Steel-Cut Blueberry Muffins

Check out the action up close. Oooo Blueberries!

Finished product! Now let’s make them!

These are a tasty breakfast or snack treat! Before we even begin to make muffins… You’re going to want to make yourself some steel-cut oats. It’s super easy to make all you need is oats, skim milk, and water!

Steel cut oats:
I make extra. This way I can eat it for breakfast all week. It also makes a great healthy snack. We’re making it plain but when I eat it as a snack I like to add a hint of vanilla, walnuts, and dried cranberries. This will make you extra. You can downsize the portion if necessary and you may want to… I warn you this is a lot of oats!

Ingredients:
2 cups uncooked oats
1/2 cup skim milk
medium sauce pan full of water

Directions:
Fill Medium saucepan with water. Bring to a boil and add 2 cups of uncooked oats. Let simmer for 20 minutes while stirring on occasion. Add 1/2 cup milk and continue to stir and simmer for an additional 15 minutes. (You may need additional water depending on how quickly your oats are cooking, so in the middle you can add a bit more if you think you need it)

Boom Oats. Yeah it's not pretty. But they are delicious!

Boom Oats. Yeah it’s not pretty. But they are delicious!

Boom Steel Cut Oats! And fun fact… they preserve well in the fridge in a sealed container.

Steel Cut Blueberry Muffins
Now onto the main event! This recipe makes 12 regular muffins and 12 mini muffins.

Ingredients:
1 1/4 Cooked Oats (using above recipe)
1 1/2 Generous Cups of Flour (don’t level it off)
1/2 Cup of Sugar
1 tbsp of Baking Powder
Dash of Salt
1 Cup of Milk
1 Egg
1/4 Cup of Canola Oil
1 1/2 Cups of Frozen Blueberries
1 tsp Agave Nectar
2 tsp of Vanilla
1 1/2 tsp of Cinnamon

So it may look like a lot but really it's not...

So it may look like a lot but really it’s not… and yes…. that’s my thumb!

Directions:

Preheat oven to 425 degrees

Mix Flour, Oats, Sugar, Baking Powder, & Salt together. It should form almost a paste, because the oats are slightly sticky.

Not quite delicious yet!

Not quite delicious yet!

Add the liquids. Mix in Milk, Oil, Egg & Agave Nectar. Gently mix together until well blended.

Add Cinnamon & Vanilla.

Add Cinnamon to taste. I love the taste, especially around the holidays.

Add Cinnamon to taste. I love the taste, especially around the holidays.

Fold in Frozen Blueberries.(Frozen helps them maintain their blueberry shape while cooking.) Do not heavily mix or it could destroy the Blueberries. So just gently blend by hand.

Frozen Blueberries! Not that jar/tin stuff!

Frozen Blueberries! Not that jar/tin stuff!

Grease/spray your tins. I use the Pillsbury baking Flour spray. It works well and you don’t need paper wrappers for your muffin tins. Fill the muffin tins about 2/3. They will expand in the oven, make sure to give them space!

I use an ice cream scoop to portion of these neat measuring device from Bed, Bath & Beyond I found.

I use the neat measuring device I found at Bed, Bath & Beyond to portion out the muffins

Great muffins have a little topping. So mix a 2:1 Ratio of sugar to cinnamon. and lightly sprinkle on top.

cinnamon.sugar

2:1 Sugar:Cinnamon Ratio. (my older sister, the high school math teacher would be so proud of my use of ratios)

Sprinkle on gently. A raw sugar would probably work well too!

Sprinkle on gently. A raw sugar would probably work well too!

Bake the mini muffins for 10 mins on 425 and the regular muffins for 15 mins on 425.

Straight from the oven. (They smelled amazing!)

Straight from the oven. (They smelled amazing!) Why does my thumb keep getting in the way?

Check out the action up close. Oooo Blueberries!

Check out the action up close. Oooo Blueberries! Holy Blueberries Batman!

Don’t forget to let cool and Enjoy!

Brilliant Thoughts from Jennifer Lawrence

Brilliant Thoughts from Jennifer Lawrence

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