Monday, August 2, 2010

Cupkins August: Trail Mix Muffins

I can't believe it's August! Putting August in this post title just felt wrong- the summer is flying by so fast.

But there still one more month and we're planning on enjoying it by kayaking, hiking, biking, and maybe even camping- which is the theme for this month's Cupkins.
For me camping conjured up a picture of heading out in the morning with a snack that travels easily. Something that keeps you fueled while you enjoy the gorgeous scenery around you.

So I chose to make a muffin version of the classic hiking snack- trail mix.

This recipe is really versatile because you can all sorts of fruits, seeds, nuts and grains- just use whatever mix you like best. It's also a great use for the little bits of leftover ingredients you might have hanging around.

Here's how to make them:

1.5 cups of flour
3/4 cup of sugar
1/2 teaspoon of salt
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 egg
1/3 cup of milk
4 oz unsweetened applesauce

1 cup of trail mix ingredients that you like. I used a combination of:
dried cranberry, dried sour cherry (chopped), dried apricot (chopped), raisins, granola, cashews (chopped), sliced almonds and chocolate chips.

I added 3/4 of a cup to the muffin batter and saved 1/4 of a cup for sprinkling on top of the unbaked muffins.

Bake at 375 degrees for approximately 20 minutes (for large muffins) or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.

Makes 6 large, 12 regular sized or 24 mini muffins.

Now be sure to check out Joanne's camping inspired cupcake. I'm soooo excited that she's reinterpreted another camping classic- S'mores!

To view Joanne's post click on the cupkins logo below.

Have a great day!

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