Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Oat muffin

This is an easy-to-make mildly sweet, tasty and healthy breakfast muffin. The oats make it very filling. I eat it as a quick energy booster before heading out for my morning walk.

Recipe adapted from here.

Oatmeal Muffins
1 cup quick-cooking oats
1 cup milk (fat free is ok)
1/2 cup whole wheat flour
1/2 cup all purpose flour
1 egg
1/4 cup white sugar (can substitute with brown sugar or honey)
1/2 cup apple sauce
2 tsp baking powder
1 1/2 tsp cinnamon powder (can substitute with 1 tsp pure vanilla essence)
1/2 tsp salt
Handful of chopped walnuts (or any other nut you fancy, optional)

Method (makes about 8 medium-sized muffins):
1.Start on the apple sauce if you are making it from scratch (recipe below). Make sure it cools completely before using it in the recipe.
2. Soak the oats in the milk for 15 minutes.
3. Pre-heat oven to 220C. Grease a muffin tray with cooking oil.
4. Sift together the flours, baking powder, salt and cinnamon powder. Mix in the sugar (if using) and set aside.
5. In a separate bowl, mix the eggs and apple sauce together. If using honey instead of sugar, mix it in.
6. Add in the oats-milk mixture to the eggs/apple-sauce mixture.
7. Add in the flour mix and chopped walnuts to the above mix till just combined.
8. Fill in the muffin cups till 2/3 of the way through with the above mixture.
9. Bake in the pre-heated oven for about 25 minutes or till a toothpick inserted into the middle of the muffin comes out clean.

I personally prefer the taste of the muffin after it has cooled down a bit rather than straight from the oven. Serve as is or with a light dab of jam in the middle of a muffin cut in half if you prefer a sweeter taste.

Applesauce recipe (makes about 1/2 cup of sauce):
1 apple
1 tsp lemon juice
Enough water to cover the apple pieces

1. Peel and core the apple. Chop it into small pieces.
2. Add it to a narrow pan and add enough water to just completely cover the apple pieces.
3. Add in the the lemon juice.
4. Bring mixture to a boil. Then, cover and simmer for about 20-25 minutes.
5. Turn off heat when the apple pieces are easily mashable with the back of a spoon. Mash the pieces so that you have a chunky-smooth apple sauce mixture.

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