Entries Tagged 'Whole Grains'



Flavors of Fall: Applesauce Spice Muffins

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In my attempt to speed up the approach of fall, I baked some Applesauce Spice Muffins today. To me, nothing ushers in feelings of fall like the smell of nutmeg and cinnamon in the kitchen. October is when I normally break out the spice-scented candles and potpourri but I couldn’t resist spicing up the house a little early this year. I am just REALLY ready for this summer to be over!

I am continuing my quest to create healthy but tasty muffin recipes and I think this one is another winner. These whole grain muffins are substantial and filling, perfect for a quick breakfast on the run. The addition of oat bran and wheat germ adds not only complexity in flavor and texture but boosts the protein and fiber content. A bit of ground flaxseed contributes healthy Omega 3 fatty acids. But most importantly, these taste really good! Continue reading →

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Baking with Whole Grains: Best Banana Muffins

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If you are new to baking and cooking with whole grains, I think one of the best places to start is with quick breads and muffins. I have already posted a recipe for whole-wheat banana bread and well, I guess I’m not very creative because here I go again with another whole-wheat banana recipe!

I have been working this last week on creating a muffin recipe that tastes great but has fewer calories and more fiber than the muffins I’ve made in the past. Since I love banana bread and I always have some extra-ripe bananas stored in the freezer, I have mostly been working on a banana muffin recipe.

My first couple of attempts were banana-coconut muffins. I was frustrated because I was having problems creating a recipe I liked and then I realized that the reason I wasn’t happy with them had nothing to do with the recipe. I simply didn’t like the texture of coconut in the muffin. I also kept trying to add cinnamon or nutmeg and was disappointed with the flavor. Then I remembered that I prefer my banana bread without any extra spices. So finally, I went back to basics and came up with a banana muffin that tastes like bananas. Continue reading →

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Whole Wheat Sour Cream Blueberry Pancakes

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I made some whole wheat sour cream blueberry pancakes today. I added some oatmeal to the batter this time around which made for an interesting texture. They tasted good but I want to do a little more tinkering with the recipe before I post it.

After eating the pancakes, I was looking at 101 Cookbooks (a great food blog!) and found this recipe for whole grain buttermilk pancakes with blueberry maple syrup. It sounds like an interesting twist so I decided to share my photo with you and then point you to the other place for a recipe! Let me know if you have any other good whole grain pancake recipes, blueberries or not!

Update: My recipe for these pancakes has now been posted can be found here.

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Whole Wheat Banana Bread

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This recipe come from The King Arthur Flour 200th Anniversary Cookbook and it’s definitely my favorite banana bread recipe. I never used to use whole wheat wheat flour in quick breads but I think it really adds to the flavor (and nutrition) in this bread. The only changes I make to the original recipe are to occasionally add equal parts wheat germ and applesauce (about 1/4 cup each). Here is the recipe:

Whole Wheat Banana Bread

1/2 C. (1 stick) butter
1 C. sugar
2 eggs
1 C. mashed ripe banana (2 or 3 bananas)
1 t. vanilla
2 C. King Arthur Stone Ground Whole Wheat Flour
1 t. baking soda
1/2 t. salt
1/2 C chopped walnuts (optional, pecans are also good)

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees
2. In a large bowl, cream butter and sugar.
3. Add the eggs, bananas and vanilla (plus applesauce if using) and beat well.
4. In a separate bowl, mix together the flour, baking soda and salt (plus wheat germ if using).
5. Stir the liquid ingredients into the dry ingredients. At this point, add the chopped nuts if using.
6. Pour this mixture into a greased, 9×5-inch loaf pan and bake for 60 minutes. Let cool in pan for 10 minutes then take it out and let cool on wire rack.
7. Enjoy!

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