03 May 2008

okara pb&j muffins •

Lunch making is a snap with these peanut butter and jam muffins. My darlings make their own lunches for school, usually. My job as their mother is to nag, nag, NAG them the night before. “Did you make your lunch?” “I WILL, Mom, after this game...it’s almost over”. Mom goes about her business, completely forgetting that the question was even asked until five minutes before bedtime. “Well, looks like you will have to get up early and make it before school”. Yeah, right...like that’s going to happen! They run off to school the next morning, and call you to tell you that they forgot their lunch. You mean the lunch that was never made? Do I let them starve to teach them a lesson, or do I quick make a lunch before I leave for work and drop it off? OH! The Mommy Guilt! I am chock-full of it. I used Concord Grape preserves on this batch, without the optional topping. These muffins will make short work out of making lunch, a great grab-it-and-go muffin for children or Mommies. 

Okara PB&J Muffins •

Preheat oven to 375 degrees.

Whisk together in a medium mixing bowl:

1 cup wet okara (this is referring to the okara straight from your machine)
1-1/2 cups vanilla yogurt
1 cup crunchy peanut butter
1/4 cup safflower oil
1/4 cup dark brown sugar

Sift together in a large mixing bowl:

3 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1-1/2 cups unbleached white flour
1/2 cup whole wheat flour
1/4 ground flaxseed meal
1/2 teaspoon salt

Set aside:

3 to 4 tablespoons fruit jam

3 tablespoons chopped peanuts - optional for topping
1 tablespoon sugar - optional for topping

Add wet ingredients to the dry ingredients, mixing until just combined. DO NOT OVER MIX. Line your muffin tins with paper liners. Fill the liners 1/3 of the way with batter. Make a small dent in the center of the batter and place 1 teaspoon of fruit jam inside of the dent. Spoon batter on top of jam to equal 2/3 full. Mix the chopped peanuts and sugar together and sprinkle on top if desired. Bake muffins 25 to 30 minutes until golden brown.

UPDATE! Just made a batch with Apple Butter instead of jam/jelly. The eldest darling declared them to be her favorite so far.


Grace said...

i'm not a child (well, most of the time...) or a mommy, but i love me some pb&j sandwiches! i've seen pb&j dessert bars and even cookies, but never a good ol' muffin. great recipe!

diva@theSugarBar said...

great recipe! what a great spin on the classic pbj. :) thumbs up

Pixie said...

Peanut butter and Jam what's there not to love.

Don't have kids of my own;but I'll have a go - maybe tie a string around their finger as a reminder or put a sticky note on their schoolbag? lol I'm not much help, I know.

Marc @ NoRecipes said...

Sounds fantastic, I bet these are so moist!

noble pig said...

These sound wonderful, I mean who doesn't love PB&J anything!

Elle said...

A classic put into a new form--looks delicious!

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Emiline said...

Ohhh, you're such a good mommy. I would have let the kids starve. Ha. Just kidding...

The muffins look great. I can't tell you how much I love pb&j. The memories.

Lidian said...

These look amazing, Toontz! I will make them for after school though, or weekends - we have a pretty strict no-peanuts rule at our schools...

michelle @ TNS said...

mmmm...grape jelly. i don't eat nearly enough grape jelly anymore.

toontz said...

Grace-Every now and then, I take a pb&j sandwich to work. I still love them.

Diva-Thank you!

Pixie-Good idea, but I would probably end up having to remind them to do that too!

Marc-Since I have been putting okara in most of my baked goods, it is hard to go back to the dark side. Everything is more moist, and keeps longer.

Noble pig-I agree!

Elle-Oh my goodness, an award! Thank you very much!

Emiline-I am tempted to starve my kids more times than I would like to admit. Especially when they turn up their noses without trying the food first! But I never go through with it. *sigh*

Lidian-Thank you. What is it with all the peanut allergies these days? I am so glad we do not have that allergy in our family, we just love peanuts.

Michelle-I hear you. This was all that was left in the house when I went to make these muffins. I have used strawberry and raspberry with good results, too.

Prudence - Cake Chica said...

Wow! These look and sound SO delicious!! My mouth is watering as we speak!! I LOVE pb&j...

Dharm said...

Ho Ho! Dont those looks just lovely!! PB&J muffins... yum, yum

canarygirl said...

Oh my, my kids would love these!!

toontz said...

Prudence-Thank you, they do kind of grow on you!

Dharm-You can make some of this for your sweet little ones.

Canarygirl-My middle darling requests these every time I offer to make muffins.

kittie said...

These must be fantastic! Having recently invested in my first even muffin tray, I am bookmarking this to try at the earliest opportunity!

I'm not quite sure what apple butter is - but I like the sound of it...!