Can’t help using my homemade muesli in bread, cakes, cookies…
Eating cupcakes can be a bit of a guilty pleasure, something you do not do every day. But with muffins it’s a different cup of tea, I can eat them every day and feel no remorse at all! Even though they contain a lot of sugar and a bit of fat too, they have this healthy aura I like to hold on to.
By adding home made muesli to a muffin that last bit of ‘am I eating healthy or just filling the cavities in my sweet tooth’, is effectively eradicated.
Among the ingredients you find grated zest of an orange. What I usually do is make this in advance by adding the zest of 2 oranges or an orange and a lemon to 50 grams of sugar. You can keep this ‘citrus rubbed sugar’ in your fridge for a very long time. I also use it when making raisin buns or a Frisian sugar loaf. For this recipe I use a tablespoon of orange sugar, or about 15 grams, so you can add 160 grams of the soft brown sugar instead of 175, to compensate.
Ingredients for the Muesli Muffins
350 g self raising flour
14 g baking powder
pinch of salt
175 g soft brown sugar (or 160 g when using orange sugar)
40 ml maple syrup
100 g homemade maple toasted muesli mix (see recipe)
zest of 1 organic orange or a tbsp (15 grams) of orange sugar
250 ml yogurt or buttermilk
100 g melted butter or vegetable oil
Finely chopped pistachios to sprinkle on top
2 whole eggs
Making the Muffins
Preheat the oven to 180ºC / 355ºF. This is a basic muffin recipe that you can use to make all kinds of adventurous muffin combinations with fruits, nuts and spices. Its a very simple method: first you combine all the dry ingredients in a bowl. In a separate bowl you mix all the wet ingredients. Then put the wet and dry ingredients together, but do not over mix. Fill a muffin tray with the mixture and sprinkle each heap with the finely chopped pistachios. Bake the muffins for about 20 minutes until golden brown and leave to cool on a tray. Or better: eat warm from the oven! Watch out with pieces of fruit, they contain water and can be very hot inside!