Healthy Grab ‘n’ Go Breakfast Muffins for #SundaySupper

Posted by on Sep 6, 2015 in #SundaySupper, Cakes, Features | 22 comments

Healthy Grab ‘n’ Go Breakfast Muffins for #SundaySupper

I’ve been away from #SundaySupper – and indeed blogging – for a long time, so I’m very happy to be back around the table, breaking bread and sharing No Labour recipes! I feel like I’m back amongst friends and I can’t wait to be inspired by all their wonderful recipes again. I could definitely use some easy dishes to get me back into the swing of things! So with the Sunday Supper Movement at the helm this week, I’m offering some super-easy, super-healthy, breakfast muffins to help ease the transition back to work and school – because no-one has time in the mornings!

Breakfast muffins

For the last few months, I’ve been holding down several freelance writing jobs while completing a full-time Masters, leaving me with absolutely no time, energy, or will to write anything else! It’s also meant that I haven’t had much time to bake or even cook decent meals very often. Since I’ve been working on freelance projects early in the morning before heading into uni for the day, I’ve often skipped breakfast, just downing coffee (or when I’m feeling virtuous, a lemon and ginger infusion), although I know it isn’t good for me.

So, searching for ideas for make-ahead breakfasts, I saw some recipes for breakfast muffins, and decided to come up with my own version. Muffins seem like the perfect breakfast food when you’re pushed for time, since you can make up a big batch in advance, then just grab one on the way out the door.

But how do you avoid filling them with sugar and instead make them nutritious? I’ve been experimenting with baking without refined sugar, and this seemed like the opportunity to put some trials into practice. I based the idea for these muffins around one of my favourite breakfasts: Greek yoghurt with fruit, seeds, and a squeeze of honey.

Greek yoghurt is great for making really moist cakes and muffins, so I used that in place of butter. A mashed banana and some finely chopped strawberries add more moisture, plus fruity sweetness and flavour. You could change this up for some apple compote and different berries to create completely different muffins! I also used a mix of rolled oats, ground almonds and gluten-free flour, plus dashes of honey, cinnamon and ginger. Most recipes I saw called for some kind of oil, so I used a little olive oil. I’m not sure it was entirely necessary, but it didn’t do any harm either. 

Gluten-free muffins

These muffins make a protein-packed breakfast, thanks to the eggs, yoghurt, almonds and seeds, and they’re full of goodness and flavour from the fruit and spices, while the oats should help to keep you full till lunchtime. There’s nothing in there to spike your blood sugar, so you should avoid a mid-morning crash, and the fats – from the Greek yoghurt and the oil – are those friendly “good” fats.

Best of all, it’s a really easy, 1-bowl recipe. Even the mixing is minimal, and they only take 25 minutes in the oven. You can whip up a batch on a Sunday night after dinner, and hey presto, breakfast for a week! Or  you can make a load, freeze them, and just defrost one whenever you need a healthy grab ‘n’ go breakfast. I have to tell you, these little treats have revolutionised my mornings this week – they truly are a powerhouse breakfast in a cute package! 

I’m looking forward to getting back more regularly to Happy Baking Days, to #SundaySupper, and to actually having time for a proper, sit-down breakfast on occasion, but I’m going to start keeping a stock of breakfast muffins in the freezer for busy mornings all the same!

