So this week has been kind of ground-breaking here at 3Boys because I rolled out my #betterbaking series and explained what I’m doing here, which is challenging people to think about the products and ingredients they are using when they bake. Ahhhemmm… dump cakes!
What inspired this? PINTEREST! There is nothing I hate more then clicking on a recipe that says “healthy” only to look at the ingredients and see Cool Whip, boxed cake mixes, and other food-like ingredients on the recipe. Can someone please explain what is
healthy about that? What really irks me about this is there are actually people dieting, and trying to live healthy lifestyles who might not realize these ingredients are nothing more then a bunch of trans fats aka partially hydrogenated oils. Hydrogenated oils do not equal healthy! You know, like the equal sign with a slash through it that we used in Algebra!?! Yeah… not equal to healthy!
And we aren’t stopping at Cool Whip and cake mixes folks! I’m also challenging people to consider using whole wheat flours and natural sugars/organic sugars instead of refined stuff. Yes, ANY baked item can easily be transformed into whole wheat with little to no effort. I promise, it’s not what you are thinking either. I’ve given dozens of people my whole wheat products and none of them even questioned it, which means they totally were diggin’ it and didn’t even know. My mom even told me she had no idea my cupcake was whole wheat, and would never have been able to tell the difference (she was eating my Pumpkin Whoopie Pie Cupcakes).
And seriously, how cute are these?!?!?! Lovin’ these so much because guess what? They are:
- whole wheat
- sweetened naturally (maple syrup/bananas)
- contain no eggs (bananas substituted for moisture and structure)
- contain 1/2 cup of oats for a little extra iron
Say what? Muffins this cute can actually be this healthy? Come now… to the #betterbaking dark side. We have candy here… I mean… totally cute whole wheat muffins. You know, ugly cupcakes? Yes, muffins are ugly cupcakes. I know, I know, muffins need lovin’ too. That’s why I put an apple slice and peanut butter on top. 🙂
Now, since we are talking about #betterbaking, I’m also going to call out JIFF because they too like to throw some partially hydrogenated oils all up in yo’ peanut butter. Really JIFF? Do choosy moms really like you, or are you just trying to lie to people?
I’m going with you’re just liars. So what I’m really saying is don’t use JIFF or any other brand that chooses to put dangerous fats in their products. There are tons of brands out there that use just 1 or 2 ingredients, and I highly suggest choosing these brands instead of the latter. I know, I know, I just got all “healthy freak” on you, but it is so true and I always give a PSA with peanut butter posts because THE LAST thing I want to do is advise anyone to use hydrogenated oils. I’m only “healthy freak” because I care. 🙂
“Sprinkled with cinnamon and drizzled with maple syrup” has a nice ring to it, right? I totally thought so too. 🙂 So that line just became the official Moto of these lovely muffins.
If you want MORE #betterbaking recipes here are a few others to check out! I’ll be tackling more Cool Whip madness next week so tune in and we can hate on Kraft a little more. 🙂
Whole Wheat PB & Apple Muffins
By October 3, 2014Published:
- Yield: 12 Servings
- Prep: 10 mins
- Cook: 18 mins
- Ready In: 28 mins
So this week has been kind of ground-breaking here at 3Boys because I rolled out my #betterbaking series and explained what I'm …
- 1 and 1/2 cup whole wheat white flour
- 1/2 cup quick cooking rolled oats
- 2 tsp ground cinnamon
- 1 tsp baking soda
- 1/2 tsp baking powder
- 1/4 tsp salt
- 1 stick unsalted butter melted
- 1-2 ripe bananas to use in place of eggs for moisture and structure
- 1/2 cup pure maple syrup
- 2 small apples
- 1/4 cup peanut butter check ingredients
- Combine all dry ingredients in a large bowl and set aside.
- Melt butter in a microwave safe bowl, then mash bananas into butter, and add maple syrup.
- Mix dry ingredients with wet (batter will be very thick). Line 12 muffin tins with liners, and fill each tin with batter. Slice apple rings, remove core with small cookie cutter or end of piping tip, and place a ring on each muffin. Fill center of apples with peanut butter, and bake at 350 degrees for 18-20 minutes.
- Remove from oven, sprinkle with cinnamon and drizzle with maple syrup.