Tuesday, July 1, 2008

Phytonutrients for Breakfast

Being the sneaky, devious mom that I am, I try to slip in a few fruits or veggies into the family's diet without them taking too much notice. I have had a couple of requests for these recipes, which are kid and teenager approved-even the 17 year old Bubba D grudgingly admits that they are "good." So here's for some delicious, nutritious phytonutrients for breakfast!!

Carrot Zucchini Muffins

1 3/4 c. flour (i use 3/4 whole wheat)
1 c. brown sugar
1 1/2 t. baking soda
1 1/2 t. cinnamon
3/4 t. salt
2/3 c. buttermilk ( i buy powdered buttermilk and use 2 T with 2/3 c water)
1 egg
1/2 c. salad oil
1 1/2 t. vanilla
1 1/2 c. shredded zucchini
1/2 c. grated carrot
1 c. pecans, 1/3 c. raisins (opt) (my family doesn't like raisins...sniff...sniff. but I sprinkle the pecans on top of each muffin before baking)

Mix dry ingredients together. Mix wet ingredients together. Fold together. (remember you don't mix muffins to death)
Bake for 35-40 min at 350 degree oven. Watch them come running when they smell these!

Pumpkin Pancakes

1 c. whole wheat flour
1/4 c. brown sugar
1 1/2 t. baking powder
1/2 t. cinnamon
1/2 t. fresh gingeroot, finely chopped
1/4 t. nutmeg
1/4 t. sea salt
1 c. low fat milk or soy beverage
1 egg
1/3 c. canned pumpkin
2 T. canola oil
1/4 c. chopped walnuts
1/4 c. unsweetened dried cranberries

Again, mix dry ingredients together first, then wet. I sprinkle the cranberries and walnuts on the top of the pancakes as they are cooking. We had these for breakfast this morning. YUM!

Banana blueberry pancakes

1 c. whole wheat flour
1/2 c all purpose flour
2 T sugar
2 t. baking powder
1/2 t. salt
1 egg, lightly beaten
3 medium ripe bananas, mashed
1 t. vanilla extract
1 1/2 c fresh or frozen blueberries

Combine all the dry ingredients. Combine the wet ingredients-including the bananas. Stir the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients-don't overmix. Pour the batter by 1/4 cupfuls onto the griddle and then sprinkle the blueberries on top.

There you have it-a painless way to add extra yummy nutrition to the morning!


Nancy Face said...

Yum! I think I'll make the muffins! :)

I add finely shredded carrot to my meatloaf...it makes it moist, and the family never gripes about it! :)

John Taylor Family said...

They all look yummy! I love any recipe with wheat flour...do you happen to know the dietary info on these? I need to check the WW points.

Mari said...

Oh yummy! I'm all about those pumkin pancakes.

mere said...

Those all look really yummy...it's amazing if you add things to your food without your kids noticing, they love it. If you told them you were doing it, they'd freak out and never eat it! Thanks so much for the recipes!

Mom2fur said...

Bananas and blueberries in pancakes...what's not to love? Thanks for the recipe!

Lynell said...

I love sneaking in a few extras. I can't wait to try out your recipes. Looks delicious!

Alice Wills Gold said...

I am so proud of your sneakiness...and these sound really good..I will have to try.

sandalloons44 said...

like rachael ray would say..........YUMM-O

Mom2fur said...

Hi, again! I'm glad you like my blog name. Yours is pretty funny, too! "Matriarchal Madwoman" says a lot more than the usual "Domestic Diva," LOL! (At least, it's more honest!)

JustRandi said...

YUM!! Thanks for posting these. Those pumpkin muffins sound heavenly!!