Oatmeal blues

Strawberry season is long gone and blueberry time is here. When it cools down I will attempt to do some masked, socially distant blueberry picking . Until then I am keeping up my supply from the local farmers market. Some people pick gallons and freeze them for making blueberry pancakes in winter. I don't really crave them out of season so I try to think of as many uses as I can for them now. With a significantly diminished social calendar during these pandemic times I can't do quite as many blueberry tarts, loaves and cakes as I did in summers gone by. My favorite blueberry delight is the Ritz Carleton Blueberry Muffin, a recipe readily found on the internet. It is mostly blueberries held together by a buttery, eggy batter.

I wanted a less rich, healthier muffin that would do for breakfast along with my cappuccino. Inspired by a google search I came up with the following recipe. I might even freeze some of these muffins. I haven't tried it but I think grated coconut, or carrot could be used instead of berries. Nuts or chocolate chips might also make an interesting addition.

Preheat oven to 425

Line a muffin tin with liners or brush with melted butter

Soak 1 cup of old fashioned oatmeal (not steel ground or instant) in 1 cup of milk (any kind will do, including almond, buttermilk or low fat) for 20 minutes

In a bowl, whisk together

1 1/4 cup flour

1/3 cup light brown sugar

1 tsp baking powder

1/2 tsp baking soda

1/2 tsp salt

1/4 tsp cinnamon

Grated rind of 1/2 lemon

In a separate bowl mix together

2 eggs

1/2 cup cooled melted butter

1 tsp vanilla extract

Add wet ingredients to dry and stir briefly before adding the milk/oat mixture and 1 generous cup of blueberries. Stir until just combined - don't overmix

Fill an average size muffin tin and bake at 425 for 5 minutes.

Turn heat down to 350 and bake for an additional 17 minutes

A wooden toothpick should come out dry after being inserted.

Goldie seems to like anything with cooked blueberries but uncooked ones only appeal as something to roll around the floor with her nose.

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