We love a good surprise – as do our kids – and we all love muffins, so what could be more fun than a surprise in the middle of a muffin? We started thinking about this recently when it became apparent that our picky eater would rarely get excited about anything other than pizza, hot dogs, or peanut butter and jelly. Well, guess what? It turns out there’s another way to make all of those things by turning them into muffins – and you can probably sneak in a few extra healthy ingredients along the way.
Let’s start with that old standby, peanut butter and jelly. For pure sneakiness, we like this healthy peanut butter and jelly muffin recipe from The Sneaky Chef. The batter includes a dose of “orange puree,” which is made from sweet potatoes and carrots. It also inspired us to try a little variation by putting cooked bacon instead of jelly inside the muffin. Peanut butter and bacon muffins? Now that’s good stuff.
Next we were thrilled to learn that there is such a thing as a “corn dog muffin.” Basically, it’s a corn muffin that you bite into and then – surprise! – you find a little hot dog inside. We like this recipe for corn dog muffins from Heavenly Homemakers (you have to scroll to the bottom of the post to get to the muffin recipe) because the corn muffin calls for corn meal and whole wheat flour, something you certainly won’t find in your average corn dog.
Last we reached back into the archives to pull up Jolly Tomato mom’s pizza muffin recipe. Back in the day, we used to make the pizza filling with chopped pepperoni. This time we changed it to reflect our current tastes by using chopped pitted Kalamata olives instead. (You can use sausage or meatballs if you like as well.) It’s the same basic idea as the other two muffins: You spoon in a little bit of batter, then add in a mixture of pizza toppings, then spoon some more batter on top. The whole thing is kind of a surprise in its own right because it fills up the house with the smell of pizza while it’s baking — and when you open the oven, the kids, expecting pizza, do a double-take: “They’re muffins?”
Fun Food Saturday: Because food should be fun.