The Muffin's ‘Go-To’ Muffin Recipe

How could I NOT have the first post on my blog be my basic muffin recipe?
This is a basic beginning for a muffin recipe so that it can manipulate in so many ways to suit your taste buds!

Basic Muffin

This first recipe is for muffins that are going to be consumed pretty much straight away.
Slimming World (SW): Healthy Extra B (HEXB) or 6 Syns for all 3 muffins.
Calorie counters (CC): it runs about 170 calories for all 3 Muffins.
For those of you who do not know what Slimming World is, click here.

Ingredients (Makes 3):

  • 35g of Oats
  • 2 Eggs
  • 2 Tablespoons of Sweetener

Method

  1. Crack the eggs into a bowl and beat them until the egg yolk and egg white are thoroughly mixed.
  2. Add your sweetener to the eggs, and again beat until blended.
  3. Next add your oats and mix well with until the mixture is thoroughly blended.
  4. Divide your mixture between your cupcake cases. 
  5. Pop them in the oven at 180º C (370º F) for around 12-15 minutes, or until the top is baked and doesn’t look liquidy.
  6. Eat and Enjoy!

Variations

Batch Cooking: If you are looking to eat these at another time I would suggest adding 50ml of some type of milk (Normal, Almond, Vanilla etc.) as they will give you a moister muffin that will hold its shape for a few days. The original muffins tend to deflate and become dry if you don’t eat them within an hour of making them. Just add the milk between Step 1. and Step 2. of the recipe. And I would also recommend extending the baking time to 20-25 minutes, due to the higher moisture content it takes longer to bake through. 

SW: This can be part of your Healthy Extra A (HEXA) Check your book as amounts and Syns differ as to what type of milk you use.
CC: Check the calories in what ever milk you choose.

My tip would be use ‘Plain Unsweetened Almond Milk’ is the lowest in calories coming in at 30 Calories per 240ml/1 Cup, and is high in calcium.

Additions: Experiment with adding different things to the batter to give you more flavor or chunks of something you love the taste of, such as fruits, nuts and seeds.

SW: Be aware that although fruit is a free food, once it is cooked you must Syn it. Some nuts and seeds can be used as a HEXB, but remember to Syn otherwise.
CC: As far as I know there is no significant calorie change between cooked and raw fruit. Be careful with your measurements of nuts and seeds, although a very healthy addition they can run high in calories.

Infuse: Add some seasonings to the basic recipe to create a different type of muffin. Maybe if your doing your three muffins add something different to each to try find something you like. Think of anything you would normally use in baking! Have a hunt down the spices and baking isles at the supermarket, you would be surprised what you can find.

SW & CC: These are a great way to flavor the muffins with minimal impact on your Syns and Calories

Examples are as follows:-

  • Flavored Extracts/Imitation Extracts (Vanilla, Lemon, Orange, Mint, Almond, Rose Water, Coconut, Raspberry.
  • Spices (Nutmeg, Cinnamon, Ginger, Cardamom, Anise)
  • Syrups – depending on where you live there are lots of brands of zero calorie syrups available. It’s all about doing some online research. A lot of them are marketed as syrup flavors for coffee, but can be used in instances like this. They come in a range of different flavors such as Caramel, Chocolate, Salted Caramel, Toffee, Pecan, Hazelnut, Almond, Peach, Blueberry, Raspberry-to name but a few. I personally get any of mine on Amazon.com.

The Naughty Stuff: If you really want to make the muffins a treat why not add some chocolate chips or pieces? Some chunks of your favorite bars, or maybe something like little Crème Eggs or Reeces Pieces. Marshmallows are also a nice addition.

SW & CC: Check the individual Syns/calories and serving size on each addition you make.

Top It Off: Sometimes it is a good to treat the muffin like a cupcake and give it a topping just like a frosting! In the past I have mixed up powdered peanut butter and marshmallow fluff as toppings (these are very low in Syns). Other ideas could be jams, Nutella, honey, Cool Whip, cream, yogurt or cream cheese.

SW & CC: Check the individual Syns/calories and serving size on each addition you make.

Chocolate flavored powered peanut butter topping on basic muffin

Chocolate flavored powered peanut butter topping on basic muffin

If you've any ideas to share about what you've added to your muffins, let me know by commenting below!

Frances! (The Muffin)