Several years ago, we saw a McDonalds billboard that said “Dinner is a long way from lunch”. We heartily agree! It was an advertisement for their snack wraps.
We’ve never actually had a McDonalds snack wrap, seeing as we don’t go there
often ever. But we do enjoy snacking, and believe that healthy snacks are an important part of the diet. It is a long way from lunch to dinner, and who doesn’t love snacks? Having a healthy snack in the afternoon can help to prevent you from over eating in the evening, as well as provide you with some good nutrition.
The easiest way to have healthy snacks is to prepare in advance. We like to make a bunch of healthy snacks that we keep in the fridge that we can throw in a lunch bag/pop into our mouths as we head out the door! They’re also great if you’re having a “hungry day” and need an extra little boost.
So we bring to you: Mini Muffins. Easy to throw into a bag and bring along, easy to toss in your
mouth snack hole while you’re out and about, and a great little whole grain treat to tie you over until dinner!
We’re calling these “everything” muffins, because they have a little bit of a lot of stuff in them. With the chai spices and whole wheat flour, these little guys are big on flavour and fiber, and are pretty cute to boot!
Chai Spiced Everything Mini Muffins
Bake time: 14min
1 c. whole wheat flour
1/2 c. bran
1/2 c. oat flour
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp. baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
1 tbsp sugar
2 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp each ginger, nutmeg, allspice, cloves
1/4 apple, diced
1/3 c. diced pineapple, no juice
1/2 peach, diced
1/3 c. grated carrot
1/3 c. raisins
1 tbsp oil
2 tbsp plain yogurt
3/4 c. milk
1/2 tsp vanilla
1 tbsp honey
Preheat oven to 350C.
Mix all dry ingredients.
In separate bowl, combine wet ingredients. Add to dry.
Stir in raisins.
Spoon batter into 24 prepared min muffin tins.
Bake for 14-15 min.
What do you like to have for snacks during the day?