Cranberry Apple Millet Muffins
I wake up to a voice in my ear – loud. It’s morningtime Mommy, wake up!
I roll over and hug him tight. Go try to go potty buddy.
But I don’t hafta go!
Nick, GO! It’s fine if you don’t do any, but you need to try. Take off your diaper and put it in the trash.
It’s dry, Mommy, it’s dry! he says as he waves it around above his head and dances.
Nick, put it in the trash and GO POTTY!
Mommy…I think I need some extra loveys today she says as she crawls in next to me. I pull her close.
Noooooooooooooooooooooooo! That was MY SPOT, Mia! he shrieks as he comes back.
Nick, there’s a great spot right here for you, I’ll move to the middle.
But I wanted to be on da udder side, not this side. He sniffles, but crawls in anyway.
Guys, we really need to get ready.
Mommy, can I go downstairs and watch George?
Are you dressed?
Room picked up?
Shoes and socks on?
Ok, then no tv yet. We need to be ready, go get dressed fast!
He runs back in with his clothes. Mommy can you help me det deese on?
You try first Nick and if you need help, I’ll help you.
More shrieking as he tries to get his shirt over his head and socks on his feet.
NICK! she screams at him from the other room, STOP SCREAMING! If you need help, ask Mommy for it!
She walks in. Mommy, this skirt is too big.
Did you try rolling the waist?
Oh, ok that’s better. Mommy, these socks hurt my toes.
So go get another pair.
I don’t have another pair I like.
Mommy, can you help me with deese pants?
Mia, just go get some in your drawer. Don’t come back without socks on. And bring your brush and hair things.
Nick did you make your bed yet?
No. He runs off and comes back a minute later.
Bud, where are your socks? They were just right here.
I don’t know.
Did you take them in your room with you?
Yes! He runs off to get them and comes back a minute later with a truck.
Nick. WHERE are your socks?
Oops, I fordot.
Mommy, can I wear crocs to school?
Sure. Where is your brush?
Ok, what are we doing today? Two messy buns?
No! Everyone will laugh at me! Two ponytails, please.
Your hair is still crinkly from your braids yesterday, it’ll be too wild. How about regular buns?
No, please just ponytails.
We do one ponytail and she runs off to get shoes on.
Ok, Nick. We’re ready, let’s go!
He giggles. No, Mommy! You don’t have your clothes on!
Yes I do, they’re invisible!
No Mommy, everyone will laugh at you!
Ok, I’ll get dress, then we’ll go down and have breakfast.
Every day the same. They crawl in. We snuggle. I tell myself to get up early, but we lay a little bit longer. We get dressed. We do hair. I try to squeeze in a shower. Eat breakfast, out the door. Tv in the morning has gone out the window and if feels so much better. Breakfast is usually cereal or toast or eggs, but these muffins have made it to the top of the list lately and it makes me so happy to have them to grab. I’m not going to get too crazy and claim them to be superfood healthy or anything. But they’re small. And delicious. And cut in half with a little butter or jam and some fruit or yogurt on the side makes a fast breakfast that makes us all happy.
They’re so amazing, in fact, that I almost cried when I had to throw away half of the batch because I knocked over a glass full of crayons while trying to do 50 things at once and shattered the glass all over the counter, floor and everything in the vicinity – including the muffins waiting on the counter. So sad that I’m going to have to make another batch this week:)
I made these for the first time on a whim one day when I had no plans for dinner at 3 in the afternoon and I flipped through Heidi Swanson‘s Super Natural Everyday and landed on the page that said that cornbread lovers love these. Um, sold. Especially since I happened to have millet and I had a hunch that the raw millet in them would have a texture similar to the oats in my favorite steel cut oatmeal cookies – nutty and just enough bite without being too hard. So I made the original recipe (minus the whole wheat pastry flour since I didn’t have any) for dinner with chili and I haven’t been able to get them off my mind since. They’re just the exact right amount of not too sweet. They’re hearty and have a good amount of texture. They’re delicious. So I decided to get a little crazy and add some apples and cranberries to the mix and they’ve been a hit for breakfast.
Cranberry Apple Millet Muffins
(Adapted from Heidi Swanson’s Millet Muffins in Super Natural Every Day: Well-Loved Recipes From My Natural Foods Kitchen)
2 1/4 cups flour
1/3 cup raw millet
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup plain yogurt
1/2 cup sour cream
2 large eggs, lightly beaten
1/2 cup barely melted butter
1/2 cup honey
Grated zest and 2 tablespoons juice from 1 lemon
1/2 cup dried cranberries
1/2 cup chopped apples
Preheat the oven to 400 degrees and grease a muffin pan or line with paper liners.
In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, millet, baking powder, baking soda and salt.
In another bowl, whisk together the yogurt, eggs, butter, honey and lemon zest and juice.
Stir the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients until just mixed.
Divide evenly and add the batter to the muffin tins.
Bake for 15 minutes or until tops are browned.
Let the muffins cool for 5 minutes in the pan, then take them out to finish cooling.