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Blueberry & Raspberry Oatmeal Muffins

Last Saturday I went blueberry picking with Mary and Jenna. For me, the main goal was to hang out with the girls: I did not really have any "projects" in mind for the blueberries that I picked (all 7 pounds of them!). That's why I picked up a mini recipe booklet from Butler's Orchard before heading home.

I decided to try out a recipe for Blueberry Oatmeal Muffins. Why? Because the recipe was simple, relatively healthy and would be a good way to have breakfast all week long. But of course I could not follow it to a t, and made a few changes. Since I knew I will be posting this recipe the weekend of 4th of July (yes, sometimes I plan ahead), I decided to have a bit of fun with a red/white/blue theme: thus, the addition of raspberries! The only other change I made was using zest of an entire lemon instead of just 1 teaspoon.

Blueberry & Raspberry Oatmeal Muffins (Recipe adapted from Butler's Orchards)

Ingredients
1 cup flour
1 1/2 cups oatmeal, quick or regular
1/2 cup sugar
1 tablespoon baking powder
1 cup milk
1 egg
2 tablespoons vegetable oil
zest of one lemon
1 teaspoon vanilla (did you know you can make your own vanilla extract at home?)
1/2 cup blueberries
1/2 cup raspberries

topping
1/4 cup oatmeal
2 tablespoons sugar


Directions
1. Preheat oven to 400F. Line muffin tins with paper cups.
2. Combine dry ingredients in a large bowl.
3. In a separate bowl mix together milk, egg, oil, lemon zest and vanilla.
4. Incorporate wet ingredients into the dry ones, but be careful not to over mix.
5. Carefully blend in blueberries and raspberries.



6. Divide the mixture amongst 12 muffin tins, filling them 2/3 of the way. These will not become the gigantic muffins you see in Costco or Starbucks, not that there is anything wrong with it. Just wanted to let you know!




7. In a small bowl combine 1/4 cup oatmeal with 2 tablespoons of sugar and sprinkle on each muffin.




8. Bake in the oven for 20-25 minutes.




Ta-da! Aren't these pretty? I've been eating these muffins for the entire week: two for each breakfast. The topping of oatmeal added a bit of crunch, while the inside of the muffins was moist (especially when biting into a blueberry or raspberry). If you want these for a dessert, you might want to increase the amount of sugar.




I hope you all have a wonderful 4th of July weekend! I will be away in Nashville, TN, trying not to go completely crazy without Internet ;)


17 comments:

lisaiscooking said...

I love the 4th of July theme! The oats on top look delicious too.

Jason Sandeman said...

I love the muffins so much, I have my breakfast cooks making this as we speak for the 4th of July weekend!

Carolyn Jung said...

The perfect breakfast treat for the Fourth and beyond. Plus, it's loaded with fruit and grains, so it's good for me, right? That's what I'm telling myself as I devour four of them in one sitting. ;)

ajcabuang04 said...

This dfef. is great for breakfast and 4th of July!! Love how it's berry season and we get to use fresh berries!! YUM!!
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Heavenly Housewife said...

Is it possible that you are becoming an even better photographer than u already were???? Its so not fair.
Georgous muffins daaaaaaaahling. Enjoy them during your 4th of july weekend :)
*kisses* HH

Megan Carroll said...

Do I see eating breakfast in my future? I should get on making these ASAP.

Lindsey said...

I just made these to take to the drive-in this evening with a few other snacks. They turned out perfectly!

I added a half-cup of sugar so they would be a bit more dessert-y so I could make two more muffins out of the batter.

Thanks for the great July 4th idea. Love your site.

Junglefrog said...

That looks absolutely delicious Olga! Have a great 4th of July!

Jenna said...

They look beautiful and delicious! I love muffins with fresh fruit - they're the best. And so perfect for the fourth of July.

Seriously, your photos are just getting better and better - I love that one of the muffin batter in the pan.

grace said...

stunning, delicious, pretty darn nutritious, AND patriotic--these are wonderful, olga!

Erica said...

They look sooooo good and beautiful!i love fruit desserts!

Rebeca said...

That looks incredible... I want one now (well maybe with strawberries instead)

LetMeEatCake Eat With Me! said...

that is my kind of breakfast! i don't know why i haven't made oatmeal muffins before seems so obvious reading this! I would love to go blueberry picking you are one lucky girl :)

The Duo Dishes said...

Your photography is really great. You have a food stylist career in your future!

Kelly said...

Thanks for sharing the recipe. I loved these and have made them twice already with just minor tweaks. Excellent recipe!

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Jersey Girl said...

Back from berry picking and needed recipes to try. Substituted orange zest for lemon since that's what I had in the house. Was a little worried about how liquidy the batter was, but . . .Mmmmmm .... Mmmmmm. They were delicious! Thanks for sharing!