Sunday, June 13, 2010

Blueberry Oatmeal Muffins

I've been on the hunt for my own oatmeal blueberry muffin recipe ever since my daughter and I devoured some at a play date. I asked the mom for the recipe but her second baby was due to arrive at any minute, so she never got back to me.

I really like this recipe that I found. It comes from Company's Coming Cook for Kids which I borrowed from the library. I think they are just like the play date muffins we adored.

Before this recipe, my oatmeal muffins always came from a mix. And what's in those mixes anyway? Why do oatmeal muffins need soy products in them? It's so much better to make muffins from scratch.

The original recipe calls for dried blueberries but I have no idea where to buy dried blueberries. I substitute fresh or frozen.

Don't make the same mistake I did the first time I made this recipe and blend the berries with the batter in the electric mixer. The berries disappeared and the batter turned bluish purple. My daughter was skeptical at first but realized they tasted the same. It's better to fold them in by hand at the last minute.

The recipe also calls for buttermilk, another item I never buy. Instead, I do what my mother taught me--I add a cap full of white vinegar to regular milk to sour it.

1 cup rolled oats (not instant)
1 cup buttermilk
1 cup flour
3/4 cup brown sugar
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
1 egg
1/4 cup butter, melted
3/4 cup blueberries, fresh or frozen


  1. Preheat oven to 400 F.
  2. Line 12-cup muffin tin with paper liners, or grease.
  3. Combine all ingredients in electric mixer, except blueberries. Mix until combined.
  4. Stir in blueberries by hand to avoid tinting the batter.
  5. Scoop into muffin tin, until 3/4 full.
  6. Bake for 15-18 minutes or until wooden stick inserted into the center of the muffin comes out clean.
* To make mini muffins pictured above, I filled each muffin cup with a liner and a tablespoon of batter. And baked them for 10 minutes. It made 44 mini muffins.

Inspiration: Company's Coming Cook for Kids, page 19.

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