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What are mornings like in your house? Are you running around frantically trying to get out the door? Or do you enjoy a leisurely breakfast while reading the newspaper?
I fall somewhere in the middle. I used to skip breakfast all the time but now it is an important part of my day. Eating a nutritious breakfast without falling into a rut is tough though. That’s why I turn to Carnation Breakfast Essentials ® that I pick up on my trips to Kroger.
Carnation Breakfast Essentials ® gets me going with nutrients and protein that my body craves so I can start my day right and have energy to write, run the blog, exercise, and more.
I have fallen in love with the French Vanilla Carnation Breakfast Essentials® Ready-to-Drink Bottles. They are great for a quick meal on the go with the rich vanilla flavor. They also work in smoothies and even oatmeal.
When I feel like getting creative, I turn to Carnation Breakfast Essentials® Powder to make things like these Very Vanilla Muffins. These muffins are such a classic and feel like an indulgent breakfast without being heavy or too caloric like muffins can be.
The Carnation Breakfast Essentials® Powder combines with vanilla bean paste to lend tons of flavor to these tender muffins. And then just to add a little more excitement to breakfast, I topped them with a glaze made from French Vanilla Carnation Breakfast Essentials® Ready-to-Drink Bottles. The glaze really makes them special.
These muffins are perfect for a make ahead breakfast that you can enjoy throughout the week. They can even be frozen for mornings that are super busy.
I hope Carnation Breakfast Essentials® and I have inspired you to get into a better breakfast. You can join me in taking the Carnation 7-Day Breakfast Challenge to eat a nutritious breakfast every day for one week. It’s a great way to make sure we all start our days on the right foot.
Throughout February you can complete breakfast missions for the chance to win prizes. Ready to get started? Follow these easy steps
- Sign up at CarnationBreakfastChallenge.com.
- Complete a simple yet fun breakfast mission for a chance to win. New prizes revealed every day!
- Come back any day in February to complete missions and see new prizes. The prizes range from a Fitbit to a GoPro and other awesome stuff!
- Head to your favorite store to purchase a Carnation Breakfast Essentials® Nutritional Product and upload your receipt for five extra entries per day.
And now that we all have these Very Vanilla Muffins and Carnation Breakfast Essentials® in our lives we can get started. What are you going to make for breakfast?
2 cups all-purpose flour
1 tablespoon baking powder
½ teaspoon kosher salt
½ cup granulated sugar
2 packets Vanilla Carnation Breakfast Essentials®
1 tablespoon vanilla bean paste
¼ cup olive oil
2 large eggs
1 ¼ cup milk
1 cup confectioners’ sugar
¼ cup French Vanilla Carnation Breakfast Essentials® Ready-to-Drink Bottles
1 teaspoon vanilla bean paste
Make the muffins. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Line a muffin tin with paper liners.
In a large bowl stir together sugar, Vanilla Carnation Breakfast Essentials®, vanilla bean paste, olive oil, and eggs until well combined.
In a medium bowl, stir together flour, baking powder, and salt.
Alternately add the milk and flour mixture, beginning with the milk and ending with the flour. Mix just until the batter comes together, a couple lumps are okay.
Scoop the batter into the prepared muffin tin, filling almost to the top. Bake for about 20 minutes, until muffins are risen, golden brown, and a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean or with a few moist crumbs.
While the muffins cool slightly, make the glaze. In a small bowl, wish together sugar, French Vanilla Carnation Breakfast Essentials® Ready-to-Drink Bottles, and vanilla bean paste, adding more sugar or Carnation as necessary to achieve a thick, yet spreadable glaze. Spoon over the muffins.
Serve warm or store in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 3 days. Muffins may also be frozen, wrapped in parchment and foil and placed in a zipper bag for up to 3 months. Thaw in the microwave for about 1 minute.