Very Berry Muffins

At my kids' school, the parents are in charge of making the snacks for their child's class for an entire week, several times a year. With two kids, that means I need to prepare food for over 40 kids five to six weeks a year!

This is an easy task for some moms but for others it's a much bigger challenge that they absolutely dread. The snacks generally run the gamut from cheese cubes, crackers, fresh fruit, steamed veggies, little sandwiches and so on to more elaborate creations that are always put together with love.

Earlier this year, a mother in Kenya's class made the most incredible muffins that the kids completely devoured. They were unbelievably delicious and packed with a mix of bright, juicy berries. I asked her for the recipe, but she couldn't find it. Nonetheless, I was determined to figure out how to recreate her delectable creation. As we head into the fall and winter months, fresh berries will be a big challenge to find (and will cost an arm and a leg when you do), so instead I'm using an entire bag of frozen mixed berries to fulfill my craving for these treats.

I'm not kidding, I love these muffins so much, the next time I make them for snack they may not all make it to the classroom!

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Very Berry Muffins (Makes 12 Regular Muffins)

Prep Time: 5 mins Cook Time: 20 mins

nut free

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup all purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup whole wheat flour
  • 3/4 cup old fashioned oats
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/3 cup brown sugar
  • 1 large egg, whisked
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3/4 cup milk
  • 1/3 cup vegetable or canola oil
  • 2 cups frozen berries

Preparation

1. Preheat oven to 350 F.

2. Place the first 6 ingredients in a bowl and combine.

3. Combine the egg, vanilla extract, milk and oil in a separate bowl.

4. Slowly combine the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients.

5. Gently mix the frozen berries into the batter, do not over mix or the berries will bleed.

6. Pour batter into greased or muffin lined regular sized tins.

7. Bake for 20-22 minutes.

8. Allow muffins to cool for 5 minutes then remove to a cooling rack.

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Hi, I’m Catherine. Mama of three. A Kentucky girl living in California. Here’s what I know: all kids can be great eaters and mealtime must be easy. I create simple, healthy recipes the whole family will love.