Cooking 101 - Great Morning Muffin Mix & Match
This AMAZING muffin recipe is so versatile and very basic - you can add ANYTHING to the mix! I'm going to give the general recipe and then you can just add or replace things that you like.
Muffins are AWESOME because they're fun for kids to eat and they can be very healthy. (and they make your house smell yummy, too!) So if mornings are stressful for you, start these muffins the night before with the dry ingredients and shredding your carrots and apples. The rest will come together quickly in the morning rush! (you know, while one kid is yelling because they can't find their socks, the little one's 10-pound diaper is falling off as he's walking around with a sharp utensil in his hand, the older kid needs papers signed for school, and you discover something rotten in the fridge as it drips all over and into everything...and the bus is coming in 10 minutes.)
Carrot Pineapple Muffins
Preheat oven to 375 degrees. - makes about 15 regular sized muffins. (odd number, I know, but that's how much my batch made...)
In a medium bowl, combine the following:
1 c. sugar
2/3 c. oil (or plain applesauce)
2 lg. eggs
1 t. vanilla
1 c. grated carrots (or half carrot, half apple)
1 c. crushed pineapple
1/2 c. (or more) chopped pecans or walnuts
Mix together until combined.
In a large bowl, combine the following:
1 1/2 c. flour (or white wheat flour)
1 t. cinnamon
1 t. salt
1 t. baking soda
2 t. baking powder
Whisk dry ingredients together; combine all ingredients together in the large bowl until combined; do not over mix. Spoon into greased muffin tin, filling the muffin cups almost to the top. Bake at 375 degrees for 20-25 minutes or until toothpick inserted comes out clean.
just a thought:
Something I LOVE is ground flax seed (found in the baking aisle). I add this to EVERYTHING! I'll add a Tablespoon of that to the mix for just a touch of flavor and some good fiber. You could also add a Tablespoon of wheat germ for the same reasons.
Try different fruits, veggies, and nuts in your muffins - have fun with it.