Muffin Mix Christmas Gift

This Muffin Mix is super easy to make and beats a store bought mix in taste, cost and nutrition.
I mix this up two or three times a year for making muffins, loaves and coffee cakes in a snap. This year, I'm giving the mix and recipes to a couple of university students that have moved into their own place and are living away from home.

The Muffin Mix recipe is from Canadian Living.

5 1/2 cups all purpose flour
2 1/4 cups whole wheat flour
2 1/4 cups natural bran
1 3/4 cups skim milk powder
1 1/4 cups granulated sugar
2 tbsp baking powder
2 tsp salt

Mix everything together really well in a large bowl. Transfer to a container with a lid and store in a cool, dry place.

I mix it in this huge bowl that has a lid so I just keep it in this bowl with the lid on. If you don't have a container with a lid that will hold all 12 cups, store it in 2 or 3 containers. Or, portion it out in amounts for recipes that go with the mix. There are 6 different recipes that go with the mix. Each recipe calls for 2 3/4 cups - 3 cups of mix so you can make 4 of the 6 recipes from the 12 cups of mix. Each recipe makes a dozen muffins or a 9x5"  loaf or a 9" cake. All 6 recipes are delicious. I also use the recipes as a guideline for making different muffins and loaves. One of my favourite recipes for the mix is Apple Carrot Muffins. I adapted it slightly from the original Canadian Living recipe. Here's my adapted version:

2 3/4 cups Muffin Mix
1 1/2 cups grated carrots
1 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp nutmeg
1/2 tsp baking soda
1 cup unsweetened applesauce
1/3 cup vegetable oil
1/4 cup molasses
1 egg
1 tsp vanilla

In a bowl, stir together the Muffin Mix, carrots, cinnamon, nutmeg and baking soda. In a separate bowl, whisk the applesauce, oil, molasses, egg and vanilla. Pour the liquid mixture over the dry ingredients and stir just until moistened.
Spoon into greased or paper-lined muffin cups. Bake at 375 F about 20-25 min.

You can fancy up the muffins by making a crunchy topping for them. The crunchy topping I made for these muffins is ground flax, cinnamon, sesame seeds and a bit of melted butter.  Mix the topping ingredients together and press it into the top of the muffins before baking.

The other recipes that go with the mix are Chocolate Banana Muffins, Healthy Start Muffins (with dates and pumpkin seeds), Zucchini Loaf, Canuck Loaf (with maple syrup and walnuts), and Orange Date Loaf.

If you'd like a copy of all the recipes that go with the mix, send us your e-mail and we'll get them to you. Enjoy!

Michele, RD


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