Good morning. How are you all doing? I hope you are well.
One thing I’ve found that has help in our “going green” project is cooking and baking more from scratch. The reality of going organic with your food is that pre-packaged organic things can be quite costly. But organic base ingredients barely cost a few pennies more sometimes so I decided to do my own recipes more and more.
Now, like most of you, I just don’t have time to sit there night after night and pull out the recipe books. So it was about finding recipes that were easy, quick and flexible so that it could feel like I was making something new all the time with only changing a few ingredients. Well after months of experimenting with muffin recipes, I finally refined my own basic muffin recipe that you can then add whatever you want to and they will always turn out great!
Preheat oven at 375 degrees F (190 degrees C).
- 1 1/2 cups stone ground organic flour
- 1/2 cup organic whole wheat flour
- 2/3 cup organic raw sugar
- 2 teaspoons baking powder
- 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/2 teaspoon organic sea salt
- 1 organic egg
- 2 organic egg whites
- 1/2 cup apple sauce (or sometimes I put pumpkin purée)
- 1/4 cup organic canola oil
- OPTIONAL : 1/8 cup organic maple syrup
- 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
- 2 tablespoons toasted wheat germ
In a larger bowl, you stir together the flours, sugar, spices, fruits and nuts you choose to add, baking powder, baking soda and salt.
Then pour in the wet mixture, stir together until it’s all smooth and pour into muffin tins (about ¾ of the way up). Depending on how much fruit and such you add, and the size of your tins, you’ll make between 12 and 16 muffins.
No matter what the ingredients, bake for 15 to 20 minutes.
From here on out, you can put whatever you want in it! I don’t even count the amount per say. Sometimes the muffins will be breadier, sometimes more full-of-fruits, but they always end up being yummy!
Here are some of my favourite combinations :
- Banana, nut with allspice
- Carrots and raisins with cinnamon, nutmeg and allspice
- Cranberries and orange zest
- Lemon zest and poppy seeds
- Fresh field berries
- Apples and spices
- Dates and walnuts
TRY THEM ALL and create your own! The great thing about this recipe is that for the initial 20$ of ingredients, you’ll have weeks of fresh muffins on hand and you can always just make them with what you have laying around in the fridge or pantry!
Hope this can help making your homemade life a bit easier and fun!
What are some of your favourite recipes?