Applesauce Oatmeal

Late again. I know. But Christmas preparations were happening all day yesterday, and then my sister came over for dinner and to decorate the tree, and wine may have been involved. Today was a rainy miserable day anyway, so I decided to bake the muffins with the dayhome kids as a project to pass some time and distract them from their collective case of the Monday-morning  we-don’t-nap-on-the-weekends blues.

It worked, kind of. I never before was hoping for more complicated recipe, just to keep things going a while longer.

The recipe

Mix lightly with a fork

1 cup all-purpose flour

3 tsp. baking powder

1/2 tsp. salt

1/2 tsp. cinnamon

1/4 tsp. nutmeg

3/4 cup rolled oats

1/4 cup brown sugar

Stir until blended

1 egg, beaten

1/4 cup oil (Ed. Note: I used canola)

1/3 cup milk

2/3 cup applesauce (Note: I used unsweetened commercially-prepared applesauce)

Add wet ingredients to dry, stir until blended.

375F, 20  minutes. Makes 12 muffins.

The process

Nothing much to say – this was dead easy. Even the preschoolers seemed disappointed that it was finished so quickly. The batter is easy to work with, not too sticky, not too runny. As a project to share with kids, or even a recipe to let older kids tackle on their own, this is ideal.

The result

Unanimous approval from the kids – that’s six children aged 11 months to 7 years. I liked them, too – nice texture and sweet, slightly spicy flavour. They didn’t rise as much as I would have thought, given the amount of baking powder, but they were a nice size and didn’t seem heavy, so maybe they performed as they should have.

A basic muffin recipe, using ingredients you probably have on hand. You can whip up a batch very quickly, when needed.

Next week: Applesauce Raisin. I fully anticipate that I will hate that recipe, because cooked raisins are from the devil. Given the quantities of flour and – ugh – raisins, it looks like it will make at least a couple of dozen muffins. Naturally.

 

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4 comments on “Applesauce Oatmeal

  1. Jada says:

    This I’m going to try in an effort to get actual FOOD into Ros, but yes raisins ARE THE DEVIL. UGH. Whomever thought leaving grapes in the sun to rot and then eating them was a good idea needs to be strung up next to the asshat who invented stucco. BLECH. :p

  2. MaryP says:

    This will have to wait until I buy some applesauce. (Despite the hoards of small children, it’s not a staple around here.) Thanks for the tip that next week’s recipe involves raisins, which I will also have to purchase specially. Could you do that routinely? Let us know the week before if there are any non-staple ingredients in the upcoming recipe, so we can be prepared? Because today is a totally shit day around here, and baking would be a nice diversion. I’m thinking peanut butter balls, instead. 🙂

    • Hannah says:

      Yes, I will do that from now on. I also have to buy raisins because yerk, raisins.

      • MaryP says:

        Secret? I’ll be using dried cranberries. 🙂 I don’t mind raisins, so long as they’re the good, plump kind, not the cheap ones with crunchy sugary spots and bits of stem in them. Ick. But cranberries are better — and SEASONAL!!

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