The Willing Cook-A-Long: Baked Apple Bites & You

For this week’s new recipe challenge, I made Baked Apple Bites.  They were a pretty good muffin, but not exactly what I was expecting.  From the description, they were supposed to be more donut muffin-like.  They seemed like just plain mini muffins to me.  Not that mini apple muffins are a bad thing though.

Changes I made to the recipe…

  • I didn’t go gluten-free with this recipe because I decided to take the muffins to a bible study (but I did make them so my son could have a few).  However, it would be a very easy “re”creation to use one of my other successful gluten-free muffin recipes.
  • I made them dairy free by using cold coconut oil for the butter in the batter and rice milk.  I used dairy-free margarine for the coating.
  • I used EnerG egg replacer for the eggs.

Overall, I thought these mini muffins were pretty good and they received rave reviews from all tasters.  I do have another apple muffin recipe that is very similar in taste, but I think I prefer a little better.

What new dish did you try this week?  Leave a comment below with the details or link to your blog.


For next week’s Willing Cook-A-Long new recipe challenge, I am making Spicy Spaghetti Squash with Black Beans.  You may recall seeing this dish on this week’s meal plan.  Well, things got shuffled around a bit and I didn’t get to it.  Since this is a new dish to me and because I’ve never featured a vegetarian recipe, it seemed like a good choice for this week’s willing cook-a-long challenge.

One suggestion that I have if you don’t want to have a vegetarian dinner is to add diced chicken or cooked sausage to the dish.  I think it would “re”create beautifully with either of those additions.  There actually aren’t too many allergy changes that I need to make to this recipe besides leaving out the corn.  You may recall, however, that we are trying to incorporate one vegetarian dinner into our weekly menu, so this will take care of that goal.

How the Willing Cook-A-Long works:

  1. I will come back next week with my review of the willing cook-a-long recipe and the changes I made for my food allergy home.
  2. You can make the same recipe as I (with or without changes), or…
  3. You can make your own new dish and tell us about it.

Regardless of what you choose to do, come back here next Friday and link up to your post (if you have a blog) or just tell us what you made in the comments.  Can’t wait to hear of all your new dishes next week!

Happy Willingly Cooking-A-Long!

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7 Responses to The Willing Cook-A-Long: Baked Apple Bites & You

  1. I agree that the bites were more muffin like than donut like, until I tried one the next day. Then it had more of the powdery texture of a cake donut. We all liked them, especially my food allergic son. gluten-free, dairy-free, soy-free adaption on <a href="“>my blog.

    Last time I served spaghetti squash to my family, it was a HUGE flop, so I’m going to look for a different recipe to try/adapt. I’ll comment later with what I choose.

    • Cook says:

      I can’t wait to check out your gluten-free version. I’ll have to post our very favorite spaghetti squash recipe soon. No one will even think it’s a vegetable.

  2. I’ve decided – I will make Roasted Harvest Vegetables from Taste of Home.

    • Cook says:


      That dish looks yummy! Are you going to serve it as a side? Or as a main dish? Will you keep it vegetarian? Well, I suppose you don’t have to answer those questions right now…I’ll see you next Friday!! Thanks for being so loyal.

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