Are you like me in the mornings? Hopelessly looking for something healthy to feed your children all the while clutching your coffee cup? Whatever your mornings look like, one thing remains the same: we all need to eat! Making muffins from scratch (and forgoing those pricey box mixes) is not only easier on your budget but healthier too.
There are many basic recipes out there for muffins that you can adapt to your liking, here is just one to get you started:
2 cups all-purpose flour (or flour of your choice such as pastry flour)
1/2 cup sugar (or a healthier alternative such as sucanat)
1 tablespoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
3/4 cup milk (you could even substitute almond or rice milk here)
In a large bowl combine the flour, sugar, baking powder and salt. In a small bowl beat the egg, milk and oil. Pour into the dry ingredients and stir just until moistened. At this point you can add in any goodies such as: chocolate (or carob) chips, nuts, craisins, etc. Fill greased or paper-lined muffin cups three-fourths full and bake at 400 for 18-20 minutes. This makes one dozen muffins. You can also adapt this for a quick bread. Pour all the batter into a greased loaf pan and bake at 400 for 45-50 minutes.
This recipe is very versatile. You could opt for some blueberries and a little lemon juice (or zest) in the mix for blueberry muffins. How about cinnamon and nutmeg (or cardamom) in the mix with a simple streusal topping? Yummy!
By taking advantage of this basic breakfast, you can help to avoid the pricey, processed versions. Who wouldn’t love that? Pair this yummy baked item with some hard boiled eggs and juice and your children will think you’ve served them a feast! Make yourself a double batch (or triple!), put some in the freezer for later use or even hide one for a yummy midnight snack.
Do you have any breakfast tips that help start your mornings off with a bang? What’s your plan of attack to avoid all the processed, sugary breakfast options?
For more yummy muffin recipes such as harvest muffins, double-chocolate fudgy muffins and blueberry streusel muffins check out the April 2010 Molly Green Digest called: Homemade Happiness, Frugal Fun & Games. Did you know that Molly Members have access to all back issues of the magazine? Give it a try and you’ll be blessed by all the frugal advice at your fingertips!