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".


chocolatechic said...

I made mine plain. I loved them that way.

Mary said...

I applaud you for cutting out sugar--I don't think I could ever do it. But 7 pounds, eh? Hmmm. I found these muffins a bit gritty right out of the oven, but the cornmeal softened up after an hour or two.

Pamela said...

Congratulations!! Kicking the sugar habit is one I know I should be doing, too. Sounds like you've got a good system. One day, one step at a time. I wish you every success! :-). Oh, and I love the chocolate in the muffins. You rebel!

HappyTummy said...

I don't hold it against you for adding chocolate chips! Honestly, that sounds DELICIOUS. Thank you so much for baking with me this week!

Flourchild said...

I added chocolate chips to mine too! Same thing wanted the kids to eat them! So the sugar thing..I have been doing the same..not to hard..I did it last year for 3 weeks cold turkey and Im telling you I felt so good! It's so hard now forme..im not sure why but Im doing good! I limit my treats too. Congrats on loosing 7 pounds! I love TWD but it's definetly not Fat free:))

Juliana said...

Jacque,like you I always cut on sugar...these muffins look delicious :-)

Amber Marie said...

Good for you giving up sugar! I can't imagine, but maybe you'll be my inspiration! I definitely need to cut down on it. The muffins look great!

Meaghan Luby said...

links to the blogs with the recipe? also, love you blog. and mad props for working on eating better, i am attempting as well but, it feels like an unwilling breakup with food. we both just love each other so much... why can't we be together?

toxic relationship for my hips ;)
thanks for posting!
@ http://www.clutzycooking.blogspot.com
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Leslie said...

You are so virtuous...eliminating sugar is such a good idea, but I don't think I could do it. For example, I added chocolate AND dried fruit to these muffins. But they were good!

Anne said...

Your muffins look so pretty on the plate and I think chocolate would be a great addition! Good job on kicking the sugar habit!