Thursday, January 27, 2011

M is for Magnficent Muffins! (healthy & delicious!)

In attempt to provide healthy and wholesome snacks for the munchkins (and myself), I poked around the fridge and pantry searching for items to make into.. something. I settled on muffins as they are great portable little hunger-solving devices and wonderful little carriers for a variety of super duper healthy ingredients like (ground) flax seed.

I should just call this the Kitchen Sink Muffin, because otherwise the title would be something like...

Honey Cinnamon Apple Cacao Nib Flax Seed and Spelt Muffins

2 cups organic whole grain spelt flour
3 TBSP ground flax seed (you can skip this if you don't have it)
3 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1 tsp cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon natural sea salt (or table salt, if that's all you have)
1 1/4 cup almond milk (rice or hemp milk will do as well)
1/3 cup oil (whatever you have on hand... I only had vegetable oil left)
1 egg
1 apple, peeled and chopped finely
1/4 - 1/2 cup chopped walnuts
2-4 TBSP cacao nibs (depending on how you like it- you can also skip this if you don't like cacao nibs).
3-4 heaping tablespoons organic raw honey (I do not use a measuring spoon for this, I use the big tablespoon used to eat cereals, soups, or whatever)

Preheat oven to 400*F
Mix flour, baking powder, cinnamon, flax, and sea salt together. Add milk, oil, and egg and stir (by hand) until lightly moistened. Add chopped apple, walnuts, cacao nibs, and honey and stir again. (DO NOT USE A MIXER, DO BY HAND!) Taste the batter and make sure it's sweet enough (you may even want to make it slightly too sweet because the sweetness will mellow once baked).

Bake @ 400*F for 18-20 minutes (Test by inserting a knife in the top. If it comes out clean, it's done.) Let them cool a bit before enjoying. Remember, they will continue to bake just a bit as they cool, so don't over-bake!) Drizzle a bit of raw honey on top of them while they are hot!

These are similar to the recipe up above, but with blueberries (frozen or fresh), and I used used 1/4 cup pure apple juice (and subtracted 1/4 cup milk). I also left out the cacao nibs.

You may need to add more (or less) milk. I tried to keep track and measure out things, but there are times when I just "play it by ear".. or by sight and taste in this case. I figure these measurements are pretty close.

(Btw, my kiddos absolutely loved them! I'm trying to hold back some for their breakfast, but not sure that will happen!)


Chudexs said...

Owow...i look this yummy, and may be can make me fat id eat this so much LOL...., but u are do best.

Pam... said...

I will try that first recipe soon. Sounds good.