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Best Muffins

This is a simple and quick muffin. Perfect for a quick morning tea. Super easy to make first thing in the morning and can be ready for school lunches in a flash. It is easily changed to suit your tastes and you can mix and match with different ingredients, like blueberries, choc chips, raspberries, banana and cinnamon.

I like to mix it up for different tastes. I make the mixture then divide in 2. To half I add some blueberries, the other choc chips!

You can even add some white chia seeds to bump up the healthy quality.

Ingredients

  • 300g plain flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 150g caster sugar
  • 250g greek yoghurt (I use vanilla flavoured, alternatively can use plain greek yoghurt or even sour cream) butter
  • 100ml (100g) milk
  • 2 eggs
  • 75g vegetable oil (1/3 cup)
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract

    Optional mix ins
  • 1 cup blueberries or raspberries
  • 1/2 cup choc chips (dark or white)
  • 1 Tbsp chia seeds

Method

  • Preheat oven to 180 degrees celsius and line muffin tray with cases.
  • In one bowl whisk together the flour and baking powder. Add sugar and combine.
  • In another bowl whisk together the yoghurt, milk, eggs, oil and extract.
  • Add the wet ingredients to the dry and fold mixture together until just combined. You do not want to overmix as this will result in a tough muffin.
  • When combined add your Optional mix ins and fold gently together.
  • Use an icecream scoop to scoop the mixture into the muffin cases.
  • Bake for 12 minutes. Check the centre is cooked with a skewer and continue cooking at 2 minute intervals until done. They should be slightly golden on top.
  • Remove from oven and allow to cool in the muffin tray for 5 minutes.

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Zucchini and Blueberry Loaf

This is a yummy loaf cake with some few extra goodies to add a bit more nutrition. The zucchini makes it beautiful and moist so it will keep for around 4-5 days in the fridge. Great idea for a picnic or just a lovely afternoon tea.

Ingredients

  • 500g zucchini (if don’t have enough thats fine or can add some grated carrot if you like)
  • 1/2 cup blueberries (frozen is fine)
  • 200 g walnuts or pecans (roughly chopped)
  • 3 large eggs
  • 250 ml of olive oil (or vegetable oil is fine)
  • 1 1/2 cups raw sugar (or a bit less is fine)
  • 2 1/2 cups self raising flour (alternatively mix of 1 cup wholemeal and 1 1/2 cups plain self raising flour makes it a bit healthier)
  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon ground
  • 1 teaspoon nutmeg ground

Method

  1. Preheat the oven to 180 degrees celsius fan forced.
  2. Line a loaf tin with baking paper and lightly grease with spray oil on the sides.
  3. Grate the zucchini and drain out the excess water by squeezing it out. Too much water will make the mixture too wet.
  4. To a large bowl add the eggs, oil, sugar, zucchini and whisk together.
  5. Add the flour, cinnamon and nutmeg and stir lightly until just mixed. Do not over mix.
  6. Then add the walnuts or pecans, blueberries and fold in gently.
  7. Bake in the oven for 1 hour. Check if it has cooked in the centre. Otherwise cover with alfoil to avoid the top getting too brown and cook for another 10-15 minutes at a time until a tester stick comes out clean.
  8. Allow to cool in tin for 10 minutes.
  9. Remove from tin and leave on a wire rack to cool
  10. Cut, serve and enjoy!