Sunday, September 29, 2013

multigrain bread

I blogged about this multigrain bread over two years ago here.

It's feeling like fall in NYC and bread baking weather. So bake some!!!

Sunday, September 8, 2013

flax seed muffin in a mug

I've attempted to eat gluten free a couple of times lately, but it's so darn hard!!! Although not eating gluten did give me a little extra energy and I didn't feel bloated as if I had consumed a half a loaf of homemade bread. So eating gluten free is a good thing. But who am I kidding? I'm a baker. I love bread!!! And honestly gluten is what gives bread that awesome chewy texture.
But if you are sensitive to eating gluten or you just want an easy and healthy breakfast go-to, make this flax seed muffin. There are so many combinations you can mix into this muffin. I suggest mixing in tasty ingredients because frankly the muffin all on it's own is pretty bland. 

Flax Seed Muffin in a Mug
adapted from the blog meandjorge
makes 1 muffin
3 tablespoons ground flax seed 
1 teaspoon coconut oil ***Veg or olive oil.*** 
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1 large egg

Today's mix ins -
2 tablespoons banana - cut into 1/4 inch cubes
1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/8 teaspoon ground cinnamon
2 teaspoons honey

In a coffee mug mix egg, ground flax seed, coconut oil and baking powder with a fork. Making sure all of your baking powder is thoroughly mixed in. At this point you can nuke it as is OR mix in your favorite flavor combinations. Today I used bananas, cinnamon, vanilla and honey.

***Here are some other flavors I'd love to try.***
dried coconut & fresh pineapple
chopped apples & cinnamon
mini chocolate chips & walnuts
peanut or almond butter
raspberry jam & sliced almonds
fresh berries - blueberries, strawberries, blackberries, raspberries 
jam or jelly

The combinations are endless. Mix in a little of anything you love in a muffin.

Place your mug into your microwave and cook for 1 - 2 minutes. ***The original recipe said to cook for 65 seconds, but I found that with my particular mug (which is narrow and tall), I needed an additional minute. If you're using a more shallow mug, you're probably OK with 65 seconds.***

Invert your muffin and gently coax it out. Even though you aren't greasing your mug ahead of time, the muffin should pop right on out.

Again, this isn't the prettiest thing I've ever made nor is it the tastiest. But you'll be totally satisfied with a healthy and filling breakfast treat.