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Healthy-ish muffins

I try to keep a stash of snacks for the Smalls in the freezer, so I can just grab some when needed. Things like cheesy feet, and hot cross buns are staples, but these muffins are also pretty good.

I did however, manage to make them this time and forget to add the sugar…

They both ate one each the first time around without comment, and BigSmall even said they were yummy.
However, at the second offering, it was rejected by BigSmall, and he would only eat it with butter and jam, at which point I confessed to my mistake!
I will, however keep plying SmallSmall with them, and then the rest might have to be turned into Bread and Butter Pudding, or Dead Cake Pudding.
Waste Not Want Not..!!


This is what you need:

  • 175g self-raising flour
  • 50g porridge oats
  • 120g light brown soft sugar (this is quite important..!!)
  • 2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • Β½ tsp bicarbonate of soda
  • 1 large free range egg
  • 150ml buttermilk OR natural yoghurt OR milk with a squeeze of lemon juice added
  • 90ml sunflower oil
  • 150g raisins
  • 85g chopped apricots

This is what you do:

  • Pre-heat the oven to 180C/Gas mark 6
  • Line a muffin tin with cases, or butter the tin
  • Put the flour, oats, sugar, cinnamon and bicarb in a large bowl and give itΒ  a mix
  • In a jug, measure out the buttermilk/yoghurt/milk, add the egg and beat, then stir in the oil
  • Add the wet ingredients to the dry ones, and mix briefly
  • Add the dried fruit and mix again briefly-it is ok to have the odd bit of un-mixed in flour-muffins need to be only lightly mixed!
  • Fill each case/tin about 2/3 full. You should get 8-12 out of this mix

Bake for 20-25 mins until they have pouffed up and look nicely golden


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  • Reply Rae Hodgetts October 25, 2013 at 5:49 pm

    My Mr H loved these so much the first time I made them, that I did another batch today, using some apples from the fruit bowl (I wondered where all thos darned flies were coming from!) in place of the raisins. And they’ve gone down a storm!
    Best of all, my mix made more than the recipe says, so I got to scoff a few without my menfolk ever knowing πŸ˜‰

  • Reply ericabella1545 July 31, 2013 at 6:43 pm

    Reblogged this on sweettreatsyum and commented:
    Looks really yummy!!

    • Reply Jen July 31, 2013 at 6:56 pm


  • Reply booketta July 30, 2013 at 8:55 pm

    Better for the teeth no? πŸ˜‰

    • Reply Jen July 30, 2013 at 8:57 pm

      I tried telling BigSmall that and he was having none of it..!

      • Reply booketta July 30, 2013 at 9:04 pm

        Children eh? πŸ˜‰ They like sweet things but get better as they get older.

        • Reply Jen July 30, 2013 at 9:06 pm

          I don’t think I have…!

  • Reply Antonia July 30, 2013 at 6:11 pm

    They look scrummy Jen. My two love muffins. I make a banana and peanut butter recipe by Rachel Allen.

    • Reply Jen July 30, 2013 at 7:01 pm

      That sounds fab Antonia-might have to Google it!

      • Reply Antonia July 31, 2013 at 4:37 am

        You’re very welcome to borrow my copy. A great way to use up manky bananas.

  • Reply Sue July 30, 2013 at 6:09 pm

    They sound yummy…might just spread a bit of icing over the top and use for a birthday at work! With a bit of luck they’ll think I’ve been very inventive with the old recipe book!

    • Reply Jen July 30, 2013 at 7:02 pm

      That sounds a great idea Sue. If you made up the icing with OJ, that would complement them really nicely!

    • Reply Sue July 30, 2013 at 8:46 pm

      Wow that’s a fantastic idea. Are you going to do a make do and mend cook book? I’d buy it!

      • Reply Jen July 30, 2013 at 8:53 pm

        Could be a great spin-off…!!

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