Monday’s Muffin: Oatmeal Honey Muffins (and Picasso)

by kitchenarian on March 21, 2011

On Sous Chef’s last day of Spring Break, we went to see the Picasso exhibit currently featured at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts in Richmond, Virginia. It was a great morning spent at the museum together viewing, discussing and appreciating the talented art of Pablo Picasso. This exhibit is on loan from the Musée National Picasso, Paris and is only making one east coast and two west coast stops while on tour in the United States. The exhibition will be in Richmond from February 19 through May 15, 2011 and is co-organized by the Musée National Picasso, Paris and the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts.

After May 15th, the collection will move from Virginia to the Fine Arts Museum of San Francisco and will be open to the public from June 11th through September 18th. If you have the opportunity to see the exhibit in either Richmond or San Francisco, it is most definitely worth the trip.

So while I am brimming over with culture and in an artistic frame of mind, let’s talk muffins. After all, it is Monday. Sometimes a muffin should be plain. It should be a canvas for a favorite topping – butter, jelly, honey or even your favorite topping of Nutella.

After a few weeks of flavor filled, decadent muffins, I was looking for something this week that would be just a little more healthy. Oatmeal is a popular winter breakfast in our household, but not so much after the weather warms up. Since you don’t want to ignore the health benefits of oatmeal, this muffin is a great choice because it is made with healthy ingredients such as oatmeal, buttermilk and sweetened with honey. The texture of the muffin is more coarse because of the oatmeal, but still very moist. This recipe is adapted from a recipe found on the cooks.com website.

Ingredients:

1 cup rolled oats
1 cup buttermilk
1 egg, unbeaten
1/4 cup honey
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/3 cup unsalted butter, melted

Preheat the oven to 425 degrees. Line a muffin pan with muffin paper liners or grease individual cups with butter. Soak the oats in buttermilk for at least 30 minutes. Beat egg and vanilla into oat mixture. Warm the honey slightly in the microwave so that it mixes easier. Add the honey to the oat mixture and combine thoroughly. Stir together flour, salt and soda. Stir flour mixture into oatmeal then add melted butter. Mix until just combined. The muffins will be tough if you over mix the batter. Bake 15-20 minutes until browned. Makes 1 dozen muffins.

Kitchenarian Notes: You can replace the all-purpose flour with whole wheat flour or even make it half whole wheat and half all-purpose flour.

Enjoy!

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yummychunklet March 21, 2011 at 11:52 am

Love the schmear of Nutella on the top of your muffins!

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Kath March 21, 2011 at 12:25 pm

I love the fact that your muffins are sweetened only with honey! They look terrific!

My daughter and I saw the Picasso exhibit last December when it was in Seattle. It is outstanding and not to be missed if you have the chance!

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RavieNomNoms March 21, 2011 at 12:31 pm

Ooo look at those and with the nutella? Yumm

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Bake Your Day March 21, 2011 at 12:42 pm

These look incredible. I love, love, love new ideas for oatmeal!

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Our Eyes Eat First March 21, 2011 at 1:03 pm

great post! wonderful how you tied in the picasso collection with a muffin of all things – I agree they are a wonderful canvas for yummy ingredients !

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Steph@stephsbitebybite March 21, 2011 at 1:10 pm

Ok, nutella on a hot oatmeal muffin, you are torturing me right now!!! Looks so good, and I am in love with the art picture :)

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Sous Chef March 21, 2011 at 2:37 pm

I see you borrowed my art supplies, or did I just leave them all in the kitchen again? Haha. Muffins look great!

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Lauren March 21, 2011 at 4:23 pm

This sounds soooo good. I am on my way to the store to get the needed ingredients. Thanks.

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Evan @swEEts March 21, 2011 at 4:53 pm

I like the idea of a simple muffin that can be topped with a multitude of toppings :) And I love picasso.

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Marci March 21, 2011 at 4:58 pm

Looks delicious and simple. Perfect.

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sarah March 21, 2011 at 9:09 pm

We saw the Picasso exhibit when it was here in Seattle, and I would definitely recommend it.

The muffins look perfect and I have all of the ingredients already sitting in my kitchen! I love the dollop of nutella on top. Can’t wait to try these over the weekend!!

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Happy When Not Hungry March 21, 2011 at 9:54 pm

These muffins look and sound amazing! Love the little touch of Nutella on top too. Yum!

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UrMomCooks March 22, 2011 at 6:02 pm

Love a healthy yummy breakfast treat! This would be great for kids on the go, but I would stay home and spread something decadent on top like you did…

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briarrose March 22, 2011 at 7:47 pm

Mmmm….nutella topping…excellent suggestion. :) I love the oatmeal and honey flavor in these muffins…so hearty.

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Bourbonnatrix March 23, 2011 at 3:13 pm

Thanks for the recipe! These look awesome! I’m planning on replacing the honey with local maple syrup! yum!

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Kate @ Diethood.com March 23, 2011 at 11:26 pm

Yes! Nutella on top… that’s the perfect way to eat a muffin. ;-)
These muffins sound wonderful – healthy, wholesome, and definitely delicious.

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Kimberly(Unrivaledkitch) March 25, 2011 at 12:58 pm

My sister always wants something a little sweet, my little niece is going to be born any day now so i’m thinking of all the visitors we’re going to have and things i can have on hand to give them to eat, these look like a perfect muffin. i’ll have to save it for later. Beautiful

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Kim - Liv Life March 29, 2011 at 7:02 pm

Such an appropriate post for me to read today as I’m planning my SF trip. See, you are helpful! This tour will be in SF when we are visiting, you’ve just planned part of our day. My daughter just studied him in art and this will be a true treat.
As for the muffins, well, oatmeal is my favorite grain in anything, these will be a hit!

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LINDA May 11, 2011 at 11:35 am

Good recipe, I just have one minor comment….. Heating honey in the microwave is a NO NO health wise. It actually destroys many of the honey’s health benefits.

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kitchenarian May 11, 2011 at 1:30 pm

Thanks for the information. I will remember that.

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Lisa Vrban March 28, 2012 at 11:58 am

these muffins are little pieces of heaven! i used peach flavored non fat yoghurt instead of buttermilk, whole wheat instead of all purpose flour, brown sugar instead of honey (only because I didn’t have any honey!), and then added about 6 small squares of white choclate, some hemp seed and oat bran. I ditched the nutella part (again because I didn’t have any!). They turned out so yummy, I can’t wait till my hubby comes home so he can try one!!! Def a redo for sure, maybe using other flavors of yoghurt!

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