Ah, it's back to school time and that means I am back in the kitchen full force! Boy, did I ever slack this summer with my traditional baking. Sure, I did camping recipes galore but I haven't baked a muffin in months!
However school lunches have now forced me to get back to the traditional baking of muffins and cookies. These latest ones were a hit with the whole family, how could they not be with Skor bits in them!
Although I did play around with the recipe a bit, substituting palm sugar instead of white, butter instead of oil, chewy whole oats and those hemp hearst/flax seed addition as well, this is still what I would consider a treat in this house. However thanks to the substitutions I feel a lot better feeding these to the kids!
You can play around and substitute applesauce for the oil if wanted. I like butter in my muffins, it just makes them so much better tasting. The butter WILL start to harden when you put it into your milk mixture, so fair warning. I consider it like cutting butter into flour for biscuits, these little butter bits just bake up so lovely in muffins. However you might freak out when you see little butter bits floating in your milk mixture.
This is also a large recipe but fill up those 12 standard muffin tins (make sure it's non-stick!) The muffins come over the top just slightly and you get these amazing, bakery style muffin tops.
Man, there is nothing I like better than a good muffin top.
Just not when I'm wearing tight jeans.
So has anyone else started “hitting the kitchen” again? Are you back into your school time flow of things?
I think I am almost there. This year is just hitting me hard with getting back into the swing of things. School is going only mediocre for the kids, we aren't having a good start to the year at all – first time ever – and I'm just not inspired.
I think I have the Back To School Blues, only I don't think I am supposed to, isn't that just for kids? I have it in reverse, I am not happy with this year, things are not going well, I don't know if it's my son's age and grade (5) but September just plain ol' sucked school-wise. We were late all the time. Edmonton traffic is just plain ol' getting me down. I'm stressed out in the mornings.
Should I have been warned when Mr K threw up on the way to school that it was an omen for the rough month ahead?
So a question to parents, does it start getting harder in Grade 5? The classroom drama's, even with boys? I thought this didn't start until Grade 6, the hormones and the tougher times with friends….sigh.
Oh Lordy, to be able to just go back to Grade 1 again….
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Skor Oatmeal Banana Muffins
- 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour1 cup rolled oats1/2 palm sugar2 teaspoons baking powder1 teaspoon baking soda1/2 teaspoon salt1/2 cup Skor bits3 tbsp hemp hearts1 tbsp flax1 egg3/4 cup milk1/3 cup vegetable oil or melted butter1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract1 cup mashed bananas
- Preheat your oven to 400 degrees F.Whisk together the flour, oats, sugar, baking powder, soda,salt,skor bits hemp and flax.In a large bowl, beat the egg lightly. Stir in the milk, oil (or melted butter), and vanilla. Add the mashed banana, and combine thoroughly.Stir the flour mixture into the banana mixture until just combined, don't overmix!Line a 12-cup muffin tin with paper bake cups, and divide the batter evenly among them. The batter will be up to the top but you are going to get lovely over-the-edge crispy “muffin tops” with this recipe!Bake at 400 degrees F for 18 to 20 minutes.