Brown Sugar Oatmeal Muffins

What do you do when you’re excited? Do you scream in random outbursts? Do a little dance (and then slip because you are wearing socks on a hardwood floor)? Fidget non-stop?

I happen to do a combination of all of those. Apparently from a young age anyone could tell that I was excited because my hands wouldn’t stop shaking. But now I’ve also picked up the habit of yelling and singing when I’m excited (when I’m in my house), and becoming some sort of a Southern Christian preacher.

Southern preachers are the best. I had the honor of watching a sermon by one recently and I will never forget it. The style of a Southern preacher is to start off by reading a Bible verse that is very general so that they can talk about anything, and then go off. And in the heat of the sermon, a chord on the organ must be hit after every one or two words they say (I felt bad for the organ player, he thought his job was done after the choir sang).  And when I say talk about anything, I mean ANYTHING. It goes something like this (this is a direct quote):

“BACK IN SOUTH CAROLINA” *chord* “WE GOT PINE TREES” *chord* “THAT’S WHY WE CALL IT PINEVILLE” *chord* *chord a half step up* *soft cymbal roll* *chorus of Amens*

I loved it. My mom, little sister, and I were smiling the entire time. We just love Jesus so much.

The point of all of this was that I was yelling and screaming after I took these muffins out of the oven and tried them.

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They were so. SO. MOIST!!

The secret? The greek yogurt. Did you know that you can use it in place of butter in certain recipes?

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Normally moist is an uncomfortable word, but in this case, it was fantastic. The muffins were so airy and light, not too sweet, not bland. It was just a good time. I ate two of them the day I made them.

I’m so happy this recipe turned out well, and I hope you’ll like them too.

BROWN SUGAR OATMEAL MUFFINS

makes 12 muffins

For Muffins:

Dry Ingredients:

  • 1 cup white whole wheat flour
  • 1 cup oatmeal
  • 1/2 cup dark brown sugar
  • generous dash of salt
  • 1 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp nutmeg
  • generous dash of allspice

Wet Ingredients:

  • 3/4 cup almond milk (or milk of choice)
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 cup greek yogurt
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/4 cup melted coconut oil

For Streusel Topping:

  • 1/2 cup oatmeal
  • 3 tbsps brown sugar
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 2 tbsps melted coconut oil

Instructions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350º F.
  2. In one bowl, mix all the dry ingredients together. In another bowl mix all the wet ingredients. (Adjust the measurements of the sugar and spices to your preference! If you would like it sweeter, add more sugar! Want more cinnamon? You can add it! A recipe shouldn’t be a strict guide-don’t be afraid to stray away from them sometimes. That’s how you learn to cook and rely more on that chef instinct buried deep inside of you.)
  3. Combine the wet and dry ingredients and mix well, being careful not to overmix.
  4. In a separate bowl, mix the streusel ingredients together.
  5. Take a muffin pan and grease well with non-stick baking spray or another oil. Scoop mix into muffin tin and sprinkle the top with streusel.
  6. Place in oven and bake for 15 minutes, or until an inserted toothpick comes out clean.
  7. Remove from muffin pan and allow to cool, or eat warm with a cup of hot tea.

 

Enjoy! Good luck with your New Year’s Resolutions! But also remember that you don’t need to wait until the start of a new year to make a major change in your life! Thank you for reading, as always.