On mornings when we wake up late or are going to be very busy, I generally opt for muffins. They take 30 minutes start to finish, a lot less dishes than pancakes, and are a great grab and go meal.The last couple of weeks, when the
two three year old gets hungry between meals due to a growth spurt, I would just hand him a muffin. Then I started to question if that was the healthiest decision. I mean, we all know wheat is not the healthiest of grains out there. And if were being honest, we mainly use it as a filler.
I wanted to make the muffins we ate a little healthier, since we love them so much. Most of what I found was just telling me to substitute in whole wheat flour for white, add nuts and seeds, and use a less processed sweetener. I already knew all of those to be options. What I found that was new, was to soak it.
At first, I was all like, eww…soggy muffins?…GROSS! But it turns out that all you do differently is move part of the process ahead some. Sounds easy, right? It is!
Soaking the flour before making the muffins releases the phytic acid and important enzymes that allow us to better digest the grains. This helps it to digest like a veggie and certain vitamin levels are increased. So you don’t have to worry about it all being empty carbs. 🙂
So next time I hand the little one a muffin, I can feel good about his tasty, convenient to have on hand snack. Big sister for the win! 🙂
The first time we tried this recipe for soaked chocolate chip muffins, I didn’t want to tell everyone that these were “soaked” chocolate chip muffins, in fear of them having the same first response as me. Ya know what I mean? Once they were done gobbling them up I asked them how they were. Half of them piped up saying they were great, asking for more. The other half knew that question well and got all wide eyed saying “why, what did you do!?” I couldn’t help but laugh at how panicked they were!
Haha. I told them what my mischievous smile was for, and they were all like “oh, okay, cool.”
At first, I thought this was some new thing, but it turns out people have been doing this for thousands of years! Nowadays, nobody really does this. I don’t no about you, but I don’t tend to follow the crowd much and I think I’ll soak my muffins from now on.
Officially a rebel. 🙂
I like to make these muffins with different variations (chocolate chip is still my favorite!), and always have some on hand. They are literally THE convenience food of a healthy diet. That and granola bars. But that’s a post for another day! 🙂
Here’s the recipe: