Blue-Ribbon Honey Oatmeal Muffins

29 April 2009

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You are looking at Kansas State Fair PURPLE-Ribbon winning Honey Oatmeal Muffins. No kidding.  I won that purple ribbon more than 20 years ago.  (I originally posted it as a Blue ribbon, but my dear mother corrected me. For you non-4-Hers, purple is better than blue.) An elderly lady at our church gave me permission to use the recipe, and the judges apparently liked them.  Our family has been liking them ever since.  It’s one of our favorite breakfast treats.  I’ve amended the recipe just a smidge to fall in line with our organic principles, but they still taste so good you forget they are (mostly) healthy.  The complete recipe is at the end of this post.

ho-muffins-1To make Honey Oatmeal Muffins, you start with oatmeal, of course.  We use organic, but any instant oats will do.

ho-muffins-2Add all the dry ingredients together in a bowl first.  Sometimes I sift the flour, sometimes I don’t.  Lillyan likes to sift, so today we’ll sift.

ho-muffins-3Once you’ve added the oatmeal, flour, brown sugar (I know, brown sugar is not exactly all natural — I’m still working on an alternative for this recipe), and baking powder, combine them and make a well in the center for the remaining liquid ingredients.

ho-muffins-4Instead of vegetable oil (which is banned at our house), I now use coconut oil in these muffins.  You have to get some Coconut Oil — it will be your new best friend — for your skin, your hair, your baby’s behind and your muffins.  Check out my organic gourmet friend’s post about Coconut Oil.  At 76 degrees Fahrenheit, coconut oil is a solid, like you see here.  So, if I want to be sure it’s all incorporated throughout a recipe, I heat it up just a tad bit (depending how warm my house is that day).

ho-muffins-5At 77 degrees Fahrenheit, coconut oil looks just like any other cooking oil.  Except it isn’t just any other cooking oil.  Here are some of the latest studies.

ho-muffins-6We use local, raw, unfiltered honey at our house.  Did you know local honey can be a treatment for seasonal allergies?  Sure tastes good too.

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Besides the coconut oil and honey, I’ve also added a cage-free, hens-fed-organic-vegetarian-diet egg, and raw milk.  Yep, I said raw milk.  Straight from the cow’s udder to our muffins.  Then we mix it all together …

ho-muffins-8… and fill our muffin cups.  For some reason this recipe only makes 10 muffins, instead of 12.  Maybe it’s because Lillyan keeps licking the spoon.  (Don’t worry, we’re not sharing this batch.  If I make these for you, I’ll make her wait until we’re finished to lick the spoon.  Yes, I know there is a raw egg in there.  Discussion for another day.)

Put them in a 375 degree oven, and in 15 minutes …

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… Honey Oatmeal Muffins.  All-natural.  We spread a little butter on the tops when they are hot (homemade butter if we have it that day — yes, made from raw cream).

You don’t have to be as big a freak as I am with the ingredients, but let me know if you give them a try.

Happy Breakfast!

Honey Oatmeal Muffins

1 1/2 cup Oatmeal
1 cup Flour
1/3 cup Brown Sugar
1 Tbls Baking Powder
2/3 cup Milk
1/3 cup Oil
1 Egg
1/4 cup Honey
Combine all dry ingredients.  Make a well, add liquid ingredients.
Bake at 375 degress for 15 minutes
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