Think of it as me mentally walking through the store shopping, surveying, seeing what it is that I will need to purchase.
Then, I bring along my list with me to the store, keep it in my pocket, and never refer to it again, especially while I am perusing each grocery aisle.
Do I forget some items I write down? Yes, on occasion.
Why don't I refer to the list upon creating it? It's one of life's unanswered questions- like why do we sing of Jimmy cracking corn, if no one cares? I guess we will never know.
Why is it that I do this?
Because I am a bizarre creature.
Needless to say my bizarreness knows no bounds, as made evident by this muffin recipe. I wanted to make a muffin. A very healthy muffin, which kind of isn't muffin-like at all.
And in the process of creating this very healthy muffin, I created a muffin unlike any muffin I have ever consumed. It does not have the typical sweetness of a muffin, but it keeps me very full. Very, very full, in fact. It's like a piece of hearty toast, but so much better because there are blueberries in it! So, very unlike most muffins.
My husband teases me while I eat these muffins and calls them my bread-muffins, because they are essentially that! It has the same sweetness as a hearty piece of bread (which isn't sweet), but the hint of sweet and tart from the blueberries make this a perfect breakfast addition, especially for those who don't want something overly sweet in the morning!
It is whole grain, dairy free, and only sweetened by pure maple syrup. Uber healthy, I tell ya. For those wanting to add sugar, I have included an optional addition of sugar!
Uber Healthy, Very Whole Grain Blueberry Muffins (Dairy-Free)
Yields: 24 muffins
1 and 1/2 cups 100% whole wheat flour
1 cup spelt flour
1 cup rye flour
1 TBS cornstarch
1 TBS baking powder
1 tsp baking soda
2 cups vanilla almond milk
1/2 cup flaxseed egg substitute *see below for recipe*
1 TBS vanilla extract
1/2 cup canola oil
3/4 cup pure maple syrup
2 cups frozen or fresh blueberries
1/2 cup granulated sugar, optional
1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees and line a muffin pan with paper liners.
2. In a large bowl, whisk together all of the dry ingredients until well combined.
3. Using an electric hand mixer or standing mixer, combine the almond milk, flaxseed egg substitute, oil, vanilla, and syrup. Mix on a medium speed for about 2 to 3 minutes.
4. Add the dry ingredients to the wet, mixing for another minute or two.
5. Gently fold in the berries.
6. Fill each muffin pan liner about 3/4 to 7/8 full. Optional: top with sugar.
7. Bake for 20-22 minutes.
8. Cool for 10 minutes before removing from pan!
148 Calories / 5g fat / 3g protein
*Flaxseed Egg Substitute
Adapted from: Care2.com
1/4 cup flaxseeds
1 cup cold water
1. In a food processor, grind the flaxseeds until they become a powder-like substance.
2. Slowly add the water while the processor is running, and process for about a minute, the mixture will become gelatinous.
3. Store in the refrigerator for at least one hour before using. It keeps up to 2 weeks!