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Lunch Week: Blueberry Spelt Muffin Cake Sandwiches

When Ceri and I worked together at FASHION mag­a­zine the biggest topic on any given day was always lunch. The Devil Wears Prada we were not. We liked to eat. And, like a fam­ily, we liked to do it together.  We usu­ally started dis­cussing lunch almost as soon as we arrived in the morn­ing — while sip­ping our cof­fees.  Con­ver­sa­tions went a lit­tle like this:

Laura: "Hey Cer, how was the Gucci din­ner party last night?"

Ceri: "Good. Except it went late. Cute shoes, new?"

Laura: "Thanks, yes. Do you have a lun­cheon today or are you around?"

Ceri: "I'm here. What should we have? Do you feel like Mercato?"

Mer­cato was one of our favorite lunch venues for take out. I still miss the tuna sand­wiches with green apple and onion. I also miss the apple cake made by the guy with the lit­tle falafel joint. Nowa­days, lunch is such a non-event. It's usu­ally my favorite yogurt extrav­a­ganza with gra­nola and agave (if I have time to sit down), but mostly it's a muf­fin I jam in my mouth on-the-go. Scar­lett, like most kids, has it made when it comes to lunch. I put a lot of effort into her mid-day meals. With all the fuss on her nutri­tion, it makes me won­der if she has sim­i­lar dis­cus­sions with her friends about their lunches:

Scar­lett: "Can I have that crown?"

Alli­son: "Yes. Wait…NO! What did your mommy make you for lunch?"

Scar­lett: "Home­made blue­berry spelt muf­fin cake sam­mies packed with nutri­tion, and give me that crown or we're not friends any­more! For real."

As much as I love a good sand­wich, my favorite meals are a lot of lit­tle noshie things. Scar­lett enjoys eat­ing that way too, so I decided to give her a noshie meal. Instead of bread, I used a muf­fin recipe I have and put the mix in a bak­ing pan rather than a muf­fin tin. I cut the muf­fin cake length wise to use as a bread and filled it with her favorite things. Along­side some cut red pep­per and a hard boiled egg, she's got a lunch fit for a cham­pion. Or at least some­one learn­ing to share.

Blue­berry Spelt Muf­fin Cake

4 table­spoons soft­ened but­ter, plus more for greas­ing pan
1/3 cup sugar
1/3 cup agave sugar
1/3 cup unsweet­ened apple­sauce
2 eggs
1/2 cup orange juice
2 tea­spoons vanilla extract
2 cups spelt flour, plus a tea­spoon for berries
2 tea­spoons bak­ing pow­der
1/8 tea­spoon salt
2 cups fresh (or frozen) blueberries

Method

Pre­heat oven to 375. But­ter a 9-inch square bak­ing pan.

Place berries in a bowl and sprin­kle with tea­spoon of flour and lightly toss to coat. This keeps them from sink­ing to the bot­tom of your mix.

In a large bowl, cream together but­ter and sugar. Stir in agave, apple­sauce, eggs, orange juice and vanilla.

In another bowl, whisk together flour, bak­ing pow­der and salt. Stir flour mix­ture into butter-egg mix­ture until just com­bined. Gen­tly stir in blue­ber­ries. Pour bat­ter into pan and bake until tooth­pick inserted in the cen­ter comes out clean, about 30 minutes.

Muf­fin Cake Bananawich

1 tea­spoon almond but­ter
1 banana

Use one piece of muf­fin cake and cut length­wise. Spread with almond but­ter and cut banana.

Muf­fin Cake Applewich

1 green apple, sliced
1 slice of ched­dar cheese

Use one piece of muf­fin cake and cut length wise. Stack with apple slice and cheddar.

I made the muf­fin cake on the week­end so I could have it for the week. Scar­lett helped me assem­ble the sand­wiches one morn­ing. How­ever, they sit so nicely in the refrig­er­a­tor in an air­tight con­tainer, you could eas­ily do them the night before. The sweet­ness of the blue­ber­ries with the cheese and apple was so sat­is­fy­ing for me, but Scar­lett seemed to like the banana and almond but­ter combo. Regard­less, I liked that she got a nice dose of fruit between the berries and apple/banana as well as some protein.

  

7 Comments

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  3. Samantha says:

    Hi! I just found your blog and, so far, I really like it! I'm try­ing to slide a bit more pro­tein into my diet — do you think I could add ground navy beans to the muf­fin recipe? Thanks! Sam

  4. Laura Keogh says:

    I'm sure you could add beans! If you try it, come back and let us know how it came out. Thank you so much for reading!

  5. […] Blue­berry Spelt Muf­fin Cake Sand­wiches are a  healthy twist on your stan­dard lunch sammie. […]

  6. Lori says:

    Genius recipe. Going to try with quinoa and G-free oat flours to sub in for the spelt.

  7. […] That’s not to say you can’t pack the odd sand­wich, but make it inter­est­ing — some­thing you’d want to eat your­self. For instance, a tuna salad wrap with fresh avo­cado, car­rot, and tomato, or this blue­berry spelt muf­fin cake sammie. […]

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