Monday, September 12, 2011

Oat Flakes Muffin

"Hmmm...what is a granola?"

That was my initial question for this week's Muffin Monday. My ever reliable Mr. Google said thru  wikipedia that is is breakfast cereal with oats, dried fruits and nuts.

Okay, I don't have granola in my cupboard and so are the other ingredients.  I actually thought of not baking this week but after further contemplation, I decided to go through with it and just substitute.  By third week doing Muffin Monday, I should know how to do that by now, right?

So here are the ingredients I substituted:

Granola - Oat Flakes (by Quaker)
low fat milk - 1/4 cup water and 1/4 cup yogurt
canola oil - vegetable oil
whole wheat flour - all purpose flour

The batter resulted to a watery consistency, just like that of a pancake batter.  Was it because I used oat flakes? Or the flour? Or both?

Since I am not a fan of raisins, I just put some in 4 muffins :)

The muffins came out with that lovely dome top but after 3 minutes out of the oven, they looked like this:

What happened!?!

Well, what else can I do?  I took one and had a bite...where is the honey?  I should have added some muscovado to this, Oh I should have! I was actually planning to do that! Why did I hesitate?

I'm a sweet tooth and I'm looking for (more) sweetness to it.  I ate some more but this time, I added blueberry jam...there! It's fine now *wink*

It's not bad at all.  It resembles (for me) a pancake in a muffin form *wink*

Oh, by the way @BlissfulLiving2 dropped by my house and ate some.  It's fine she said, healthy foods normally tastes like this, less sweet.

Do they?

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Granola Muffins

1 cup granola
1/2 cup low-fat milk
1 cup golden raisins
1 cup whole wheat flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
2 large or extra large eggs
1/4 cup mild honey, such as clover
1/2 cup buttermilk or plain low-fat yogurt
1/4 cup canola oil
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
Preheat the oven to 375ºF with a rack in the middle. Grease 12 muffin cups.
In a bowl combine the granola and milk in a bowl and let sit for 30 minutes. 

Meanwhile, cover the raisins with hot water and soak for 15 minutes. Drain and dry on paper towels.
Sift together whole wheat flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt.
In medium bowl, beat together the eggs, honey, buttermilk or yogurt, canola oil and vanilla. Quickly whisk in the flour, then fold in the granola and raisins. 

Combine well
Spoon into muffin cups, filling each about 3/4 full.
Bake 20 to 25 minutes, until lightly browned. Cool in the tins for 10 minutes, then unmold and cool on a rack.

Yield: 12 muffins


  1. Yeah, the oat flakes may be the culprit. Granola is chunky, hearty, and much crunchier. There are usually sweeteners added to granola as well, whether they are natural or the cane sugar variety, so they probably would have been sweeter with it. It was worth a shot though, right? Kudos to you for experimenting with the recipe and working with what you had on hand! :)

  2. Pancake Muffins! Sound delicious! Give it a shot and make your own granola, I promise its totally worth it. :)

  3. They do look like tall mini-pancakes! Mine tasted less sweet too with the amount of honey in the recipe, but I preferred them that way because they are supposed to be healthy anyway ;-). So your friend was right in her assessment.

  4. Mine came out a bit flatter than I hoped for too! I'm no expert but I'd say the oat flakes are much softer than granola, plus all that liquid (diluted milk)....but you fixed it with the jam:) good call!

  5. I enjoyed the subtle sweetness of these muffins. Made my own granola which was only sweetened with agave, store-bought granola is candy in disguise. Your muffins look cute and I bet the jam made them much better :)

  6. Good for you for pushing through and making Muffin Monday happen despite not having all of the ingredients! Well done :)

  7. These muffins are something I still have to keep tweaking. These are the least sweet of the muffins we've made, though good thinking eating them with jam.

  8. You had me at pancake! I love muffins, and I love pancakes! These sound perfect, and seriously look perfect to me! Hugs, Terra


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