Low fat fruity breakfast muffins

March 12, 2010

You know the old saying, “looks can be deceiving”?



This muffin almost looks tasty, doesn’t it?

In the close up, you can see all the yummy fruit. These were loaded with carrots, zucchini, raisins, and even some canned pumpkin with some coconut on top.

But these glompy, globs of fruit didn’t turn out quite the way I had planned.  They look more like a preschooler’s art project gone wrong! I decided to suck it up and show this photo. Aren’t they horrid?

Yesterday I was disappointed and pissed off, but today I just think it’s pretty funny. I wasted about two hours yesterday morning making these and cleaning up. I did try one and I’m not saying that they are inedible, but I won’t eat another one. Way, way too heavy and glompy, or as HayHay called them; groddy! (I don’t even think that’s a real word but it did describe them pretty well.) Each muffin weighed about the same as a hockey puck.

Hmmm. That just gave me an idea. I could probably let the kids down the street use these as hockey pucks. I haven’t thrown them out yet but I know that no one in this house is going to eat them! Not even HayHay, my 16 yr old garbage disposal. :-)

I was trying so hard to come up with a really healthy breakfast muffin that I got a little overzealous and made too many changes. I could ramble on and on about what I did wrong, what I shouldn’t have substituted, and what I would do if I ever tried this recipe again, but it would just be a waste of time. I’m not going to try them again.

There are several reasons why I’m not a good baker and why I don’t enjoy baking BUT I’ve finally narrowed it down to only one reason.

  • I don’t like to follow any recipe to the tee.
  • Never.
  • Ever.

That’s my problem and I can’t really ever see myself changing. I can’t do it. I love the creative part of cooking and not the precise measuring and science that is a requirement to be a good baker.

When I cook, if a recipe calls for one garlic clove, I’ll use three. Or if it calls for an onion, I’ll use shallots instead. Or maybe I’ll throw in capers or artichokes in a recipe just for a little something extra. Whatever. You just don’t have that freedom with baking unless you REALLY know what you’re doing.

I know that there are very experienced bakers out there that know exactly how to adapt a baking recipe. Some of my favorite blogs are written by some amazing bakers and I totally enjoy reading them and am always amazed at the talent it takes to be a good baker. I admire those of you that know “your stuff”! I really think you’ve either got it or you don’t. And, I don’t.

I’m not saying that I’m giving up forever, but I’m going to put myself out on a limb and say that, for now, I’m leaving the baking up to BigSis. And, I wish that someday we could get SisMama to do a guest post here on BigSisLilSis. Our Mom is an amazing baker and can whip up a cake, cookies or pie from scratch without even thinking twice or looking at a recipe. BigSis got lucky and got the baking gene from SisMama, not me.

Anybody know of a great healthy breakfast muffin that I can buy at the store? :-)

~LilSis

9 Comments so far

  1. Posted by Melissa

    March 13, 20101:09 am

    Love your sense of humor, though I’m a bit comforted to know you were really upset the first day. 😉

    I’m slowly learning how to bake. I am not a natural at it like BigSis or your mom, but with a recipe in front of me, it suits me well because one side of me is very mathematical and exact and meticulous.

    But when I cook, I try to play. At least a little. :)

  2. Posted by noble pig

    March 13, 20109:05 am

    These look awesome!! Love all those goodies in there.
    .-= noble pig´s last blog post … Quick-Marinated Flank Steak =-.

  3. Posted by SisMama

    March 13, 201010:14 am

    Very funny !! I thought I was the only one that used the word Glompy..I recently baked a cake, following the recipe, that I thought was too dry…I plan to change a few things and will fix that recipe…Today, I am gathering Beanie Babies from all the closets, to put in Easter baskets for nursing home residents…Our ladies group at church will soon be putting them together with all kinds of useful items..

  4. Posted by Katrina

    March 13, 201010:48 pm

    Oh my gosh, I love this post. I actually like the first photo. But sorry they didn’t work out for you. I have the same issues, I cannot follow a recipe to save my life. Even being part of the TWD group, I just can’t seem to make a recipe as written. Sometimes it comes back to bite me in the…well, you know.
    Maybe just scale back on how much of each ingredient and bump up the liquid a little???
    .-= Katrina´s last blog post … TWD—Thumbprints For Us Big Guys and Catch Up Wit Da Guys =-.

  5. Posted by LilSis

    March 14, 201010:03 am

    Hi Melissa,
    Yes, I was quite irritated when I first tried these, but I decided not to dwell on it for too long. They went in the trash yesterday.

    I guess I could solve my problem by just sticking to the recipe. But I find that soooo boring! :-)

  6. Posted by LilSis

    March 14, 201010:04 am

    Hi Noble Pig,
    Yes, they were loaded with goodies, but unfortunately, the end result was not as I had anticipated.

  7. Posted by LilSis

    March 14, 201010:06 am

    Hi SisMama,
    I must have gotten the word “glompy” from you, but I don’t think I’ve ever had anything glompy out of your kitchen!

    Glad you’re finding homes for some of the beanies! They should really like those.

  8. Posted by LilSis

    March 14, 201010:09 am

    Hi Katrina,
    I’ve definitely had more failures than successes when it comes to my baking projects. IF I could only force myself to stick to the recipe, I would probably be fine.

    Once I used whipped butter instead of regular butter in some Christmas cookies that I made for my stepdaughter to take to work, and I had no idea why they came out greasy…

    I think I’ll just still to cooking for now. :-)

  9. Posted by BigSis

    March 14, 201011:56 am

    I think those are right purty little muffins, LilSis! Seriously, they do look good. I wonder if maybe they had too many goodies in them and not enough batter to hold it all together? Excellent try though! We all have our failures! You just have to get right back on that stove and try again!

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