Updated: Jan 3
They were predicting the first snow storm to hit Long Island this winter. Their predictions were correct. As I type this, family is out there with machinery and snow blowers clearing up! I'm inside getting ready to hit the kitchen to whip up a new recipe.
Just as I started baking yesterday, the snow started falling! What better to do on a snowy day than cook and bake. Ok, maybe there is something better to do, but... we'll stick to cooking and baking!
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In my opinion, winter calls for muffins. My banana pumpkin muffins where delicious. Visit my YouTube playlist for baked goods. Be sure to subscribe, give a thumbs up to videos you like, and hit that notification bell so you don't miss future videos.
The cinnamon applesauce muffins didn't disappoint either. Gather all your ingredients and let's get started.
Mix together your wet ingredients in a bowl. Applesauce, oil, vanilla and blend well. It looks like a lot of oil, but it's not. (see video above)
In a separate bowl, mix together your dry ingredients. Wisk well. Sift the flour mixture into the wet ingredients. Don't skip this step. It will make your muffins light and fluffy. (see video)
Brush some olive oil into your muffin tins so the batter doesn't stick. I tried using cupcake liners but they stuck to my banana pumpkin muffins, so I did it this way this time. Fill your tins almost to the top. The muffins don't rise much. Place into a preheated 350 degree oven. Bake approximately 20 to 30 minutes.
Allow the muffins to cool completely. Place onto your dish and cover with tinfoil. You can also freeze some individually if you would like.
I had a muffin for breakfast with my homemade gluten free cream cheese and a banana. Filling and delicious.
If you love applesauce, you will love the applesauce cake my mom makes every Thanksgiving. It can easily be made gluten free.
As I was preparing the muffin mix, I was roasting a spaghetti squash. Visit the green links for recipes: Spaghetti Squash and Black Beans in Oil and Garlic, Spaghetti Squash Lasagna, Steamed Spaghetti Squash And Homemade Sauce. It was placed into a container for a future meal.
While the muffins were baking, I made dinner for my parents, husband and myself. I didn't eat the meat, just the veggies. Before the meal, the three of them enjoyed leftover escarole soup and I had a bowl of my white bean and rice soup. For my mashed potato recipe, click the green link. The peas were frozen. I just sautéed some chopped onion in a little butter and olive oil. Salt the onions and cook until soft. Add the peas and a little bit of water and cook until hot.
Here's Lucy, celebrating a snow day and singing Christmas hymns. My three pups, Lucy, Lexxi and Mocha, myself and my husband, are wishing everyone a happy, healthy, safe holiday season.
If you are in the Northeast, happy snow day! Be careful if you have to go out. It's freezing out there and very icy. Happy cooking and baking!
2 cups applesauce
½ olive oil
1 tsp vanilla
1 cup sugar
1½ tsp. baking soda
½ tsp. salt
2 tsp. ground cinnamon
1/4 tsp. nutmeg
2 cups gluten-free flour (I used Bob's Red Mill Gluten Free 1 to 1 Baking Flour)