Apple-Spice Mug Muffin

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When you’re craving muffins but don’t want a whole batch sitting around in the fridge or freezer, these individual mug-sized muffins are the answer to your prayers.

Ingredients:

  • 1/4 cup whole wheat flour
  • 4 teaspoons brown sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/8 teaspoon baking soda
  • 3 tablespoons plain unsweetened non-dairy milk
  • 1 tablespoon Earth Balance butter
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3 tablespoons shredded apple
  1. The night before, combine the flour, brown sugar, cinnamon, and baking soda in a microwave-safe mug; Cover and set aside.
  2. In the morning, add the milk, butter (melted), and vanilla, stirring to combine. Fold in the apple.
  3. Microwave for 2 minutes, then let cool slightly before serving.

My son likes his muffin plain…

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…but I like adding a little extra chopped apple and a spoonful of vanilla non-dairy yogurt to serve. Or try a little dollop of soy whipped cream!

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Dot Paint Shamrocks

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We’re pretty crazy about St. Patrick’s Day around here (despite not being Irish!), so be on the lookout for several shamrock-themed crafts and recipes this week. In this first version, kids will love the reveal of the shamrock shape after they finish dotting their paint!

First, cut out a shamrock, either free-hand or using a template.

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You can tape the shamrocks down to construction paper or poster board, but we actually did ours on foam board – this allowed us to later use it as a sign at our town’s St. Patrick’s parade.

Now you have two ways to dot paint around the shamrocks. First, there are good old dot paints.

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For a novelty version, set out a tray of green paint and use pencil erasers to make small dots.

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We liked doing both, to compare the big and little dots side by side.

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Once you’ve finished dotting, peel up the shamrock shapes – voila! The silhouette is left behind. Now off to the parade!

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