Who doesn’t enjoy a good muffin? These ones are my favorite!
Not only do they make a great little post-workout snack, but they’re easy to make and they taste pretty darn fine too. Perhaps the best part about them is that you literally can’t mess them up. You just can’t. They’re resilient little creations! You can alter them in almost any way, and they’ll still turn out tasty (if you’re a student like me, that’s like music to your ears).
Don’t have a spare orange kicking around? Perhaps you have cinnamon. Throw some of that in there instead. Pumpkin seeds aren’t your jam? Mix in a bit of pumpkin puree and add a few more oats to balance it out. Or, embrace a pumpkin theme and add the seeds and the puree. No sunflower seeds? Well, who needs those anyway?
(Pro tip: I suggest not skipping the cranberries. They’re the best part.)
Below is a variation of the recipe I use most often, but play around with it! Throw in some ground flax, shredded coconut, or what-have-you. Not into butter? Applesauce works too, though the texture will change — maybe half of each is a good compromise for you.
These muffins aren’t sweet or strongly flavoured, so once you’ve got the base mixed up, have some fun and toss in whatever your little heart desires (and your cupboard has to offer)!
This time around, I decided to add in 1/2 cup of diced apple, a dash of nutmeg, and some cinnamon. I substituted 1/2 a banana and 1/4 cup of unsweetened applesauce for the margarine. I omitted the orange rind and the sunflower seeds. I used coconut almond milk because that’s what I had, and they turned out great!
Cranberry Seed Muffins
(courtesy of my lovely grandmother)
1/2 cup butter/margarine
1 1/2 tablespoons brown sugar
2 1/2 cups whole wheat flour
1/2 cup rolled oats
1 1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
Then throw in:
1/3 cup sunflower seeds
1/3 cup pumpkin seeds
2 tsp grated orange rind
1 1/4 cup dried cranberries
Bake @ 350F for 22-25 minutes. You should be able to make 15-18 muffins. What you do from there is also up to you. Top it with some jam, honey, butter, or just enjoy the tasty goodness on its own.
I like to freeze mine and take one out in the morning before my run. Then it’s ready and waiting for me afterwards!
Let me know how you change the recipe to create your fave muffins!