The Sprouts - Giant Blueberry Muffins


Books nourish our souls and feed our hunger. This weekend we read a favorite in our house, Irving and Muktuk: Two Bad Bears (Irving & Muktuk Story) by Daniel Pinkwater. It is a humorous tale about two polar bears who will do anything to get their hands on blueberry muffins.

Every year the town hosts an annual blueberry festival and the bears create various ploys to try and eat the mouth watering muffins. Irving and Muktuk are so desperate to eat blueberry muffins that they even try and break into the muffin warehouse by disguising themselves as GIANT BLUEBERRY MUFFINS! There are always lots of laughs and giggles when the bears get caught (over and over). It definitely encourages narration skills, as the kids repeat back the silly schemes. The book strikes a special cord with my kids⎯ we have a polar bear at our zoo, the story takes place in a northern climate and they love blueberries!

Earlier that day O helped me think of some things to send in his lunch box for the week. We were trying to shake things up a bit. As we were reading Irving and Muktuk…O bursts out, “Mom, I know, we can make blueberry muffins for my lunch!” So that is exactly what we did…..

GIANT BLUEBERRY MUFFINS
Ingredients:
1 3/4 c spelt flour

1/3 c unrefined sugar

2 t baking powder

1 beaten egg or 2 T flax meal dissolved in ¼ c warm water
3/4 c plain soy milk

1/4 c canola oil

1 1/3 c blueberries (or less if desired)

Mix dry ingredients. Combine dissolved flax meal (or beaten egg) with milk. Add wet to dry, mixing until just combined. Fold in blueberries. Fill greased muffin tin 2/3 to 3/4 full per cup. Makes 8 larger muffins or 12 smaller muffins. Bake at 400 degrees for 20 min. Cool several minutes in the muffin pan. Cool the rest of the way in a paper bag.

I adapted my good friend’s muffin recipe by substituting flax meal for the egg. The kids love them and O is excited to have them in his lunch box this week! For more berry books, visit the Kuplink, Kuplank, Kuplunk post.

Giant lunchbox hit!

I love muffins for the lunchbox. The kids think they are getting something super special and with healthier muffin recipes, it feels good to send them. The hard part is saving enough to send! I'm gonna have to get Irving and Muktuk to read for my littlest muffin-muncher. :)

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