Are you looking for the perfect oatmeal muffin? Prefermenting oatmeal results in a deliciously chewy and rich tasting muffin that is certain to become a new favourite! It’s a perfect muffin base for all sorts of different flavours. Best of all this muffin can easily be adapted to be gluten free and vegan.
- 1 cup quick oats
- 1 cup flour (wheat or oat flour)
- 1 cup buttermilk (see notes for alternatives)
- Remaining Ingredients
- ½ cup brown sugar (or ground date sugar)
- 2 eggs (or flax eggs)
- ¼ cup vegetable oil
- ½ tsp baking soda
- ½ tsp salt
- Mix the flour, oats and buttermilk in a glass container. The oats need at least 1 hour to hydrate, or you can leave them for up to 24 hours for a preferment.
- The next day preheat the oven to 400 F.
- When the oven is preheated mix the remaining ingredients into the fermented batter. If you use wheat flour it will have developed gluten, so you will need to cut the ingredients into the dough to get it to mix thoroughly.
- Add any extra flavours at this point (see below for some ideas)
- Spoon batter into a muffin tin and bake for 18-20 min (until a skewer comes out clean).
-Replace the eggs with flax eggs by combining 2 tbsp of flax with 1/4 cup of water and allowing it to gel for 10 minutes before mixing into the batter
-The muffin batter can be cultured with any cultured dairy or dairy alternative. Yogurt, milk kefir, soy yogurt, nut milk yogurt are all great options.
-I always use silicone muffin liners or paper muffin liners. It’s easier to clean than the muffin tin, and it really helps with the stability of my gluten free & vegan baking.
Oatmeal Muffin Flavours
Really… there are endless ways to flavour muffins. Here are a bunch of sweet ideas to tempt you. If you are looking for something savoury, check out these cheese and onion muffins.
- Peanut butter and berries: Stir 1/4 cup of fresh or frozen berries into the muffin batter, then dollop 1 tbsp of peanut butter into the centre of each muffin. (See the photo below for my peanut butter and blueberry muffins)
- Apple pie: Add 1/4 cup of grated apples, 1/2 tsp cinnamon, 1/4 tsp nutmeg and 1/8 tsp ground ginger to the batter.
- Chocolate cranberry: Stir in 1/4 cup of dark chocolate chips and 1/4 cup of fresh cranberries for a sweet and sour combination.
- Blueberry cream cheese: Mix a 1/4 cup of blueberries into the batter, then add 1 tbsp of cream cheese into the centre of each muffin.
- Lemon poppy seed: Add the zest of 2 lemons with 2 tbsp of poppy seed for this classic muffin flavour.
- Orangesicle: Add in the zest of 1 orange along with 2 tsp of vanilla extract. This is also nice with 1 tbsp of kefir cheese (or yogurt cheese) placed in the centre of each muffin.
- Nutty squirrel: Stir in 1/4 cup of chopped walnuts and almonds for a crunchy muffin.