Meatless Monday–Apple Butterscotch Muffins and a Giveaway

Readers, I owe all of you a huge, HUGE thank you.  Because of your loyalty and support, this lil’ blog has had the best six weeks in its almost four year history.  When I started blogging, I never imagined I’d have the response I’ve had of late.  I am completely humbled and so, so thankful.  I truly don’t know what to say.

I’ve also realized that, despite the name of my blog, I really don’t have that many apple recipes on here.  How did that happen?!? (And what a shame!)  Apples have been one of my most favorite foods since I was a little girl.  I love everything about them.  They’re pretty to look at, healthy, and taste great in so many forms.

To thank you, I’ve decided to combine a few things I love–apples, Bon Appetit magazine, and gift giving.  Everyday this week, I’ll be posting a delicious recipe using apples.  And everyday, you can leave a new comment as an entry in my giveaway of a year’s subscription of Bon AppetitThe entry period will end at 5:00 pm EST on Thursday, October 20th has closed, so you’ll be able to enter a total of four times.  I’ll contact the winner immediately after the entry window closes, so please be sure to leave an e-mail address!

In the meantime, please enjoy these tasty apple butterscotch muffins.  They’re hearty, sweet, and, of course, full of appley goodness.  Perfect for breakfast on crisp autumn mornings! 

apple butterscotch muffins

Apple Butterscotch Muffins

seen on Annie’s Eats


 2 1/2 c. all-purpose flour

2 tsp. baking powder

1 tsp. baking soda

1/2 tsp. salt

1 1/4 tsp. ground cinnamon

3/4 c. old-fashioned oats

8 TBSP (one stick) unsalted butter, at room temperature

1/3 c. packed light brown sugar

2/3 c. unsweetened or lightly sweetened homemade applesauce

2 large eggs

1 1/2 tsp. vanilla extract

1 c. milk

3/4 c. butterscotch chips

3/4 c. chopped apples

1/3 c. toasted pecans, chopped (optional)

Optional toppings:

Dried apple slices

Maple syrup

Granulated sugar


1.  Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.  Line the wells of two muffin pans with paper liners (about 18).  Set aside.

2.  In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle
attachment, cream together the butter and sugar until light and smooth,
1-2 minutes.  Beat in the applesauce, eggs and vanilla extract until

3.  Meanwhile, in a separate medium mixing bowl, combine the flour, baking powder, baking
soda, salt, and cinnamon.  Mix lightly with a fork to blend.  Stir in
the oats.  

4.  Turn the mixer to low and mix in the dry ingredients
in three additions alternately with the milk, beginning and ending with
the dry ingredients and beating just until incorporated.  Fold in the
butterscotch chips, apples, and toasted pecans with a rubber spatula.

5.  Divide the batter evenly between the prepared muffin cups.  If
desired, press a dried apple slice into the top of the batter in each
cup.  Drizzle lightly with maple syrup and sprinkle with sugar.  Bake
about 18-20 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes
out clean.  Cool in the pan for 5-10 minutes, then transfer to a wire
rack to cool completely.

two years ago: thick, chewy oatmeal raisin cookies

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  1. Suzy Q
    October 17, 2011 / 11:08 am

    Intriguing ingredients…might have to try these as a friend and I have coffee every Friday and I am running out of ideas for treats!tokyoshoes (at) hotmail (dot) com

  2. Lindsay
    October 17, 2011 / 11:34 am

    Looking forward to all the apple recipes this week. I have a lot of apples to use up! ljyoung85 at

  3. Jeanneod
    October 17, 2011 / 12:37 pm

    I love apple desserts. Looking for something new.

  4. Dawn
    October 17, 2011 / 12:49 pm

    These look amazing! We went apple picking recently and I can't wait to try this recipe to use up some of those apples!

  5. Kelsy
    October 17, 2011 / 1:37 pm

    I can't seem to use my apples fast enough! I'll add this to the list of things to try 🙂

  6. Delia
    October 17, 2011 / 2:04 pm

    Thanks for sharing! My son loves apples, can't wait to try these for him.

  7. That Girl
    October 17, 2011 / 2:24 pm

    I love apples, but I always forget how much I love butterscotch until I see it somewhere.

  8. Krystal
    October 17, 2011 / 2:58 pm

    You are just adorable Kelsey. I love reading your blog, and need to get back on the blogging wagon. I love this for MM and they sound incredibly tasty and healthy for ya!!

  9. Eva
    October 17, 2011 / 3:07 pm

    Yum! Can't wait to see the rest of your apple recipes, Kelsey!

  10. lindsay
    October 17, 2011 / 3:23 pm

    Yum! Apple and butterscotch are a great combo!lifeandkitchen at

  11. Mb
    October 17, 2011 / 4:16 pm


  12. Natalie
    October 17, 2011 / 5:33 pm

    Your blog is amazing–you deserve the success! 🙂 Love apples in baked goods, just made an apple coffee cake this weekend! Can't wait to see what else you share!

  13. Melanie
    October 17, 2011 / 5:59 pm

    love an oat/apple muffin, and maybe my husband will try it if i tell him about the butetrscotch!everyone wins :)melaniezlot @

  14. Brianna
    October 17, 2011 / 7:37 pm

    Apple and butterscotch – what a perfect combo. Can't wait to try these. Yay for apple season!briannalark at gmail dot com

  15. Krissy
    October 17, 2011 / 8:39 pm

    Apple recipes are my new obsessions!

  16. Ashley's Cooking Adventures
    October 17, 2011 / 11:08 pm

    Congrats on these past weeks being your most popular! Does Pinterest have anything to do with it? I "pin" a lot of your recipes, like this one! 🙂

  17. All Things Yummy
    October 17, 2011 / 11:46 pm

    Yum, I love fruity muffins and with butterscotch too….so so yummy.

  18. Annie
    October 18, 2011 / 1:14 am

    I'm not entering since I already get BA but I just wanted to say I love you to pieces, I'm happy your blog is doing so well and I'm glad you liked these muffins 🙂

  19. Vanilla and Honey
    October 18, 2011 / 4:04 am

    Love BA used to get it an my subscription ran out! My favorite apple recipe is apple caramel cheesecake…jeez louise…yum.

  20. webmailaddress2
    October 18, 2011 / 4:08 am

    Muffins look delish!

  21. Carrie @
    October 18, 2011 / 6:20 am

    Those muffins look delicious! I'm excited to see the next recipes too.carrie (at) carrieandjonathan (dot) com

  22. Jessamyn
    October 18, 2011 / 7:00 am

    I'm glad you're blog is so well-read! It is great and I pin lots of your recipes on pinterest! 🙂 And looking forward to the week of apple recipes!!

  23. Katie
    October 18, 2011 / 8:51 pm

    Perfect recipe with which I can use all of my fall apples!! 🙂

  24. Paige
    October 20, 2011 / 1:27 pm

    The little slice of apple on top of the muffins is just so cute – makes them look even more delicious than they sound!

  25. Lynsey
    October 20, 2011 / 2:46 pm

    I can't wait to try these muffins, they sound incredible! Apple. Butterscotch. Muffins. Does it get any better!?!

  26. Kelsey
    October 27, 2011 / 4:26 am

    Ashley–I do get lots of traffic from pinterest. Thank you for posting my pictures!

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