My two boys are heading back to high school and college tomorrow. One is a big breakfast eater, and the other is not. Where I’ve had some success in getting both to eat a healthy pre-school meal is with making some high-fiber muffins that feature some favorite flavours. For Mitchell, the chocolate chip version of the muffin is his favorite. For Graeme, frozen wild blueberries have more appeal. In any case, because I also have to head off to work I take a morning shortcut on baking these and start with a Quaker muffin mix if I don’t have time to start from scratch. Here’s what morning muffin mania looks like in chez Froom…
To make 24 muffins (6 blueberry and 18 chocolate chip) refer to the variations below. My daughter also loves the chocolate chip ones so I make more of those.
- 3 ripe bananas, mashed
- 1 full 900 gram package of Quaker Oatmeal Muffin Mix (makes 24 muffins)
- 2 eggs
- 3/4 cup natural wheat bran
- 2 heaping tbsp. cinnamon
- 1 cup large flake Quaker oatmeal
- 1 1/2 cups milk
For the variations, 1/2 cup Hershey’s chocolate Chipits (the small dark chocolate chips) and 1/3 cup frozen wild blueberries
Line 24 muffin cups with paper liners and preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
In a large bowl, mash the bananas until they are smooth. Stir in eggs.
Add all the dry ingredients and stir until all of the dry ingredients are moistened. To make a split batch, remove 1 1/2 cups of the batter and stir in the blueberries. With the remaining batter, stir in the chocolate chips. Spoon batter into muffin cups until about 3/4 full.
Bake for approximately 20 minutes. I find that the blueberry ones take three minutes more to cook so at the 18 – 20 minute mark when the chocolate ones are done, I remove the chocolate muffins and cook the blueberry ones for the additional time.
There are lots of good things in these muffins: bananas for potassium, bran and large oatmeal flakes for dietary fiber and milk for calcium. I hope your family enjoys these as much as mine. Happy Labour Day and watch for the little ones as they head back to school tomorrow!