Good Monday Morning!
This seems to be an ongoing problem for me… trying to get my teenagers to EAT BREAKFAST! Is that too much for a Mother to ask? seriously? I have 3 kids and I have taken on this battle with each one of them. With my oldest I was able to convince her that eating an apple on the way to school was better than nothing. For my son I found these yummy breakfast bars that I could freeze individually. I drizzled a little chocolate on top and that did the trick. Interested in the recipe? click here and you shall have it! Now, my youngest…the last teen, has also turned on breakfast. My youngest LOVES muffins so I decided to see if I could find a new muffin that she would like but it would be healthy too.
My search took me to a recipe called Good Morning Muffins in my Family Fun Cookbook. I liked that they had grated apples and carrots in them and whole wheat flour. I made them up and my daughter and I gave them the taste test. They were fine but they weren’t very flavourful… a bit bland and not very moist. (so I am not bothering to share the recipe)
I decided I could do better, so I combined a few things from that recipe and went back to this recipe for Applesauce Bran Muffins and used it as the basis. I just doctored it up a bit more! Once again the taste test followed and I think we have found success! They were more flavourful and moist. My daughter seemed to approve and she even suggested the addition of raisins would be good. I love that idea! I have baked them again just to be confidant in the recipe and they were great! So here is my recipe and guess what? I am naming them too
Marvellous Morning Muffins ** makes 12 muffins
*adapted from Applesauce Bran Muffins from my Muffin Mania book by Cathy Prange and Joan Pauli
- 1 cup of all bran cereal
- 1/4 cup of milk
- 1 cup of unsweetened applesauce
- 1/3 cup of oil
- 1 egg
- 1 cup of all purpose flour
- 3/4 cup of whole wheat flour
- 3 tsp. of baking powder
- 1/2 tsp. of baking soda
- 1/2 tsp. of salt
- 1 tsp. of cinnamon
- 1/4 tsp. of nutmeg
- 1/3 cup of brown sugar
- 3/4 cup of diced apple without the skin
- 3/4 cup of raisins (if you do not like raisins, increase the apple to 1 cup)
- Preheat oven to 375′
- Stir All Bran cereal, milk, applesauce,oil and egg all together and set aside
- Stir together the dry ingredients
- Add the bran mixture to the dry ingredients and stir until it is moistened.
- Peel and dice your apple and stir it into the batter
- Add in raisins
- Bake for approximately 20 minutes or until a toothpick inserted comes out clean
I sure hope that my plan works! I have baked a batch of these muffins and stuck them in the freezer. I’ll either take them out a few at a time and leave them in a container for my daughter to grab in the morning or she can get one out of the freezer and pop it in the microwave. She seems pretty excited about these muffins for breakfast.
I am crossing my fingers and the key is to keep the muffin container stocked!