Friday, July 29, 2011
Multigrain Prune Muffins
As I may have mentioned, we are gearing up for a kitchen face lift/remodel. The great thing is I'll have a wonderful "new" kitchen. The not so pleasant thing is that I need to go through every cupboard to either purge, donate, sell or keep. The task has been daunting only because I choose to be organized about it. Or I think I'm organized. Organized chaos, maybe.
We built our home over 24 years ago. My kitchen , to me, is extremely functional, so that's not the issue. Mainly, I'll be getting new appliances, (except for my awesome double oven) new flooring, and beautiful granite slab counter tops. I can't wait for the transformation. But, like the butterfly, it must go through a metamorphosis, first. So, back to removing every bit of 24 year's worth of accumulation, plus 5 "junk" drawers. How did this happen? Where did all this STUFF come from? Will I ever use it again? Have I even used it once at all?
I'm down to the bare necessities, pots, pans, glasses, cups, utensils, dishes, etc. Should I toss the rest? Tempting, at this point! No, I take a bake break! I found some prunes in the pantry, well within the expiration date. (I also have to remove the two bottom shelves of STUFF in my pantry!) I found this recipe from an old Cooking Light magazine, (stuffed into one of those "junk" drawers!) I subscribed to it over 17 years ago. It worked beautifully with a few revisions. Don't let the ingredients scare you, especially the prunes. They add a fruity moistness to the muffins.
Multi Grain Prune Muffins
1 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 c whole wheat flour
1/2 c oats, uncooked
1/3 c sugar
1/4 c cornmeal
1/8 c flax seed meal
1 1/2 tsp baking powder
1 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp salt
1 cup prunes, pitted and chopped
1 c low fat yogurt, honey or vanilla flavored
3 tbsp canola or vegetable oil
1 egg, lightly beaten
Combine the first 10 ingredients in a bowl. Combine the prunes and next 3 ingredients in another bowl, stirring well. Add to the dry ingredients. The mixture will be very thick and sticky.
Coat a muffin tin (12 slots) with cooking spray. Spoon mix into tin and bake at 400 degrees for about 20 minutes. Enjoy as a snack or quick breakfast with fruit. Lots of fiber in these!
I'll keep you posted on the remodel. Phase I - Demolition starts Monday!