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Thursday, May 6, 2010

Who doesn't like muffin tops? (recipes found here)

Whenever I make muffins, I think about Seinfeld and the muffin-tops episode.  What's funny is my kids don't like eating the muffin tops as much as the rest of the muffin.  I think that's comical since the top is the best part!!! Muffins are a great way of serving up omega fatty acids, fiber and whole grains.

Here's a few recipes I made this past weekend for a family brunch we had after my son was baptized.  They were all delicious.  We had over 40 people over for brunch and this was just one of the things I served on the menu.  I also had home-made granola and yogurt AND quinoa & strawberries (see recipe below).

Peaches& Blueberry Oat Muffin

1 pint peach sauce (or 1 can blended peaches with juice)
1/2 c organic sugar (I used honey or agave)
1/2 c sunflower oil
3 hormone-free eggs
1 tsp pure vanilla extract (not imitation)
Blend well.

Add in the dry ingredients
3/4 tsp salt
1 1/2 tsp soda
1 1/2 tsp baking powder
2 cups spelt flour (can use whole wheat or 1/2 brown rice flour, 1/2 whole wheat)
1/2 cup blueberries (can use dried, fresh or frozen)
1 cup oats
Mix and pour in sprayed muffin tins.
Bake for 15 minutes at 350 degrees.
Makes around 2 dozen muffins.

Apple Cinnamon Muffins

1 pint of Unsweetened applesauce
1/2 cup water
1/2 cup honey, or organic sugar. I used sucanat (a healthy alternative to cane sugar).
2 eggs
1/4 cup sunflower oil
1 tsp pure vanilla extract
Mix well

Add dry ingredients

1 tsp Cinnamon
3/4 tsp salt
1 1/2 tsp soda
1 1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp nutmeg
2 cups spelt flour or whole wheat flour

Mix together for less than a minute. Pour in greased muffin tins. Bake for 15 min at 350 degrees. Makes 2 dozen.

Lemon Poppyseed Muffins

1/2 cups freshly squeezed lemon juice
1 cup vanilla organic yogurt
3 eggs
1/4 cup sugar (try alternatives like honey, sucanat, agave, maple syrup)
1/4 cup sunflower oil
Mix well

Add dry ingredients

3/4 tsp salt
1 1/2 tsp soda
1 1/2 tsp powder
2 T poppyseeds
2 cups whole wheat flour, I used 1/2 rice flour and whole wheat flour.
Mix for 1 minute. Pour in greased muffin tins. Bake for 15 min at 350 degrees.  Makes 2 dozen.

The lemon poppy seed were the favorite.  Funny thing is they had rice flour in it and no one even noticed.  They looked probably like they had white flour in it.

Quinoa & Strawberries

Cook 2 cups quinoa  in 4 cups of water according to directions until fluffy. (boil water first before adding quinoa)

After quinoa is finished, pour into a bowl with the following:
1 1/2 cups coconut oil
1 1/2 cups chopped almonds
1 tsp salt
1 T vanilla extract or maple extract
1 T cinnamon
1/2 cup agave nectar or 2 T stevia (go by taste.  I like mine not so sweet.)
8-10 cups cut up strawberries.
This was a large batch.  Probably served 25 people.


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  2. Melissa, YOU INSPIRE ME!!! thanks for your great ideas. just made the apple muffins as I happened to have all the ingredients on hand. Great breakfast to pop out of the freezer! Thanks

  3. do you love my duplicate comments and now my 3rd comment!! Ok, so is there a typo on the apple muffins? Should it be 1 pt. of applesauce, because my muffins despite tasting wonderful, were totally soggy. At first I thought they weren't fully baked, but I baked them for 30 minutes and they were soggy throughout. Next time I'll try 2 cups applesauce instead of 1 qt.

  4. Hmm.. I think I put in a full quart but it was a double batch. So I'll double check the other ingredients. Thanks. I'm glad to hear someone is reading and trying my recipes. Oh and leaving comments.

  5. Yes you're right it should be 1 pint. I didn't double the rest of the ingredients. Haha. I'll change it on the recipe