For years I have called my husband an “apple snob”. Seriously, he is the pickiest person when it comes to apples. They must be absolutely perfect. No blemishes whatsoever. I do all of the grocery shopping in our family and I can’t tell you how many times I have threatened to “forget” to pick up apples because the ones I brought home weren’t up to par. I get self conscious in the apple aisle at the store because I spend so much time at the Honeycrisp bin inspecting apples. I swear everyone in the aisle must be wondering why I put back 99% of the apples I pick up. It’s because I live with an apple snob! So if you live in the Dallas area and see me inspecting apples at the grocery store, you know why.
I say this all out of love. We all have our quirks and being picky about apples happens to be one of my husband’s quirks. I’ll keep him anyways 🙂
My husband is on a strict, kidney friendly diet (more on that in a future post) and it has been a challenge to find recipes that aren’t bland and are approved for him to eat. Have you ever looked up recipes that are low in sodium, potassium, and phosphorous? Wow talk about limited options. Luckily for my husband, his beloved apples made the cut and are allowed on his diet. I tried a few different recipes for apple muffins because they are a great snack but I didn’t love them. So I decided to come up with my own recipe. I think they are pretty tasty, if I do say so myself! Approved for anyone on a renal diet but also delicious in general. My apple snob husband approves so that must say something!
Here is the recipe for Spiced Apple Muffins.
- 1 apple (I use Honeycrisp because that’s my husband’s favorite but you can use any kind)
- 2 eggs
- ½ cup granulated sugar
- ½ cup light brown sugar
- ½ cup canola oil
- ¼ cup water
- 1 tablespoon vanilla
- 1 ½ cups all purpose white flour
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- ½ teaspoon ground ginger
- ½ teaspoon ground cloves
- ½ teaspoon nutmeg
- 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.
- Place muffin liners in muffin tray. Or skip this step and spray a muffin tray with nonstick spray.
- Whisk eggs in a large bowl. Add granulated sugar, brown sugar, vanilla, canola oil, and water. Mix together.
- Add flour, baking soda, ground ginger, ground cloves, nutmeg, and cinnamon. Stir to combine.
- Cut apple into small pieces. Fold into batter.
- Fill muffin cups with batter. I use a ¼ cup measuring cup for this. ¼ cup of batter for each muffin.
- Bake for 18-20 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean.
Does anyone else have an “apple snob” in their family? What apple recipes have you made that they approve of?