My mom adventures in Fort Collins

Some yummy muffins
October 27, 2010, 9:56 pm
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Okay, one of these photos is of my beloved muffins, the other is of my beloved Ruby. So when I’m not chasing this child out of my closet, or alternatively chasing her sister, I like to bake. These muffins are a cinch and a very good excuse to use up that overripe banana.

I will give credit to the Everyday Food Magazine, but the substitutions are all mine.
Healthy Morning Muffins

(Makes 12, active time 10 minutes, total time 35 minutes)

nonstick cooking spray
1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 cup dark brown sugar
1/2 t baking soda
1/2 t baking powder
1/2 t salt
1/2 t nutmeg
1 cup old-fashioned rolled oats
1/2 cup raisins
3 Tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil
1 large egg
1/3 cup skim milk
1 medium banana, mashed
4 medium carrots, shredded

1. Preheat oven to 400 F. Coat a 12-cup muffin pan with cookign spray.  In a large bowl, whisk together flour, brown sugar, baking soda, baking powder, nutmeg, and salt until there are no lumps.  Stir in oats and raisins. Add oil, egg, milk, banana and carrots and stir until blended.
2. Fill each muffin cup with 1/4 cup batter. Bake until a toothpick inserted in the center of a muffin comes out clean, 23 to 25 minutes. Serve muffins warm or at room temperature. (To store, keep in an airtight container, up to 3 days.)

Some of my thoughts (please, control yourself with your enthusiasm):

I usually do 2-3 carrots, because 4 carrots (at least the kind I seem to buy) is a LOT of carrot
I use any kind of milk that I have (well, never done chocolate, but 1%, 2% or whatever)
I started doing 1/4 t of nutmeg and 1/4 t of cinnamon
I often use “Whole Wheat Pastry Flour” instead of the all-purpose flour
I also often add 1/8-1/4 c of flax seeds
I have forgotten to add the egg before, and miraculously, they didn’t fall apart on me. However, on that occasion, my carrots started to turn green. Wonder what that was about?
I have used craisins when I didn’t have a full 1/2 cup of raisins, but one time I tried dried cherries. I wasn’t a fan of the cherries, way too sweet.

Now go forth and bake!


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