After years of being completely family-focused I am finally placing friendships back on my priority plate, starting with a solid weekend of visits with some of my favourite people. On Saturday, my gang of four headed into the city to meet up with Thea (visiting from Montreal) and B-Man (holding fort as one of Toronto’s punk rock masterminds) for a day of pastries, laughs, tall cans and frisbee in Toronto’s Trinity Bellwoods Park. I was a little wary at first about how much actual visiting would take place in a busy park with my girls running around but it turned out to be the perfect hangout solution to satisfy we parents, the kids and the kid-less friends. On Sunday, we were a little more low-key as we sipped mocktails in our backyard and indulged in baby chat over lunch with my oldest friend and mother-to-be, Reagan. With so much catching up to do, I clearly needed to whip up something hearty, healthy and easy to snack on while on the move.
It’s not always easy to make time for friendships, I know. Sometimes life priorities lay elsewhere (family, work, life in general…). The good news (as I’m learning) is that the really important friendships don’t require constant nurturing, they can survive on random text messages, a phone call a month and an unsuspected care package here and there. The great friendships in life don’t make you feel guilty about not being more available, instead create an instant comfort to get the conversation started on all you’ve been missing. Great friendships are like blueberries and peaches: individually awesome but when you can pair them up and blend them together, magical things can take place. Magical things like tasty muffins.
- 3/4 cup skim milk
- 1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce
- 1 egg
- 1 tablespoon canola oil
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 1 cup all-purpose flour
- 1 cup whole wheat flour
- 2 tablespoons ground flax seed
- 1/2 cup granulated sugar
- 2 teaspoons baking powder
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1 cup fresh blueberries
- 1 cup peeled and chopped ripe peaches
- Preheat oven to 400°F. Line 12 muffin cups with paper liners or spray with nonstick spray.
- In a medium bowl, whisk together the wet ingredients (milk, applesauce, egg, oil, and vanilla).
- In a large bowl, stir together the dry ingredients (flours, flax seed, sugar, baking powder, salt, cinnamon).
- Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients and mix until just combined. Do not over mix – batter should be lumpy. Gently fold in the blueberries and peaches.
- Divide batter among the 12 muffin cups, filling each about 2/3 full. Bake 20-25 minutes until golden brown then let cool on a wire rack before eating.
Coincidentally the R&B group responsible for one of the most painfully catchy slow jams ever, ‘Reunited‘, was named “Peaches & Herbs”. Next time you hear this song, likely while riding an elevator or sitting in your Dentist’s waiting room, and you start craving a healthy muffin you can thank me and my hot pink apron. 😉
A little music history tidbit for you to digest with your quick bread, “Peaches & Herb” were founded by crooners Herb Fame and Francine “Peaches” Hurd Baker in 1966. Herb has remained a constant, while five different women have filled the role of “Peaches” since Francine left in 1968 .
That’s the thing about herbs, use cautiously otherwise they can overwhelm, over-power and destroy a good harmony, on the plate or on the stage. 😉 Enjoy your muffins! xo
If you’re looking for a slightly more decadent blueberry muffin, check out the Mighty Fine Blueberry Muffins recipe from last summer.Add to favorites