Sunday, March 24, 2013

Fiber-licious Muffins, and other good things

Have you ever noticed how muffins that taste really, really good tend to be more like cake? And how muffins that are reasonably good for you can be a little like cardboard? I think I finally found a solution, and I'm calling them fiber-licious!

Lee's Fiber-licious Muffins

1 1/2 cups flour
3/4 cup ground flax seed (not whole)
3/4 cup oat bran
3/4 cup brown sugar
2 teaspoons baking soda
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 teaspoons cinnamon
2 medium carrots, peeled and finely shredded
2 medium apples, peeled and finely shredded
1/2 cup raisins
1 cup chopped pecans
2 eggs, beaten
1/4 melted butter
3/4 cup milk
1 teaspoon vanilla

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Mix the dry ingredients in a large bowl. Stir in the carrots, apples, raisins and nuts. In a separate bowl, beat the eggs and stir in the melted butter, milk and vanilla. Pour the liquid ingredients into the dry ingredients and blend just until the dry ingredients are moist. Line a muffin pan with paper cups and fill the cups 3/4 full.
Bake for 15 to 20 minutes, using a toothpick to test for doneness.
Makes about 16 fiber-licious muffins.

I also have some rather delicious news this month!

The Daddy Project (Harlequin American Romance, December 2012) is being reissued as a Mills & Boon Sweet romance in Australia and New Zealand on April 1, and they've given it a brand new cover.

One book...two covers...worlds apart!

I'm also thrilled to have two May releases! Maggie's Way (Harlequin Heartwarming) will be available on May 1.

...and Daddy, Unexpectedly (Harlequin American Romancce) will be out on May 7.

I have a blog tour lined up for early May and will be doing lots of giveaways, including copies of my books and other fun stuff. Links and details will be posted on my website and in my newsletter, Life in the Slow Lane.

Happy reading! Until next time,


Laney4 said...

Thanks for your recipe, Lee. I have printed it off to try once I get some missing ingredients. Looks scrumptious.

I recently read THE DADDY PROJECT and just loved it! I enjoyed the premise and execution of the story; the characters felt realistic to me (including the inlaws, parents, teenager, and little ones); I couldn't turn the pages fast enough; I thought the last chapter was cute re their HEA and you wrote a beautifully said final paragraph; and the entire book left me with an "ahhhhhh" feeling. Yup; it was a winner in my eyes! Am looking forward to reading more of your books. Thank you for taking such good care in your writing, Lee.

Lee McKenzie said...

Laney, I hope you enjoy the muffins!

And I have to tell you, your comments about THE DADDY PROJECT took my breath away. Thank you, thank you, thank you from the bottom of my heart.

The proposal in the last chapter is based on a real one, and I had a lot of fun figuring out to work the photo booth into the story :)

Tammy Yenalavitch said...

Hi Lee,

Thanks for the recipe. Can't wait to try it and I love your book covers,

Leigh Duncan said...

Love the covers, Lee. And LOVE your books! I'll have to try those muffins next time my nutrition-conscious daughter is in town.

Lee McKenzie said...

You're very welcome, Tammy. I hope you like the muffins! And yes, Harlequin does great covers. I've loved every single one of mine!

Lee McKenzie said...

Thanks, Leigh! Love yours, too! I hope the muffins live up to your daughter's expectations. The brown sugar concerns me a bit, though. Next time I might try a 1/2 cup and see if will maintain the yummy factor!

linda s said...

Hi Lee
The muffins sound great. Looking forward to both your new books. Enjoy the spring sunshine

Lee McKenzie said...

Hi, Linda! If you try the muffins, I hope you enjoy them. Ditto for my books! hugs, Lee

Anonymous said...

I think I'll make these tomorrow. They sure sound yummy.

Lee McKenzie said...

Enjoy, Cathy! My family loves them. They freeze well, too :)

Marcy said...

These sounds very similar to muffins I make called Morning Glory Muffins but yours have less sugar so I'll have to try them! Thanks.

Can I it really 12 teaspoons of salt or should that 1/2 teaspoon?

Love your books!

Lee McKenzie said...

Ack! Yes, it's a 1/2 teaspoon of salt. Thanks for pointing out that typo, Marcy. Twelve teaspoons would be 11 1/2 too many! And I often cut back on the amount of sugar that recipes call for.

Happy reading!