Saturday, June 30, 2012

Oatmeal, Raisin & Walnut Muffins

You know muffins aren't health food, right?
Good... just making sure...
But, then again, don't you feel better about a baked good that includes things thatare good for you?  Like Oatmeal, nuts, raisins, pumpkin seeds and flax seeds?

I made these the other day when we had an impromptu family breakfast party, and everyone agreed that this was a great little muffin!

You will notice that the recipe calls for 1/2 cup to 2/3 cup sugar... I made it with 1/2 cup but I thought it could have been sweeter.  Everyone else disagreed with me and said it was perfect the way it was... so I will leave it up to you!  We ate ours with piles of my Strawberry Habanero Jam which added a nice kick to the muffins too! I promise to blog about that awesome jam some time soon...

Makes 12 muffins
1 cup oatmeal, blended into a coarse flour
1/2 cups all-purpose flour or whole wheat
1/2- 2/3 cup brown sugar
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup (1 stick) butter, melted
1 cup plain nonfat yogurt, or sour cream
1 large egg
1/2 cup raisins
1/2 cup walnuts, toasted and chopped
2 Tbsp pumpkin seeds (optional)
1 Tbsp flax seeds (optional)

Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
Line 12 muffin cups with paper liners.
Mix all the dry ingredients. In another small bowl whisk together with sour cream, egg, and vanilla.
Stir butter mixture into the dry mixture until just combined. It's a very thick batter!
Add in walnuts, raisins, pumpkin seeds and flax seeds.

Divide the batter among muffin cups and bake in middle of oven until golden and a tester comes out clean, about 20 minutes.
Use an ice cream scoop to fill the paper liners about 2/3 to 3/4 full.  You should have just enough to fill all 12 liners.  If desired, add a couple raisins, pumpkin seeds and walnuts to the top of each before baking, my raisins on top got a little brown in the baking, but it was still yummy!

Need some more muffin ideas?  Here's some others:
Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Muffins
Apricot, Cherry, Almond Muffins
Banana Raspberry Bran Muffins

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