Tuesday, February 1, 2011
TWD: Great Grains Muffins
Christine of Happy Tummy chose Great Grains Muffins for this week's Tuesdays with Dorie recipe.
These are supposed to be half-way healthy, what with the whole-wheat flour, oatmeal, and cornmeal in the mix. Healthy... unless you go renegade and add chocolate chips instead of dried fruit.
Yea, about that. I knew my kids would NO WAY eat these with raisins or other dried fruit. And I thought they might be a tad, well, dull without any chewies in there.
Besides, I'm on my annual health and fitness kick and I've been doing really well in the exercise and kicking-the-bad-eating-habit, so I figured, what they hay. (I've decided to try to kick, and I mean, for good, some of the worst offenders from my bad eating habits, tackling one per month. This month, I started with the worst of my worst, which is my SUGAR habit. I decided to go cold turkey and stop eating processed sugar all but one day a week. On that day, I let myself have a few of whatever I've baked for the week and maybe some M&M's at the movies. And shock of shockers, I've actually stuck with it! And even more shocking, it wasn't that BAD!! AND delightfully shocking, along with exercising regularly, I've lost about 7 pounds so far! (Who knew that not eating sugar would actually help you lose weight?! (she says sarcastically). I'm going to call the newspapers and alert everyone! (even more sarcasm)). Funny thing, putting my mind to something... somehow it worked. )
Anyway, where was I? The muffins. The muffins were decent. The taste was nice and they were moist, but there was something about the cornmeal... you either need to go all out with cornmeal, like with cornbread, or leave it out, in my opinion. Adding just a small amount to otherwise soft treats makes it kinda gritty. But I'm glad I tried them. I'm sure there were plenty of folks who liked them. I'm probably the oddball.
OK, that's that. I'll let you know how I'm doing with my February Bad Habit... cutting back on Diet Mountain Dew.
If you'd like to check out the muffins, visit Christine's blog, or Dorie Greenspan's book, Baking, "From my Home to Yours".