Saturday, August 23, 2008

Chocolate-Raspberry Oat Muffins

I am not generally accustomed to letting Noah eat in front of the TV, in fact, our soon-to-be three-year-old isn't really allowed to watch television; however, the Bejing Olympics have caused us to bend the rules a bit these last several days.

Is anyone as enraptured by the games as I am? These athletes (or 'af-leaps' as my son calls them) are so hard core! They are all normal people like you and I, but their endurance, strength, focus and drive is stunning to watch.

The morning Alexandre Despatie of Montreal won his silver medal in diving was so exciting, I couldn't turn off the TV. For the first time in my history as a mother, I dragged the high chair into our office/TV room and served Noah his oatmeal poolside--er, television-side.
His brain can't rot during six rounds of dives now, can it?

The silver medal performance inspired the afternoon's game for Noah, as a row of surprisingly buoyant pillows laid in a row across the floor made up a diving board onto the sofa.

These muffins are another great way to get your morning oats without the mess of a bib, bowl and spoon for the little ones. Plenty of butter keep them moist and the oatmeal add a delightful texture. As you can see, I am carrying my much-loved combination of raspberries and chocolate a step further than dessert and bringing it into my breakfast menu. These feel almost like dessert for breakfast, what could be better than that?

Feel free to change up the add-ins of these buttermilk oatmeal muffins to suit your taste. Prefer blueberries to raspberries? No chocolate for you? Try adding some dried fruit or nuts instead.

Chocolate-Raspberry Oat Muffins
Makes 12

1 cup rolled oats (not instant)
1 cup buttermilk
1 large egg
1/2 cup brown sugar
½ cup melted butter, cooled
1 cup flour
¼ teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon baking powder
½ teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon vanilla
½ cup mini chocolate chips
1 cup raspberries, fresh or frozen

In a large bowl, combine oats and buttermilk and let stand one hour. Preheat oven to 400F and prepare muffin tins.
Stir the egg and the sugar into the oat mixture, followed by the melted butter. Pile all the ingredients together over the oat mixture, leaving out the berries, and stir the batter until just combined.
Fold in berries carefully without over mixing.
Spoon the batter into the prepared muffin tins and place in oven. Bake until golden brown and firm to the touch, about ten minutes.

More Chocolate and Raspberry recipes:

Chocolate and Raspberry Ice Cream Sandwiches

Flourless Chocolate Cake with Raspberries


Anonymous said...

Those look really good, I'm gonna have to try them

missweb said...

I'd like to say I'm throw a batch together as I type but it's too hot to turn on my oven. Tonight perhaps. And I remembered to toss some fresh berries in the freezer in between our mouth stuffing this summer for moments such as these!!!! Thank you!!

kickpleat said...

i've been wanting to make muffins for awhile now and these look great. yum.

Lydia (The Perfect Pantry) said...

These muffins look way too good to make only for the Olympics every four years!

RecipeGirl said...

We've been pretty enamored with the whole Olympics too. So exciting to see the joy on people's faces when they win!!

The muffins look terrific - we're muffin maniacs around here and I'm always looking for the next recipe to bake!

Emily said...

Maybe Noah will be a diver!

I'm going to miss the Olympics...

The muffins look great! I love choco-raspberry.

Aimée said...

Hey Mira- I'll try and send some your way next time.

Hi Cara- It's nice and cool in the early mornings--and I am always up with the boys!

Hi Kickpleat- Thanks, that a great compliment coming from the muffin queen!

Hi Lydia- Too true...

Hi Recipe Girl- I hope you enjoy this one.

Hi Em- Yes, he says he wants to be a diver. :)

Culinary Wannabe said...

Totally addicted to the olympics. Actually, I'm a bit scared that I might go into withdrawal now that it's all over... And speaking of sick athletes - Dana Torres is insane looking, and a mom! And the oldest swimmer to medal! Insane! And these muffins are gracing my kitchen tomorrow morning. I can never turn down chocolate for breakfast!

Cheryl Arkison said...

Guess what we're making tonight? Perfect after dinner activity.

Rachel@fairycakeheaven said...

oh so cute that he's into the olympics when he's so young!! I love watching the diving aswell.

These look gorgeous and you can't beat raspberries in anything! YUM!

LyB said...

We did do better in The Games during the second week, that was fun! My oldest daughter enjoyed watching the divers as well, quite impressive. Those muffins look delicious, I wouldn't change a thing! :)

Aimée said...

Hi culinarywannabe- I'm sad they are over too. Closing ceremonies were cool, though.

Hi Cheryl- What a cool family you are, baking together after supper. Sounds ideal to me!

HI Rachel- Thanks, gotta love those guys in Speedos, is that what you are saying? :)

Hi Lyb- Yep, we turned up the heat a bit, thank goodness! I hope Vancouver will make us proud!

missweb said...

I'm commenting on a post twice but with good reason.

I set out to follow your yummy recipe the other night and got to 'mix oats and buttermilk and let sit for an hour.' An hour? But it was already 10:30!!! Abandon muffin mission!!! Next day during nap I started out again, this time letting the milk and oats stand during lunch to maximize time. The results? Muffins my kiddo will eat (yipeeeee!) and a 'These are the best muffins you have EVER made' from my hubby. Your recipe did wonders in our home this week. Thank you!!!

Anonymous said...

Looks delicious and so versatile!
I was sad to see the Olympics over, but glad to get my life away from TV back :)

Deborah said...

Anything that tastes like dessert for breakfast is a good thing in my book!

David Hall said...

There are muffins. Then there are muffins. Bloody beautiful!

Aimée said...

Hi Cara- Great stuff! I know, the one hour soaking time threw me at first too, but it was all worth it!

Hi Kirsten- Thanks for stopping by UtHC! Less TV and more blogging, I say!

Hi Deb- I agree 100%.

Hi David- He's back! Thanks for stopping by.

Cookie baker Lynn said...

This looks like the breakfast of champions! I'll be watching for Noah in upcoming Olympic diving.

shal said...

Tried them with blueberries and Schokinag dark chocolate bits...yum! I hope my housemates don't eat them all before me!

Anonymous said...

It looks like this person sort of copied your recipe:


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