From the kitchen of One Perfect Bite...These muffins remind me of the ones my father enjoyed. His favorites were made with oatmeal and bran and they were gnarly enough to scare any self-respecting germ away. His pronouncement as he ate them was always, "Now these will grow hair on your chest." Imagine the effect that had on a literal-minded girl child. I was scarred for life, and to this day I can't look at a bran muffin, much less eat one. At any rate, these apple-oatmeal muffins are nearly as gnarly and almost as good for you as the ones my father loved, save for the fact they taste better and do not encourage hair growth. Better still, they are very easy to make. If you are looking for a healthy, fully loaded muffin, I think you'll enjoy these. Here is how they are made.
Apple-Oatmeal Muffins...from the kitchen of One Perfect Bite courtesy of Good Housekeeping magazine
2 cups old-fashioned or quick-cooking oats
1-1/4 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 cup packed brown sugar
2 teaspoons baking powder
3/4 teaspoon baking soda
3/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 cup buttermilk
2 tablespoons vegetable oil
1 large egg, lightly beaten
1 cup (1 to 2 medium) shredded Golden Delicious or Granny Smith apples
1/2 cup walnuts, chopped
1) Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Grease 16 standard muffin-pan cups.
2) In a large bowl, combine oats, flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, salt, and ground cinnamon.
3) In a medium bowl, with fork, beat buttermilk, oil, and egg until well blended; stir in shredded apples. Add apple mixture to flour mixture, and stir just until flour mixture is moistened. Batter will be thick and lumpy. Stir in chopped walnuts.
4) Spoon batter into prepared muffin-pan cups. Bake 23 to 25 minutes or until muffins begin to brown and toothpick inserted in center of muffins comes out clean. Immediately remove muffins from pan. Serve warm, or cool on wire rack to serve later. Yield: 16 muffins.
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