Every year on the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month we acknowledge Remembrance Day by wearing a poppy close to our heart and taking a minute of silence. On this day, we pay tribute to veterans who fought to protect the freedom of our country. We honour these men and women for their courage, service, and sacrifice. The memorial flower we wear represents the poppies that grew over Flanders Field after the First World War.
Holidays and celebrations provide opportunities for family and friends to spend quality time together. This time may be spent talking about school, current affairs, or in the case of Remembrance Day - history. Baking and cooking are excellent ways to share family traditions, while also teaching kids valuable food skills.
Why not discuss the importance of Remembrance Day with your family over a batch of these healthy poppy seed muffins? I’m planning to enjoy them at my local Remembrance Day parade and ceremonies.
How do you plan to honour Remembrance Day this year?
Recipe: Blueberry Lemon Poppy Seed Muffins
(Modified from the Blueberry Lemon Muffins Recipe (pg. 7) in Bake Better Bites: Recipes and Tips for Healthier Baked Goods)
Makes 12 muffins
15 ml (1 Tbsp.) lemon juice
250 ml (1 cup) milk
1 egg, beaten
50 ml (1⁄4 cup) vegetable oil
50 ml (1⁄4 cup) molasses
250 ml (1 cup) natural bran
175 ml (3⁄4 cup) whole grain wheat flour
175 ml (3⁄4 cup) all-purpose flour
75 ml (1⁄3 cup) packed brown sugar
45 ml (3 tbsp.) poppy seeds
7 ml (1 1⁄2 tsp.) grated lemon rind
7 ml (1 1⁄2 tsp.) baking powder
2 ml (1⁄2 tsp.) baking soda
250 ml (1 cup) blueberries (fresh or frozen)
- In bowl, stir lemon juice into milk; let stand for 1 minute to sour. Stir in egg, oil and molasses.
- In large bowl, combine bran, whole grain wheat and all-purpose flours, sugar, poppy seeds, lemon rind, baking powder and baking soda. Add milk mixture and blueberries; mix until just combined.
- Spoon into non-stick or paper-lined muffin tins. Bake in 375°F (190°C) oven for 20 to 25 minutes or until firm to the touch.
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