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Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Yesterday afternoon, I made my healthy muffins. These will be my breakfast for the next few weeks. I'm a slow-to-wake-up, grab-and-go kind of person in the morning. I crave carbs and sweet and creamy in the morning - so a muffin or two, full of oats and whole wheat, some nuts, and some fruit makes a perfect breakfast, alongside tea with stevia and nonfat milk.

I started out with the basic SparkRecipe for applesauce oatmeal muffins:

But I've made changes as I go - I use whole egg, I use water and maybe some yogurt instead of milk.

And I add stuff. Lots of stuff. (And yes, I add it in the recipe calculator and save it as a favorite - I probably have at least 8 different muffin combos in my nutrition tracker.)

Add-ons (I usually double the recipe, to make 24 to 26 muffins):

2 cups of fresh blueberries

3 bananas, mashed, plus 3/4 cup chopped walnuts or slivered almonds or chopped pecans

2 apples, small diced, plus 3/4 cup chopped nuts, plus 2 tsp cinnamon - tastes like charoset, for my SparkJews friends

1 pureed orange, 1.5 cups fresh cranberries, 3/4 cup chopped nuts - YUM! Very good for Thanksgiving time!

1.5 cup dried diced apricot) and 3/4 cup chopped nuts

1.5 cup dried cherries and 3/4 cup slivered or diced almonds - trés Français! Reminiscent of clafoutis!

2 cup grated zucchini and 3/4 cup chopped nuts - add some cinnamon to this

2 cup grated carrots, 3/4 cup nuts, cinnamon, raisins

Use your imagination! I think pumpkin and spices and nuts would be good, I just haven't done that yet. DH wants me to make chocolate muffins, but we probably would eat them too quickly. But really, for a grab-and-go bkfst, at 115 to 150 cals per muffin, you can't lose!

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SECRETFUN 9/23/2011 8:02PM


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TARABEAR 9/23/2011 1:35PM

    here it is

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TARABEAR 9/23/2011 1:31PM

    Yummm! I love muffins. Scones, too. Do you reduce something when you add new things? I modify recipes but I'm always worried that adding random ingredients it will ruin the recipes. Have you seen my breakfast cookie recipe? It's on here somewhere. I'll see if I can find the link. It's full of oats, bran flakes, applesauce and dried fruit. Teagan loves them. I keep them in the freezer and we use them for snacks most of the time intead of breakfast.

Comment edited on: 9/23/2011 1:36:27 PM

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KNIT1PURL2LOSE3 9/23/2011 12:16PM

    Your charoset muffins sound SO yummy!!!!!!!

Add just a touch of honey in there, and you have New Year muffins!!!! Shana tovah!


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ROCKYCPA 9/20/2011 9:09PM

    Sounds really good - will need to try. Great idea to freeze and eat later.

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MARCHEM 9/20/2011 7:58PM

    Sounds delicious!

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WATERMELLEN 9/20/2011 7:40PM

    These "variations on a theme" all sound terrific!! And portable. And healthy too . . . can't beat that!

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PHEBESS 9/20/2011 2:20PM

    Myrna, the trick is to bag them up and keep them in the veg crisper of the fridge - sight unseen! I never put them on a plate except when I'm ready to eat them - I can't resist them either!

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IFDEEVARUNS2 9/20/2011 1:39PM

    Looks yummy!

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SAPNA. 9/20/2011 1:32PM

    I shall try some of these. I love muffins but have very little self control if I see a whole plate of them.

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MILLISMA 9/20/2011 10:24AM

    I love things like this! Thanks for posting!

hugs...Mary Anne

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ANNIE924 9/20/2011 10:24AM

    Great ideas for adding to basic muffins. I am going to try some of them. I am having some ladies in Saturday morning for coffee, so this is very timely. Thanks. emoticon emoticon

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