Quick, nutritious breakfasts make my life a lot easier. But sometimes I get in a rut so I’m always on the look-out for quick breakfast ideas. Not too long ago, I got the the idea for muffin baking mixes from Life As Mom’s blog. She’s got a lot of fabulous ideas. But, her Mix-and-Match Muffin recipe never really worked for me because it calls for yogurt. Yogurt in my house lasts all of about 4.5 seconds and I never had it when I needed it. But I really like idea of muffin mixes in my freezer as I’ve done the same thing with scones for a while and wanted something different!
So, I searched for an alternative in my handy handy Better Homes and Gardens New Cook Book, Limited Edition: Prizewinning Recipes (Better Homes & Gardens Plaid). Their basic muffin recipe is easy and delicious and works well for the freezer. So here it is, in all its glory:
Basic Muffin Recipe
1 3/4 cup flour (I use freshly milled hard white wheat)
1/3 cup sugar (I use raw sugar)
2 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp salt
1 egg, beaten
3/4 cup milk
1/4 cup cooking oil
For blueberry muffins: add 3/4 cup blueberries.
Mix dry ingredients. Mix wet ingredients. Stir wet ingredients into flour mix and stir just until moistened. Add 3/4 cup mix-ins. Bake at 400F for 18-20 minutes. Let cool for 5 minutes on a wire rack. Serve warm.
Take out at least 5 large bowls and mix all of the dry ingredients into 5 separate bowls so you make 5 different mixes. I set this up assembly-line style, adding the flour to all the bowls, then the sugar, then the baking powder and so on. Mix everything up, put the dry ingredients in freezer bags, and label like so. Then freeze for warm muffins on busy days:
In the morning, simply pull out a bag, mix up the wet ingredients, add your mix-ins, and bake. Super quick, delicious muffins in a snap! I suggest the first time you make these to make the blueberry muffins so you can get a feel for the desired batter consistency. Betty Crocker tweaks the recipe based on which mix-ins you choose, such as adding a tad more sugar for more sour mix-ins like cranberries, or a tad less liquid for wetter mix-ins like bananas.
Here are my thoughts on potential mix-ins:
- Apple Walnut
- Banana Nut (reduce milk to 1/2 cup, add 3/4 cup banana and nuts)
- Apple Carrot
- Apple Cranberry
- Apple Pear
- Pumpkin Chocolate Chip
- Zucchini Chocolate Chip
- Cranberry (add 2 more tbs sugar and 1 cup coarsely chopped cranberries)
- Oatmeal (reduce flour to 1 1/3 cup and add 3/4 cup rolled oats)
- Cheese (add 1/2 cup shredded cheese)
You are limited only by your imagination!!