Well hello there! I’ve been MIA off the blogosphere but I hope for good reason. Since my last post I finished school, up and moved to a new city, and, most importantly, got a human sized kitchen!! To be fair, people with actual normal kitchens think mine is still tiny but I don’t mind, I have a real counter and a dishwasher and it has caused me to go a little out of control. In fact, I’ve been so over excited that I regularly have to lure people over for dinner in order to compensate for the excessive amount of cooking I’ve been doing. Lets say I’ve come a long way from the days of having to put my dish rack on my bathroom sink during dinner parties because there was so little space. But I digress.
So here I am back again and what better to start with than a truly awesome recipe. Over the holidays I made quite a few pastries and other treats, from pies to breads to cakes, but almost nothing was more well loved that these muffins. I don’t know what it is about them – maybe because they’re hearty, not too sweet, and full of goodness – but people love them. Originally adapted from Martha Stewart (my spirit animal), I’ve made these about 10 times and thus have tweaked the original quite a bit. The best part is that they are extremely forgiving, unlike most baking, and it is so hard to mess them up. Also they only use one bowl – because even those of us who have dishwashers still hate excess dishes!
C Street Muffins
Makes 12 muffins Time: 10 min prep, 23 min baking
- 1 1/4 cups flour (White or whole wheat)
- 1/2 cup packed brown sugar (light or dark)
- 1/2 tsp baking soda
- 1/2 tsp baking powder
- 1/2 tsp ground nutmeg
- 1 tsp ground cinnamon
- 1/4 tsp salt
- 1 cup old-fashioned rolled oats
- 1/2 cup raisins
- 2 tbsp olive oil
- 1 egg
- 1/3 cup water
- about 2 cups shredded carrots (about 4 carrots)
- 1 ripe banana, mashed
- Hate raisins? use 1/4 of a cup or none at all
- If you don’t have carrots you can replace with shredded apples instead
- If you don’t have banana, you can use 1/4 cup of yogurt instead (you may want to add an extra tbsp or so of sugar)
- For pumpkin flavor, replace both the carrots and the banana with half a cup of mashed pumpkin (from a can)
- I’m sure there are many other combinations that you could replace the carrots and banana with – these are super versatile so don’t be afraid to experiment!
Preheat your over to 400 degrees. Butter a 12-cup muffin pan and set aside.
In your bowl, combine the flour, sugar, baking soda, baking powder, nutmeg, cinnamon and salt. Mix well. Add the oats and raisins and mix until fully combined.
Add the water, oil, egg, water, carrots, and banana. If you want to be a real pro, you can mash the banana separately, but if you’re lazy like me you can throw it in whole and just combine it the best you can. Make sure all is mixed and well combined.
Fill the muffin pans so that they all have an approximately equal amount of batter (probably about 1/4 cup each). Put into the oven and let bake for 23 minutes, or until a toothpick/fork inserted into the biggest muffin comes out clean. Let cool for a few minutes and enjoy!