Breakfast is the most important meal of the day! One way to start the school year off right is by learning shortcuts for creating healthy, homemade breakfasts for the kids. A simple make ahead muffin mix makes it easy and affordable to have fresh muffins in minutes.
I bake all the time. People always want to know how I have the time. The truth is I make the time and you can too, without much time or effort. In less then 20 minutes you can add this recipe to your repertoire and mix up this dry muffin mix that will last you four weeks.
You only need to mix up the batter once a week (I make mine Sunday) and then keep it in the fridge. When I get up in the morning I scoop the batter in to a few silicone “muffin papers” (I bake only what I need for the day), place them in the oven while I take my morning shower and when I am done, the muffins are too. Really it is this simple.
Here is the base muffin mix I use, you can change the flavor of your muffin weekly or
keep them plain.
Karen Mom of Three’s Oat Bran Muffin Mix
4 cups oat bran
4 cups flour
3 cups rolled oats
2 cups brown sugar
¼ cup of baking powder
4 tsp cinnamon
Place all these ingredients in a large Ziploc bag, close and simply shake to mix the ingredients together (if you prefer the old fashion way you can stir it in a bowl and then add it to a bag).
Then when you are ready to make your own once a week mix up, you’ll need:
3 ½ cups of the dry mix
1-¼ cups of milk or yogurt
¼ cup of melted butter or margarine
* add some dried, fresh or pureed fruit, chocolate chips or leave them plain
In a large bowl place the dry mix and make a well. Then stir in the milk, melted butter, and beat one egg. Fold the dry mix into the wet mix and when it is combined you can place it in a sealed container and keep it in the refrigerator. You can bake the whole batch at once and freeze what you don’t use, but I like the way the house smells in the morning when I have baked so I bake what we need each morning.
When you are ready to bake you just scoop into the silicone muffin papers or your sprayed pan and bake at 375 for 15-20 minutes – if you are making mini sized muffins they will take less time. Every oven is different so you may want to try out your first batch and keep an eye on them.
It is really a nice way to start any day, especially the dreaded Monday mornings.
PS – Here are some similar recipes for pancakes and waffles, too:
- Make Ahead Waffle and Pancake Mixes
- Organic Valley Make Ahead Pancake, Waffle and Biscuit Mixes
- Multigrain Pancake or Waffle Mix
By Karen Owen of KarenMomofThree’sCraftBlog