Sunday, November 19, 2006

Oatmeal Muffins with Dates and Walnuts

I love muffins, and I have a lot of fun creating new combinations both sweet and savory. Because I bake frequently and I keep all my baking supplies together in two bins on a shelf in the kitchen, I can pull these muffins together in ten minutes, pop them in the oven, and hbave them ready 15-20 minutes later. So I can make them for breakfast even on weekday mornings. I love the smell of warm muffins baking while I get dressed. Then I can sit down with a fresh baked muffin, a cup of coffee and some butter and pretend I'm having a calm, peaceful Martha Stewart-like breakfast experience even if my daughter is whining and my husband just rushed out the door to work.

You can use this muffin base to make oatmaeal muffins with almost any combinations of add-ins - nuts, seeds, dried fruit, etc. Add up to 1.5 cups of whatever you like. If you prefer a sweeter muffin, you can use 1/4-1/2 cup sugar and increased milk to 1 cup. Maple syrup can also be used in place of the honey.

Oatmeal Muffins with Dates and Walnuts

1 cup flour
1 cup old fashioned oats
1/4 cup wheat germ
2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
1 egg
1/4 cup oil
1/4 cup honey
3/4 cup milk
1/2 cup walnuts
3/4 cup chopped dates

Mix all ingredients together. Fill lined or greased muffin cups and bake at 400F for 15-20 minutes. Makes 10-12 muffin depending on how full you fill the cups.


Anonymous said...

Good morning! Muffins do have a way of making a house smell good in the morning. We haven't made any in a while, but this sounds like a good idea. We all like oatmeal and I haven't ever tried oatmeal muffins. I'll have to make some with and without nuts. My oldest daughter has this thing about not eating anything with nuts in it lately. *grin*


Tam said...

I plan on sharing this recipe with friends & family. Hope you don't mind.

Silvia Violet said...

I don't mind at all Tam, I want everyone to feel free to share the recipes I post. I love to share cooking with others.

catt said...

ohh, cool. i am always looking for new recipes of muffins and well everything i have a feeling i will be visiting your blog alot LOL

emma said...

i love muffins..............including stud muffins......
now if only i knew a recipe for those.............i be so very happy.

Roses are Red,
Violets are Blue,
make me a muffin,
with plenty of stuffing,


kaisquared said...

Yum! Must make these soon, looks like a great tasty way to sneak fiber into family!

And Emma, if you find that recipe for stud muffins, please share!

Liz said...

Sounds Good Silvia
Do you ever make butter to go with them?
I like to and then make honey butter for muffins and such

Beth said...

These sound great

Silvia Violet said...

Hi Catt! Glad you're finding my recipes useful.

Emma, if I find a stud muffin recipes I'll be sure to post it.

Liz, I haven't had these particular muffins with honey butter but I'll have to try that!

Sherry said...

Hi, Silvia! The only thing about the recipe I wouldn't like would be the dates. Just not big on those. Wonder how it would taste if I left that out? The peppermint cocoa recipe sounds yummy. Its that time of the year. :)

Sophia Danu said...

Oooohhh, these sound delicious! I am huge walnut fan! I also noticed your Giada blog and love her too! I am almost embarrassed to say that I set the DVR to record her mid-day episode. Thanks for the recipe!

Anonymous said...

This sounds great, Silvia!


Becky said...

Hi Silvia! I love muffins! This recipe sounded so yummy that I made it this afternoon. It was absolutely delicious. Hope to see around more often. I haven't been able to get to many chats lately. I've been rather busy.