Your child is going back to school and you may be feeling excited, dreading the separation, or having mixed feelings overall. One thing is for sure though…. You are wondering what you will be fixing him/her for the daily lunch bag. It has to be tummy filling and heartwarming. Muffins are a part of that riddle… and they can make all the difference.
Fruits are essential for a healthy diet. Since they do not appeal to kids with a sweet tooth, incorporating them in a seductive treat helps you trick them into consuming all sorts of healthy goodness. Recipes that require the mere addition of a fruit are Apple Muffins and Banana Muffins. Recipes like the Snowball Carrot Muffins benefit from a necessary glaze composed of creamed coconut, pineapple juice, and icing sugar. Muffins that go well with yoghurt are those with ingredients like apricots, blueberries, cranberries, and raisins. Muffins that go best with a dollop of crème fraiche are those with ingredients like peaches and almonds.
It is a good idea to keep cocoa-saturated treats for special occasions and bonding moments. Not only do Nutella Stuffed Cinnamon Sugar Muffins with a hint of nutmeg have a gooey center, they are also coated with an oozy mixture of butter, sugar, and cinnamon. Another special sugar topping that suits any sort of firmer muffin is the mixture of warm custard and dark chocolate. If you prefer to conceal the surprising element in the inside, consider infusing your batter with chunky jams, aromatic extracts, seasonal herbs, crystalized and flavored sugar drops, or chocolate chips…. Honey Muffins are a great chocolate-free option too.
The crossing between savory and sweet is not new. However, the muffins’ involvement in it is, and some of the most harmonious flavors are there. Muffins can be paired with feta cheese, peas, ham, fresh basil, and sprinkled with toasted pumpkin seeds. Innovative recipes also include muffins with cheddar cheese, crispy bacon and fresh chives, muffins with butter-garlic shrimp and cilantro, muffins with sharp cheddar cheese and pickled jalapenos…. The Spinach Artichoke Corn Muffins recipe uses low-fat mayonnaise to complement dairy ingredients, but most importantly, to keep the inside moist while the outside browns.
There is no child on planet earth who would not relish the serene and hearty experience of seeing and hearing his parent cook. Some of the world’s best chefs found inspiration in it. Anjum Anand and Richard Corrigan helped in the kitchen, and even though it was just peeling and grating, it gave them pride and pleasure that they prolonged throughout adult life. Tamas Khan’s grandmother taught him early in life the importance of good quality produce, natural herbs, and hybrid spices. Gary Rhodes’ signature Bread and Butter Pudding is a revamped dish of his mother’s. Spreading the love of good food is parenting too.
School recess means artificially sweetened and salted snacks. To help your child eat healthier, pair your homemade muffins with other food groups such as fruits, vegetables, and dairy foods. Make your child’s lunchbox contents coherent and balanced. Make sure you choose flavors that marry well and cause no unsavory interactions. Because parents too deserve a break, treat yourself with coffee/tea time muffins as a mean to wrap up a dreary task or chat with a colleague/friend/neighbor. Peach and Vanilla Muffins, Berries and Coffee Muffins, Green Tea and Chocolate Muffins, and similar doughy delicacies can do magic.
Because they are extremely versatile, fun, and easy to make, muffins can become a family favorite quite rapidly. With kids in mind, precautions and revisions must be made. Opt for fruit-based muffins because they contain vitamins. Boost their nutrition value by using low-calorie products and ingredients such as low-fat cream and custard, reduced fat cheese, and low-salt margarine. One last piece of advice: limit muffin consumption to one a day… but do make the best of it. Juggling flavors, colors, and recipes is so much fun!