Oatmeal Muffins

The title sounds kinda blah doesn’t it? Well, let me assure you, these muffins most definitely are not blah, and I’m not even a fan of traditional oatmeal.

The brown sugar adds just a touch of sweetness without being overpowering. These are delicious just “plain” or you can add any number of mix-ins that you normally use to top your oatmeal.

1 cup old fashioned oats

1 1/2 cups flour

3/4 cup brown sugar

2 tsp. baking powder

1/2 tsp. salt

1/2 tsp. cinnamon

2 eggs

3/4 cup milk

1/4 cup vegetable or canola oil

1 tsp. vanilla

Combine the dry ingredients. Set aside.

Whisk the wet ingredients together. Stir into the dry ingredients until just mixed. Don’t over-mix!

At this point you could fill your muffin cups and bake for about 15 minutes at 400°… or, you could fold in any of these tasty additions:

    • 1/2 cup raisins, craisins, or other dried fruit
    • 1 small apple, chopped (a fine chop is good for apples that keep their shape when baked, or a medium chop for apples that get a little mushy)
    • 2 small peaches, chopped (medium chop is good because fresh peaches will smoosh a little when baked)
    • 1 cup strawberries, blueberries, blackberries, or raspberries
    • Have I forgotten anything? Like I said, I’m not an oatmeal eater, but those are just the things I can think of.

Oh mercy, these are so good. Warm and fluffy with juicy little chunks of sweet apple hiding inside. I could eat the whole batch in a matter of minutes, but I’m bringing the miniature muffins to MOPS in the morning and the few large muffins are staying home for the family. I should have made them earlier today, they’d have been a perfect accompaniment to the soup we had for lunch.

Plain batter (without mix-ins) will make 12 standard-sized muffins. The batter poofs just a little while baking, so you can fill up the cups to between 2/3 and 3/4 full. Those take 15 minutes to bake. Reduce the bake time to 10 minutes for mini-muffins. Increase your expectations by a few extra muffins depending on what, and how much, you mix in. A single batch with one medium apple mixed-in yielded 24 mini-muffins (with 1 1/2 teaspoons of batter per muffin) and 6 standard muffins.

I hope you enjoy these!

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