Muffin Monday: Blueberry Orange Oatmeal Muffins
Okay guys. I have some major news. No, I’m not pregnant but I do have a new baby to welcome to the blog. His name is Mr. Reginald, but you can call him Reggie for short. We’re all friends here, right?
So if you’ve been following me on Instagram and/or Twitter, then you’ve probably seen me talk about my new baby. I’ve been wanting to upgrade to a dslr for the longest time, but since I was full-time grad student living off of financial aid, I just didn’t have the expenses to invest in one. But now that I’ve graduated and working a full-time job, I immediately went to my Amazon wishlist to finally buy the Canon Rebel T2i along with the Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 II lens, aka Reggie.
So why did I choose Canon over Nikon? Well, I’m no camera expert but being the Canon girl that I am since I was about 16 years old (I went through about 5-6 Canon point and shoot cameras since then), I just couldn’t make the change to Nikon. Another deciding factor was that some of my favorite bloggers, Michelle over at Brown Eyed Baker and Cassie at Bake Your Day, use the same type of camera and lens, so in hopes of creating such beautiful photos like them, I decided to go with this model.
It’s hard to express just how happy I am with this camera. As soon as I took that first test shot, I experienced a type of euphoria that I’ve never felt before. I literally squealed so loudly that I’m sure my neighbors were completely annoyed with me. Jason just had this big grin on his face as I was snapping shots all over the bedroom until he finally said, “I’m so happy that you’re so happy.”
Yeah, I’m happy. Incredibly over-the-top-rainbows-unicorns-Disneyland-Christmas happy. You get the point, right? But this happiness comes with a price, more specifically, rationality. I swear, I grabbed the camera to take some food shots but as I looked through the viewfinder, it was completely black. Trying to hold back the tears thinking that I broke Reggie, it took about 5 minutes for me to realize that the lens cap was on. Oops.
Well there you have it, the longest intro, which was actually more like an essay, welcoming Reggie. Now let’s move on to Muffin Monday, shall we?
This week’s assigned Muffin Monday was Oatmeal Muffins with Raisins, Dates, and Walnuts, but since I wasn’t in much of a dried fruit/nutty mood, I decided to substitute blueberries instead of the raisins, dates and walnuts. I also swapped out the buttermilk and used yogurt to get that really light and fluffy texture. And the final adaptation was adding a sprinkling of turbinado sugar for that extra sugary crunch on top, a tip that I learned from Lyn at The Lovely Pantry.
As these were baking in the oven, it gave off such an aromatic, cinnamon-y smell throughout the house, which is just want you want on a sunny, Saturday afternoon. Once I finished taking these pictures, Jason and I dove right into the babies. They were still warm from the oven and oh-so-light with every bite. The chunks of blueberries throughout was an added bonus and that subtle, crunchy, sweet topping was the absolute best. These are perfect as a healthy breakfast item but can still serve as a sweet midnight snack that’ll hit the spot.
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Blueberry Orange Oatmeal Muffins (adapted from Simply Recipes):
- 1 cup all-purpose flour
- 1 cup rolled oats, plus more for sprinkling
- 1/2 cup brown sugar, packed
- 1/2 teaspoon of cinnamon
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, melted and cooled
- 1 cup plain yogurt
- 1 large egg, beaten
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 cup blueberries
- Zest of 1 orange
- Turbinado sugar, for sprinkling
Start by preheating the oven to 400 degrees F and lining a muffin pan with some liners. I was in such a fun mood with the new camera and all so I used the leopard print ones.
Then go ahead and combine the dry ingredients.
In a separate bowl, combine the wet ingredients - butter, yogurt, egg and vanilla.
Combine the wet to dry ingredients. Use a rubber spatula so you’re not overworking the dough. Overworking = tough muffins.
Stir in the blueberries and orange zest. I like using frozen blueberries because they don’t pop and create a mess in your batter.
Be sure not too eat all the raw batter. Just a taste or two is fine.
Then scoop them up into the muffin tray and sprinkle some oats and raw sugar. I got about 11 muffins, which bugs the crap out of me. I hate having an empty hole!
And in the oven it goes. Mine took about 18 minutes.
Cool them on a wire rack or just eat them hot from the oven like I did.
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