Muffin in a Mowl

By May 30, 2014Fitness, Fuel
This week, I discovered that there is a much quicker, less messy, way to make fresh muffins.  There are pretty much two steps:
  1. Mix ingredients in a mowl (def: mug + bowl = mowl)
  2. Microwave

…Voilà! Muffin in a Mowl!

Typically, I prefer not to make the microwave my primary baking tool.  However, for mornings when I feel like making myself just one big, personalized, warm, muffin, I think I’ve found a new favorite treat.  Plus, this puts the “fast” in breakfast.  Just one mowl for mixing/baking, a fork for whisking, and a big spoon for guesstimating your measurements.  Of course, if you want to get fancy, you can use real measuring spoons.

To make this guy, I split one egg into my mowl, poured in about 2 tablespoons of milk (any kind of milk works!), and mixed it up with a fork.  Then, I took a large spoon and dropped two tablespoons each of flaxseed meal and oat bran straight into the mowl with the egg-milk mixture.  I added about 1/4th teaspoon each of baking powder and cinnamon.  Then, I mixed in my favorite add-ins: chocolate chips (2T), frozen berries (2T), coconut flakes (1T), and honey (1T).  Finally, I mixed in about a teaspoon of coconut oil.  From there, the mowl went into the microwave for a total of about 90 seconds (I checked on it every 30 seconds).  I also topped my muffin with almond butter and banana slices 🙂
These are so easy to get creative with. If you don’t have one of the “ingredients” above, most can be omitted or substituted.  Butter, vegetable oil, or even applesauce, can easily replace the coconut oil.  The egg can be omitted by adding extra liquid, or by making a “flax egg” with 1 T flax meal and 3T water (mix and let the flax egg set before blending into muffin). Also, you can swap in your favorite mix-ins if you don’t like mine.  I want to try some of these in the future: applesauce, grated carrots, mashed banana, raisins, walnuts, chia seeds, yogurt, orange/lemon zest.  I also want to vary my toppings, and maybe try some: butter, jam, whipped cream, syrup, powdered sugar, cream cheese, or…
One more exciting note:  mowl muffins are excellent sources of “good fats” (flax meal), and make a superb pre-workout meal/snack.
Happy breakfasting 🙂 

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