Jan 11, 2011
Hillary

Ginger Cranberry Oatmeal Muffins

Ginger Cranberry Oatmeal Muffins!

First we have a white Christmas and now we have not just ONE snow day but TWO snow days!! This all reminds me of Chicago weather except the whole city has shut down! Grocery store shelves are empty, all schools and businesses closed, and I have yet to see a snow plow or truck drive by! In Chicago, they had this all down to a science and people don’t blink an eye at ice, snow, a combo, etc.! My first year up there I was like a kid in a candy store so excited to see the first snow of the season and by the time I left I was like everyone else not being phased by what we call a blizzard down here in the south!

I’m always a breakfast food person but it’s on mornings like this you just want a cup of tea, coffee, or hot chocolate and and a homemade baked good of some sort. At least that’s what I always crave. I made these muffins a few weeks ago and loved them! The oatmeal and whole wheat flour helps make them more hardy and the sprinkle of ginger and cardamom are a great, delicious twist!

Here is what you’ll need to make these wonderful breakfast muffins!

Ingredients:

(Adapted from Everybody Likes Sandwiches. Makes 12 muffins.)

  • 1 cup oats
  • 1 cup low fat buttermilk
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup canola oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon ginger
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • sprinkle cardamom
  • 1/2 cup chopped walnuts
  • 1/2 cup dried cranberries

There is some sort of comfort I get from baking and making a quick bread or muffin like this is so easy yet the result is so much better than anything you could buy in a store! To start, combine the oats and buttermilk in a ¬†bowl and let sit for about an hour. After the hour is up, add the egg, brown sugar and canola oil and mix everything with a wooden spoon until thoroughly combined. To the same bowl, add the salt, baking powder and baking soda and give everything a stir before adding the remaining dry ingredients. Add the cinnamon, cardamom, ginger and the whole wheat flour and stir everything in until the dry ingredients are just combined. You don’t want to work the batter too much or your muffins won’t be as light or fluffy as they could be. Last thing to add are your cranberries and walnuts.

Muffin batter all mixed and ready for muffin pans!

Preheat the oven to 400 and line a 12 cup muffin pan with muffin liners or if you are out, just grease the muffin cups. Spoon the batter into each cup and fill each cup about 3/4 of the way. I’ve mentioned it before, but if you fill all 12 cups and still have a little left over, just go ahead and add a little bit to each cup. Worst case is that you have an extra large muffin but I never consider that a bad thing!

Bake the muffins for 20 minutes and a toothpick comes out clean from the center. The tops will get a golden brown and your kitchen should be wonderfully fragrant!

Muffins right out of the oven!

All that is left to do is cool for just a few minutes and then enjoy!

Ginger cranberry oatmeal muffin ready to eat!

On cold, snowy days you just want to be cozy and I think that’s a good word to use for these muffins: cozy! The whole grains make it a satisfying addition to your breakfast so if you’re trying to start the new year off with a healthy diet, you won’t find yourself still starving and grabbing one or two more muffins. Now, they are pretty delicious so I can’t promise you won’t want to grab another one for that reason alone! But at least there is oatmeal and whole wheat flour! Not that I need to run out the door and make a class or meeting this morning, but for those not snowed or iced in their home, I wanted to mention that muffins like these are perfect for the mornings that you don’t ¬†have time to sit down for a nutritious/energizing breakfast. Well no matter if you’re in a wintery mix region or in a sunny warm location, these muffins are sure to bring you a wonderful start to your day! For now, that’s ginger cranberry oatmeal muffins…in the shell of a nut!

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