Maple Syrup Apple Muffins

We love these muffins - they're moist, dense and chockfull of goodness. For extra nutrition, colour and texture, don't peel the apples; just wash and grate or dice them.
maple syrup apple muffins
1 1/4 cups quick-cooking rolled oats
1 1/2 cups buttermilk
2 cups all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/3 cup granulated sugar
1/2 cup pure maple syrup
1 egg
1/2 cup butter, melted
1 teaspoon vanilla
2 cups apples (unpeeled or peeled)
Thin apple slices
2 tablespoons pure maple syrup
Preheat oven to 400 F. In a bowl combine oats and milk and let stand for 5 minutes. In a separate bowl, combine flour, baking powder, and salt. Whisk together sugar, maple syrup, egg, butter and vanilla; add into milk mixture. Pour mixture over dry ingredients and add apples. Stir just until moistened. Drop into prepared muffin pan. Press one thin unpeeled apple slice on top of muffin, to dress it up. Bake for about 25 minutes or until tops are firm to the touch. Let cool in pan. Transfer to rack. Brush warm muffin tops with maple syrup. Let cool completely.
Yield: 16 muffins.