Tuesday, January 13, 2009


I found this recipe on the Quaker Oats website. It was their 8th Annual Grand Prize Winner, so I figured it had to be good.  I followed the recipe pretty closely -- only subbing white whole wheat flour and adding walnuts to the topping; and adding vanilla to the muffin. These muffins are amazing. Thanks to the oats, they're light; and the buttermilk, oil and honey provide moistness, tenderness and exceptional flavor. Sometimes honey can overpower other ingredients, and I was out of mild clover honey. All I had was raw mountain honey. But the finished muffin tastes wonderful -- the honey is not the predominant taste at all.  The topping is interesting -- the little cocoa balls that form when you mix the topping become crunchy nuggets of chocolate when baked; and, along with the walnuts, are your first introduction to this muffin. Then your teeth sink into the moist and delicate crumb inside and the warm, melted chocolate chips. By all means, try this recipe soon. You'll be
glad you did.

Prize Winning Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Muffins with Chocolate Streusel
Adapted from quakeroats.com
Rating: 10 out of 10

1/3 cup sugar
1/4 cup whole wheat flour
2 Tbsp. unsweetened cocoa powder
2 Tbsp. butter or margarine, melted
1/2 cup broken raw walnuts
1-1/4 cups all-purpose flour
1 cup quick oats, uncooked
1/2 cup chocolate chips (I used Hershey's Special Dark)
1 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. baking soda
1/2 tsp. sea salt
2/3 cup buttermilk
1/2 cup honey
1/4 cup vegetable oil
1 tsp. pure vanilla extract
1 large egg

Heat oven to 400F. Spray 12 muffin cups with non-stick cooking spray.
For streusel, combine sugar, whole wheat flour, cocoa and melted butter in small bowl. Stir with fork till all particles are moistened. Little cocoa balls will form from part of the mixture. Stir in the walnuts; set aside.
For muffins, in large bowl, stir together all-purpose flour, oats, chocolate chips, baking powder, baking soda and salt. In medium bowl, whisk together buttermilk, honey, oil, vanilla and egg, beating till well combined. Add to dry ingredients all at once; stir with spoon or spatula just till dry ingredients are moistened. Do not overmix.
Fill muffin cups almost full. Sprinkle with reserved streusel, pressing it in gently. Place muffins in oven and immediately reduce heat to 325F. Bake 20-22 minutes, or till a toothpick inserted near center returns with just a few crumbs. Cool in pan 5 minutes, then turn out onto wire rack to finish cooling. Serve warm. Yield: 12 standard-size muffins
Note: If you don't have buttermilk, you can substitute 2/3 cup milk blended with 2 tsp. white or cider vinegar.


Sara said...

These look great, I love all those big walnuts on top. Streusel takes so many baked goods to the next level!

Anonymous said...

What lovely crowns they have. I'm going to keep this on file for Emma. She's picky about muffins, but I think she'll eat these because they don't have bananas or dried fruit.

Donna-FFW said...

I just discovered your blog. I LOVE it. This recipe looks and sounds fabulous. Can not wait to try it. My 4 children, 4 stepchildren (all under 11) will sooo enjoy these. Thank you!!!

Unknown said...

Those muffins look and sound really good!

Anonymous said...

these are the best muffins ever!!!!!

Anonymous said...

I have made these twice now, once with honey and this week I substituted brown rice syrup instead of honey, which gave these a slightly milder flavor. Best muffins ever!!

artjewelsz said...

These muffins look like they'll be great. I have large muffin tins. Can you tell me how long to bake them?

Judy said...

artjewelsz, Since I don't have large muffin tins, I can only guess. Baking times are only a guide anyway. Try setting your time for 17 minutes, then take a look at the muffins. If they've puffed up and look like the top is pretty solid, put a toothpick near the center. If it comes back very doughy, set your time for 4-5 minutes and check again. It's trial and error, but always check the baked goods before they're supposed to be done, rather than later.

Kristin said...

These look great! I'm gonna have to check out your other recipes! I think this is what we're having for breakfast tomorrow!


Mandy said...

these are wonderful! My daughter is taken them in tomorrow for her 4-H muffin contest. post later to tell the outcome...lol