Thursday, November 19, 2009

Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Muffins

I have become quite a fan of muffins for breakfast. Unlike pancakes or waffles, you don't really have to tend to them while they are cooking. Timer rings, you take them out and eat. Plus, they're pretty easy to whip up. Here's a recipe I like to use. It's pretty healthy on it's own, but you can make your own changes as you like.

Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Muffins

1 Cup flour
1 Cup oatmeal flour (just grind up some rolled oats in the blender)
1/2 white sugar
1 tea. baking pwd.
1/2 tea. baking soda
1/2 tea. salt
1/4 Cup milk
1/2 Cup plain yogurt
1/3 Cup vegetable oil
1 egg
3/4 Cup chocolate chips
1 tea. vanilla

Mix and spoon batter into greased muffin tins, 2/3 way full. Bake at 350 degrees for 15 minutes. Makes 12 muffins. Serve warm with fruit.

Some variations: If you don't have yogurt, you can use sour cream, though not as healthy. You can also use milk and a tablespoon of lemon juice in place of the yogurt... or, you can just use plain old milk. Instead of oil, you can use applesauce, but I prefer the texture that oil gives, so sometimes I just use half the oil and half applesauce to get the best of both worlds. And why oatmeal flour? This is mainly a texture issue. The muffins stick together better with oatmeal flour than with regular rolled oats.

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