Want to know what it’s like to have a large family? (And, BTW, after seeing my cousin with her seven kids last week, mine doesn’t seem that big!)
Friday morning I decided to make muffins bright and early, before the kids came downstairs. The recipe ended up making 21 muffins. They aren’t huge muffins, certainly not bakery big, but pretty standard for homemade muffins.
My husband ate one, because I needed him to taste-test, even though he doesn’t usually eat breakfast at home. I am on Whole 30, so no yummy muffins for me.
Then the kids came downstairs. By the time we got them to school. they had eaten ten muffins among the four of them. So that’s 11 gone, 10 still left.
All the muffins were gone by the time my husband got up at 8:30 or so on Saturday morning. I don’t know why I ever make a single batch of anything. (Although if I had made a double batch, I’m sure no one would have liked them. See: Zucchini Muffin Debacle of 2017.)
Obviously these were a big hit in our family, and I’ll be making them again soon!
In a large bowl, whisk together oats, flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt. In another bowl or big mixing cup, whisk together eggs, buttermilk, and applesauce. Pour wet ingredients into dry ones and stir until all the dry ingredients are moistened. Fold in chocolate chips.
Scoop batter into muffin cups, filling each cup about three-fourths full.
Bake about 18 minutes, until a tester comes out clean and tops are a little brown.
*I think whole (not lowfat or nonfat) buttermilk is the key to super delicious baked goods. I try to keep it on hand for pancakes, biscuits, cakes, and muffins. If you don't have it, you can make buttermilk with milk + lemon juice or vinegar, or just use regular milk. If you use lowfat milk, I might use oil or melted butter instead of applesauce in this recipe.
I posted this recipe approximately eight million years ago, or in 2011. At the time, I wasn’t 100% happy with it, but I didn’t know why.
Last year, I started tinkering again, and found that lowering the oven temperature to let the muffins rise slightly slower and using whole-milk buttermilk did wonders. Now these are fluffy and luscious and one of my favorite muffin recipes. And they are all whole wheat, using the magic of white whole wheat flour. (Which they’ve stopped carrying at my Food City AND Walmart. GRUMP! This bag I found at Target.)
Next time you have some very ripe bananas, make these! In fact, make a double batch. Because they’re going to get gobbled up, especially if you have many small and hungry children as I do.
The 2011 Jessie would have never believed she could take a picture that good with a phone. Kind of amazing! After holding out on getting a smartphone for a long time, we caved two years ago. And about two weeks ago, I upgraded to the iPhone 7 plus. It takes pretty pictures. And you know I need those of my babies.
(Four. Have I mentioned I have four kids now? It’s been almost 10 months and it still feels surreal.)
What do you do when your strawberries are getting too ripe to eat? Throw them in a baked good, of course! My kids were thrilled to have something different to eat for breakfast, and I even threw it in their lunch boxes one day in lieu of a sandwich.
I am excited about the arrival of strawberry season – are you? I guess it depends where you live, but here in Tennessee the strawberries are starting to be ready to pick. In fact, I was going to take my kids to pick strawberries today at a farm in north Georgia, but the zealous pickers on Thursday and Friday apparently dried them out. Oh well! We’ll try again soon.
1 c. white whole wheat flour (or use another cup all-purpose)
2 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. baking soda
1/2 tsp. salt
1/2 c. buttermilk, or milk soured with lemon juice
1 to 1 1/2 c. diced strawberries
2 T sugar
1 tsp. cinnamon
Grease a loaf pan and set aside. Preheat oven to 350F.
With a mixer, cream together butter, cream cheese, and sugar. Scrape sides of bowl, then add eggs one at time with mixer running. Add vanilla.
In a bowl, whisk together flours, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Add to wet ingredients and mix until just blended. Add buttermilk and stir just until combined. Fold in strawberries by hand. Spoon batter into loaf pan and smooth the top.
Mix together sugar and cinnamon for topping, then sprinkle evenly over the top, pressing in gently. You may not want to use all the mixture.
Bake 50-60 minutes, until a toothpick inserted in the middle comes out clean. Cool before cutting.
Do you have as much trouble with breakfast as I do?
Usually in the mornings I am trying to check my e-mail, nurse the baby, feed Libbie, get us all dressed, and maybe manage some coffee. (Reheated! No time to make fresh!) A lot of days it gets to be 10 a.m. and I haven’t actually eaten anything myself.
I was excited when The Motherhood asked me to help facilitate their chat on healthy breakfast options! I love breakfast food and I am interested in what everyone has to say. Maybe I’ll learn something about how to eat breakfast before it’s lunchtime. Here is their blurb on the chat:
Join Sarah Woodside, registered dietitian for Kellogg, and Liz Ward, registered dietitian, author and one of the Kellogg’s Breakfast Council members, to discuss the nutrients a good breakfast should provide, options for healthy breakfasts on the go, recent research findings on nutrition, and more. Sarah and Liz will speak to us via live streaming video, while we chat and ask questions through a real-time, text-based conversation.
I’ve participated in several of the chats at The Motherhood and have found them to be a wealth of knowledge and a lot of fun conversation. (Check out the synopsis on “Creating an Efficient Kitchen”!) I hope you’ll join me this Wednesday, April 20, 2011 at 11 a.m. Eastern time to watch the video and chat.
Meanwhile, you can start working on healthy breakfasts with this recipe I’ve been tweaking. I’m still not convinced that it’s perfect, but this recipe for Banana Bread Muffins has been healthified and has the VW stamp of approval.
It’s been a while since I had a recipe post, so here we go with some simple chocolate drop cookies.
I’m going to a friend’s house this afternoon and I like feeding people, so I opened up good ole Betty Crocker to see what I had ingredients for and could whip up in a flash.
So I wound up making these pretty things. Which are infinitely easier than the Oatmeal Chocolate Chip cookies, although not quite as good. I love the pretty frosting on these! I might have added some vanilla to the frosting though, had I tasted it before plopping it on its cookies.
2 oz. unsweetened baking chocolate, melted and cooled
1 3/4 c. all-purpose flour
1/2 tsp. baking soda
1/2 tsp. salt
1 c. chopped nuts
For the frosting
2 oz. unsweetened baking chocolate
2 T butter
2 c. sifted powdered sugar
3 T hot water
Heat oven to 400 degrees. Grease cookie sheet with shortening or spray with cooking spray.
Beat sugar, butter, buttermilk, vanilla, egg, and chocolate in a large bowl with electric mixer on medium speed, or with spoon. Stir in flour, baking soda, and salt. Stir in nuts.
Drop dough by rounded tablespoonfuls onto cookie sheet.
Bake 8 to 10 minutes. Immediately remove from cookie sheet to wire rack. Cool completely. Frost with chocolate frosting.
For the frosting
Melt chocolate and butter over low heat in a saucepan or in microwave, remove from heat. Stir in powdered sugar and hot water until smooth. Add more water or sugar as needed to get good spreading consistency.