?

Ahha! I guess we could have just “picked” our apples from here, but that’s just not as fun.

Say hello to a few friends…. Such cuties!

And finally, FINALLY, I tried my very first apple cider donut!! I figured they were fresh enough. 😉

My thoughts? Exactly what I thought they’d taste like. I shared this one with Adam. It was good but not earth shattering. I’d rather eat a healthy muffin. And that’s exactly what I did when I got home that night! :)

Apple cranberry bran muffins (recipe below)

This recipe makes 12 muffins (~130 calories each). I made 6 regular, and 3 double-sized so I could use my fancy tulip papers. Doesn’t this guy look like he came straight from a bakery? I think so. 😎

Mom and dad 😉

Little babies:

I made them with apple sauce instead of oil and was afraid they’d be dry. Nope – amazingly moist with such tender crumb.

Apple Cranberry Bran Muffins – makes 12


  • 1.5 cup wheat bran
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 1/3 cup apple sauce
  • 2T plain fat free yogurt
  • 1 egg
  • 1t vanilla extract
  • 2/3 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1.25 cups whole wheat pastry flour
  • 2t ground cinnamon
  • 1t baking powder
  • 1t baking soda
  • 2/3t salt
  • 1 apple, diced
  • 2/3 cup fresh cranberries
  • Preheat oven to 375* and spray or line a muffin tin
  • In a medium bowl, combine wheat bran and buttermilk. Soak for 10 minutes.
  • In a large bowl, combine apple sauce, yogurt, egg, vanilla and brown sugar.
  • In a separate bowl, whisk flour, cinnamon, baking powder, baking soda and salt.
  • Add bran mixture to wet ingredients.
  • Gently fold in dry ingredients into wet until well combined.
  • Fold in apples and cranberries into the muffin batter.
  • Divide batter into 12 muffin cups, bake for 16-18 minutes until a toothpick inserted into center of a muffin comes out clean.
  • Remove from oven and let cool for 10 minutes in tins; cool on wire rack thereafter.

I will be making these muffins over and over again. They deserve to go on the favorites list.

What’s your favorite MUFFIN recipe? What’s your favorite APPLE recipe? I still have quite a few apples left….

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