I was looking at this recipe book which claims that their desserts are healthier, as they have lower fat content and less sugar. So, I decided to use the 1st recipe in that book to see if it was true. However, what surprised me was that the name of the muffin was Oatmeal Cheese Muffin but there was not an ounce of cheese used in the recipe ??? But anyways, the recipe also asked for bran, which I didn't have. So, I substituted it with Walnuts (which I like more than bran) and renamed the recipe Oatmeal, Walnut & Raisins Muffins.
Made about 12 mini muffins and brought some to my business meeting yesterday evening. One of my teammates, Jeffrey seems to like it. At first I thought maybe he was just being his normal polite self when he said "Mmm.. nice" but he ate up what Husna didn't finish. Sharon and Simon didn't say anything but they finished theirs. So, I took it as passable. Haha.. but when it came to Husna, my dear friend took 1 bite and she looked like she is going to puke. That bad meh? Then I remembered, Husna only eats chocolate cakes and muffins, she loves meat, does not take vegetables except Kai Lan.. and yeah.. hates pizzas. In short, she loves junk food. Oatmeal and walnuts and raisins apparently didn't fall in her category of Junk Food...haha.. So, nice Jeffrey ate up Husna's muffin.
So, moral of the story... you just cannot bake to please everybody. There will be someone who will like your cake and others who don't. My friend Tobiyama probably loves them to bits as I think on the last count, he must have eaten no less than 1/2 a dozen of them. So, friends at the office, this explains why I have none left for you. Next time yeah??
240g plain yogurt
1 tsp baking soda
150g low gluten flour
1/8 tsp salt
1 1/2 tsp baking powder
30g bran (which I substituted with crushed walnuts)
85g brown sugar
90ml vegetable oil
- Preheat oven to 180C for about 10mins
- Place 6 large muffin cups or 12 small muffin cups on a baking tray and set aside
- Mix yogurt and baking soda and set aside
- Sieve low gluten flour, baking powder and salt. Add oatmeal. Mix well.
- Beat the egg in a separate bowl. Add brown sugar and vegetable oil and stir well.
- Add yogurt mixture slowly.
- Pour the yogurt mixture into the dry ingredients in step 4.
- Stir quickly with a plastic spatula until the mixture is no longer lumpy.
- Add walnuts and raisins and mix well.
- Scoop the batter into the muffin cups and bake them in the oven for about 20 to 25mins at 180C, or until the muffins turn golden brown. Insert a skewer or toothpick in the centre of one of the muffins and if it comes out clean, then the muffins are done.
- Take the muffins out of the oven and let them cool on the rack.
The recipe book suggested that for added taste, the muffins can be served with honey on the side for dipping.