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SchoolDaze Breakfast on the Go!

Jul 23, 2013 06:41PM ● Published by mary phillips

Fruit and Fiber Muffins: an easy breakfast that you can prepare ahead for nutrition on the run~

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Some days just aren't meant to be 'hot breakfast days'.  Sports schedules, work schedules and extra-curricular activities typically add up to before-school chaos in our household, and making sure the kids got a nutritious meal to start their days always meant a big challenge.  (Don't even ask me to remember what my poor darlings ate back when we were juggling three different schools and bus schedules.)  All of my mommy-guilt disappeared when I discovered the formula for these muffins though: they are loaded with nutrition and fiber, and can be grabbed as you run out the door!

 Pre-heat the oven to 350 degrees.

Start with 4 cups of any of the following.  Mix and match as you like:

                Mashed bananas

                Fresh grated carrots or zucchini

                Cooked and mashed butternut or acorn squash

                Cooked and mashed (leftover!) sweet potatoes or yams

 

Place your fruit/veggie selection above in a mixing bowl and mix in 4 large eggs.

 

Slowly add a total of 2 cups of the following fibrous ingredients.  Mix and match as you like, but for economy use a large portion of oats:

                Uncooked old fashioned oats

                Flax meal

                Flax seeds

                Chia seeds

 

Add 2 cups of sweetener.  Mix and match as you like:

                Brown sugar, loosely packed

                Honey

                Apple sauce

                Agave nectar

 

Mix in:

1 Tbsp Baking Powder

2 tsp Baking Soda

1 tsp Salt

2 tsp Cinnamon if desired


Finally, slowly add 4 cups of flour.  I like whole wheat, but you can substitute other flour types if you need a gluten free variety or prefer white flour, oat flour, etc.


Gently stir in 1 cup of additions.  We call them 'mix ins': mix and match any of

                Chocolate chips

                Nuts

                Flaked coconut

                Raisins

                Dried cranberries

Your batter should be thick and lumpy.  Grease or spray two dozen muffin tins and fill with batter.  Bake 20 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean – depending on your mix and match selections this may take a little bit longer.

These large and hearty muffins will super-charge your family until lunch time, and are easy to grab on the fly. Enjoy!

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