Monday, 4 June 2012

Muffin Monday: Cherry, Oatmeal & Walnut Muffins

This week's Muffin Monday recipe comes at a great time for easing back on sugar and dessert! With only a little brown sugar in this recipe, it makes for an excellent and wholesome breakfast muffin. 




Just over a week ago I started attending a Boot Camp class here in town and thus far I've made it out 4 times. The word 'class' isn't really the most apt way to describe those one hour sessions, and a one hour session easily feels like the longest hour ever. It has been absolutely brutal - by far the most intense and difficult physical training I've ever been subjected to - but also incredibly gratifying. Come on, results! My goal is to be able to do 10 push ups by the middle of June, and considering I can still only do one, saggy-in-the-middle push up after a week of Boot Camp, this girl still has a long way to go. But when you work that hard, to a state of exhaustion never felt before, there's no way you're going to spoil the effort with junk food. (I know Jasmine feels me because, oddly enough, we both started Boot Camps on the very same day, on our respective Canadian coasts, without realizing it!) 

The recipe was originally called Apricot Oatmeal Muffins, but I substituted the milk for buttermilk, the dried apricots for dried cherries, and threw about a 1/2 cup of chopped walnuts into the mix. I sprinkled some extra oats and cinnamon over the top of the muffins right before they went into the oven, too. In retrospect, I should have used whole wheat flour to really hit it out of the healthy park, but alas. Next time.

This recipe made 11, jumbo-sized Cherry, Oatmeal & Walnut Muffins, which is a great yield! They turned out wonderfully: nice domes, a great crumb, and full of texture and flavour.





F. was skulking around and waiting for a warm muffin, so I put him to work as a hand model! 



Here is the original recipe.


Apricot Oatmeal Muffins 
Source: Taste Of Home

2-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 cup packed brown sugar
3 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup quick-cooking oats
1 cup chopped dried apricots
1/2 cup butter
3/4 cup boiling water
2 eggs, lightly beaten
1 cup milk
2 teaspoons grated orange peel, optional

Directions

Preheat the oven to 400F.
In a large bowl, combine the flour, sugar, baking powder and salt.
In anther bowl, combine the oats, apricots, butter and boiling water; stir until butter is melted.
Let it cool for 5 minutes. Stir in eggs, milk and orange peel if desired. Stir the oatmeal mixture into the flour mixture and gently combine until moistened.
Fill greased or paper-lined muffin cups two-thirds full. Bake for 20-22 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean.
Cool for 5 minutes before removing to wire racks.

Yield: 18 standard muffins.





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7 comments:

  1. Yum! Your muffins do sound so healthy and delicious! Love the addition of cherries (I went that route also) And congrats on tackling Boot Camp Class. I want to take one of those in the worst way. I think I need to just make it happen. Happy Monday!

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  2. These muffins sound like they would just hit the spot!

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  3. Now these are some gorgeous and filling muffins. Just what you need after your Boot Camp workouts. Good for you for joining and don't worry, you will be a lot more than 10 push-ups in no time.

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  4. Cherries were a great substitution! I like that you went "jumbo" :-) Feels better to eat more than...ahm... lets just say 2.

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  5. Fantastic adaptation! I considered buttermilk, too, and I love the walnuts and cinnamon! Boot camp? Good luck! You can do it!

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  6. Great adaptation!! Love the cherry oatmeal combination! I did have a good laugh when you sent me a picture of F grabbing the muffin! :)

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  7. i love the combination of flavors you used! looks so delicious!

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