i have a dream - the perfect muffin

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. 
It's hard. 

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.

"food", "health"Jessi2 Comments