Yesterday, we started out our breakfast menu with pancakes. Today, we’re talking muffins.
We love muffins around here. Not only are they great in the morning, but they make good leftovers & snacks too.
I love making muffins in the morning because I can prep the batter, get the muffins into the oven, get ready for work and then enjoy warm muffins.
Are Muffins Healthy for You?
The answer, of course, is “it depends”.
Traditionally, muffins are packed with fat and sugar. A typical blueberry muffin from a bakery (like Starbucks) has 360 calories, 11 grams of fat and 33g of sugar. Wow. That to me is dessert – not a great way to start to the day.
We will only make a breakfast at our house if it’s wholesome. So, our muffins are filled with:
- whole wheat flour,
- natural sweeteners or reduced sugar,
- applesauce in place of lipids, or
- olive oil if a lipid is essential.
In addition, many of our muffins use fruits & veggies… a great way to start the day.
4 Tips for Making Homemade Muffins
(1) Invest in muffin paper liners. Cleaning the muffin tins is my least.favorite.job. I’d rather clean the bathroom. I’ve found that by having paper liners on hand, I’m much more inclined to make muffins!
(2) Use an ice cream scoop to disperse the batter into the muffin cups. This helps insure that all muffins are roughly the same size so they bake at the same rate/
(3) If you have un-filled muffin cups from your pan, fill them with water before sliding your muffin tin into the oven. This helps with baking time too!
(4) Mix up the dry ingredients the night before, then all you need to do in the morning is add the wet ingredients.
Here are our favorite fall muffin recipes. What are you waiting for? Pick one out and try it!
What’s your favorite muffin recipe? Have you made them from scratch?
Linked to: Kitchen Tip Tuesday