Thursday, February 10, 2011

Snow day and Apple-Cornmeal Muffins

We got about 3 inches of snow yesterday afternoon and today it's a balmy 25 degrees outside.  So it's a perfect day to bake something in order to help keep the house warm.  So here's what I've came up with so far:

I took this recipefrom Fitness Magazine:

"Blueberry-Cornmeal Muffins
In a large bowl, mix together 3/4 cup all-purpose flour, 3/4 cup cornmeal, 3 tablespoons sugar, 1/2 teaspoon sea salt and 1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda. In another large bowl, mix together 3/4 cup fat-free buttermilk, 1/4 cup canola oil, 1/4 cup maple syrup, 2 teaspoons vanilla extract, 1 tablespoon lemon juice, 1 slightly beaten egg, 1/2 cup pecans, and 1/2 cup blueberries. Slowly add dry ingredients to wet ingredients and combine. Mist muffin pans with nonstick cooking spray. Pour batter into pans and bake at 350 degrees for 18 to 20 minutes. Makes 12 muffins. (Leftovers can be frozen.) Serve with 1/2 cup skim milk and 1 hard-boiled egg."

and adapted it to this:

Apple-Cornmeal Muffins
  1. In a large bowl mix together 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour, 1 1/2 cups cornmeal, 6 tablespoons sugar, 1 tsp sal, 1 tablespoons baking soda.
  2. In another large bowl, mix together 3/4 cup coconut milk, 3/4 cup 2% milk, 1/2 coconut oil, 1/4 cup molasses, 1/4 cup honey, 2 tsp vanilla extract, 1 1/2 tablespoons lemon juice, 2 slightly beaten eggs
  3. Slowly mix wet ingredients with dry then fold in 1 cup chopped apples
  4. grease muffin pans pour batter into pans and bake at 350 degrees for 18-20 minutes
  5. Makes 24 muffins.

The kiddies loved it and ate 3 muffins and wanted more.  I wanted to save some for tomorrow so it was a no go.  They were different but not in a bad way.  They weren't real sweet as you may be used to muffins being.  After the second bite you get used to the flavor and I liked as well.  I liked that the recipe uses little white sugar and mostly sweetened with the molasses and honey.  I'm trying to switch over to natural, less processed sweeteners and this recipe helps.  It also uses coconut milk and oil, both I'm trying to use more in order to enjoy the health benefits of them.

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