Feaster Five Apple Muffins

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feasterfiveI’ve noted before that to run, I would need to be chased.  What about you?

But that hasn’t kept us from participating in a few 5Ks along the way.  One of which is the Feaster Five in Andover (where we live) on Thanksgiving morning.

The added incentive for this 5k, which of course I just walk, is that everyone gets a pie at the finish line.  When you sign up early (that isn’t me) you get a shirt that says, “I Run for Pie.”  That would be a fitting t-shirt for me even though it’s not true!  Not unless the pie has legs and a knife and is chasing me!

The benefit of the walk is that you get pie.  The downfall of the walk (I know, most people run) is that you get four pies.  What are you going to do with all that pie?

applemuffinsNo worries, I have the answer.  This apple pie muffin recipe was in our original Fall cookbook under another name, but I’ve renamed it the Feaster Five Apple Muffin to give hope to the 12,000 people running tomorrow that they will have a constructive and yummy use of at least some of those pies.  Last year, I scraped out the filling of two pies (they are small), chopped it up, and used it in lieu of the canned apple pie filling.  You need 2-3 cups of filling.  They were fabulous and such a treat after Sam had to carry Mir on his shoulders for 3.2 miles and I had to drag Zain to the finish.  Needless to say, we are going to be going on a leisurely family walk/hike tomorrow sans the 12,000 others and the finish line.

I hope you have an awesome Thanksgiving and good luck to all of the Feaster Five “runners” tomorrow.  Enjoy some apple pie muffins as a reward!  For everyone else, pick up some pie filling–these still make a great Thanksgiving morning breakfast!

Feaster Five Apple Muffins


  • 1 can apple pie filling (Or 2-3 cups chopped apple pie filling from an actual pie)
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 2 cups flour of choice (I use Cup4Cup gluten free flour blend)
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • Topping Ingredients:
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 3 tablespoons sugar
  • 1/4 cup butter of choice, soft but not melted (I use Earth Balance butter sticks)
  • 3 tablespoons flour of choice
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 cup nuts, chopped (This is optional, I do not typically opt for them)


Step 1
Preheat oven to 350 degrees and grease or spray two muffin pans. This recipe will make two dozen muffins. You can also use muffin liners if you would like.
Step 2
Mix the sugar, oil, eggs and vanilla in a large mixing bowl. Add the apple pie filling.
Step 3
In a separate bowl, combine the flour, cinnamon, baking powder, baking soda and salt. Add to the apple mixture and mix well.
Step 4
Fill 24 greased muffin cups 1/2 full.
Step 5
Combine the topping ingredients and sprinkle over the batter. This same topping can be used to dress up any muffin recipe. I've also used it on top of banana bread.
Step 6
Bake at 350 degrees for 15-20 minutes.


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