This morning I posted an entry on The Art of Hospitality over on the PrettySweet: Heaven-Minded blog. I am now posting this recipe to go along with it, because truly - it's a great breakfast recipe for overnight guests. Bacon, eggs, oatmeal chocolate chip cookie muffins, and maybe fruit? Coffee or tea? It's the way to go.
These muffins have a great texture from the oatmeal - and a great crunch from the sprinkle of turbinado sugar on the top. Don't leave this step out. I almost forgot until I took one more look at the recipe...and then pulled the muffins right back out of the oven and added the topping. It's a fairly healthy muffin recipe, too. Fairly. ;)
Just don't make fun of how much milk that my coffee requires...Got it?
These muffins are best right out of the oven, but they really are still good for the next few days. If you reheat them, say, in the microwave, feel free to add another little sprinkle of the turbinado sugar to pull the crunch back into play. Those sugar crystals tend to dissolve overnight...
Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookie Muffins
Makes twelve muffins
1 c. rolled oats (I did quick oats)
1 c. milk (I used skim + a little half & half)
1/3 cup brown sugar
1 1/2 tsp. vanilla extract or vanilla bean paste
1/4 c. butter, melted1 c. whole wheat pastry flour (or all-purpose flour)
1 tsp. baking soda
1/4 tsp salt
1/2 tsp. ground cinnamon
1 c. chocolate chips (I used half milk and half semi-sweet)
sprinkle of raw turbinado sugar
Preheat your oven to 350 degrees. Add the oats to a bowl and cover with 1 cup of milk. Let the oats soak for 5 or 10 minutes while you prepare the other ingredients.
Whisk the egg and the brown sugar together in a large bowl until smooth. Add vanilla and melted butter, whisking again until smooth. In another bowl, mix the dry ingredients: flour, baking soda, salt, and cinnamon. Add both dry mixture and the oat mixture to the egg mixture. Fold in the chocolate chips.
Line your muffin tin with paper liners. Evenly distribute muffin batter into the twelve cups. Sprinkle the tops of each muffin with raw turbinado sugar. Bake the muffins for 15-18 or until brown and cooked through. Serve with a pat of butter on the top, if desired.
Adapted from How Sweet It Is