It may be the Year of the Rabbit soon, but, in my kitchen, it’s also the Year of the Muffin. I feel that this baked good is under appreciated, so for 2011 I’m making a different muffin each month! Join me on my quest to explore the sweet, the savory, and the marvelous world of muffins!
For my kick-off recipe, I was inspired by The Nesting Project’s Cardamom Walnut Oatmeal recipe. And, since January is apparently National Oatmeal Month, I just had to make these.
Oatmeal Muffins with Cardamom and Walnuts
Makes 1 dozen regular sized muffins.
1 cup of milk
1 cup of quick oats
¼ cup of vegetable oil
1 cup of flour
¼ cup of sugar
2 teaspoons of baking powder
1 teaspoon of ground cardamom
½ cup of roughly crushed walnuts
1. Preheat oven at 425°F. Combine milk and oats and let sit for 10-15 minutes.
2. Sift together flour, sugar, baking powder, and cardamom in a bowl. Set aside.
3. Whisk together the egg and oil.
4. Add the soaked oatmeal and milk mixture to the oil and egg.
5. Gently stir in the sifted mixture to the wet mixture.
6. Fold in crushed walnuts. (I just put the nuts in a plastic bag and pounded them with a coffee mug!)
7. Add batter to a muffin tin, filling each greased cup about two-thirds of the way.
8. Sprinkle some oats and walnuts on top of the muffin batter.
9. Bake for 15-20 minutes. Test a muffin with a toothpick. If it comes out clean, they’re done!
Be sure to check back next month to see what muffins made their way to my heart! And, if you have any suggestions for a muffin you want to see, holla at me by leaving a comment below!