Kitchen Sink Muffins

As other food bloggers know, us food bloggers think about chow 24/7 (well at least I do...). If I'm not cooking or writing up blogs in my free time, I'm reading others' blogs, looking for new ideas, or just drooling all over my keyboard. I came across a kitchen sink muffin recipe on Bake and Destroy the other day and knew it sounded tasty :) Since you all seem to be fueling my obsession of baking muffins with positive comments I figured I'd reward you all with another new fun muffin! And don't worry it's healthy - VEGAN even if you like it that way :) No butter, no oil!

The basics behind a kitchen sink muffin is all about imrovisation! So use whatever you have on hand and have fun with it! I had some cherrios laying around, so in they went! I bet they would be fun with other random cereal you have around too... ooo cocopuffs could be a fun idea... The recipe uses flax seed meal to replace an egg... so if you don't want them vegan... or don't have flax seeds on hand, use 1 egg in place of the flaxseeds and water. As for the soy milk, skim milk works just as good... but again then they aren't vegan. So do it up and have fun!! Let me know if you make these and what you did to change it up with what you had on hand!

and yes... that IS a Cheerio stuck on top there...

stephchow's version of Kitchen Sink Muffins
original found on Bake and Destroy (this girl rocks check her out, love it!)
makes 12 muffins

1 1/2 cups whole wheat flour
1/2 cup splenda granulated (or use 1/2 cup white sugar) if you like things sweet you may want a little more sugar/splenda
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/3 cup apple sauce (I use all natural unsweetened)
2 1/2 Tbs flax seed meal plus 3 Tbs water (or 1 egg)
1/3 cup light/fat free soy milk (or skim milk)
1 tsp pure vanilla extract
1/2 cup mashed bananas
1/2 cup cheerios
1/4 cup raisins
1/2 cup sweetened coconut

Preheat your oven to 350 degrees and grease a 12 cup muffin pan. Sift flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda and salt into the bowl.

In a small bowl, beat together the flax seed meal and water- it will get thick and gooey. Mix this with the milk, vanilla applesauce and mashed bananas. Then add it to the flour mixture. Mix, scraping down the sides of the bowl - do not over mix. If it's looking a little dry, add a splash more of milk. (I needed to do this)

Fold the cherrios and coconut into the batter. Spoon batter into muffin pan. Sprinkle tops with additional cherrios or coconut if desired. Bake 20-25 minuted or until tops are golden brown and a toothpick comes out clean. Cool slightly and remove from pan.

As for the nutrition facts... if you make them with splenda granulated and the flax seeds, here they are for 1 muffin:
Depending of brand/type of milk along with what kind of stuff you toss in will change up the stats. You can figure out your own version here. Just a note, sometimes it thinks it knows what you are talking about... but it's wrong. So once it tells you the stats you can click on each of your ingredients and see if it's linking to the right information. When I first inputed these I just said Splenda and it thought I meant the splenda for baking... which has a TON more calories then the straight up splenda I used... Also if one of your ingredients has a red flag next to it... that means it doesn't know what it is, so those calories aren't calculated into the equation... so make sure you don't have any red flags to make it accurate :)

11 chews:

I love the idea of these muffins and using whatever ingredients on hand to make them! Excellent!

ChineseKite said...

this looks so yummy. I got to try this out soon. Thanks Steph for sharing this with us.

Tee hee ... I love that Cheerio on top. So cute!

What a great idea for using up the remains of a cereal box. The possibilities are endless and the results, I'm sure, delicious. Love it!

Thanks for the link to Bake and Destroy too ... what a great name! Can't wait to check it out. :)

I feel like I need to start a muffin Monday tradition at my house to keep up with all these awesome muffin recipes you find. They all sound so good-- and improvisation in a muffin recipe? with cereal? sounds like my kind of experiment :)

Pearl said...

i like how there's a cheerio in the muffin :)

Astra Libris said...

YAY for muffins!! Your muffin recipes make my day! These sound incredible, and soooo healthy!! I love the photo of the muffin with the little cheerio on top! :-)
Also, thank you so much for the link to the recipe analysis tool! Soooo much easier than the painstaking process of adding everything up by hand, which is what I've been doing... *sheepish expression* Thanks for updating my tech knowledge! :-)

Marta said...

Steph I adore your muffins! Hey, I actually meant to ask you: do you have any cool uses for spelt flour? I got myself a giant bag because I love spelt itself and thought the flour would be brilliant, but now I don't know how to use it :(
Oh, I added you to my bloglist :)

Reeni♥ said...

You have me giggling over that cheerio! These have a little bit of everything in them-all delicious!

jenn said...

I'm a muffin-a-holic. I make muffins for breakfast just about every week. I love the Vegan way with no butter and no oil, who knew you could make a muffin and it would taste good without it.

And the calories, that's awesome too. thanks for posting, I will be making these for sure!

stephchows said...

I'll keep bringing the fun healthy muffins guys!! It's fun finding/tweaking new recipes for you all :)

Marta, (just added you to my list too!) I've never used spelt flour but I bet you can try subbing it for the whole wheat... I found this after doing a quick search

"Many recipes will tolerate a cup for cup substitute. As with most substitutes the end result will not be the same and you may need to experiment with quantities to get a product you are happy with."

Jenn- thanks for visiting! Can't wait to check out your site!

I feel like I need to start a muffin Monday tradition at my house to keep up with all these awesome muffin recipes you find. They all sound so good-- and improvisation in a muffin recipe? with cereal? sounds like my kind of experiment :)

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