One thing I try to do on a weekly basis is to have some sort of homemade snack in the house for my family. I’m not against store bought snacks, and goodness knows we have plenty of those, but if I can have at least one, healthful and homemade option lying around, then I feel like I’ve accomplished something.
For this reason, I bake a lot of muffins. Muffins are quick and easy snacks and I can sneak all kinds of healthful ingredients in without my family knowing (suckers).
My favorite muffin recipe to date are the Vegan Carrot Spiced Muffins. You can find that recipe here. This week, I made a new recipe from King Arthur Flour’s website. I love using their whole wheat flours, and their website is a treasure trove of good recipes. These Whole Grain Cranberry Nut muffins are light, delicious, vegan and did I mention they are delicious? They came together quick and were made of healthful ingredients. The only modification I made was to use orange juice instead of the tomato juice (thanks to another reviewer’s suggestion) and I used sunflower oil instead of vegetable oil, because of my personal preference. You can find the recipe here.
Like I mentioned in a recent post, I’ve been trying to replace things that I would normally buy prepackaged (like tortillas) with homemade options. This is just my way of saving money, reducing packaging, and eating healthier. We enjoy french bread or whole grain baguettes along with our meals, so when I came across a recipe for a no knead, one pot bread recipe, I had to try it.
True to the recipe’s word, you do not have to knead this dough. In fact, the dough comes together in less than two minutes. Then, you let is rest for 12-18 hours. When you are ready to bake the bread, you simply shape it into a ball, bake it in a cast iron (or I used my stainless steel) dutch oven. Presto! You have homemade bread. You can find the recipe I used, here.
My house smelled amazing this morning as the bread baked and I can’t wait to tear into it tonight for dinner. Hopefully it tastes as good as it smells/looks!
This time, I just made a white bread recipe because I didn’t want to waste my more expensive whole grain ingredients in case of a flop. However, in the future, I’ll make this recipe here, using whole grain wheat, flaxseed and sunflower seeds.
Let me know if you try any of these recipes. I’d love to hear what you think! Happy eating :-).