I was determined to make something healthy this month for Secret Recipe Club. I planned to make this tasty looking salad but when my shopping arrived the romaine lettuce was missing. Never mind, I thought I would wait until I was out at the shops and buy some lettuce then. I forgot. It seemed that I was not meant to make that salad, although it is still on my list.
Instead, I opted to make these delicious sweet oaty cranberry muffins flavoured with cinnamon. The attraction? That dark sugary streusal topping. I love streusal and can never resist a muffin or cake with a streusal top. Usually it’s not me who’s made it though. These are the type of muffins I see when I’m in a cafe and just have to have. They are normally my can’t resist impulse buy.
This time though, I found the muffins on It’s Yummi, a blog by Chef Becca Heflin, who was my Secret Recipe Assignment this month. I actually saw them before I saw the salad but I just kept being drawn back to them. I couldn’t go out and buy them and as Becca lives in Wisconsin and I am here in the UK, there was little chance of her making them for me in person. I would just have to make some streusal myself!
I only adapted the recipe slightly, partly through being in a hurry to weigh out the ingredients before Master Spice demanded attention again! I also changed the measurements to metric to make it easier for me to make the muffins. There was a long list of ingredients but as they are just mixed together that doesn’t translate into a long preparation time. The finished muffins were really tasty, especially when still warm with a bit of ice cream.
The recipe called for dried cranberries although there were fresh ones in the picture on Becca’s blog and I think the muffins would be even more delicious with fresh cranberries. They are very sweet so the tartness of the cranberries would be a nice contrast, at least for me as I don’t have a very sweet tooth. You could also adapt them by using different dried fruit.
As Becca is a chef she has so many delicious looking and sounding recipes on her blog. There are a mix of sweet and savoury recipes and most recipes are healthy, involving cooking from scratch using easily available unprocessed ingredients. I promise you, especially if you like cupcakes and have a slow cooker, you will definitely find some inspiration so do take a look.
Ingredients – Makes 10
90g rolled oats
240g whole wheat flour
1/2 tsp salt
2 tsp baking powder
2tsp ground cinnamon
100g dark brown sugar
100g white sugar
60ml vegetable oil
80ml natural yoghurt
120ml applesauce (I used two stewed apples)
1 tsp vanilla extract
100g dried cranberries
Ingredients for the Streusal Topping
60g whole wheat flour
2 tbsp rolled oats
80g dark brown sugar
40g white sugar
60g butter, melted
How to Make Cranberry Oat Streusal Muffins
1. Prepare the streusal topping by melting the butter and then stirring it into the rest of the ingredients with a fork.
2. Put all the dry ingredients except the cranberries in a large bowl and mix together.
3. Put all the wet ingredients in another bowl and whisk together.
4. Pour the wet ingredients into the bowl with the dry ingredients and stir until just combined. Add the cranberries and stir in.
5. Spoon the mixture into a muffin tin lined with muffin cases. Fill the cases almost to the top. Top each of the muffins with some of the streusal mixture. I had some leftover.
6. Bake the muffins in the oven at 180C for about 18-20 minutes. Cool the muffins on a wire rack.
I am also linking these to Tasty Tuesdays at Honest Mum.