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Megans Cookin: Healthy Maple and Brown Sugar Magic Muffins

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Healthy Maple and Brown Sugar Magic Muffins

First off, I would like to thank Carla from Chocolate Moosey.
She helped me with my new blog design. What do you think?
Looks pretty nice if I do say so myself.
A big hug and many thanks to you Carla!
You rock!

And now, I'll tell ya about my Magic Muffins. My sister-in-law's son got married many years ago. For the reception, the bride wanted simple and elegant. They were married in a church and then the reception followed at one of our local parks. They had an assortment of different cheeses and crackers along with a beautiful spray of fresh fruit. The bride also requested Malt O Meal Muffins. I thought she was crazy. Malt O Meal? The recipe is on the side of the cereal box and when I tried them, I found out she wasn't crazy. They were delicious. I've made these many times over the years following that wedding. But I, of course, modified them. Applesauce for the oil and egg substitute instead of eggs were used. This time I used whole wheat flour and Splenda instead of sugar too.

These are not fufu muffins. These are hearty stick to your rib muffins. There is a mapley sweetness to them and their very chewy. You really feel like you ate something of substance with these. Grab one with a piece of fruit and your good to go! The recipe is at the bottom of this post. but now I want to show you some some pictures of our lake. Or...lack of it.

Due to Shasta lake being so low, old relics have resurfaced from the depth of the lake. This old train tunnel was from the original route of the railroad that once traveled through this valley before the building of Shasta lake. I beleve the last time this was visible was in the drought of 1977. I'll always remember because it was the year I graduated from high school. I was only 3 years older then what my daughter is now. O.K. that's a scary thought!

The lake had been reduced to a small river. The lake is only about 10 miles away from Redding but this arm of the lake is in Lakehead. About 22 miles north.

Where's the water? When the lake is full, it has 365 miles of shoreline.

The kids are trying to carve their name on the bridge pillars.
I knew I should have brought a Sharpie!

Wow! Pray for rain! Usually a beautiful, huge lake, this is a pretty sorry looking. And just think how bad the business will be this summer for the resorts.

It's going to be a dry hot summer.

Maple and Brown Sugar Magic Muffins
Adapted from Malt O Meal

1 1/4 whole wheat flour
1 cup Maple and Brown Sugar flavored Malt O Meal hot wheat cereal, dry
1/3 cup Splenda or sugar
3/4 cup low fat milk
1/4 cup applesauce
1/4 cup egg substitute
1 TBSP baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon vanilla

Mix all ingredients till just moistened. Pour into greased muffin pan

Bake at 400 18-20 minutes

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Blogger April said...

I am making these tonight! They seem interesting. It really is awful about your lake! I think that it is kind of neat that you can see the old relics now, but you guys really do need some rain!

Ok, so I laughed outloud about Kelly making all of those PB cookies! Hey, at least they are healthy!

The raspberry torte will be made sometime this week too, I hope.

January 21, 2009 at 5:22 AM  
Blogger stephchows said...

these sound so good! but I have no idea where to get malt o meal! I'll have to see if they have it around here, I've never heard of it!

January 21, 2009 at 8:18 AM  
Blogger Nic said...

I'll keep my fingers crossed that you get some rain, that lake needs filling!
The muffins look and sound great, healthy is what I need right now!

January 21, 2009 at 8:23 AM  
Blogger Tiffany @ Lattes And Life said...

So sad about your lake. That's a whole heck of a lot of water to be missing.

These muffins look really good. I've never heard of Malt O Meal though. Is it like Instant oatmeal?

January 21, 2009 at 8:38 AM  
Blogger Carla said...

You're welcome dear :)

I can give you snow to melt and fill up that lake. We have plenty of it LOL

January 21, 2009 at 9:20 AM  
Blogger Reeni said...

Your new design is great!! Carla has the right idea, if you took our snow it would fill it up again. The muffins sound yummy and so healthy! Yum!

January 21, 2009 at 9:44 AM  
Blogger The Blonde Duck said...

You just made my day! Ben's restricted me to baking only low-fat things and no desserts! (Be still my sugar-loving heart!) I'm sooooo excited.

January 21, 2009 at 10:49 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Is that happening right now. I drove through during the summer and it didn't look that bad...good grief where is the water?

Nice muffins too.

January 21, 2009 at 4:49 PM  
Blogger Cynthia's Blog said...

I found you through Barefoot bloggers. I LOVED this post. I appreciate how time flies enjoy your kids now before they fly the nest. And I appreciate the reminder of these awesome homey muffins. What a great idea to post about.

January 22, 2009 at 11:06 AM  
Blogger Proud Italian Cook said...

I'm hoping you get rain. It looks so barin!

January 22, 2009 at 7:59 PM  
Blogger Barbara Bakes said...

I like the new design! I'm going to have to buy some Malt O Meal and give these a try!

January 22, 2009 at 9:16 PM  
Blogger Teresa Cordero Cordell said...

Megan I do love your new blog design. It looks very elegant. Good job.

And those muffins, they sound pretty tasty. I'm glad I'm not the only one always looking at the side of boxes and containers for new recipe ideas. I've got to try the recipe. Thank you my friend for sharing.

January 22, 2009 at 10:13 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

megan those look yummy!
Wow, we are in drought but nothing like that!

January 23, 2009 at 6:34 AM  
Blogger Laurie said...

I have been making magic muffins since I was a young girl. It is so cool how Malt O Meal has faithfully posted that recipe on the box for all these years! :) But I have never tried the maple brown sugar ones. The flavor must be wonderful!

January 23, 2009 at 8:18 AM  
Blogger stephchows said...

OK I went to the store at lunch today... and no malt o meal to be found anywhere :( there was every type of oatmeal flavor/brand, grits, cream of wheat, and a bunch of other random stuff I've never noticed in the oatmeal aisle... but no malt o meal. what exactly is it? I'll have to look online for it :D

January 23, 2009 at 11:50 AM  
Blogger Abby said...

Fabulous! it has no eggs! I'm sort of finding recipes without eggs, and your recipe is a heaven sent! I might try this next weekend since my school work is still on a blip. BTW, I changed my blog address to Feel free to visist ir anytime ;) Thank you and keep posting ;)

January 23, 2009 at 5:30 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I love those bridge pictures!

January 26, 2009 at 8:47 PM  
Blogger BumbleVee said...

Awww.... what a shame about the lake... and the drought conditions are just a horrible thing....

Hey Megan, you could try the Chocolate Cherry thingies for Valentine's day.... and for the muffins...just buy a tiny jar of regular maraschinos..not the ones with stems...I think they are a bit cheaper...or...I did have a thought that these chocolate muffins might be pretty tasty with a blob of cherry pie filling in the center...... hmmmm...yeh....maybe I'll have to give that a try one day......

January 27, 2009 at 8:26 AM  
Blogger April said...

How many does this recipe make?

January 28, 2009 at 1:39 PM  
Blogger Megan said...

This recipe makes 12 muffins.

January 28, 2009 at 5:30 PM  

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