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Tuesday, September 14, 2010

The ever-so-healthy muffin.

At our house, for many months now, we have been trying to "eat clean". Let me say we are probably at it 80% of the time right now. We started off with a bang. I would say eating 95% clean in the begining. Though, we will never give up eating out and if you have us over for dinner, we will eat whatever you serve. And if we have you over for dinner, don't expect it to be "clean". So let's just say we still treat ourselves. But after a few months, I sort of ran out of ideas and began sneaking a box macaroni and cheese into our grocery cart here and there. So yes, my boys had mac and cheese for lunch today. I struggle with wholesome lunch ideas. Feel free to share clean-eaters. Though I do have to say, Holden has taken well to Organic Peanut Butter and could surely eat a PB&J sandwhich for every single meal if I allowed it. But breakfast, I've got down. I haven't bought frozen waffles in several months. I've been making my own and freezing them in batches. They are whole wheat, so a healthy little way to start the day. Then it seemed like Holden was getting tired of the waffles. So lately we have been on a muffin kick. In a recent post, I briefly mentioned this recipe. And it has been a winner with the kids (Jeremy and I love them too!). We've eaten so many I've seen poppyseeds in my boys diapers. Weird, huh? And I probably just shared too much information. I substituted the oil with applesauce and other than that, just followed the recipe.

And then today, I ventured upon this recipe. They are in the oven now and smell delish! I also bought some organic canned pumpkin today. Whole wheat pumpkin muffins are next on the list to try. I think I will be trying this recipe out. I always take out the oil and use applesauce instead. Makes it a little healthier, I think. And instead of sugar, I always opt for honey. And so far so good. So go and bake your family some healthy muffins. :)

7 comments:

Misty said...

I would love to hear/learn more about your "eating clean."

I am curious...do you mean you are trying to remove all processed foods from your diet?

Please keep posting your new recipes.

Kaitlin said...

I love muffins! I have a great one that has very little oil and sugar, you can check it out here: http://kaitlininthekitchen.blogspot.com/2010/05/brown-sugar-oat-muffins.html I also have another one that uses applesauce that I will send you that's not on my blog.

Kaitlin said...

Here's the recipe! :)

Applesauce Muffins

Ingredients:
2 cup flour
2/3 cup granulated sugar
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
2 eggs, beaten well
1 cup applesauce
½ cup canola oil
1 teaspoon vanilla

Directions:
In a large bowl, mix your flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. In another bowl, whisk together your eggs, applesauce, oil, and vanilla. Mix it well. Add applesauce mixture to flour mixture, stir till wet. With an ice cream scoop, fill each each muffin well about 3/4 way full.

Bake at 350 for 20–25 minutes.

everyday graces said...

kraft mac n cheese...the story of my life. I can't get away from the little blue box. I've been trying to find homemade mac n cheese recipes so that even if it's full of fat it isn't full of chemicals but all my children eat is Kraft! I'd love to read more clean eating tips. I think I'm going to go make some muffins now! :-)

Brett and Erin said...

The lemon poppy seed sound delicious-- I think we'll be trying them next week =)

adrianne + will said...

Yes, do tell more about this "eating clean"! We're getting ramped up in this house, but I need some more guidance! We will be testing out these muffin recipes!

Valerie Schneeberger said...

Hi Melodie,
I saw there was a good deal of traffic coming from your site to mine, so I figured I’d stop by and learn a little about you. I’m so glad you guys liked my lemon poppy seed muffin recipe! It seems your boy is as big a fan of peanut butter as I am. I just developed a recipe yesterday that turned out quite nicely and wanted to invite you to try it. Happy baking!

http://allnaturalwholegrainliving.blogspot.com/2010/09/peanut-butter-muffins.html