I love muffins!
My husband thinks I’m weird because whatever food I eat in the morning, I can also eat them any other time during the day. I love eating breakfast items for dinner, snacks or dessert. I eat pancakes for dinner, or granola with rice milk for a midnight snack. Who says I can’t?
Ramon is the same way. We’ve never given him any restrictions when it comes to food and drinks (except alcoholic beverages, of course), ever since he was a little boy. He can eat whatever he wants, and whenever he wants.
I’ve been around parents who imposed so many restrictions on their children, especially when it comes to food and drink. “Mom, I’m thirsty! Can I have a drink?” “No, it’s already 9 o’clock (at night) and it’s time for you to go to bed! You know the rule: no more drinking before bedtime! Now, go to bed!”
Now… I grew up in a nipa hut, if we’re thirsty, we drink. In fact, if that’s all we want – something to drink (water) my poor parents was more than happy to oblige. “Water is free. You can drink all you want!” What is so bad about drinking before bedtime? She’s thirsty for chrissake!
Or… “Mom can I have some cookies?” “Fine, you can only have one and that’s it!”
One…? Who eats only one cookie? If my son wants to eat 5 cookies, he can. If he doesn’t feel well after overeating cookies, then he won’t do it next time… and if he doesn’t learn the first time, he is guaranteed to learn sooner or later.
For me, I think that’s wrong. I think the more you restrict your children, the more that they are going to rebel. They might pretend to do what you want them to do while you are in sight, but once you’re not around, they are going to let loose, and do everything you did not want them to do.
My husband, Willie, is really the person that needs to be credited with this type of thinking on how we raised our son. He believes that the more you forbid your child, the more they want to do the forbidden. It’s just human nature. It makes us highly curious when something is forbidden.
And, you’re probably wondering what’s this got to do with the muffins?
Well… probably nothing. But with these muffins, you don’t have to worry about any restrictions or an ounce of guilt for eating one or more. You can eat them anytime, other than in the morning. They are good for you, or at least good for me, in my opinion…
And, they’re easy to make, and every time I hear the word “easy” I get excited.
Here’s what you need to make these muffins:
2 cups unbleached flour
1 cup packed brown sugar
2 tsp. baking soda
1 tsp. ground cinnamom
½ tsp. kosher salt
¾ cup extra light olive oil or coconut oil
¼ cup rice milk
2 tsp. pure vanilla extract
1½ cups shredded carrots (3 medium sizes)
1 cup shredded apple (peeled and cored – pink lady, braeborn, etc.)
½ cup unsweetened shredded coconut (available at health food stores)
½ cup raisins
¾ cup sliced almonds
Preheat oven to 350°F. Line 18 regular size muffin cups with paper baking cups.
In a large mixing bowl, combine the dry ingredients, by whisking them. Set aside.
In another mixing bowl, beat eggs, olive or coconut oil, rice milk and vanilla with a wire whisk. Pour this mixture over the flour mixture. Stir just until dry ingredients are moistened. Add shredded carrots, apple, and coconut; raisins and sliced almonds.
Fill each muffin cup with the batter, about ¾ full.
Bake in a preheated oven for 26 minutes or until toothpick comes out clean, when inserted.
Remove from the oven. Serve warm or at room temperature.
Enjoy and Happy Cooking!