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Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Muffins



One thing that I miss from home that I really, really used to love is the Robin Hood Oatmeal Muffin Mix.  It was something which I always bought and my family enjoyed.  We often added chocolate chips to it or raisins, and they went down a real treat!  They were family favourites.


I have never quite been able to replicate the flavour of those muffins, and I have really tried! 


This recipe I am showing you today is adapted from one which I found in this little book, Muffinss, by Susan Reimer.  I did add some grated nutmeg to the mix because I was thinking that  might be the elusive flavour that I keep missing  . . .


They still don't taste quite the same, although . . .  in truth they are very VERY good, nonetheless! 



Today I used a mix of both milk and semi sweet chocolate chips.  If you are not fond of chocolate chips you could use chopped dates, or sultanas, dried apricots or even currants.


Whatever you choose, I think you are in for a real breakfast treat!



*Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Muffins*
Makes 12 medium muffins
 
A delicious muffin which is filled with oats and chocolate chips.  You can use the equivalent in dried fruit if you would rather not use chocolate chips.  I always add extra chocolate chips to the top after I spoon them into the pan (prior to baking), but that is a personal preference. 

60g rolled oats (3/4 cup)
260ml milk (1 cup plus 2 TBS)
225g plain flour (1 1/2 cups plus 2 TBS)
3 tsp baking power
pinch salt
1/4 tsp freshly grated nutmeg
85g chocolate chips, plus extra for sprinkling on top if desired (1/2 cup)
1 large free range egg, lightly beaten with a fork
100g soft light brown sugar (1/2 cup, packed)
1 tsp vanilla extract
90ml vegetable oil (1/3 cup)



Preheat the oven to 190*C/375*F/ gas mark 5.  Line a 12 cup medium muffin tin with paper liners, or butter very well.  Set aside.

Measure the oats into a bowl and add the milk.  Set aside while you put together the remaining ingredients.  Sift the flour into a bowl with the baking powder, salt and nutmeg.  Stir in the chocolate chips.  Add the beaten egg, brown sugar, oil and vanilla to the oat mixture.  Add all at once to the dry mixture and stir to just combine, so no dry bits of flour are left.  Don't overcombine.  Divide between the muffin cups, filling about 2/3 full.

Bake for 20 minutes, until well risen and the tops feel quite firm.  They should also be golden brown and a toothpick inserted in the centre of one should come out clean. (There might be melted chocolate on it however!)  Tip out onto a wire rack to cool.


These would also make great lunch box additions for the kiddles, or even to bring to work for coffee break.  They would also be great served afterschool with glasses of cold milk.  Now my taste buds are tingling!  Bon Appetit! 





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Marie Rayner
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  1. I have GOT to stop reading you at breakfast! And I need to go back and find your tea post. I was saving that one till I have time to just savor it and then my computer crashed and I couldn't get my tabs back!

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    1. Its only a few posts back Jeanie! Muffins are great for breakfast! ;-) xo

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    2. Here is the link Jeanie, just in case:

      https://theenglishkitchen.blogspot.co.uk/2018/01/a-winter-tea.html

      Copy and paste it into your browser!

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  2. I made oatmeal muffins at 4 yesterday so I could have one this AM..not my best..Marie are you sure they are RH Oatmeal muffn mix? Because I buy one mix..one only ..as you know I like scratch for cookies.. Oatmeal..because it's memory lane for me..and they have the oatmeal muffin one too..in a bag?
    I must say there is a certain taste to the cookie bag mix that is addictive..:) So good..bet it's the same..these look great..you sure it's not Quaker?:)

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    1. You are right Monique! It IS Quaker! My mistake! I don’t think RH make an oatmeal muffin mix! It is in a kind of a bag pack. I tjimk they also had bran and blueberry, but only ever liked the oatmeal one! Like you I don’t do much in the way of mixes as I don’t really like them. They usually taste too much like bicarbonate. The oatmeal muffin mix though was always good! Xo

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  3. they look amazing and I just happen to have a bag of milk chocolate chipits,, I see these in my future,, thanks so much for sharing this today,, hope you and Todd are well,,

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    1. Thanks Laurie! You and Gary are in for a treat! Xo

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  4. I also like muffins, they are always delicious. Muffins are available in both savoury varieties, such as cornmeal and cheese muffins, or sweet varieties such as blueberry, chocolate chip, lemon or banana flavours. I prefer the ones with chocolate, as you have made. Muffins are usually soft and tasteful, that is a perfect match, I think. They are often eaten as a breakfast food, often accompanied by coffee or tea. That is the reasen why muffins are important for me, because they are a part of my breakfast and the breakfast is the most important meal of the day. If you bake them yourself, they are even better. Muffins are not the most healthy, but if you do not eat too much of it, then there is no problem.

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    1. I love muffins too Axel, sweet, savoury or in between and you are righ tone makes a great breakfast! xo

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