Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Tuesday's Treasure

Since I am only running 1 mile per day & otherwise "resting" then I am not motivated to get outside at 5 a.m.  Not when it's dark, cold & WINDY.  (That wind & seeing flapping flags everywhere is getting on my last nerve....grrrrr.)  Today was another rushed morning & a full busy day so I jumped on a treadmill to get my mile in before teaching my pilates class.  There was no treasure to find, since I was not out & about. 

However, due to Suzie's comment yesterday (it's always about her, isn't it ; ) ) I thought I would still share a treasure with you.  That being my homemade from scratch muffin recipe.  I don't remember where I got this recipe, but I do remember whatever it was originally based on I tweed it to my specifications.  Mostly to accommodate my "large" family, but I have vague recollection of making modifications to amounts of something that you put in.  I've been using this specific recipe for over a year so I lay claims to make it "my recipe".  Feel free to take it for yourself and enjoy.

~ 3 C. flour
~ 3 C. oatmeal
~ 2 C. sugar
~ 2 tsp. baking powder
~ 2 eggs
~ 2 C. milk
~ 1/2 C. oil
~ vanilla (don't ask me how much I always just add some in)

~ Mix dry ingredients.  Add wet ingredients. 
~ Bake at 400 degrees for 20 minutes

~ Can add extra ingredients such as raisins, chocolate chips, frozen berries, etc. for added taste.

I never make them plain, I always add something for flavor.  For my more picky kids (one specifically who refuses to eat oatmeal) I add chocolate chips.  In yesterday's batch I added the Andes Mint chocolate chips for an added treat.  He agrees to deal with & eat the "icky" oatmeal in exchange for a treat.  I can live with that.  I still got him to eat some healthier oatmeal.

This recipe will make approximately 3 dozen.  I often make several batches of various flavors to have on hand for a snack or rushed breakfast.  They freeze very well.  (Hint, if you freeze them take the wrapper off first).  It also helps when I am faced with no time to whip something up.  I can take however many I need out of the freezer and zap it in the microwave & wa-la, I am good to go.  Another added bonus is when I want a little snack or treat I take 1 (ok sometimes 2) out and nuke it for me.  Since they are not out laying around at room temp I am less likely to eat way more than I need.

If you make this recipe, let me know how they turn out.  If you have a nice healthy recipe to share, blog about it & let me know.  Or share it in my comment section.  I'm always looking for more food treasures to add to my menu.


  1. Thank you for making it about me. It is, after all, as the world should be:)

  2. Thanks for sharing this recipe! I can't wait to try it since I'm just not digging the from scratch muffin recipe I've been using for a while.
    I just linked here from TMB, as a big family mama your name caught my eye. :)