While writing up this post, I'm preparing stuff for camping and the beach clean-up with Washington Coast Savers this weekend. Oh by the way, I'm back in shape health-wise. Thanks everyone so much for your care and blessings.
We're going to clean up Long Beach, WA with other volunteers from other organizations and to celebrate Earth Day. It's going to be freaking cold and yes freaking fun! My husband and I are going with friends and we will camp on Friday night. I'm really looking forward to it! I know it's going to be cold but c'mon, camping out with friends and saving our beach and environment couldn't be any better.
We will help save our coast from household plastics, lost fishing gear, and other kinds of trash that poison our wildlife and spoil our beaches. According to Washington Coast Servers' website, for the years 2000-2010, they’ve had a total of 8,246 volunteers collect about 277 tons of marine trash. Figuring an average contribution of 5 hours per volunteer, that's a total of 41,230 volunteer hours contributed! That's amazing right?
Okay enough about cleaning up, how many of you have noticed a recipe on a box (side or back) of an ingredient you've used? And, how many of you have ever tried the recipe?
Those recipes are award-winning or well approved for taste. I myself have noticed but never tried it. However, this time I was looking for something to bake easily and that required ingredients I already had or was able to substitue. Bam. A box of milled flax seed branded Hodgson Mill sitting on my pantry shelf. I checked on ingredients and directions. "Oh that's easy and perfect for my lazy day at home", I thought to myself. I was excited actually. I had all required ingredients on hand that day.
It sounded healthy and got me wondering if it would taste good. You know, I'm a typical girl who thinks healthy food might not taste as great as normal or non-healthy food. They turned out perfectly and yes tasted great! They weren't too dry as I anticipated; surprisingly. I made 2 batches to bring to a Thai church for the Thai New Year. The first batch I followed the recipe with a little adjustment and the second batch I didn't use wholewheat flour but AP flour. There was not much difference in flavor but a tiny bit in texture. I also used organic soy milk instead of regular milk to bump up the healthy level. I was satisfied with how they turned out. Man, I really need to check suggested recipes on every box of ingredients I buy!
Whole Wheat Flax'N Apple Muffins
Yield: 12 muffins
1/4 cup ground flax seed
3/4 cup whole wheat flour
3/4 cup AP flour
1/2 cup sugar
2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
1 egg, beaten
1 1/2 cups finely chopped apples. I used 1 apple.
3 Tbsp vegetable oil
1/2 cup soy milk
1/2 cup chopped peanuts or any kind of nuts you like
- Preheat oven to 400 F.
- Combine all dry ingredients except nuts and apples in a bowl.
- Beat egg, sugar, vegetable oil, and milk together in a seperated bowl.
- Add dry mixture into egg mixture and stir until blended. You don't really have to use a mixer. if you don't have it. Stiring it with fork works just fine. I used a stand mixer with stir to low speed.
- Fold in nuts and apples. Batter will be thick.
- Line tint cups on a muffin tray. Use an ice cream scoop to scoop out batter 2/3 full to a tray.
- Bake for 18 mins or until inserted toothpick comes out clean.
|Fold in apples and nuts|
|Fill 2/3 cup full|
|They look great, taste great, and smell great!|
|Would you like a bite?|