Vegan Cran-Apple Muffins

I've recently become obsessed with vegan style baking and came across this recipe the other day.  The original recipe called for soy milk with no applesauce or craisins.  I don't really agree with using soy milk with all the new studies being done on it so I replaced that with applesauce instead and added craisins for a tartness to compliment all that sweet from all the apple in these muffins. I also increased the baking powder by 1/2 tbsp to give them a little more lift.  The verdict?  My family of 3 went through all 12 of these muffins in less than a day.  I'd say they were a success. :)

2  cups whole wheat or unbleached whole grain/white flour
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/2 tsp salt
1 1/2 Tbsp baking powder
2 cups all natural, cinnamon applesauce
4 tbsp canola oil
1 tbsp vanilla extract
1 apple, peeled, cored and chopped finely
2 cups craisins

Preheat oven to 405*
In a medium sized bowl put apple, craisins, salt and brown sugar.  Mix ingredients and set aside, allowing apples to sweat out juices while allowing the craisins to absorb those juices.
In a mixing bowl or mixer, add applesauce, oil  and vanilla,  mix well on medium speed. Sift flour with baking soda and slowly incorporate into wet ingredients until all the flour is mixed in.  Fold in apples and craisins mixture until completely combined, then add to well greased muffin tins by 1/3 cup full.
Bake for 20-25 minutes, or until they're just starting to become golden brown. Remove from oven, let sit in pan for 2 minutes then remove to a plate.
Great served with cinnamon flavored butter.


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