Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Healthy Muffins

It is spring break for us, so I have more time in the mornings to make breakfast. I used to love making breakfast, and then I got pregnant with twins. It has been down hill from there. Just to show you how much I dislike making breakfast now, I just had our microwave lowered so that my kids could microwave their own oatmeal (and anything else that needs to be heated up :).

My favorite breakfast muffin is one that my mother-in-law found . . . . Sunshine muffins! Doesn't the name just put a smile on your face? They only take 15 minutes to bake and about 10 minutes to make (don't quote me on the prep time . . . I have twins at my feet and I ground my own wheat this morning, so I am not totally sure). I make them with white whole wheat (see this blog post for more on that). They only have 1/4 cup of fat, and they have an entire orange in them.

Sunshine Muffins

orange (including the peal)
1/2 c orange juice
1 egg
1/4 c oil
1.5 c flour (whole wheat is best of course, but
white will do)
3/4 c sugar (you can use less if you’d like)
1 t baking powder
1 t baking soda
1 t salt
1/2 c raisins (optional
1/2 c chopped nuts (optional)
1/2 c chocolate chips (optional)

Quarter Orange. Put orange and orange juice in blender and blend up until smooth. Add egg and oil and blend until just mixed. Put the dry ingredients in a separate bowl and mix. Add wet to dry ingriendients. Add chocolate chips and mix. (I never do the raisins or the nuts, but my husband has done the chocolate chips and the nuts and that was good). Put in muffin tins filling muffin liners almost to the top. bake at375 for 12-17 minutes Makes about 12 muffins.

I like to double the recipe.


  1. Yum yum yum LoVe those! I tried them with grapefruit once... Not so good I reccomend sticking with the orange. I think we may just have those tomorrow!

  2. yummy! definitely trying these soon...

  3. I have given you a "blog award"! :)

  4. Thanks for the recipe! It's a good one.

    A simple solution to a healthy on the go breakfast for our busy 6 hustling off to various schools are smoothies. I just throw a banana, a cup of frozen berries (from Costco) or any other fruit I have on hand, a cup or more of plain yogurt (Mountain High from Costco) a squirt of Agave nectar (also found at Costco) and a cup of ice into my Vitamix. If I'm feeling extra healthy I'll throw in some powdered calcium, protien and flax oil. Blend til smooth. Pour into paper cups and off we go.

  5. I have now bought the Agave nectar at Costco. I haven't put it in a smoothie, but I will tomorrow morning. Your smoothie sounds almost just like the one I make at my house. Love it!