Sometimes you don't need a reason to bake something simple yet special. Life itself is worth celebrating - everyday. I accidentally came across this super simple recipe on my favourite baking site as I was hunting for some kid friendly yet healthy baking recipes - something hardcore simple and hardcore healthy. There are plenty of bogus recipes out there which promise you health in your food but end up asking for a lot of unhealthy additions which make the outcome rather sinful and make you guilty of even having eaten it.
Although I love baking with maida (all purpose flour), the guilt trip that I later embark on is rather unpleasant. To add to that, I am seriously working towards getting a fitter body than I currently own. I had mentioned in my earlier post about my diet regimen that sometimes goes for a toss when I give in to tempations. This was not to be with this recipe. Unless you are trying to avoid one or more of the listed ingredients completely, I think it's very healthy especially for fussy kids (and mommies of those kids trying to stay healthy).
I will leave my gyaan baazi (doling out generous amounts of knowledge & advice) on the benefits of Whole Wheat & Oats for another post, for now I want to wish an old friend (Hyacinth) & a new one (May) a very Happy Birthday and God's abundant blessings of health & happiness! As you grow a year older & wiser, may you find new friends, renew old ties, grow in love with your families and praise and thank God each day for the wonderful blessing of 'Life'! Have a FANTASTIC day girls!!
Whole Wheat & Oat Muffins
- 1 cup (130gms) whole wheat flour
- 1 cup (150gms) oat bran * see note
- 1/3 cup (75gms) light brown sugar
- 1 1/2 tsp baking powder
- 1/2 tsp baking soda
- 1/4 tsp salt
- 1/4 tsp ground cinnamon
- 1 tsp grated orange zest (skin)
- 1 large egg lightly beaten
- 1/4 cup (60ml) honey (the recipe asked for unsulphered molasses - I didnt have any)
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 2 tbsp odourless oil (I used light olive oil)
- 1 1/4 cup (300ml) milk
- 1/2 cup (70gm) raisins (I used a lot less, but i wish i didnt cut back on this as it lends a nice flavour to the muffins)
I used regular quick cooking oats (Quaker Oats) as I didnt have Oat bran. In India Oat bran and wheat bran is available by a brand named Bagrry's.
1. If you are using rolled oats instead of oat bran, I suggest you powder it a little in a mixer grinder before using it unless you like the grainy texture of the muffins
2. In a large bowl sift the dry ingredients together - sugar, cinnamon, wheat flour, oats, orange zest, baking soda, baking powder & salt
3. In another bowl mix the lightly beaten egg, milk, honey, oil & vanilla extract. Pour this mixture into the bowl of dry ingredients & mix well. Toss in the raisins and incorporate.
4. Grease a 12 cup muffin tray with oil & dust it with flour (unless you are using muffin cups). Pour out spoonfulls of batter into the cups.
5. Bake in a preheated oven at 205 degree C for 16-17 minutes or till the skewer comes out clean
6. Enjoy this light snack with a hot cup of coffee.