Accidentally Scuffins

Posted on March 24, 2011

Sometimes recipe experiments don’t work out.  Sometimes they work, just a little differently than you expect.

Cinnamon Apple Chunk Scuffins

I set out to make scones, but I ended up with scuffins!  A scuffin is basically the hybrid of a scone and a muffin.  These Cinnamon Apple Chunk Scuffins are hearty, chewy, and flavorful.  Like scones, they aren’t too sweet, but like muffins, they are nice and moist.  Even better than both, they are low in fat and added sugars.

Cinnamon Apple Chunk Scuffins

I got my inspiration from a bakery in Philadelphia.  Every time I am in the area, I buy a few of their delicious scones.  They supposedly are low in fat, high in fiber, etc., but they are also the size of my head.  My strategy is to buy a few different flavors and eat pieces of each one.  That way I never eat an entire scone, right?

Cinnamon Apple Chunk Scuffins

My favorite flavors are the apple and cinnamon varieties, so I decided to make my baked good a combination of the two.  These scuffins are full of delicious cinnamon chips and big apple chunksI hate when you get an apple dessert and can barely find the apple pieces! They are also made with whole grains.  I’m telling you, these are healthy!

They taste wonderful right out of the oven, but also taste good at room temperature.  I ate them alone or crumbled over greek yogurt with fruit and peanut butter.  You can also store them in the freezer and defrost for a healthy last minute snack.

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A note on the cinnamon chips: I was lucky enough to win a bag of cinnamon chips from Amy at Very Culinary, but you can check the Hershey’s website to see where they are sold near you.

cinnamon chips 1

The recipe was loosely adapted from Cooking Light

Whisk together flours and oatmeal in a large bowl

flours and oats 1

Add the remaining dry ingredients (through cinnamon) and whisk; set aside

dry ingredients 1

Combine the wet ingredients and whisk together until combined

wet ingredients 1 wet ingredients 2

Stir wet ingredients into dry

dough 1

Add the chopped apple and cinnamon chips; knead them in with your handsadd apple cinnamon chips

Shape dough into two round disks and place on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper; use a pizza cutter or sharp knife to slice each round into 8 pieces; do not separate the dough

Cinnamon Apple Chunk Scuffins

Bake for 15-20 minutes or until scuffins are firm and lightly brownedCinnamon Apple Chunk Scuffins

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Cinnamon Apple Chunk Scuffins

Loosely adapted from Cooking Light

Yield: 16 scuffins

Ingredients

  • 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 2/3 cup whole wheat flour
  • 3/4 cup old-fashioned oatmeal
  • 1/4 cup light brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • Dash salt
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 3/4 cup fat free greek yogurt
  • 2 tablespoons unsweetened applesauce
  • 1 large egg white
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 cup chopped apple (~1 large apple)
  • 1/3 cup cinnamon chips

Cooking Directions

  1. Pre-heat oven to 400 degrees
  2. Whisk together flours and oatmeal in a large bowl
  3. Add the remaining dry ingredients (through cinnamon) and whisk; set aside
  4. Combine the wet ingredients and whisk together until combined
  5. Stir wet ingredients into dry
  6. Add the chopped apple and cinnamon chips; knead them in with your hands
  7. Shape dough into two round disks and place on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper
  8. Use a pizza cutter or sharp knife to slice each round into 8 pieces; do not separate the dough
  9. Bake for 15-20 minutes or until scuffins are firm and lightly browned

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Cinnamon Apple Chunk Scuffins

Have you ever had a scuffin?

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