In the Kitchen: Millet Muffins

Millet Muffin

So I use to only associate Millet with a treat that I would give my pet Parakeet. (Do not tell anyone I had a pet Parakeet, especially the fact that said Parakeet killed himself, I think Parakeets were like the french bull dog of the 90s? no? ok ok I digress) Millet happens to be a super smart food that has been hiding from you in the bulk aisle of your favorite grocery store. 

Having treats around the house that please both parent and child are a true blessing. Treats that can be shoved in all of the above faces at any meal time or fussy period and made in under twenty minutes and are gasp SUPER HEALTHY/SUPER FOOD are a major plus. (eg. not mostly white flour and corn syrup) So I present to you the Millet Muffin. The answer to anyone who is tired of eating crap, but looking for a little comfort something or other.

MAKING THE CASE FOR MILLET
(it's partially accurate that Millet could save your life some day, I especially love that many of the benefits are critical for both child and adult)

1. Millet is alkaline and it digests easily.
2. The Hunzas – who live in a remote area of the Himalayan foothills and are known for their excellent health and longevity – enjoy millet as a staple in their diet.
3. Millet will hydrate your colon to keep you from being constipated.
4. Millet acts as a prebiotic feeding microflora in your inner ecosystem.
5. The serotonin in millet is calming to your moods.
6. Millet is a smart carb with lots of fiber and low simple sugars. Because of this it has a relatively low glycemic index and has been shown to produce lower blood sugar levels than wheat or rice.
7. Magnesium in millet can help reduce the effects of migraines and heart attacks.
8. Niacin (vitamin B3) in millet can help lower cholesterol.
9. Millet consumption decreases triglycerides and C-reactive protein. 
10. All millet varieties show high antioxidant activity. 
11. Millet is gluten-free and non-allergenic. A great grain for sensitive individuals.
12. Millet’s high protein content (15 percent) makes is a substantial addition to a vegetarian diet.
*Thank you Care2 for the info.

MILLET MUFFIN RECIPE

Ingredients
2 1/4 cups king arthur whole wheat flour
1/3 cup millet
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
1 cup buttermilk (who has buttermilk at any given time? I used 2%)
1 egg, lightly beaten
1/2 cup vegetable oil
1/2 cup honey

Instructions
Preheat oven to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C).
Grease 16 muffin cups.
In a large bowl, mix the whole wheat flour, millet flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt.
In a separate bowl, mix the buttermilk, egg, vegetable oil, and honey. Stir buttermilk mixture into the flour mixture just until evenly moist.
Transfer batter to the prepared muffin cups.
Bake 15 minutes in the preheated oven, or until a toothpick inserted in the center of a muffin comes out clean.

You Can...
Add fruit like bananas or cranberries. Halve the the oil and use apple sauce. Use Maple Syrup instead of honey. Smother them with salted butter and more honey to give off the you don't give an eff vibe.