Thursday, March 4, 2010

Oatmeal and Apple Muffins

Maybe I have said before, I really can't remember, I am diabetic. Type 2. My blood sugars tend to run higher than they should. So when my friend Beth announced that she too was a "denyabetic" and that new changes were going to be made, that motivated me to make changes as well. I have 2 sons. My oldest one, Shane, is tall and skinny as a pencil. With his shirt off, you can count his ribs. My second son, Blake, is a little shorter and chunkier. He is my total foodie kid. Will eat anything, or at least try it. He told me last week that he was embarrassed by his body image and wanted to slim down. This is the other reason to get me thinking of a more healthy lifestyle for myself and my family. I worry about eating disorders, and know that it doesn't just choose females.

In between doing our daily "check ins" with each other, Beth sent me this link for these muffins. They use very little sugar..1/4 cup for 12 muffins! And I think that next time I will sub in honey instead of the sugar. This recipe only uses 1 cup of flour..next, maybe wheat flour. But the one thing that I liked about this recipe is that she gave us add in combo's and the amounts to use. I chose to chop up a granny smith apple and throw it in. These muffins are really, really good. They have been good for breakfast or an afternoon snack.

One-Bowl Oatmeal Muffins: Basic Recipe
Adapted from: Simple Bites

Be sure to read the recipe all the way through before getting started. You will note that the oats soak in the milk 1 hour prior to assembling the rest of the ingredients, so take that into consideration before starting out.
Makes 12 medium muffins

1 cup milk*
1 teaspoon white vinegar
1 cup rolled oats (not quick oats)
1 large egg, at room temperature
¼ cup dark brown sugar
½ cup butter, melted and cooled slightly
1 cup plus 2 Tablespoons all-purpose flour
¼ teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon baking powder
½ teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon nutmeg, freshly ground
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon, freshly ground
add-ins of your choosing (see above suggestions)

Combine milk, vinegar and oats in a large bowl and let stand one hour.

Preheat the oven to 375°F. Grease a twelve-cup muffin tin and line with cupcake papers.
Crack the egg into the oat and milk mixture; add brown sugar and mix to combine. Stir in melted butter.

Sift remaining ingredients into the bowl: flour, salt, baking powder, baking soda, & spices. Gently fold into batter, taking care not to over mix.

Sprinkle add-in and flavorings of your choice and combine muffin batter gently.

Use a large ice cream scoop or 1/3 cup measuring cup to scoop batter into muffin tins. Bake until light brown and tops spring back when gently touched, about 10-12 minutes. Note: Muffins will take slightly longer to bake if you are adding fresh fruit such as blueberries or rhubarb.
Remove from oven and cool in tins. To remove, run a sharp knife around the edges and pop muffins out. Enjoy!

*You may also substitute 1 cup buttermilk, and then omit the vinegar from the recipe.

One-Bowl Oatmeal Muffins: Flavor Combinations
1 cup Raspberries, fresh or frozen & ½ cup Dark Chocolate, chunks or chips
¾ cup Diced Apple (Granny Smith or Russet) and ½ cup toasted Walnuts, roughly chopped
¾ cup Dried Cranberries & ½ cup toasted Pecans, roughly chopped
¾ cup White Chocolate, chopped or chips & 1 cup Blueberries, fresh or frozen
½ cup toasted unsweetened Coconut & ¾ cup Peanut-Butter Chips
1 cup diced Rhubarb, fresh or frozen & ½ teaspoon Green Cardamom, freshly ground
¾ cup Dates, pitted and chopped & ½ cup Pistachios
¾ cup Golden Raisins & ¾ cup grated Carrot

13 comments:

Sam Kathryn said...

I love healthy recipes that taste good too! I made some muffins very similar to this recipe, but I wish mine were a bit more healthy :(

Great job!!

Kat said...

These look great, and the possibilities are endless! Thanks for sharing this wonderful recipe
!!

Pam said...

Your muffins look very good and tasty. Have you ever baked using Splenda brown sugar? That helps with the sugar issue also.

Megan said...

I knew, but I forgot. We all need to eat healthier. In fact, I'm (finaly) joining WW (again) and I think i need to put my blog on a diet. Getting a little thick in the middle.
Love all the combos. What a fun recipe!

Barbara Bakes said...

I'm always looking for a good healthier muffin recipe. This sounds like a winner!

Redbonegirl97 said...

Mmm apples and oatmeal, I have that for breakfast every other morning. As a muffin that would be great change.

Tiffany
http://liferequiresmorechocolate.blogspot.com

SprinkleBakes said...

I did not know that about you! I totally applaud your efforts, and it's very inspiring! I will make these for my dad sometime. He is diabetic but doing very well with his diet and no longer has to take shots!

嘴唇 said...

Cheek brings success.........................................

Megan said...

David was just informed that he too is diabetic - so it's been a challenge needless to say. I'm sure that I will be picking up a lot of tips from you.

Judy said...

These look very good. I've made oat muffins that call for soaking the oats in milk or egg first, and they're very moist and light.

Bethie said...

Beautiful. beautiful! Thank you for becoming my diabetes buddies. I soooo appreciate the support. It amazing what can bring two strangers together. Send me a muffin!

Ingrid said...

Eating disorders scare me. My youngest has been talking a lot about being chunky. She's not but she's also not rail thin like some of the other girls. Good luck to you and Shane.
~ingrid

Debbie said...

Sounds like a really good and tasty, healthy recipe. It's a keeper!

