Saving Time with Char
On the Road Again
It’s early morning, and I am running late. I still have that engrained “breakfast is the most important meal of the day” thing in my head, and I always eat breakfast. Minutes later, I am stuck in slow moving traffic, and I notice the car to my right, where I see the driver eating a “fast-food breakfast sandwich” while drinking what looks to be a gallon sized mug of coffee. I am also in awe of this driver, because she is putting on full make-up at every red light.
If you were looking for a contrast…then, there was me. Yea, I was running late, and missed that window of time that gets you to the turnpike in six minutes. Once you miss that window, you may as well expect a twenty minute ride. But, I had a great “to-go” breakfast…because I didn’t have the time to sit and eat a plant-strong breakfast at home.
A while ago, I re-created a cousin to the Mighty Muffin, calling it the “Mighty ‘Bean’ Muffin.” It has mashed beans and bananas in it, and fills the ticket for things “delicious”. I also make my own oat flour. The finished product has three grams of protein, and only 80 calories. I make them in bulk, and store them in the freezer in little bags that each contain two muffins. I make a cup of tea (in my Cuppow®, which converts your Mason® jar into a travel mug), grab a piece of fruit, and off I go.
It’s a breakfast that is packed with a punch…fiber, protein, and deliciousness. Making a double batch yields 24 muffins. By my calculations, that is breakfast for more than two weeks of your daily drive to work. I am an unconventional baker, so follow these directions, and you will have the best “grab and go” breakfast on the roads. Really.
Mighty Bean Muffins
Note: I take four cups of old-fashioned oatmeal, and put it in my blender, and make my own flour. You’ll get two cups of flour this way.
2 cups of oat flour
1 t of baking powder
1 t of cinnamon
4T of raisins (optional), or any type of dried fruit (I also love prunes)
2 very ripe bananas
1 cup of mashed beans (any type will do)
½ cup of unsweetened applesauce
½ cup of water
Juice from one lime or lemon
Take all wet ingredients and put them in the blender. Allow them to puree until you have a tan looking “batter.”
Put into a bowl and add the dry ingredients. Stir until moist. Let stand for five minutes.
Spoon into silicone muffin pans, and fill 2/3. Place in a preheated 400 degree oven for 20 minutes, or until the muffins test “dry.”
Allow to cool. Arrange into packets of two, and put them in the freezer. You have a great snack. And, you have great “car food.”
These are great time savers. And if you make enough, you always have a great breakfast. Make a double batch.
Get your motor running and head out on the highway, in plant-strong style. And if you are running late, no-drive through for you, because you are well packed with a great and delicious breakfast.
NOTE: I had to go to a meeting last week, where the organizers said that they’d have “light breakfast.” I knew that translation, and decided to make a fruit salad. I already had the Mighty Bean Muffins, and pulled a dozen from the freezer. When I got to the meeting, I felt as though I needed to promote the muffins and explain what they were.
But, when will I ever learn. There is NO need. People just attacked the plate of muffins and asked for the recipe. My point?
Be a promoter and supply food to others. They will get this “plant-strong” thing, for sure.