Oatmeal Cranberry Muffins

I don’t know about you, but I get burned out on weekday breakfast food pretty easily. English muffins, oatmeal, multigrain waffles…blerg. I’m always on the lookout for something new to try. Using what I could find in my pantry, these Oatmeal Cranberry Muffins are a welcomed addition to the morning routine. Although, they aren’t as good as my favorite–Maple Chocolate Chip Muffins, but they are certainly healthier.

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Ingredients

1 cup flour
1 tablespoon baking powder
1/2 cup brown sugar
2 cups old-fashioned oats
3/4 cup dried cranberries
2 eggs
1 cup buttermilk
6 tablespoons sunflower oil
1 tablespoon vanilla extract

1. Preheat oven to 400 and line pan with paper liners.
2. In a large bowl, combine flour, baking powder, sugar oats and cranberries.
3. Beat eggs and add buttermilk, oil and vanilla. Add to dry ingredients and stir until just combined.
4. Spoon batter into muffin pan and bake for 20 minutes.

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Monday Muffins

I completely identify with Garfield. We both love lasagna and hate Mondays. To ease into the harsh realities of Monday I often turn to this recipe. It’s quick and easy and involves dark chocolate and syrup. I think Buddy the Elf would completely approve of this breakfast dish, Chocolate Chip Maple Muffins. In my defense, I usually combine it with some type of fruit so I don’t feel so guilty. Okay, okay, but then sometimes I eat two.

Ingredients

1 cup flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
2 tablespoons sugar
2/3 cup buttermilk
1 egg
2 tablespoons maple syrup (I use Trader Joe’s)
2 tablespoons melted butter
1/2 cup dark chocolate chips (Depending on what the week holds, I might be generous on this)

1. Preheat oven to 350.
2. Combine flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt and sugar in a medium bowl and sift with a wire whisk.
3. In another bowl, stir buttermilk, egg, maple syrup and melted butter until just combined.
4. Add wet ingredients to dry and stir.
5. Bake 15 minutes.

Now you’re ready for the week! If you’re feeling adventurous, add some crumbled bacon on top.