Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Oatmeal Raisin Muffins

I have a serious problem. I can't stop making muffins. Once you get the basic proportions down of wet to dry, you can ad lib to your heart's content. Muffins have now become a staple on my lunch, and they come in handy when I need an energy boost after a squash game. I am going to noodle around with the recipe in the future--I think oat flour, spelt flour, etc, would work just as well as the wheat flour.

INGREDIENTS
Makes 12 muffins
- 1/2 cup raisins
- 1 1/2 cups all purpose flour
- 2 tsp baking powder
- 1/2 tsp baking soda
- 1/2 cup brown sugar
- 2 tsp cinnamon
- 1/2 tsp nutmeg
- 1/2 tsp nutmeg
- 1/4 tsp allspice
- 1/4 tsp cloves
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1 1/4 cup oat bran
- 1 cup oatmeal (plus extra for muffin tops)
- 1 1/2 cup soy milk
- 1/3 cup canola oil
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 2 tsp maple extract

METHOD
Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Lightly grease a muffin tin.
1. Soak raisins in hot water.
2. Whisk together flour, baking powder and soda, sugar, spices, salt, and bran in a bowl. Mix in oatmeal. In a separate bowl, whisk together soy milk, oil, and extracts until well-blended.
3. Add to dry ingredients and mix until just moist. Divide batter into muffin tins and sprinkle some oatmeal over each muffin. Bake for 18-20 mins, until a toothpick comes out clean.

Here is the view from my front porch. This is pretty much how things have looked for the past week or so. Makes you want to curl up by the fire with a cup of tea and a muffin.

26 comments:

Holly said...

Ouch! You must live pretty far north! I'm in Ottawa and we haven't seen anything like this yet! (*knocks on wood*)

shelby said...

I had the same problem a couple weeks back...I made muffins at least twice a week. Now that has passed but seeing your muffins makes me want to start up again!


I'm sorry but that picture brings tears to my eyes...it's what will happen where I live soon and I hate snow!!!

Joanna said...

If they had a muffin clinic, we would both need to be in it. I am addicted, too!!! I make about 3 batches a week. They are just the perfect food.

miss v said...

i love oatmeal raisin cookies. this sounds delish.

mustardseed said...

You are beyond awesome! (by the way, I love squash too!)

By oatmeal, are you referring to rolled oats?

Amy said...

Brrr!

allularpunk said...

i'm totally addicted to your muffin recipes. i made a double batch of the pumpkin/apple/raisin ones last night and brought half in to work. everyone loves them and these oatmeal raisin ones look awesome too!

happyherbivore.com said...

I'm so jealous -- beautiful!!!

Kara said...

What a beautiful street! It almost makes me wish it would snow for real in Chicago. Almost.

bohemiangirlpdx said...

The view from your front porch looks lovely! Living in Portland, all we have is gray and rain in the winter (except under rare circumstances). I so miss snow!

Thanks for sharing your muffin passion. The gray and rain have been putting me in the mood for muffins, too.

Anonymous said...

I was wondering what to do with my sweet potatoes! Mmmm! And the view looks great! Just drizzling here in CO, still cold enough for a fire though.

The Wind Attack said...

I love living in California, but man do I miss the days of waking up to snow and warming up the house by making some happy vegan muffins and raspberry tea.

The Wind Attack said...

I love living in California, but man do I miss the days of waking up to snow and warming up the house by making some happy vegan muffins and raspberry tea.

Geoff said...

These do turn out great! I used whole oat flour instead of white flour, and flax seed meal instead of oat bran.

Carla said...

Looks great. What do you reckon is the ratio of dry vs. wet? I do some freestyle baking with recipes I already know, but would love to just make something up based on ratios if you know that. And can I say 'brrr', down in Ottawa no snow on the ground right now!

Grey said...

Yes, oat and spelt flour are wonderful in muffins. With spelt, just don't stir too much or the gluten can be damaged some (you get really flat muffins). Oat is great! Just finished off a couple of blueberry-oat muffins myself.

Mihl said...

Ha ha, I have the same problem :D
These look so good!

Peace, Love and Veganism said...

Wow - what a beautiful snowfall! We got our first dusting in VA just this past week - really early for us! Those muffins look awesome, too! I love making (and eating) muffins. My favs are pumpkin-carob (The Vegan Lunchbox cookbook) and coconut-almond-banana-carob (from ExtraVeganza).

Anonymous said...

please post a low-carb recipe now. :) thanks...

Anonymous said...

Beautiful picture!! Muffins sound awesome!!!
Denise

Vegan Dad said...

carla,
I guess I'm not sure of the exact ratio (it just sounded good to say that), but if you look at my muffin recipes, the flour and bran measurements are pretty much constant, as are the soymilk and oil measurements.

Brooke said...

Awwww, I live in the AZ desert....it sure doesn't look like that here! I miss snow.

Claire said...

you know what that picture of snowiness makes me want to do? hibernate and grow an exoskeleton of fuzzy sweatsuit. winter makes me terrifically lazy. even just looking at snow makes me sleepy. or just relaxed. i think i should make muffins soon, instead of cherry-almond strudel, which went well. blend almonds with rice milk and a dash sugar and vanilla, and you have uncooked marzipan. layer in the bottom of your strudel and it cooks up soft and smooth.

however, it's not a very healthy. bran is better!

Eve Love said...

it looks like this over here to. i've been curling up by the fire with cups of tea all week...

EL said...

I know what you mean about making muffins! same here! Maybe its something about the onset of winter and some snow flurries. If you want a good filling muffin, I made the "Full Meal Muffins" by the Vegan Lunchbox Mom - So yummy, vegan, and easy:) here is the link to her recipe in case you ever decide to make these
http://shmooedfood.blogspot.com/2007/02/full-meal-muffins.html

Weltengreif said...

Awesome! That spice mix is a killer!