Saturday, November 02, 2013

Ninja Muffins, Baby!!!

Once again I have been playing with my new Ninja 3-in-1 Cooking System and am experimenting with the Steam Bake feature. What is nifty about this feature is it lets you make the most moist, delicious muffins with NO ADDED FAT! Now granted these don't count as “healthy” but they are healthier than if they had oil or butter added and they are so moist and keep so well that I have not been tempted to add anything to them when I have one with my morning coffee.

I bought a set of colorful silicon muffin cups to make them in. I can fit 5 at a time on the steamer rack that goes in the Ninja and so far I have done all of them the same way: Mix up the batter, spoon it into the cups (usually there is quite a bit leftover so I put it in the fridge and make more in a couple days), add 3 cups of water to the pan, and Steam Bake at 350° for 25 minutes. So these are my three best efforts so far:

Blend together:
1 box of Duncan Hines Spice Cake mix
1 15 oz. Can of Libby Pumpkin
1 cup of raisins
a lttle milk (2-3 tablespoons) as needed to blend
The batter is quite thick but the muffins are dense and spicy.

Blend together:
1 Jiffy Corn Muffin Mix
1 can whole kernal corn, drained
1/4 c. chopped onion
1/4 c. chopped sun-dried red peppers
1/2 c. shredded cheddar cheese
1 egg
1/2 tsp. each chives and dill weed
You can add anything else you might like—bacon, other cheeses, crumbled sausage. With a salad these made a great meal.

First attempt:
Chop up 3-4 dried peaches and place in a bowl
Open a can of freestone peaches in pear juice. Pour the juice over the dried peaches and let them soak while you mash up the canned peaches. I used two forks to shred them. Add to the dried peach mixture.
Blend the peaches and the juice with:
1 box Betty Crocker French Vanilla Cake Mix
Spoon into muffin cups.
These tasted delicious but were a little too cupcake-like for me. So I took the remaining batter (about half of it) and added:
1/2 c. pecan meal
1/2 c. unsweetened coconut flakes
This made a wonderful, dense creation that was much more muffin-like.

This week I'm going to experiment with using biscuit mix instead of cake mix to cut down on the sweetness. I'll let you know what happens.

Thanks for reading and Happy Ninja Cooking!!!

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