If you’re like most people, you probably made a resolution this year to get healthy which means right now you’re probably watching what you eat. The good thing, it that you can eat healthy and have food that tastes great at the same time. Take these yummy cinnamon and cherry muffins for example, they are the perfect size for a quick and healthy snack or if you’re in a hurry in the mornings you can grab one for on the go. They are the perfect size and my kids really enjoyed them. I’m a big health nut and I like knowing what is in our food and where it came from. Plus, they are yummy! Even my husband liked them and he’s super picky but ended up eating 3 in a row.
I adapted this recipe from Brownwood Farms Strawberry Muffin recipe and made a few substitutions: I substituted unsweetened applesauce for the canola oil and skim milk for the buttermilk making a lighter, healthier version and they still tasted great.
The secret of the muffins? It’s the Brownwood Farms Cherry Preserves that make the muffins so delicious. Brownwood Farms products are made right here in Northern Michigan and all natural. And, with summer being over 6 months away the cherry preserves give you the taste of fresh Northern Michigan cherries all year long.
- 3/4 C. sugar
- 1 large egg
- 1/4 tsp. salt
- 2 tsp. baking powder
- 1/2 tsp baking soda
- 1 C. milk
- 1/2 C. applesauce
- 1 tsp. vanilla extract
- 2 tsp. ground cinnamonm
- 2 1/2 C flour
- 2 jars of Brownwood Farms Cherry Preserves (1 for baking in the muffins and 1 for spreading)
- Preheat the oven to 375 degrees.
- Line with cupcake liners or spray (2) 12 count muffins tins with non-stick spray
- Combine the egg, sugar, applesauce, vanilla and milk in a large bowl, mixing well.
- In a separate bowl, combine the dry ingredients – flour, baking soda, baking powder, salt, and cinnamon.
- Slowly fold the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients, mixing well.
- Finally, stir in one jar of the cherry preserves.
- Fill each muffin tin about 3/4 full
- Bake 20-25 minutes.
- At about 20 minutes insert a toothpick into the center of a few muffins. If it comes out ‘dry’, they are done.
- Remove from the oven and let cool.
- Serve with butter or Brownwood Farms Cherry Preserves.
If you’re not a fan of cherries but would like to try these muffins using another fruit preserve, this recipe is easy to swap around. Head over to Grandpa Shorter’s online shop to see other fruit preserve varieties.