Raise your hand if you are a parent and you’re proudly raising geeks. I know I’m not the only one. Know how I know? Because we attended the Chicago Comic & Entertainment Expo a few months back and we were far from the only family there. The highlight for all of us was hearing Stan Lee speak. After watching Heroes of CosPlay and absorbing every superhero movie we could, it was pretty apparent that, as a family, we had embraced our inner nerd.
We’re excited that tomorrow is the start of the next season of Marvel: Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. While we normally dread the eventual mid-season break, this time we’ll be looking forward to it because they will be airing Agent Carter. The new show is based on the character from Avengers and most recently seen in Captain America: The Winter Soldier which just released on DVD. Have no idea who I’m talking about? Then I encourage you to catch up on the movies. You can print a coupon for $5 off Captain America: The Winter Soldier DVD when you purchase 2 packages of M&Ms. You know why you need the M&Ms? Because, duh, they are yummy. Oh, and because Heroes Eat M&Ms. We had no problem finding our key muffin ingredient, Peanut Butter M&Ms, at our local Walmart.
Everywhere we turn, we find Marvel. In the toy aisle, on displays, seasonally in the Halloween department and now even in the bakery department! This past weekend, there were mini cupcakes available as well as Marvel coloring pages for the kids. We flipped through the bakery special order book and found a lot of superheroes to choose from, including Captain America.
When #CollectiveBias challenged me to create a recipe inspired by a superhero, I decided that “Mom” was the superhero that inspired me most. Last Friday was our school’s annual “Mornings with Mom” fundraiser which until a year ago had always been referred to as “Muffins with Mom.” It’s a morning set aside before school where kids celebrate their moms. The 6th grade orchestra plays while 6th grade students help take tickets, serve food and bus tables. The muffins they had been purchasing were huge and a lot went to waste so they opted to switch to donuts. Sure, I like donuts but I miss the muffins. Maybe I’m just nostalgic for when my girls were first starting school and we attended our first “Muffins with Mom” breakfast.
Since peanut butter M&Ms are my favorite, I decided to create a “Superhero Mom PB M&M Muffin” recipe. But I feel a little guilty naming it after myself so here it is:
Ultimate M&Ms Peanut Butter Muffins
1¼ cups all-purpose flour
2/3 cup rolled oats
¾ cup brown sugar
1 tbsp baking powder
1 tsp vanilla
½ tsp salt
1¼ cups milk
1/3 cup peanut butter
1 bag Peanut Butter M&Ms
Preheat your oven to 375°.
Add the liquid mixture to the bowl of dry ingredients. Mix well.
Cook another 12-15 minutes or until the a cake tester comes out clean. I used a silicone muffin pan and needed to cook it a little extra. The first batch came out more the consistency of bread pudding. It was yummy but not the final result I was looking for.
There are definitely days where I struggle to juggle it all but my family still makes me feel like a superhero. Maybe that’s why I like all the Marvel shows so much!
To learn what Marvel super hero you are and to find more hero-inspired recipes, visit HeroesEatMMs.
Which hero are you?