I'm trying a healthy kick and part of that is figuring out a good way to start my day with a healthy breakfast. There's only so much cereal, fruit and yogurt a girl can eat. Plus I want something that I can eat on the run. Something I can eat on the run without resorting to fast food or pre-packaged treats. There is one snack that is the answer to all these conundrums: muffins! I found this recipe from Canadian Living which I love because their recipes are 'tested until perfect.' The recipe seemed to have all the major items I need to start my day (aside from coffee). These muffins have hearty oats, fruit, protein, and fiber.
The recipe starts like those for many baked goods: combining wet and dry ingredients separately. Then you combine them gently into the same bowl. Though these muffins have lots of grains and oats, they stay moist with the help of grated apples and milk. Without a lot of butter or margarine, they are pretty heart-healthy and I've added some ground flax for an extra healthy kick.
The recipe makes just about 12 muffins, if you fill each muffin tin up to the very top to allow for a yummy outter crust.
Bake the muffins in a 400 degree oven for 20 minutes until a toothpick inserted into the middle comes out with just a few crumbs. Let them cool in the pan 5 minutes then transfer them to a rack to cool. Your kitchen will smell fabulous and you'll benefit from having tons of goodness baked into a tiny package. They also freeze well; wrap the muffins individually in plastic wrap before sealing in an airtight container or freezer bag. To thaw, microwave for 20 seconds, or let thaw overnight in the fridge.
You could substitute other items such as grated carrot or banana for the fruit for a different tasting muffin. And feel free to experiment with substitutions for the currents such as raisins, chocolate chips, or other nuts or dried fruit. All yummy!