I have a dream.
Maybe it seems silly to you.
I'd just like to make a fantastic-ly delicious and healthy muffin.
That is huge and beautiful.
That I can recreate and eat for breakfast.
I would prefer that it be vegan and have a minimal amount of gluten.
But I'm ok if it's a little bit of gluten.
Muffins just seem like the key! The perfect breakfast when I don't have time to make oatmeal or fruit just isn't enough. Grab one of your big healthy perfect muffins and head out the door! Or, instead a banana or pretzels for the kids when they get up from naps, "grab one of our perfect muffins, guys - it will fill you up longer and get some fruit in your body!".
I know bakeries make perfect muffins but they have loads of stuff I don't want.
Whole foods makes PERFECT muffins with the PERFECT amount of ingredients, but I want a whole batch of mine to cost $3.99 (another great reason to make them), rather than just one.
I've been googling how to make the perfect muffin.
Here are the tips that seem quite important:
- Actually measure. This is a new one for me. I'm more of a "dash of this" kind of baker. Apparently to get the perfect muffin, I need to not only measure but document what it is I'm measuring.
- That whole thing about mixing the wet and dry ingredients separately - that is actually important. Who knew?
- I read somewhere to spray only the bottom of the muffin pan, not the sides. This helps the muffin to rise better.
- I think I'm going to need one of these bad boys. Mere, that amazon gift card you gave me for my birthday, I've been hoarding it for the perfect thing but I think it's going to go to that muffin tin, this candle, and this book. THANK YOU!
- And here's the deal, I think if I want overflowing muffin tins, I'm going to have to straight up overflow those things myself. Anyone able to make those beautiful overflowing muffins? HOW do I do it?!
While I'm on my quest to find the perfect muffin, you can benefit from my success and failures of recipes. I made two batches today - one FAIL, here was the success (minus the non-overflowing top):
dark chocolate/ peanut butter / apple / oatmeal muff:
1.5 cups oatmeal
1 cup wheat flour
2 tspoons baking powder
2 tspoons salt (i like 'em salty)
.5 cup sugar
1 cup almond milk
1 chia egg (1 tbs chia seeds mixed with 6 tbs water)
1/3 cup oil (I prefer coconut)
1 tsp vanilla
mix in: handful of dark chocolate chips
peanut butter chips
3/4 chopped apple
22 minutes at 375. DELISH.
Do you have a perfect muffin recipe? I don't care if it's not vegan, I'll adapt it! Hand it over sister! Share the wealth!
And especially if you know how to get those babies to overflow, spill it.