Protein-packed breakfast muffins

Healthy Grab 'n' Go Breakfast Muffins
Yields 12
Easy to make, high in protein and full of fruit, these breakfast muffins will help you start the morning right.
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Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
25 min
Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
25 min
Ingredients
  1. 130g self-raising flour
  2. 90g rolled oats
  3. 30g ground almonds
  4. 2 eggs
  5. 150g Greek yoghurt
  6. 1 medium ripe banana
  7. 8 fresh strawberries
  8. 2 tbsps honey
  9. 2 tbsps olive oil
  10. 1 tsp cinnamon
  11. 1 tsp ginger
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 180C and line a muffin tin with 12 cases.
  2. Mix together the flour, oats, ground almonds and spices.
  3. Mash the banana, and beat the eggs in a jug.
  4. Chop 3 larger strawberries into quarters and set aside. Finely chop the remaining strawberries.
  5. Make a well in the mix of dry ingredients and add the eggs, banana, oil and honey. Mix lightly to combine. Add the Greek yoghurt and mix again, before adding the chopped strawberries and giving it a final stir. You should have a fairly soft, but not runny, batter.
  6. Spoon into the muffin cases and sprinkle with the mixed seeds and strawberry quarters.
  7. Bake for 20-25 minutes, until risen and just starting to brown on the top.
  8. Turn out onto a wire tray to cool.
Notes
  1. Once cool, the muffins can be enjoyed straight away, or frozen in batches for easy breakfast snacks.
  2. They will keep in an airtight container for about 3 days.
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 Now why not try all the other great, no labour recipes from the #SundaySupper crew?

Savory Snacks and Sides:

Labor Free Main Dishes:

Sweet Treats and Drinks:

Labor Free Labor Day:

 

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22 Comments

  1. I love the idea of making muffins ahead of time and grabbing them to go all week long!

    • It has made this week so much easier, that’s for sure!

  2. So glad to have you back – and you came back roaring with these awesome muffins!
    Constance | CosmopolitanCornbread.com recently posted..Eiskaffee | #SundaySupperMy Profile

    • Thank you so much :-) It’s great to be back!

  3. Nice muffin to start out a holiday and then the busy week after it too.
    Renee recently posted..One Step Vanilla Sauce for #SundaySupperMy Profile

    • Thanks Renee!

  4. We’ve missed you!!! Your muffins look like a perfect breakfast—I’d love a stash in my freezer so I could eat them a few times a week!!!
    Liz recently posted..Blender Chocolate Mousse #SundaySupperMy Profile

    • I’ve missed you too!! Glad to be back!

  5. Welcome back. Thanks for sharing this wonderful grab and go recipe.
    Wendy, A Day in the Life on the Farm recently posted..Easy Peasy Cole Slaw for No Labor #SundaySupperMy Profile

    • Thank you Wendy :-)

  6. These sound so delicious! Have to try them soon!
    Sarah Reid, CNP (@jo_jo_ba) recently posted..Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Truffles #SundaySupperMy Profile

    • I hope you enjoy them, Sarah!

  7. Having make-ahead breakfasts really is helpful. I am not too busy in the mornings but often wake up so hungry and I don’t want to wait to cook. So things like muffins and granola bars or other things to heat up really helps. These muffins look great too!
    Sue Lau recently posted..Apple Spice Dump Cake #SundaySupperMy Profile

    • Whatever your morning routine, I think make-ahead snacks are a great idea! Thank you!

  8. These are perfect! I love the ingredients and that they are so easy!
    Valerie Cathell Clark recently posted..Easy Baked Spaghetti for a Crowd #SundaySupperMy Profile

    • That’s so kind of you to say – thank you so much :-)

  9. Good to see you, Katy!Nice use of all those goodies!
    Cindys Recipes and Writings recently posted..Tuna Steaks with Olive Salsa #TheRecipeReDux #AdMy Profile

    • Thank you Cindy!

  10. I love nice easy muffins to have on hand for breakfast or a snack. These sound tasty!
    Caroline | carolinescooking recently posted..Golden beet, green bean and new potato saladMy Profile

    • They’re such a good idea! Thank you Caroline :-)

  11. Oh love these healthy muffins and cannot wait to make it for my kids!
    Soni recently posted..Cream Cheese and Peach Chutney Pastry Cups #SundaySupperMy Profile

  12. Great recipe! Good luck with your busy schedule, and welcome back.
    Lauren @ Sew You Think You Can Cook recently posted..#WaffleWeek2015: Hummus Waffles with Sausage and Sun-Dried TomatoesMy Profile

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