Oatmeal Raisin Bran Muffins
Breakfast is my favorite meal of the day. I look forward to it before I fall asleep at night. It makes an incredible difference falling asleep if I know that I’ll wake up with a healthy breakfast already prepared. It’s like having your outfit already picked and laid out for the day. An ease in my life. Now I love a good elaborate breakfast with a multifaceted array of different flavors - savory and sweet all together on the same plate. Bacon happily sitting next to eggs, lavish fluffy pancakes, savory hash browns in a pile next to fresh fruit, and maple syrup on top of it all. That’s what the weekends are for - being able to sit down with a mug of coffee and enjoy a leisurely breakfast with our loved ones. I don’t know about you, but my weekdays are packed with obligations - children, spouse, work, friends, and other haphazard activities. Weekdays are just not the time for an extravagant breakfast.
Muffins are the perfect pick me up for hectic weekday mornings. Portable, delicious, and incredibly easy to pack full of healthy grains and dried fruits. The muffin began its humble life in the early 18th century. European bakers needed a way to sell their wares on the street in a portable and freshly baked form. The muffin was a relatively new concoction at the time and had just been released as a quick and easy sweet breakfast cake for the working middle class. The small cake gained popularity and soon was a staple in many bakeshops and with the common home baker. Today, you can find muffins in grocery stores, coffee shops, and even gas stations. The appeal of the portable sweet breakfast treat has not diminished.
Store bought muffins are often huge, diabetes-inducing, and chocked full of preservatives. This homemade recipe contains whole-wheat and low-fat ingredients - reducing calorie count and providing a source of healthy grains and fiber. Vanilla extract of course is essential in any delicious baked good. I recommend Mexican vanilla extract because it’s sweet and spicy, forming a prized alliance with the brown sugar and molasses.