Tuesday, January 7, 2014

One Bowl Oat Muffins

January has arrived in all its negative degreed glory. My kids have been home the last couple of days due to "unusually low temperatures" (Really school system? Truly I think that the superintendent had just planned a romantic rendezvous with someone and then when we only got a centimeter of snow, she had to come up with some other reason to cancel school--"uh, well, it is awfully cold outside, unusually so--eureka, that's it-- romantic rendezvous here I come.") Anyway, it has been cold and we've had people home and hungry. What better thing to do than make muffins.

I thought I had these on my blog.

I would have bet money on it, but I have trolled my way around it several times and can't find this recipe anywhere. Which is just wrong because these are some of the most delicious, most simple, most adaptable, and just generally best muffins out there. So now I will give you this recipe. And happy January because it's also low in sugar (though it doesn't go all out and announce that fact) and low in cost ($.08/muffin--that's what I'm talking about January), and did I mention infinitely adaptable.

One Bowl Oat Muffins
adapted from Simple Bites
makes 12 muffins
prep time: 15 minutes
Cook time: 10-12 minutes
Cost: $1.00 (without add ins)
milk: .13, oats: .10, brown sugar: .07, butter: .50, flour: .15, other stuff: .05

1 C milk
1 tsp white vinegar
1 C oats (rolled recommended, but quick work too and are better if you've got a child with a texture aversion)
1 egg
1/4 C brown sugar
1/2 C butter, melted (oil works too, but butter is tastier)
1 C plus 2 Tbsp flour (I use mostly white, but sub in 1/4 C of whole wheat)
1/4 tsp salt
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp nutmeg
1/2 tsp cinnamon
add ins if you choose (we usually go for 1/2 C chocolate chips)

Combine Milk and vinegar (note: If you've got a cup of buttermilk, you can use that in place of the milk and vinegar.) Add oats and let sit for about 5 minutes (with quick oats, you can just give it a quick stir and you're good to go).

Mix in egg. Add brown sugar and melted butter. Mix.

Combine remaining dry ingredients and stir them in just until combined.

Add add ins if using.

Pour into 12 greased or lined muffin tins.

Bake at 375 for 10-12 minutes (slightly longer if you've added fresh fruit as an add in).

Potential add ins:
dried cranberries

You can go to Simple Bites for exact measurements on the add ins if you're interested.



  1. You know they're my favorite! We had them for breakfast today.

  2. I made them for breakfast today, and mine were delicious but super crumbly. I notice they are eggless - any tips or experience with this?

    1. Oh, Gina, they are NOT eggless and that is totally my bad and surely why yours were crumbly (they're usually not crumbly at all). I will fix the recipe right now. They need one egg. Add that and be sure not to overbake and they should be fine. So so sorry.

  3. I made these the other day and I love them! I didn't add any mix-ins because I didn't have any on hand, but they're delicious plain. With the oats and the partial-sub whole wheat flour, I really feel like I'm eating a tasty health food.

    1. So glad you liked them. They are just simple and good, huh?



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