Simple Breakfasts- Muffins
















During the busyness of this season, simple meals are a must.
And because my family members morning routines are all different,
it helps to have something that can be eaten when hunger strikes or there is a free moment to sit down and have a cup of coffee or tea and a bite to eat.

One of our favorite simple breakfasts is muffins.  
I can quickly stir together a batch of muffins and have them ready to eat in less than half an hour.
They are infinitely adaptable it seems, making it easy to make them from whatever I find in the pantry- white flour, whole wheat pastry flour, cornmeal, chocolate chips, raisins, dried cranberries, nuts, fresh, frozen, or canned fruit.  You get the idea.  
Below is my basic muffin recipe, which gets tweaked in various ways.
These muffins are just barely sweet, this is breakfast after all; but you can add more sweetener if you prefer a sweeter pastry. 

Muffins
2 cups flour – 1 cup whole wheat pastry
                     1 cup unbleached all-purpose
2 tsp. baking powder (Rumford)
Pinch of salt
1 egg, beaten
¼ cup agave nectar (or honey)
1 cup non-dairy milk (I prefer unsweetened soy) *see note below
1/3 cup oil (safflower)
1 tsp. vanilla
½ cup nuts, dried or diced fresh fruit, chocolate chips, etc.- your choice of add-ins 

Note:  You will need about 2 cups total liquid ingredients, so add more 'milk', apple sauce, etc. if need be.

Preheat oven to 425
Grease, spray, or line muffin tin with paper liners
Mix dry ingredients in medium bowl
In separate bowl, mix egg, sweetener, oil, non-dairy milk, and vanilla
Add liquid mixture to dry ingredients and mix just until well-combined
Gently fold in nuts, fruit, etc.
Fill muffin cups to about 2/3  full.  I use an oiled ¼ cup measure and it works well.
Bake for 15-20 minutes or until lightly browned and a tester comes out clean.
Cool on wire rack.
Makes 12 muffins

For a savory muffin, mix in shredded cheese, sauteed veggies, and/or ham or cooked bacon.  I leave out the sweetener in these, though some might want to leave it in.
I like this version made with part cornmeal.

More simple breakfast ideas:
skillet granola
yogurt topped with fruit and/or granola
fruit with cheese- cottage, cheddar, whatever you prefer
peanut butter and honey rolled in a tortilla and slightly warmed in the microwave
green smoothie
leftovers from the night before (cold pizza is one teen daughter's favorite!)

What is your favorite simple breakfast?

A cup of coffee or tea and a Christmas cookie (or 3)  is mine these days!

I pray you have a JOY-filled week my friends.

Blessings and Bliss,

Catherine







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