June 26, 2011

A Sunny Sunday Morning with Healthy Harvest Muffins

Its' a sunny Sunday morning over at Chez Slim & Shera.  A rare occurrence in the land of wooden clogs where I swear it rains more than it does in Seattle.

To bring the sunshine in to our apartment Slim brought me some of these - two Brownie Points gifted to Slims piggy bank for this sweet purchase! :)


I had to spend my Sunday studying for the Bar Exam - a two day exam that I have to take in July to be licensed to practice law in the U.S.   Fun times let me tell ya'.  Sitting down, listening to lectures, and trying to memorize 100's of pages of legal notes is driving me crazy.  So what do I do to compensate?  I run, I do bickram yoga, I entertain myself with Slim and I bake.  

I have been a baking fool - I swear Slim and I will be 10 lbs heavier at the end of this bar exam.  I've never been a chef of any kind, unless it comes from a box or a can  - so the cooking and baking are new endeavors for me - especially in a country where I have no idea what the names of ingredients are from reading the package in the store.

My study baking break this sunny Dutch Sunday?  

Here they are before they head into their baking sauna. 
Here is the recipe with my modifications integrated.
     
 Ingredients:
 Muffin "Meat"
1 cup whole wheat flour
    1 1/4 cups uncooked old fashioned oats (whole grain)
    1/4 cup brown sugar
    2 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
    1/2 teaspoon sea salt
    1 teaspoon cinnamon
    1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
    1 teaspoon powdered ginger

    2 cups bananas, ripe & mashed (about 4 medium bananas)
    2/3 cup of all natural applesauce
    1/3 cup carrot, shredded
    1 large egg
    2 tablespoons butter (melted)

Topping
    1/2 cup walnut pieces
    1 tablespoon butter (melted)
    1/4 cup brown sugar
    1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
    1/4 teaspoon nutmeg

16 muffin wrappers/cookie sheet or 2 muffin pans 

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 375F (190C - 180C for a convection oven).
  2. Line muffin pan or set up cookie sheet with muffin cups
  3. Squirt each cup with non-stick cooking spray.
  4. Combine first 8 ingredients in a large mixing bowl (flour - ginger). Stir until well blended.
  5. In a separate smaller bowl combine next 5 ingredients (bananas - butter). Stir until well blended.
  6. In another separate small bowl, combine next 6 ingredients (almonds - nutmeg) for muffin topping.
  7. Add banana mixture to the flour mixture along with the raisins, if you desire.
  8. STIR JUST UNTIL MOISTENED. Do not over stir.
  9. Fill muffin cups 2/3 way full.
  10. Press enough of the brown sugar-nut topping into each muffin to cover the top, and to your taste.
  11. Bake in oven at 375 for about 20 minutes, until the muffin springs back when lightly touched.
  12. Makes 16 small muffins, or 8 giant-sized muffins. 

These muffins are go-go-gooood.  Super hearty and healthy at only 180 calories a pop with the original recipe - probably even less with the alterations I made considering I cut the sugar, butter and nuts in the topping down by half (the original recipe asks for another 1/2 cup of sliced almonds and double all the other topping ingredients).  Plus you get carrots, bananas, and oatmeal goodness packed inside!


I had a freakout half way through baking and thought my nutmeg was hazelnut - batter covered hands I ran to my computer and knuckle typed in "nootmuskaat" - thank God for Google translate.

The finished product - I didn't have a muffin pan so mine came out a little flat and a little lopsided (as much as I love muffins with personality I would recommend using a muffin baking sheet if you have it).

Dutch word of the day - "Cakevormpjes" - I don't know how to pronounce it but it looks neat!


For the next month expect lots of lb. enducing food cooking/baking posts!

Dang That's Good Grade - 4 out of 5

3 comments:

Megan said...

can you please give me cooking lessons?!?!??! those muffins look so nutritional, yet delicious!
hope you had a fabulous weekend!!!

Aaron M. Gipson said...

Dang those look absolutely scrumptious! Good luck on your bar exam, but I'm sure you're more than ready for it!

The Expatriate said...

Oh they are rib stickin' good.

Megan we will have to do a cooking exchange when you move to this side of the pond (and a beer/wine exchange while we cook always much more fun!) I really don't know what I am doing so it is trial and error (lots of error)

Thanks for the good luck aaron - I'm loving reading about your costa rica adventures, my true love is central and south America after living in Ecuador.

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