Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Muffins and Fruit

When I used to travel for a living there was a hotel in Rockford, Illinois I would stay at. Next to that hotel was a restraunt. Now the great thing about staying at that particular hotel was receving a coupon for a free breakfast the next morning at the next door restraunt. I would always order the muffin and fruit plate, juice and coffee.

The plate came loaded with grapes, oranges, pineapple and would contain 3 muffins. And they weren't small muffins either. Plus the muffins were always warm and good. (even if I didn't have the coupon I would have paid the $7.00 they charged because it was awesome)

So this morning I decided we were going to have muffins and fruit for breakfast. I wanted oatmeal muffins with apples and cinnamon. I went to my favorite muffins recipe site. Bed and Breakfast Inns. If you want good breakfast and bakery recipes this is the site to go to. (FYI the Pumpkin Crunch cake is to die for!) I decided to base my recipe off the Oatmeal Apple Muffins from Big Locust Farm Bed and Breakfast.

Being as I am trying a new way of eating, I decided to health this up a bit. My changes are in red.

Oatmeal Apple Muffins by Big Locust Farm Bed & Breakfast

1 1/2 cup oatmeal
1 1/4 cup flour (used whole wheat)
3/4 tsp cinnamon (omitted because I am out)
1 tsp baking powder
3/4 tsp baking soda
1 cup applesauce (unsweetened)
1/2 cup milk
1/2 cup brown sugar (used splenda mixed with molasses)
5 Tbsps oil (replaced with 1/2 mashed banana)
1 egg (replaced with 3 TBS warm water and 1 TBS flaxmeal)
2 apples pealed and diced
2/3 cup cinnamon chips

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Combine oatmeal, flour, cinnamon, baking powder and baking soda. Add applesauce, milk, brown sugar, oil and egg. Mix until moistened. Put in muffin cups. Bake 20 minutes. (Just mixed it all together, sprayed muffin cups with olive oil spray and baked at 400ยบ for about 17 minutes)

I served this with fresh pineapple, red grapes and and orange juice slushie. This was a huge hit and very filling. It will go on my monthly menu of muffins for both breakfasts and snacks.

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