I’m addicted… addicted to leafing through magazines and cookbooks and tearing out recipes… ADDICTED! It’s an illness, really… pretty sure of it. I think they call it GETALIFE-ITIS! Most nights you’ll find me looking through at least one magazine/cookbook… except with the cookbooks I don’t feel it’s right to tear out the recipe, so instead I dogear the page. I know what you book snobs are going to say… QUIT DOGEARRING THE PAGES, YOU SCHMUCK! And I’d totes agree, except that I don’t. Basically by the time I’m done looking through the cookbook I’ve dogeared at LEAST every other page, which when you think about it, is just as stupid as stupid can be… why the crimeny pants did I need to dogear all them pages when every frigging page is dogeared!?!?!?!?!? Wouldn’t it have just been easier to write down the page number of the recipe I wanted to try and stuck it in my recipe folder or you know… use that handy dandy index they got going on in the back of the book? I rarely use my brainium holder for things other than keeping my skull from caving in on itself.
There’s also the fact that recipes from magazines and cookbooks is so 1993. There’s this little thing called the Internet… and they have a TON of recipes hanging out on this sucker… but it just ain’t the same to browse the internet for recipes. Plus, when my computer broke, they reinstalled Windows and now for the life of me I cannot find my dagnabbed printer installation disc, so I can’t install my printer and it’s purpose these days is basically a very large paper weight… stupid printer disc!
The latest recipe I tried was courtesy of Dr. Oz and Good Housekeeping magazine… because when you think of Dr. Oz you immediately think about housekeeping. I LOVE muffins!!!!!!! Especially those muffins you can buy at the grocery store that are the size of your whole entire head! Oh my laws, those things are delicious… but they are also approximately 8 billion calories for one muffin, which is great every once in a while… but for breakfast on most normal days? Forget about it! I came across this Dr. Oz muffin and it was filled with all this healthy wealthy stuff and so I bit and made them… or a variation of them. They were originally supposed to be cranberry-lemon muffins… but do you have any idea how hard it is to find fresh or frozen cranberries this time of year!?!?!?!? They don’t exist… and I’m pretty sure the delectable jellied cranberries they have in the can would not be an appropriate substitute. Instead, I made them raspberry-lemon muffins.
- 1 cup(s) old-fashioned oats
- 3/4 cup(s) cranberries (raspberries)
- 1/4 cup(s) agave syrup
- 1 1/2 cup(s) white whole-wheat flour
- 2 1/2 teaspoon(s) baking powder
- 1/2 teaspoon(s) salt
- 1 cup(s) almond milk
- 1/4 cup(s) canola oil
- 1 large egg
- 1/2 teaspoon(s) freshly grated lemon peel
- Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Lightly coat 12-cup muffin tin with nonstick baking spray.
- In food processor or blender, pulse oats until finely ground. Transfer to large bowl. In same processor, pulse cranberries and 1 tablespoon agave syrup until chopped.
- Into bowl with oats, whisk flour, baking powder, and salt. In medium bowl, whisk almond milk, oil, egg, lemon peel, and remaining 3 tablespoons agave until well blended. Add almond-milk mixture to flour mixture and stir until just mixed. Fold in cranberry mixture.
- Divide batter among muffin cups. Bake 25 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool in pan on wire rack 5 minutes, then remove from pan. Serve warm or at room temperature. Muffins can be stored in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 3 days or frozen for up to 1 month. Reheat in toaster oven or microwave.
Each muffin came out to approximately 150 calories… no sugar (just the agave syrup). They were okay… a little on the dry side after day one… but I don’t think I’d ever crave these suckers like I do those 8-billion calorie muffins! Back to the muffin drawing board… sorry, Dr. Oz… you won’t get a brain, a heart, or a courage from these here muffins!
Question of the Day: What’s your favorite muffin flavor? Anyone have any good lower calorie muffin recipes (preferrably under 150 calories per muffin)?