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Tuesday, March 30, 2010

karen's super awesome nutrition-crammed muffins

This muffin recipe was created as a way to sneakily cram nutrition into my son, who is TERRIBLE EATER (see the blog just before this one). Anyone can make these, and you can interchange various ingredients to create the muffin you like best. Kids usually love these, and adults do as well.


*1 cup whole wheat flour

*1 cup high fibre cereal of your choice (ie; bran flakes, raisin bran, cinnamon cheerios, or any combination thereof) ! Note: if you're making these for kids to take to school, make sure there are no nuts in the cereal you choose.

*1 tsp baking soda

* 1 tsp baking powder

* half tsp salt

* half tsp cinnamon

* half cup brown sugar (not packed)

* 1 packet your choice of instant oats (or, 1/3 cup regular oats)

Liquid Ingredients

*Note: liquid ingredients (not including butter) will equal 1 1/2 cups total

* 1 or 2 small containers (individual serving size) of probiotic yogurt in your flavour choice (I like Activia Strawberry a lot)

* 1 egg

* 1/2 tsp vanilla extract

* enough apple juice, berry juice or milk to top up liquid ingredients to 1 1/2 cups

** 1/3 cup melted butter

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Prepare your 12-cup muffin tin either by brushing with melted butter, spraying with non-stick cooking spray, or popping in oh-so-handy paper muffin cups.

In a large bowl, combine all dry ingredients, and mix together. Melt butter in a mug or other microwave save container in microwave, or on the stove if you just don't trust microwaves like my husband. In a two-cup measuring cup, or a separate bowl if you feel like washing more dishes, toss in egg, yogurt, juice/milk until liquid ingredients reach 1 1/2 cup mark. Stir briskly, like you're not really interested, with a fork. Make a hollow in your dry ingredients and dump liquid ingredients in, as well as melted butter. Drag your fork through the whole darn thing vigorously and quickly until the whole thing is wet and free of blobs of dry flour, but not overmixed.

Spoon even amounts into muffin tin, and bake on middle rack in oven for 20 minutes, or until muffins no longer look shiny.

Pat yourself on the back and enjoy.

* makes 1 dozen muffins

! Tips: If you want to add raisins, other dried fruits or blueberries, I like to add them to the dry ingredients and mix through before I add the wet.

- if you use "berry" flavoured packaged oatmeal, you can also use a berry based juice for a really nummy muffin

- maple flavoured oatmeal and orange juice in the wet ingredients is a good combo

- apple cinnamon oatmeal and apple juice give you a nice little apple cinnamon muffin.

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