Master Muffin Mix with Whole Wheat and Oats helps you get a nourishing breakfast ready for your family when they need something quick.
If there’s one meal I struggle with in making for my family, it’s breakfast. When my kids were little, I was pretty good at getting breakfast on the table for them, making sure it was balanced with protein and healthy carbs.
As they’ve grown older and become more independent, with more activities and varied time schedules, I’ve found it more difficult. It’s easier to say – get your own breakfast – and then hope they choose something nourishing for the day. That can be challenging when they’re in a time crunch to get to class or to work. They need something that’s quick, but healthy. So as much as I’d like to fill them up with a steaming bowl of steel-cut oats topped with berries and sliced almonds (one of my favorites), it’s just not going to happen.
I know, I know – they should get up earlier, right? They should take time to sit down and eat. They know that, and they do it sometimes. But the reality is – they’re teenagers and college students who are still learning to plan ahead, and sometimes they oversleep or just don’t get it together in time to sit at the table and eat.
So instead of seeing them go hungry or grab a donut on the way (yes, that happens) I like to make things that they can grab as they head out the door – like muffins. Problem is, that also takes time in the morning, or the night before. And hard as I try, I don’t always think to make them the night before. So, in order to cut down on the prep time, I developed a Master Muffin Mix.
Once a month I take 20 minutes or so to fill a few quart-sized canning jars with all the dry ingredients for my muffins. I store them in the pantry or freezer, and when I want to make muffins I pull out a jar, dump the contents into a bowl with the liquid ingredients, and healthier, homemade muffins are on the way. It cuts the prep time down considerably, and helps me provide a nourishing breakfast for my family.
The beauty of it is that with one master mix I can make several different kinds of muffins, so it doesn’t get boring. The mix is made with whole wheat pastry flour and oats for a good dose of whole grains and fiber. I add ground flax seed for healthy fats, too. To maintain freshness, be sure to store the jars of Master Muffin Mix in the freezer if you add the flax seed to the jars. Otherwise, you can store the jars in the pantry and add the flax seed when you mix in the liquid ingredients.
To get you started, I have a recipe below for Banana Chocolate Chip muffins that uses the Master Muffin Mix. You can also try my Blueberry Oat Muffins for another option. I have other ideas in the works that I’ll post as I develop them – like cherry almond muffins or pumpkin cranberry muffins. Try your own additions too, and let me know your favorites in the comments below.
Yields Each jar contains about 3 1/3 c. dry mix
Master Muffin Mix with Whole Wheat and Oats helps you get a nourishing breakfast ready for your family when they need something quick. Includes a recipe for Banana Chocolate Chip Muffins.
- 2 c. Whole wheat pastry flour
- 1 c. Old-fashioned oats
- 1/2 tsp. salt
- 1 Tbsp. Baking powder
- 2/3 c. sugar
- 2 Tbsp. ground flax seed**
- 2 eggs
- 1/2 c. vegetable oil
- 1/2 c. Greek yogurt
- 1/2 c. milk
- 2 mashed bananas (about 1 c.)
- 1 tsp. vanilla
- 1 tsp. cinnamon
- 1 jar of Master Muffin Mix (or 3 1/3 c. of the mix)
- 1/2 c. chocolate chips
- 2 Tbsp. finely chopped walnuts
- 1 Tbsp. turbinado sugar
- 1/2 tsp. cinnamon
- Using a funnel, fill each jar with whole wheat pastry flour, old-fashioned oats, salt, baking powder, and sugar. Add ground flax seed if desired.
- Cap with a lid and store in the cupboard, pantry, or freezer.
- Jars with ground flax seed added should be stored in the freezer.
- Each jar should contain about 3 1/3 c. dry ingredients.
- Use as directed in muffin recipes on Healthy Ideas Place.
- Preheat oven to 375° F. Spray muffin tins with non-stick pan spray.
- In a large bowl, mix together the eggs, oil, Greek yogurt, milk, mashed bananas, and vanilla.
- Add 1 jar (or 3 1/3 c.) of Master Muffin Mix and 1 tsp cinnamon to the liquid ingredients. Blend gently just till dry ingredients are moistened and evenly distributed.
- Fold in chocolate chips. Mix together, in a small bowl, the chopped walnuts, turbinado sugar, and 1/2 tsp. cinnamon.
- Fill muffin cups about 2/3 full. Top each muffin with a little of the walnut/sugar/cinnamon mix.
- Bake at 375° F for about 15 minutes till muffins are done. Remove from oven and cool on a wire rack. Serve immediately.
- Makes about 22 muffins.
**Be sure to store jars in the freezer if you add the ground flax seed to the mix.