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Monday, March 14, 2016

Muffin Baking


A few months ago I started baking a batch of muffins to eat for breakfast nearly every Sunday before church.  We eat them on the way to church and during the first 2-3 days during the week.  My family absolutely loves them and even makes requests for more once they run out.  I'm not sure if they've realized this or not but when they make those requests I still don't make them until Sunday.  I really and truly only feel like making them until then because I have the time and it has become like a tradition of sorts.  

I make these muffins from scratch using staples I'm certain you have in your house at all times. I'm talking about flour, leavening (i.e., baking powder, baking soda), spices (e.g., nutmeg, cinnamon, etc.), salt, eggs, fats (e.g, oil, butter, etc.), sugar, and some sort of fruit (e.g., banana, apple, etc.).  If you have these items, and don't front because I know the majority of you do, then you're golden.  I always, always use old fashioned whole wheat oats in my muffins no matter what type I'm making (because wholesome and filling), and nuts are a great add-in too (except the hubs isn't a fan).

I said all that to say you should totally start making muffins at home for you and your family towards the beginning of the week.  Here's why:

Quick & Easy
I know, I know, you're not a baker and cooking from scratch is hard and time-consuming. Nope!  Maybe at first, if it's something you're not use to, but over time it becomes second nature.  I continue to pin different muffin recipes so that I can switch things up, but I can basically prepare a batch without much thought in about 10 minutes then set it in the oven and let it do the rest (20 - 30 more min) while I do something else.  


Kids Like Them
I haven't met a child yet that doesn't like muffins.  They probably like muffins because they remind them of cupcakes, but whatever, go with it!  Currently, my daughter's favorite muffin is an apple oatmeal muffin...and it has whole wheat flour in it, my friends.

They Can be Healthy (if you'd like)
You can make them as healthy as you like and sneak stuff in.  If you do it right, by sneaking things  in over time, the family will hardly even notice.  Depending on what I have available, I use all white flour OR half white/half whole wheat OR all whole wheat.  Not one complaint.  There's also ground flaxseed involved and no one but me has a clue.

Convenient
Muffins are one of those things you can sit down and eat or you can take them with you.  Maddie has the luxury of being able to eat her muffin along with a piece of fruit, cheese stick, you name it until Mario is done getting ready.  After I get Maddie dressed, I make sure she has what she needs to eat and drink them I'm out the door with my breakfast in hand.  Mario usually does the same since he's got to drop her off on his way to work. #teamwork

They're Good
That's right, folk, muffins are super yummy.  That's it.  This is truly the only point that matters, but hopefully, the other points I've made have at least prompted you to consider giving made-from-scratch muffins a try.  

You should totally do it.  Then come back and tell me how much you love it later.  Oh, and do share your muffin pins with me in the comments.  I have a board just for muffins, because obsessed!!


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18 comments

  1. Lol I love the optional healthy factor. I love muffins with giant melting chocolate chips...mmm. Or banana nut! Now I need breakfast...

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    1. Me too, Heather! Some weeks it's all about sweet, sweet muffins and others it's more about making something a bit more wholesome and nutritious. i'm a huge fan of banana nut as well.

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  2. You didn't even have to list any reasons for me because I LOVE MUFFINS. I would eat them everyday if I could.

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  3. I agree with you. Everybody needs to bake muffins often! It's easy to make and as a mom of five kids I have no other options as baking muffins very often.

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    1. Yes! It truly is so helpful and convenient to make muffins regularly when you have a family to feed; especially a large one!

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  4. I often add muffins to my meal prep list for breakfast. They make such a perfect grab n' go meal on my way to work. My go-to is a blueberry protein muffin.

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    1. Yes, I totally love the convenience of muffins. Your go-to sounds yummy and filling!

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  5. Muffins are a life saver when kids hit the growth spurts and are eating 100 times a day! I have a whole Pinterest board with muffins and things to bake in muffin tins!I am adding this to it.

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    1. OMG, agreed! We're dealing that right now and I find my daughter wanting them not just for breakfast but as afternoon snacks as well. Thanks for pinning!

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  6. I found a great muffin recipe on Pinterest and can add chocolate chips or fruit to it if I want. I love muffins too! So simple! Quick snack, breakfast, pick me up at the 2 pm slump.

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    1. Oooo, you should totally share the recipe! And, yes, I can eat muffins 24/7!

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  7. Mmm...I do love me some muffins. I need to try and make healthier ones....mine typically involve chocolate chips. ;)

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    1. Ha, ha! I should try to make some with chocolate chips! I bet Maddie would go crazy for them!

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  8. I love muffins...back them every week. I have moved to healthier versions, which i love more. Gives me the reason to eat more than 1 :)

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    1. Same here! During the weeks I make a healthy version I definitely indulge a bit more too!

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  9. I laughed when this came up on my IG feed this morning because muffins are pretty much the theme of my life right now. My son's a super picky eater but we discovered early on that he'll eat any kind of muffin with any kind of vegetable at all ground up and hidden inside. Thank goodness. I discovered soon after that that baking muffins is his all-time favorite activity. So we bake muffins about three times a week. Yikes. Recently, we started making a few extra batches together every Monday afternoon and taking them to a women's shelter down the street, bringing the total to...hm...about almost 70 muffins/week? Maybe more, when we do mini muffins.

    Anyway. This is timely. Haha!
    MUFFINS ALL DAY EVERY DAY.

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  10. Honestly, I'm not a fan of baking, but I would love to get more into baking from scratch. I know my family would love it and it just seems like the right, mommy thing to do lol.

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