eat two and call me in the morning

for k, with love.

basic muffin recipe for basic goodness:

3 & 1/2 cups all-purpose whole wheat flour; 3/4 cup brown sugar; 4 teaspoons baking powder; 1 teaspoon salt; 2 cups skim milk; 2 large eggs; 8 tablespoons unsalted butter.

1. preheat oven to 400F, spray a 12 cup muffin tin w/ nonstick spray.

2. in a large bowl, combine flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt. in a small bowl, combine the milk,  egg and butter. pour over the flour mixture, stirring until just blended, do not overmix.

3. spoon the batter into the cups, filling each about 2/3 full. bake until a toothpick inserted in the middle comes out clean, approx 20-25 mins.

makes 24 servings.

fun variations of basic goodness:

1. zucchini parmesan muffins:

cut the sugar in half, add 1 cup shredded zucchini and 1/2 cup grated low-fat parmesan to the mix. throw in some diced sun dried tomatoes if you’re in the mood. 

2. carrot and apple blend:

add 2 tbspns more flour. add 1 cup shredded carrot, 1/2 cup shredded apple, 1/2 cup apple sauce, and 2 pinches of cinnamon and nutmeg to the mix. like raisins? add lots.

3. berry bonanza:

reduce milk by 1/4 of a cup. add 1/2 cup berry yogurt, instead. add 1 & 1/2 cups of your fave berries to the mix.

4. citrus zest:

reduce milk by 1/4 of a cup. substitute w/ a 1/2 cup of low fat lemon yogurt, instead. add 4 tbspns of grated orange peel to the mix. go wild and add a tspn of pure lemon extract or a sprinkle of orange juice.

5. yammerific.

steam and mash some yams. blend ’em in. throw in some vanilla yogurt too (about 1/4 of a cup). bake a couple minutes longer.

6. pumpkin and banana loaf.

add 8 tbspns more flour. add 1 cup canned pumpkin and 3 mashed bananas to the mix. pumpkin pie spice mix helps this be the best it can be. divide into 2 pans and bake in loaf pans for 40 – 45 mins @ 375F.

7. pink party.

reduce milk by 1/4 cup and throw in some low fat cottage cheese, instead. puree some canned beets (plain, nothing gross to season them). drain extra liquid, if you are patient enough. add to mix. fun w/ raspberries or cranberries (or both!) thrown in also.

8. savoury side loaf.

cut the sugar in half. steam and mash some brocoli and cauliflower. chop some basil and garlic and grate some low fat cheese, of any variety. add to mix. divide into 2 pans and bake for 40 – 45 mins @ 375F.

9. sweeten it up. 

thrown in 1/4 cup maple syrup, 1/4 cup oats, and 2 shredded carrot(s). really, carrots are good with everything.

10. tropical muffin.

add 3 tbspns flour, 1/4 cup crushed pineapple, 1/4 cup coconut, and 1/4 walnuts. like most things, awesome w/ a shredded carrot, or two.

11. fiber time.

add 1/4 cup of ground flax seed to any recipe. or, alternatively, stew some apricots and prunes and then throw in about 1/2 a cup, or so, to the basic recipe.

12. lavender chocolate muffins.

instead of 3 & 1/2 cups of flour, use 1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa and 3 cups regular ww flour. substitute regular sugar for lavender sugar and add 6 tablespoons more. add 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract. save some lavender sugar to sprinkle on top.

13. greek loaf.

cut the sugar in half. reduce the milk by 1/4 cup and add 1/2 cup low fat ricotta cheese instead. steam or fry some red onion and red, yellow, and green pepper.  add the veggies and crumble low fat feta and oregano in, to taste. dice up and toss in some olives, if you are in the mood for extra zest. divide into 2 pans and bake for 40-45 mins @ 375F.

enjoy!

be warned: variations are courtesy of kamikaze kitchen adventures chez moi. so… no promises! i’m not very detail orientated (unless we’re talking about social histories, paperwork, or cleaning) and some of the above “recipes” reflect some random guesswork. i just go with it… the toothpick might not come out clean and they might be mushy sometimes. once they’re cooled, they’ll be delicious though, this i can guarantee.

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