Go ahead, have a muffin!

Wednesday, February 25, 2009

For a couple of reasons, I rarely make muffins. First there’s that white flour thing; and, second, if I make them, I will eat them all – and I will eat them all within 24 hours. Oh, and third? Lazy. But sometimes I really WANT a muffin I don’t have to feel too guilty about.

Whether you’re trying to lose weight or just trying to eat better, it can be initially expensive to stock your pantry with healthier options. And if you’re cheap, like me, you probably don’t want to buy a 5-pound bag of whole wheat flour just so you can scoop out a single cupful to make the occasional batch of homemade muffins.

It has always been more appealing to me to buy a pre-made mix, add one or two readily available ingredients and be done with it. Honestly? I’ve had the same canister of baking powder in my cupboard for about 10 years. That’s how much I bake these days. (Okay, okay…don’t even say it – I’ll throw it out.)

This is why I was happy to discover Southaven Farms Baking Mixes. Have you tried them? They are all natural, unsweetened, 100% whole grain mixes you can use for muffins, cakes, pancakes or waffles. You add milk and yogurt and, optionally, your choice of sweetener - and that’s it. If you use skim milk and fat-free plain yogurt, each muffin is about 110 calories (assuming you make 12 bigger ones). Complete nutrition information and ingredients are shown with each mix.

And the flavor choices? In addition to the standard wheat, wheat bran, oat bran (wheat-free), and multi-grain mixes, they also have yummy choices like mocha, cinnamon, ginger spice, chocolate and cornbread (wheat-free). Oh, and be sure to check out the recipes on their site, too. So many options for each mix!

So far, I’ve tried the multi-grain (great pancakes!) and the cinnamon (delicious muffins). I have ginger spice up next, which I will probably use to make pumpkin muffins (because I just realized I have EIGHT cans of pumpkin taking up space in my cupboard).

My 7-year old granddaughter “helped” me make the cinnamon muffins and she loved them. So it’s a really nice, healthier option for kids, too. (I also didn’t tell Mr. Jelly Belly they were “healthy” and he ate them, too.)

If you’ve tried these mixes already, what’s your favorite? I’m getting ready to order a few more and need to narrow down my choices!

15 comments:

Melissa said...

YUM!!!! Mocha Muffins you say? Those sound delicious!!!

midlife mommy said...

Ditto. Chocolate is always the obvious choice, regardless of the question.

Tanya said...

I haven't tried these mixes, but I make a lowfat banana muffin that I love! Of course, anything with mashed banana seems to taste good. Chocolate though...I'd pick that over banana!

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Mrs. Jelly Belly said...

Now, see? Chocolate would be my last choice. I'm not a total alien, I mean I think it's okay, but it wouldn't be my first choice. I'd always go vanilla (or pumpkin!!) first.

Brandy said...

I've made muffins from scratch with whole wheat flour that turned out pretty good. Even the hubs ate them...that speaks volume.

But I will check these out since they come in such yummy sounding flavors!

Debbie said...

I haven't even heard of them but they sound great!

Joelle said...

Yummy!!! Stopping by from SITS!

Rachael said...

now i want a muffin...

Midwest Mommy said...

Never had them but I am always willing to try new muffins well, as long as their tops stay off my waist :-)

Julie said...

They sound lovely...I think I will have one. Thank you :)

3 Bay B Chicks said...

What a great tip! I am terrible when it comes to muffins, too. I'll eat one morning, noon, and night, if they are anywhere in my vicinity. Hello, I can simply grab one and go. It is all just way too tempting!

Thanks for the alternative to stop my muffin madness!

-Francesca

NJDecorator said...

I love the Whole Grain and the Chocolate. I get the email so I know when they are on sale....Love them.

hotpants4979 said...

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resplendentlife said...

Yum!! Great tip, thanks!!!