My roommate and I have had some frozen concentrate apple juice in our freezer for a while. I'm not a big fan of apple juice so we were discussing one night what we could use it for. I suggested putting it in a cake of some sort. We decided oatmeal cake would be best and in further talking thought maybe putting apple slices in it would be good too. I discussed it with my mom and another friend as well and between everyone I formed something that turned out pretty awesome and much better then I had expected!
This was not a vegan recipe as I didn't really have time to figure out and test different things to use as an egg substitute. The next batch I think I'm going to just try and use applesauce in place of the eggs and see how it goes.
For the batter:
1 1/4c apple juice concentrate
1c quick oats
Mix together and set aside
1/2c butter(I used vegan margarine)
1c white sugar
1c brown sugar
add oat/apple juice mixture.
after that is mixed well add
1 1/2c flour
1tsp baking soda or powder (whichever is fine)
Pour in to lined cupcake sheets.
For the apples in the center I made 'apple pie' apples. I cut up my apple in smallish pieces, lightly coated them in flour... added some brown sugar, cinnamon, vanilla, a little melted butter and mixed together.
Put a single slice in the center of each cupcake. Bake at 350 for 40min or until done. I would check on them sooner then that.
3TBS melted butter
1/2c brown sugar
approx 1/2c chopped pecans
touch of cinnamon
After your your cupcake/muffins come out of the oven top them with the pecan mixture. Let cool and serve!
I have a few friends that don't like nuts so for those I just topped them with the same mixture minus the pecans.
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