I love muffins. At the ripe old age of 16 when I spent my first summer modeling in New York City, I would go to the same coffee shop every morning for a muffin. It didn't matter if it was corn, multigrain, blueberry, or bran, whatever seemed freshest was what I got.
I'm not particular about what goes in the muffins I make as long as they have pieces of something in them. Chocolate chips are always a treat, but I love the nutritional boost you get from fruit like apples or berries or grated veggies like carrots or zucchini.
Earlier this year I created this Mix It Up Muffins recipe for Parents magazine. It's a basic muffin batter base into which you can stir any of your favorite mix-ins. Below I've suggested a list of additions I love, but feel free to add what you want and make these muffins your own. And I am proud to announce that starting this October I will have my very own monthly column in Parents devoted entirely to fun and easy snack recipes, so make sure to check it out!
Accompaniments: 1/2 cup grated carrots + 1/4 cup raisins, 1/3 cup fresh raspberries + 1/4 cup chocolate chips, 1/3 cup fresh berries + 1/4 cup chopped nuts, 3/4 cup grated zucchini, liquid squeezed out, 3/4 cup chopped dried fruit