Duncan Hines Simple Mornings Premium Muffin Mix

5/27/2014

Product Rave: Duncan Hines Simple Mornings Premium Muffin Mix — A Modern Mrs.
At 26 weeks pregnant, I get on these "kicks" where I want something very specific for awhile before moving on to something else. Currently I'm on a muffin-and-yogurt-for-breakfast kick. At this point, I'm certainly not getting up earlier to make muffins from scratch throughout the week, so a couple weeks ago I ventured to the store to try to find a boxed muffin mix that wasn't full of junk. It was then that I spied the new Simple Mornings Premium Muffin Mix by Duncan Hines. As you can see, the bold "Real Ingredients. Nothing Artificial" banner caught my eye, and they have a nice selection of tasty-sounding, naturally flavored varieties. At the time, I purchased Apple Cinnamon, and was so delightfully impressed I went back and purchased the Cinnamon and Blueberry Streusel {which we had for breakfast yesterday}.

Before I get too ahead of myself, I want to further discuss the nutritional details of these muffin mixes. First, Duncan Hines' Simple Mornings Premium Muffin Mix is packed full of whole grains, and has absolutely no High Fructose Corn Syrup. They claim it's free of preservatives as well, but I'm not entirely educated on all the sneaky names for said preservatives, so I'll just share a photo of the Cinnamon Streusel ingredient list for those who are, or need to know for dietary reasons:

Duncan Hines Simple Mornings Premium Muffin Mix Ingredients — A Modern Mrs.

The other varieties' ingredients are pretty similar, with the addition of dried fruit or assorted ingredients for any toppings, like the granola for the Apple Cinnamon. For me, the shorter the ingredient list the better, and I have to be able to pronounce the words. Also, I recognize most of what's on the list, so for me, the ingredient list is pretty impressive. Just to compare, the ingredient list for Betty Crocker's Cinnamon Streusel Premium Muffin Mix contains the following:
Enriched Flour Bleached (Wheat Flour, Niacin, Iron, Thiamin Mononitrate, Riboflavin, Folic Acid), Sugar, Partially Hydrogenated Soybean And/Or Cottonseed Oil, Corn Syrup, Brown Sugar, Modified Corn Starch, Leavening (Baking Soda, Sodium Aluminum Phosphate), Cinnamon, Salt, Propylene Glycol Monoesters Of Fatty Acids, Mono And Diglycerides, Sodium Stearoyl Lactylate, Xanthan Gum, Cellulose Gum, Artificial Color, Nonfat Milk. Contains Wheat And Milk Ingredients.
So, I'll let you be the judge there. Now that we've discussed the good-for-you-ness, let's move on to the actual deliciousness that I have experienced, and why I think you need to go buy a box of each now.

While I tried the Apple Cinnamon first, it was a couple weeks ago, and I didn't take any pictures, so I'll talk about the Blueberry Streusel while it's still fresh in my mind {and I have a photo!}.

The box contains a baggie of muffin mix, a baggie of crumb topping, and a can of real blueberries. That's right... no chunks of crusty blueberry wanna-be's - just fresh, plump blueberries. I was so thrilled to find they looked exactly like the blueberries I had in my produce drawer, with the exception of some blueberry juice that accompanied them in the can. To make these delicious muffins, you'll need two large eggs, 2/3 cups water, and 1/3 cup oil. Mix the ingredients, fold in the drained and rinsed blueberries, and pour into your muffin pan. Sprinkle the crumb topping over the muffins, gently tap to ensure the topping doesn't just fall off after baking, and bake at 400 degrees for 16-19 minutes. {For my oven, it takes 17 minutes for perfection.} I let my muffins cool for about 10 minutes, then cut them in half, spread on a bit of Earth Balance Soy Free Buttery Spread, and stuff my pregnant face.

Duncan Hines Simple Mornings Blueberry Streusel Premium Muffin Mix — A Modern Mrs.

The result? I ate five or six. Not what you meant? Oh. Okay, let me try again.... The result was airy, moist, flavorful muffins packed full of fresh blueberries with a delicately sweet crumb topping. The process was quick and easy, and my whole family enjoyed the muffins that were darn close to from-scratch! What's even better was I could eat five or six and not feel guilty because I knew I wasn't eating pure junk, but rather 100% whole grains, 0g trans fat, and blueberries packed full of Potassium and Vitamin C.

I love, love, love these muffins! I highly recommend you pick up a box of Apple Cinnamon, Blueberry Streusel, Chocolate Chip, Cinnamon Streusel, Triple Chocolate Chunk, or Wild Maine Blueberry Premium Muffin Mix {approximately $3.49/box, depending on your store/area} during your next grocery trip. Honestly, I recommend you pick up a few, especially if they're on sale! Oh, and if you're not big on toppings, the Chocolate Chip and Wild Maine Blueberry varieties don't have one, so there ya go!

Will you be giving them a try? Which variety will you try first? Share in the comments, and don't forget to let me know if you want to see more Product Rave/food reviews in the future!

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