A few years ago our family came into possession of a hundred year old cider press. After pressing apples from our orchard into cider, we had buckets full of apple remnants. So I developed a recipe that redeems the leftover apples and we call them Redemption Muffins.

During this year’s Fall Share (September 13-16) we thought it would be fun to share my family’s Redemption Muffins with you. So, if you’re within driving distance and can make it to the parking lot of the Mel Johnson Media Center at the corner of Snelling and Lydia Avenues in Roseville, MN on Tuesday, September 14, between 4:30 and 6 pm, we’ll hand you muffins to enjoy and some to share!

Here’s the recipe to make at home if you can’t share in our COVID compliant drive through share event. You can even use the same packaging we’re using from our friends at Sweet Mondays Project Cupcake. Request bags here.

Redemption Muffin Recipe
Preheat the oven to 350

Combine wet ingredients in standing mixer:
3 eggs
⅓ C oil (I use Walnut oil)
½ can crushed pineapple (drained)
⅓ C molasses
1 t dried orange peel (or the zest of one orange)

Combine dry ingredients in bowl:
2 T chia seed (optional but it adds an important element IMHO)
2 C ground whole grains (I grind a blend of gluten free grains including buckwheat)
To boost the protein, you can add
4 scoops unflavored protein powder (I use Orgain)
½ C Hemp seed
1 C Old fashioned Oats
1 t baking powder
1 t baking soda
(you can substitute Kodiak Cinnamon Oat Power cakes mix for these 4 ingredients)
½ C sugar (I use coconut sugar)
½ C brown sugar
1 T apple pie or pumpkin pie spice
½ t salt

Add dry to wet and fold together (lowest setting on mixer or by hand).

Core fresh apples (do NOT peel) and “chop” them in food processor (do not pulverize, you need it to be chunky)

Fold apples into dough and add 3/4 C raisins and 3/4 C chopped walnuts or pecans

Fill greased muffin tins (I use ⅓ measuring cup to fill them evenly)
Bake 25 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean
Eat and share with others within 24 hours or store in refrigerator up to 72 hours.
They also freeze well.

Give them away with a homemade card noting Psalm 34:8 as you invite others to “taste and see that the Lord is good!”

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