Going from Boxed to Basics, isn’t really that hard! Just LOTS of little changes … helped us go from a “bagged” blueberry muffin recipe to Homemade!
When I was a little girl, my family used to take a yearly car-trip to where my parents were from and that meant, 2 days in the car! I’m not talking about a few hours; I’m talking about two days, 16 hours of driving each day! My mom used to make the muffins on the left. I knew I could make something Basic and yummy … my Morning Muffins are on the right!
So many GREAT stories and games were played in our pumpkin colored station wagon. We still laugh today about my mom crawling from the front seat (of our station wagon) to the back seat. I crawled to the front seat, since it was my job to hand my Dad food, drinks and of course to be the substitute navigator … since Mom was getting breakfast together. Paper plates, Tupperware Salt & Pepper shakes and those cup holders that fit between the glass and rubber seal on the door … remember those? I was one little girl with GREAT map reading skills, or so my Dad made me think!
For us driving along, smelling coffee and my parents talking … those were memories that even today are crystal clear. Breakfast was another one of those!
During those long road trips, Breakfast was simple. My mom would make hard-boiled eggs (HBEs) before our trip, strawberry and blueberry muffins, fruit (usually grapes!) and pre-made bacon! My brother and I had juice in recycled glass bottles and Mom and Dad had coffee, from one of those Big Green insulated containers.
Didn’t every family have one or two of those HUGE green insulated containers? We even have one, we use today.
I remember the first time my husband and I went camping with our kids and I wanted to pre-make Morning Muffins. I looked at the ingredients on the back of the brand my mom made (pictured above) … and I couldn’t do it! I knew I could make a recipe we loved!
I usually make a batch of these every Sunday. I use fruit that might not be our first choice before it goes bad; or apples that aren’t ‘crisp’ when we bite them! I try and use up the fruit on the counter first, before getting fruit from our freezer!
The ingredients are Basic and it’s the perfect baby step to un-Box your pantry!
A great Flavor Option is to use part jelly (or jam) and fresh or frozen fruit. Here we used, 1/4 cup-ish of grape jelly and fresh blueberries! I usually have other frozen fruit options in our big freezer, which I get from Costco or AzureStandard.com.
Ice cream scoops are the PERFECT way to get uniform size muffins or cupcakes. I like the mini-size scoop and baking cups to send with my kids for lunches!
Enjoy! Keep the extras in an airtight container or freezer them for quick on-the-go sweet treats for school lunches!