Friday, November 29, 2013

Christmas Time Has Come!

Now that Thanksgiving is over I do not feel so guilty about posting Christmas related crafts and recipes. The Christmas season is officially in full swing. We spent the day Black Friday Christmas shopping, listening to Christmas music, and decorating the house. Here is a Christmas card that I worked on during some good quality craft time with Harper.

I have never had a fruitcake before, and I do not know anyone that has who liked it. I was still fascinated by the flavor combination (and the fact that they will stay edible for years) that I wanted to make my own nonalcoholic version of a traditional fruitcake. Thus, the fruitcake muffin was born. Don't worry, these muffins are really good. They had three types of dried fruit along with almonds and orange juice to keep the fruitcake feel, but actually taste good. I just love Christmas!
fruit cake muffins (2)

Fruitcake Muffins
makes 1 dozen muffins
1 ½ cup flour
2 tsp baking powder
½ tsp salt
2 tsp cinnamon
1 cup sugar
½ cup oil
1 cup orange juice
2 tbsp almond butter
1 egg
¼ cup applesauce
1/3 cup dried cranberries
1/3 cup raisins
1/3 cup dried apricots, cut into small pieces
½ cup chopped almonds

Preheat your oven to 350 degrees and oil a regular muffin pan. Mix the flour, baking powder, salt, cinnamon, and sugar together. Add in the orange juice, egg, applesauce, and oil. Once it is all stirred up, mix in the almond butter followed by the dried fruit and nuts. Divide the batter between the muffin holes. Bake for 25 minutes, or until a toothpick comes out clean. Allow the muffins to sit for 5 minutes before removing to a cooling rack.

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