I stayed up way too late last night, but we had muffins for breakfast this morning. Not muffins from a box either. Real muffins. I did all the prep work last night, so this morning all I had to do was heat the oven, mix everything together, and wait for the muffins to bake. Yum.
It's a filling recipe, and even pretty good for you. I've modified it quite a bit from wherever I originally got it, so I thought I'd share.
Oatmeal Fruit Muffins makes 12 regular muffins
2 large eggs
1/3 cup maple syrup
3 tablespoons orange juice
1 cup milk
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ground allspice
1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
zest of one orange
1 1/2 cups old-fashioned rolled oats
1 cup whole wheat flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 to 1 cup dried fruit (I use cranberries, cherries and chopped apricots)
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray muffin tin thoroughly with oil.
In a large mixing bowl, whisk eggs and add maple syrup, orange juice and milk. Continue whisking and add vanilla, the spices and orange zest. In another bowl, mix together oats, flour, baking powder and salt. Stir flour mixture into egg mixture with a spoon. Fold in fruit.
Fill the muffin tin with batter (each cup about 2/3 full) and bake for 15-20 minutes, until muffins are firm in the center.
But what's even better than a tasty muffin? A smiling baby, of course.