Last week, I got all inspired by my copy of The Looneyspoons Collection (TLC) and made muffins. For the first time. Ever.
Please don’t ask how I got this far in life without having made muffins because then I’d have to admit to you all the other things that I’ve never cooked or baked. It’s a long list.
I was actually going to make a cookie recipe because it had fewer ingredients (and therefore seemed less intimidating), but Stella, my nine-year-old, has chosen to give up cookies for Lent and her self-discipline has been really impressive. To be more specific, I made Bananaberry Bombs. You are supposed to use blueberries, but instead I used raspberries and they still turned out delicious! The whole dozen were devoured within less than 24 hours (and I only ate one of them!).
There are some great advantages to making your own muffins. First of all, a blueberry muffin at Starbucks has 500 calories, whereas these muffins have 183 calories. That is a BIG difference! Plus, even the most homemade-ish looking muffins at the grocery store have ingredients that I can’t pronounce, whereas these ones are all whole foods including wheat germ and oats.
It took me less than an hour from start to finish, including cooking time and dishes. But I am a total amateur, and I was also trying to amuse and then put my three-young-old son Max to bed at the same time. I think that more regular bakers could get this done way quicker. And next time, I will make a double batch for sure!
Since it was my first time and since I am a blogger, I documented the whole momentous occasion.
My confidence in the kitchen soared so much after making these muffins that I made the family dinner the next night. It’s true! It was another TLC recipe — an Asian-inspired beef stir fry. Everyone in the family LOVED it (okay, not Max, but he doesn’t like any foods that are mixed together!) and proclaimed that it was a keeper too. So, I’m on a roll people!
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