Showing posts with label Muffins. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Muffins. Show all posts

Thursday, January 24, 2013

blank slate muffins

Recently I've noticed the best-selling item I make when I'm on pre-k snack duty is muffins. This is a good thing because I love muffins. They are easy, versatile, and delicious. I make lots of muffins. Usually they are healthy, rarely but on occasion they are cupcakes disguised as muffins. Most have lots of ingredients. Often there is a sprinkling of bran involved.

Saturday, October 20, 2012

cranberry orange bran muffins

Isn't fall wonderful? In fall, I scramble to make all the meals I love to eat most in cold weather. The fall harvest is so bountiful, that as in summer it feels like the sky is the limit. Cabbage and kale are back, as are cranberries and oranges. Which can only mean one thing. Cranberry bread. (Ok, it means three things: cranberry bread, gwumpki, and mac & cheese with kale & mushrooms).


I've learned something about myself in the past year. I don't much care for quick breads. I've been making them since I first started using the kitchen (12 years old maybe?), and yet for some reason the fact that I don't like eating them didn't occur to me until this year. It seems to me the edges always get too brown and dry, and no matter how great the recipe, breakfast breads just don't travel well. Muffins, on the other hand, are the perfect travel food. When you have two kids under five, food that can travel is your best good friend. Hence, I'm sharing yet another muffin recipe today.

Flours & grains

This recipe is adapted from a Cooking Light recipe. I like that one but feel like they could have made it a bit healthier. While they are normally good at cutting fat, they don't much tweak the flour and sugar in their recipes, so I do it for them. I think a taste test wouldn't glean much difference, but the added bran and adapted sugar make them good for breakfast (instead of dessert, which the original recipe was bordering on). I might even use applesauce in place of more sugar next time, but I was worried about changing the solids/liquids the first time around.



cranberry orange bran muffins
makes 16 muffins (though I normally double my muffin batches)

3/4 c. all-purpose flour
3/4 c. white whole wheat flour
1/2 c. bran (I like Bob's Old Red Mill 10 Grain cereal)
1/4 c. brown sugar, packed
1/3 c. unrefined sugar
1 1/2 tsp. baking powder
1 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. baking soda
2 tsp. grated orange rind
3/4 c. orange juice (about 1 large orange; you can supplement with cider or other juice)
1/4 c. oil
1 large egg, slightly beaten
1 Tbs. maple syrup
2 c. coarsely chopped fresh cranberries
1/3 c. chopped walnuts, toasted (optional)

Preheat oven to 400 degF. Combine flour through orange rind in a large bowl. Combine remaining ingredients in a small bowl; add wet mixture to flour mixture. Spoon into greased or paper-lined muffin cups (I like to use a 1/3 c. measuring cup). Bake for 15 minutes or until toothpick comes out clean and muffins spring back when touched. Let cool for five minutes in cups and then carefully remove and cool on wire rack.

Editor's note: This post is a part of Real Food WednesdayMonday Maniaand The Homestead Barn Hop.

Friday, August 10, 2012

sneaky Pete: {summer squash muffins}

I'm all about sneaking veggies into my kids' meals. Every morning of the summer, we all drink a green smoothie, which is more accurately a neon pink smoothie as I've been putting beets into it lately. Vivi is obsessed with pink and will do anything to have it near her, including ingest it when combined with no less than two kinds of leafy vegetable (spinach and/or beet greens too). Popeye would be proud. Score 1 Mommy.

Even easier than sneaking vegetables into a beverage is into a bread. After our successful carrot muffins, I thought we'd try summer squash. I came into a big score of it (for a buck!) at the "seconds" stand at my local farm. Have one of these? I get some great bargains there. Sometimes the item sits in my fridge for a few days while I figure out what to do with it, but it always gets used somehow. This time, I knew just what to do when life gave me banged up squash: make muffins.

Sunday, July 29, 2012

more breakfast to go: carrot raisin bran muffins

Sundays are the best when we don't have an agenda but just meander through the day. This weekend almost required lazy days because of how rainy it's been. But the girls didn't let a little rain stop their fun. They loved playing in it!




Wednesday, July 11, 2012

visiting the beach {and a muffin recipe}

Our trip to the beach was so fun! Before I show you some pics, I'll set the scene. When you arrive at the New England shoreline, you are met with a few wonderful things and a few annoying things.

Great things: blue sky, breeze, salt air, and other archetypical beach fare.

Annoying things: biting flies (!!!), dead rays washed ashore, and townies.

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