Let’s get extra “ready” for the chaos...
Add coconut flakes to a medium pan set over medium low heat. Stir constantly to avoid burning. Cook for 2-3 minutes, until toasted and lightly golden brown. Immediately remove the coconut from the pan and pour into a small dish to cool. Set aside.
It smells good right from the beginning.
Return the same pan to the heat and turn the temperature to medium low. Add the apples. Stir occasionally. Cook for 5-7 minutes until they’re lightly browned and have shrunk in size.
Yummmm!! The scent of coconut and cooking apples is sweet in the air!!
Keep the heat set to medium low and add the brown sugar* to the apples. The sugar will melt down and fully coat the apples. Stir the mixture often. Add the kosher salt. Cook and continue to stir until the sugar sticks to the apples and the mixture has turned a dark brown, about 5-10 minutes. (Note: the apple mixture will turn dark brown. It’s okay because it adds to the flavour. Just be careful not to burn it).
*if using premade caramel sauce: pour the caramel over the apples and cook until the apples are fully coated in the caramel. Cook until the apples are tender and the sauce is sticking to the apples.
This combination of caramelized apple and toasted coconut adds warmth and excitement to the air!!
Preheat the oven to 325°F.
Sift the flour, salt, and baking powder together in a bowl and set aside.
In a separate bowl, using an electric mixer, beat the oil and sugar together for one minute. Add the eggs, one at a time, beating at high speed for each, until fully incorporated.
Now, it all starts to come together...
Fold the dry ingredients into the egg mixture. Stir in the maple syrup and vanilla extract. Fold in the apple and coconut.
Pour the batter evenly into each liner. Bake the muffins for 25-35 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the centre comes out clean.
Enjoy them warm, fresh out of the oven, or let them cool and take them on-the-go.
Take a moment from your busy day for a delightful interruption. It’s a sweet, memorable, and incredible treat. Enjoy the chaos (and the fun) because you’re ready!