Saturday, February 23, 2013

Mighty Muffins

Recently I had a business lunch. I met with a peer who had a similar role at another place. We are both fairly new to our jobs so we wanted to get together and compare notes. While we managed to get some good work stuff done, as it turned out we also talked a lot about food.

Not too long ago he had tried The Engine 2 Diet: The Texas Firefighter's 28-Day Save-Your-Life Plan (Google Affiliate Ad), which he explained is basically a vegan experience designed by an executive at Whole Foods. He did the 28-day diet and is now back to "normal" life, but explained that his new normal involves eating much less meat than before.

While I (like many people) am becoming increasingly interested in all my food sources--especially meat--I don't intend to go vegan. I read up on the diet a little and also decided not to go down that road either. What I did zero-in on was the fact that this guy I had lunch with had completely embraced some recipes from the book.

In particular he went on and on about these muffins and how they're a great breakfast on-the-run or a nice snack. So I decided to try them.

Especially after back-to-back muffin tin recipes I promise to be back to grilling soon. But today I present the Engine 2 Diet's Mighty Muffins. The recipe can be found on the official Engine 2 Diet website here.

Mighty Muffins:

3 cups oat bran
1 teaspoon baking powder
½ teaspoon salt
4 tablespoons sweetener
Juice of 1 lemon
1 large apple, grated 
6 brown bananas, lightly mashed (leave some chunks)
¼ cup walnuts, chopped or halved
¼ cup raisins
¾ cup water

Preheat oven to 375ยบ. Combine the dry ingredients in a large bowl. Squeeze the juice of the 
lemon onto the combined apple and bananas. Add walnuts, raisins, and water. Combine the 
wet and dry ingredients into one bowl. Pour into sprayed muffin tins and bake for 45 minutes or until golden brown on top. 

Y'all? These are really good. They've become my go-to breakfast in recent days. I've made a couple of batches actually. I keep them in the fridge and will microwave one for breakfast. What I'll tell you after making them a few times is that the 4 tablespoons of "sweetener" is way too much for me. I don't go for artificial sweeteners at all, so here I've been using "sugar." I've started using less than 2 tablespoons and am very happy with the taste. And you know what? They seem incredibly wholesome, healthy and filling.

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