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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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