Posted by: amandaleigh1231 | March 16, 2013

Oatmeal Muffins

I was in the mood to do some baking a few days ago.  Being frugal, I looked in my pantry to see if there was anything that I had an abundance of.  There was – oatmeal.  I turned to one of my favorite recipe websites, http://www.allrecipes.com , to see if I could find a recipe.  Once I found the recipe, I made a few changes (because recipes are just a guide).  Here is what I came up with:

Oatmeal Muffins

1 cup milk

1 cup rolled oats

1 egg

1/4 cup oil (or butter)

1 cup whole wheat flour

1/4 cup brown sugar (or other type of sugar, honey, or sugar substitute)

2 tsp baking powder

1/2 teaspoon salt

Mix milk and oats together.  Let sit at least 10 minutes while you gather the remaining ingredients and preheat oven to 400 degrees. Add the rest of the ingredients and mix just until blended.  Pour into prepared muffin tins and bake 18-23 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into muffins comes out clean. Makes 12 muffins.

The recipe as listed above will make a very bland, basic muffin (not sweet or cake like, more like a little bread loaf).  It is great with some butter and jam or served with a bowl of soup.  Since it is a very basic recipe there are a ton of possible variations to fit your personal muffin taste.  Here are my suggestions:

  • 1 grated carrot (about a cup), 1/4 c chopped walnuts, 1 tsp pumpkin pie spice (I made this one and it was tasty)
  • Cranberry apple – 1 large apple, chopped or grated, 1/2 cup cranberries, 1 tsp pumpkin pie spice
  • Banana Nut – 1 mashed banana, 1/4 cup nuts of choice, 1 tsp vanilla
  • Peanut Butter – 1/2 cup peanut butter, 1/2 cup peanut butter chips
  • Cheese Muffins – 1 cup favorite shredded cheese

Nearly anything could be added.  Just keep in mind that if it is a moist ingredient sou may need to add a little extra four or cook a few minutes longer.  What are you adding to your muffins?

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