Friday, July 18, 2008

Food Storage Muffins

These muffins can be made from exactly what the prophet says we should have in food storage (minus the baking soda, but it is a good one to have on hand in any case). One word of caution: If you are not accustomed to mixing grains or eating whole grains regularly, be cautious...mixed whole grains have a detox effect. The first time I made these for Josh, we ate too much and were both detoxing for a couple days (sore throat, general sick feeling, etc.). My hypothesis is that when most people are forced to use food storage, they'll be sick for awhile because their bodies are not used to the nutritional overload. many cases people will be eating better on food storage than they are now!

Also, one more note, if you enjoy sweeter muffins, you can alter the sugar source to brown sugar or double the honey. As is, these are really plain bran type muffins, but I love them. It took me 3 tries to get them to pass my taste test. Feel free to play with the recipe:

Food Storage Muffins

4 cups grain mix flour*
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp salt
1/2 cup oil**
1/2 cup honey
1 1/2 to 2 cups water

-add the wet things to the dry ones, all at once
-stir just until moist
-fill muffin cups to just overflowing
-bake 35-40 minutes at 350 degrees

*In my reading, and personal experience, our bodies experience a powerful effect by mixing different grains for flour. You can use strictly whole wheat, however, there is a synergistic effect on the body when the grains are mixed (wheat is for man, and all grain is for the body...see D&C 89). If you have a grinder, it is super fast and easy to make mixed grain flour (today we added lentils...but barley, millet, oats, rice, rye, wheat, quinoa, bean flour, buckwheat, etc will all work. Any combination is good, although some taste much better than others.) If you are interested in knowing more about this, there is a wonderful little booklet you can purchase with quite a few recipes that can be easily used with basic food storage materials. It's called Cookies for Dinner I got this muffin recipe from that book! It is $5 + $2 shipping. If you are serious about having good nutrition when the hard times hit, I highly recommend this small investment as part of your plan. One more thing, if you do store whole grains, they can easily be sprouted for salads, etc. They are nutrient dense, and ensure that you have living foods when we can't get fresh fruits and vegetables!

**As often as I can, I use coconut oil instead of other oils (it's kind of pricey, but worth its weight in gold). It has a high nutritional value and is able to maintain much of its value when used in high temperature cooking. It is one of the only resources of which I'm aware that contains lauric acid. The only other substance I know containing lauric acid is breast milk. Lauric acid helps form the glial cells in the brain, which help us transition quickly between thoughts. Albert Einstein (who was actually breastfed until he was 7 years old!!!) had substantial amounts of glial cells. In regards to coconut oil, I use coconut oil on my baby's bum each diaper change because it has anti-infective properties. It really does work in preventing and helping diaper rash! I've heard that in tropical climates many women use it as an age defense lotion on their skin...but I can't prove that one. Okay, one makes an awesome lubricant, if you know what I mean.

Here's where I get my oil (several cities in the US have private sellers who buy in bulk and then pass on part of the discount):

Also, most grocery stores carry some form of coconut oil in the nutritional foods section, however it has been processed and lost some of it's value but it still works.

Muffin variations:

Banana Muffins: 3 bananas, 1/2 cup walnuts

Raisin Muffins: 1/2 cups raisins, 1/2 cup walnuts, 1/2 tsp cinnamon or 1/2 tsp pumpkin pie spice

Gingerbread Muffins: replace honey with 1 cup molasses, add 1 1/2 tsp ginger, 1 tsp cinnamon, 1/2 tsp cloves. It's yummy served with whipped cream.

Apple Muffins: 4 finely chopped apples, 1/2 tsp cinnamon, 1/2 tsp pumpkin pie spice

I'll send some more recipes along as I can...I hope that some of this research is useful to someone!

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