Today I wanted to share a few recipes I made when my dad and M came to visit last month. I asked my dad for some ideas to bake since I wanted to make two treats to take care of two months of desserts that I make him (I usually ship them but fresh is always best). He picked muffins and scones, so I made some muffins for while they were here and made scones to take home (we ended up freezing some of each to take home). The biscuits I made were for their first dinner here. They were coming straight from the airport at rush hour/dinner time, so I wanted food ready for them. I made sous vide salmon, broccoli, and biscuits.
Let’s preface this with…the Chiplet could be here by now. Or maybe not. And by typing this, I have a weird deja vu feeling from when I wrote stuff like this about the Fudgelet’s arrival. If the Chiplet is here, I hope to give an update soon. If he hasn’t arrived yet or my update is slow, you can also check my Instagram/Twitter pages in case I update there first.
Now, onto the muffins!
These are easy-peasy. And fast. Almost fast enough to appease a toddler. Not quite. He satisfied himself with some other breakfast first, and then feasted on part of one…and then part of K’s. And I think part of mine, too. He is a little mooch, isn’t he? Anyway, he has certainly learned what chocolate looks like and knows he wants it when he sees it. Smart boy.
Quick sidenote…do you consider muffins strictly for breakfast? What about donuts? I always considered both more treats than breakfast, but my husband and some friends feel otherwise.
These muffins have been discussed before. In fact, they gave me some trouble before. Or rather, I gave them trouble. Basically, flipping pages back and forth while following three sets of directions was confusing. Aaaannnnyway, my dad requested them again, and I jumped at the chance to make them again. This time, I would have no trouble!
Look how nice and tall they are, and yet not too dense. Just muffin-y enough to be eaten for breakfast.
This weekend one of my best friends got married and I was blessed with being her Matron of Honor. Or MOH as I preferred being called. Matron just doesn’t sound “young and cool”. Not that I think of myself as “young and cool”, but you know, it would be nice to be thought of that way. Shortly before this, K and I went on our friend’s new boat and it was funny because there was a guy who was super interested in the boat and kept checking it out. Our friend said he hoped some 30-year old girls would do the same…and I had to laugh because we are now at the age when our friends should want 30-somethings to date, and it would be creepy to want a 20-year old. None of this seems to have much to do with food, but really it does. You see, as you get older you start to want things to be a bit healthy for you, but still have elements that make you feel slightly reckless. And here you have these Mocha Oatmeal Muffins.
You might remember I mentioned making these muffins when I made the banana bread for my dad. For his birthday month, he received 2 unexpected treats. The very first time I made him a treat for his birthday, I was still in college and baking was challenging, but I liked it. I offered to make him anything he wanted. I even let him look at my (limited) collection of cookbooks for ideas. He asked for carrot cake. Of all the possible chocolate treats he could have asked for, he asked for a carrot cake.
These are supposedly fail-proof, easy, etc. I would say that they are on par with an average muffin recipe. Nothing too crazy, no weird ingredients (such as yogurt) that you might not have on hand. Just make sure you have some blueberries. This recipe was easier than other versions I have made before because it did not have something like yogurt to worry about, and it also did not have a streusel topping. I found this from Kim’s Kitchen (really inspirational blogger) and decided that it would be interesting to try. My dad was getting muffins for this month’s treat, and these sounded more like a basic breakfast muffin instead of a super sweet dessert. They are not as unhealthy as some muffins, but they are also not health food.