Thursday, March 4, 2010

Oatmeal and Apple Muffins

Maybe I have said before, I really can't remember, I am diabetic. Type 2. My blood sugars tend to run higher than they should. So when my friend Beth announced that she too was a "denyabetic" and that new changes were going to be made, that motivated me to make changes as well. I have 2 sons. My oldest one, Shane, is tall and skinny as a pencil. With his shirt off, you can count his ribs. My second son, Blake, is a little shorter and chunkier. He is my total foodie kid. Will eat anything, or at least try it. He told me last week that he was embarrassed by his body image and wanted to slim down. This is the other reason to get me thinking of a more healthy lifestyle for myself and my family. I worry about eating disorders, and know that it doesn't just choose females.

In between doing our daily "check ins" with each other, Beth sent me this link for these muffins. They use very little sugar..1/4 cup for 12 muffins! And I think that next time I will sub in honey instead of the sugar. This recipe only uses 1 cup of flour..next, maybe wheat flour. But the one thing that I liked about this recipe is that she gave us add in combo's and the amounts to use. I chose to chop up a granny smith apple and throw it in. These muffins are really, really good. They have been good for breakfast or an afternoon snack.

One-Bowl Oatmeal Muffins: Basic Recipe
Adapted from: Simple Bites

Be sure to read the recipe all the way through before getting started. You will note that the oats soak in the milk 1 hour prior to assembling the rest of the ingredients, so take that into consideration before starting out.
Makes 12 medium muffins

1 cup milk*
1 teaspoon white vinegar
1 cup rolled oats (not quick oats)
1 large egg, at room temperature
¼ cup dark brown sugar
½ cup butter, melted and cooled slightly
1 cup plus 2 Tablespoons all-purpose flour
¼ teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon baking powder
½ teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon nutmeg, freshly ground
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon, freshly ground
add-ins of your choosing (see above suggestions)

Combine milk, vinegar and oats in a large bowl and let stand one hour.

Preheat the oven to 375°F. Grease a twelve-cup muffin tin and line with cupcake papers.
Crack the egg into the oat and milk mixture; add brown sugar and mix to combine. Stir in melted butter.

Sift remaining ingredients into the bowl: flour, salt, baking powder, baking soda, & spices. Gently fold into batter, taking care not to over mix.

Sprinkle add-in and flavorings of your choice and combine muffin batter gently.

Use a large ice cream scoop or 1/3 cup measuring cup to scoop batter into muffin tins. Bake until light brown and tops spring back when gently touched, about 10-12 minutes. Note: Muffins will take slightly longer to bake if you are adding fresh fruit such as blueberries or rhubarb.
Remove from oven and cool in tins. To remove, run a sharp knife around the edges and pop muffins out. Enjoy!

*You may also substitute 1 cup buttermilk, and then omit the vinegar from the recipe.

One-Bowl Oatmeal Muffins: Flavor Combinations
1 cup Raspberries, fresh or frozen & ½ cup Dark Chocolate, chunks or chips
¾ cup Diced Apple (Granny Smith or Russet) and ½ cup toasted Walnuts, roughly chopped
¾ cup Dried Cranberries & ½ cup toasted Pecans, roughly chopped
¾ cup White Chocolate, chopped or chips & 1 cup Blueberries, fresh or frozen
½ cup toasted unsweetened Coconut & ¾ cup Peanut-Butter Chips
1 cup diced Rhubarb, fresh or frozen & ½ teaspoon Green Cardamom, freshly ground
¾ cup Dates, pitted and chopped & ½ cup Pistachios
¾ cup Golden Raisins & ¾ cup grated Carrot

13 comments:

Sam Kathryn said...

I love healthy recipes that taste good too! I made some muffins very similar to this recipe, but I wish mine were a bit more healthy :(

Great job!!

Kat said...

These look great, and the possibilities are endless! Thanks for sharing this wonderful recipe
!!

Pam said...

Your muffins look very good and tasty. Have you ever baked using Splenda brown sugar? That helps with the sugar issue also.

Megan said...

I knew, but I forgot. We all need to eat healthier. In fact, I'm (finaly) joining WW (again) and I think i need to put my blog on a diet. Getting a little thick in the middle.
Love all the combos. What a fun recipe!

Barbara Bakes said...

I'm always looking for a good healthier muffin recipe. This sounds like a winner!

Redbonegirl97 said...

Mmm apples and oatmeal, I have that for breakfast every other morning. As a muffin that would be great change.

Tiffany
http://liferequiresmorechocolate.blogspot.com

SprinkleBakes said...

I did not know that about you! I totally applaud your efforts, and it's very inspiring! I will make these for my dad sometime. He is diabetic but doing very well with his diet and no longer has to take shots!

嘴唇 said...

Cheek brings success.........................................

Megan said...

David was just informed that he too is diabetic - so it's been a challenge needless to say. I'm sure that I will be picking up a lot of tips from you.

Judy said...

These look very good. I've made oat muffins that call for soaking the oats in milk or egg first, and they're very moist and light.

Bethie said...

Beautiful. beautiful! Thank you for becoming my diabetes buddies. I soooo appreciate the support. It amazing what can bring two strangers together. Send me a muffin!

Ingrid said...

Eating disorders scare me. My youngest has been talking a lot about being chunky. She's not but she's also not rail thin like some of the other girls. Good luck to you and Shane.
~ingrid

Debbie said...

Sounds like a really good and tasty, healthy recipe. It's a keeper!