Monday, November 7, 2011

My First Time

I’m excited to share with you the details of my first time.  I’ll admit I was a little afraid…not sure what to expect or how this was all going to go down.  But I have to say it was painless and I’m looking forward to doing it again.

Of course I’m talking about my first time as a Secret Recipe Club Blogger (now what were you thinking).   The idea behind SRC is that you are assigned a blog secretly at the beginning of the month.  Your job is to find a recipe, cook it and blog about your experience on a designated day. (that would be today)

My first assignment was the Vanderbilt Wife blog.  Jessie is a stay at home mom and free-lance writer.  She shares all kinds of cool stories on her blog and lots of yummy recipes.  Be sure to check it out when you have a chance.

I try to eat healthy as much as possible so when I saw her recipe for Chockfull of Healthy Muffins, I knew right away that was what I was making.  Jessie describes them as moist and loaded with fiber.  That they definitely are.

I will admit I wasn’t too fond of the shredded carrots…not sure why…but I would definitely leave them out next time around.  I did add the optional sunflower seeds and raisins to mine…yum.

Well that’s the story of my first time…..looking forward to many more with the Secret Recipe Club.

Chock Full of Healthy Muffins
Adapted from AllRecipes

1 cup all-purpose, unbleached flour
1/2 cup whole wheat pastry flour (or use all whole wheat, I think it would work fine)
3/4 cup flax seed meal
3/4 cup oat bran
2 tsp baking soda
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 cup brown sugar 
1/4 cup maple syrup
2 T honey
1 tsp salt
2 tsp cinnamon
3/4 cup milk
2 eggs, beaten
1 tsp vanilla
2 T melted butter 
2 cups shredded carrots
2 apples, shredded
optional mix-ins: 1/2 cup raisins, 2 T sunflower seeds, and/or 1 cup mixed nuts

In one bowl, combine flours, flax seed meal, oat bran, brown sugar, salt, baking powder, baking soda, salt, and cinnamon. Whisk to combine.

In another bowl, stir together maple syrup, honey, milk, eggs, vanilla, butter or oil, carrots, apples, and mix-ins.

Add wet ingredients to dry and stir together until just blended. Pour into lined muffin tins. Bake at 350 F for 18-20 minutes or until a toothpick comes out dry.

Makes 18 muffins.


  1. Glad you liked them OK! It's been a long time since I made those.

  2. YAY! I just joined the SRC too. It's so fun!

  3. I love muffins that are "healthy"! Can't wait to give these a try!

  4. These do sound full of fiber and delicious-ness! I think I would even enjoy the carrots; sounds like carrot cake to me:)

  5. They look delish! Can't wait to try!

  6. Welcome to the SRC what a great first recipe choice.

    If you haven't already, I'd love for you to check out my SRC recipe this month: Pork Belly Soup with Collard Greens.

    Cook Lisa Cook

  7. These are chocked full of healthy and delicious things...yum!

  8. The SRC is so fun, glad you joined us! Great muffins too.

  9. Love your opening paragraph ;) Muffins sound delish!

  10. Oooh, these look like a great breakfast treat! :) Great post!

  11. Besides healthy, those look delicious. Welcome to SRC!! Isn't it fun?

  12. Welcome to SRC! These do look like a healthy breakfast option for the holidays, that is if there isn't any pumpkin pie left over....

  13. Eating those muffins would make me feel super healthy.

  14. Love muffins in this house...and they love them at work too. :) I think these sound delish and would gobble them right up!

  15. Welcome to the SRC! Those muffins are just chockful of healthy stuff, but look so rich and decadent! Fantastic choice!

  16. Great 1st post for SRC! Healthy muffins are always great to have on hand!

  17. That's it. I've heard so much about SRC, I have to do it! Those muffins look awesome. Thanks for sharing!

  18. Welcome to SRC, so glad you enjoyed your "first time" LOL! Excellent choice!