My kid loves baked goods in her snack box. But she is very picky about nuts or raisins in the baked goods. So, I have a challenge of baking something for her snack box which I am sure will come back empty and at the same time is healthy too. In an attempt to come up with something healthy and appealing to a kid in taste, I tried making these muffins. Needless to say everyone enjoyed it in the house. It can be converted into a vegan muffin by substituting maple syrup for honey and using flax egg in place of egg.
Whole Wheat flour - 1 cup
Baking Soda - 1/2 tsp
Salt - 1/4 tsp
Honey - 1/3 cup
Vegetable or Canola Oil - 2 TBSP
Egg - 1 large
Applesauce - 1/2 cup (I used Sweetened because that is what I had)
Vanilla Extract - 1 tsp
Preheat the oven to 350 F. Line 6 cup standard sized muffin pan with baking cups. In a bowl, whisk together flour, baking soda, salt. Set aside. In another large bowl, beat the egg. Add applesauce, oil, honey, vanilla extract and whisk together till everything is incorporated. Add the dry ingredients to the wet and slowly fold in the flour. Do not over mix. Divide between 6 cups filling 2/3rds full. Bake for 20 - 22 minutes or until a toothpick inserted comes out clean. Cool on the wire rack in the pan for 10 minutes and then remove from the pan to cool completely on the wire rack.
These muffins crack on the top since they have so little fat in them. Don't be fooled by the appearance at all. You could increase the oil to 1/4 cup and bake to get a better looking muffin. You could also try baking at a lower temperature to minimize this.