Muffin Monday : Granola Muffins

12 Sep

I have been following Anuradha’s blog for some time now. Each Monday, she rounded up a ritual of Monday Muffins which I found fascinating. Every Monday all the food bloggers around the world participated in this scrumptious event. I waited for the round up eagerly and drooled over the delicious muffin pictures on her blog. I cannot think of any other way to beat  Monday blues away.

This is the first time I am participating in this event and I am excited. This is my first attempt at making muffins. I shirked from participating before as I did not have muffin moulds. But Anuradha was more than willing to overlook this and here is my post for the Muffin Monday.

This time Anuradha wanted us to make the super healthy Granola Muffins. They make such a fantastic snack to munch on anytime. I even sent them in Mimi’s lunch box. Her teacher seemed happy today as she had finished a muffin very quickly unlike other days when she doesn’t seem interested in eating. So this is not the last time I would be making these muffins.

I have on me a box of pumpkin flavoured organic granola which is simply out of this world. Each morning I wake up with anticipation to dig into a bowl of yogurt laced with honey and some pumpkin granola. I used the same to make these muffins and they tasted spectacular.  With no butter or sugar it is a guilt free indulgence. Thank you Anuradha for sharing this recipe and am glad to be a part of this Muffin Mania.

Recipe for Granola Muffins

Ingredients

1 cup granola
1/2 cup low-fat milk
1 cup golden raisins
1 cup whole wheat flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
2 large or extra large eggs
1/4 cup mild honey, such as clover
1/2 cup buttermilk or plain low-fat yogurt
1/4 cup canola oil
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
Preparation

1. Preheat the oven to 375ºF with a rack in the middle. Grease 12 muffin cups.

2. In a bowl combine the granola and milk in a bowl and let sit for 30 minutes. Meanwhile, cover the raisins with hot water and soak for 15 minutes. Drain and dry on paper towels.

3. Sift together whole wheat flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt.

4. In medium bowl, beat together the eggs, honey, buttermilk or yogurt, canola oil and vanilla. Quickly whisk in the flour, then fold in the granola and raisins. Combine well

5. Spoon into muffin cups, filling each about 3/4 full.

6. Bake 20 to 25 minutes, until lightly browned. Cool in the tins for 10 minutes, then unmold and cool on a rack.

Notes : I used a pumpkin flavoured organic granola and also topped the muffin with more granola for the crunch

I used sunflower oil instead of canola

Used cupcake moulds but the time it took to make it was approximately the same – 20 minutes.

 Muffin Monday is an initiative by Baker Street. A culinary journey of sharing a wickedly delicious muffin recipe every week. Drop in a quick line to join her on her journey to make the world smile and beat glum Monday mornings week after week.

26 Responses to “Muffin Monday : Granola Muffins”

  1. Baker Street September 12, 2011 at 7:28 am #

    Anita! I almost shipped muffin moulds to you when you said you couldn’t find any. hehe. Love your take on the recipe. Glad you could join us.

    • Anita Menon September 12, 2011 at 7:35 am #

      Thank You An. Thanks for letting me participate.

  2. Bikram September 12, 2011 at 1:09 pm #

    Again yummmmmmmyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy

  3. Yuri September 12, 2011 at 3:22 pm #

    Welcome to #MuffinMonday :D hope to have you baking with us every week. They turned out pretty, can’t believe this is the first time you bake muffins. Happy Monday!

  4. Meghna September 12, 2011 at 4:47 pm #

    wow!!!! Interesting Muffins!!! I like it….Monday Muffins… something to brighten up the start of the week :-)

  5. Carrie @ poet in the pantry September 12, 2011 at 5:38 pm #

    Mmmm… pumpkin granola. I bet that was fabulous in your muffins! Welcome to Muffin Monday! :)

  6. Elizabeth of QueensNotebook September 12, 2011 at 5:39 pm #

    Wow, Anita! These Muffins look terrific! I’m staring at these pics with a mug of coffee in hand. It’s so hard to NOT want one! Great to bake with you on this Muffin Monday!

  7. Annapet (@thedailypalette) September 12, 2011 at 6:19 pm #

    Wow, I love your version with granola on top, too. I knew a nice topping would benefit the granola muffin recipe so well. But guess what, I am new to granola. So happy you are baking with us! Welcome to Muffin Monday!

  8. Ameena September 12, 2011 at 7:12 pm #

    I love muffins…I love granola…what could be better than mixing the two? It looks delicious my friend!

    Happy Monday. :)

  9. yummychunklet September 12, 2011 at 7:32 pm #

    I love the topping of your muffins, especially the whole nuts!

  10. Kate @ Food Babbles September 12, 2011 at 7:33 pm #

    Love the addition of pumpkin granola!! Pumpkin is one of my favorite flavors and love that you sprinkled more on top. Great ideas!

  11. Sanjeeta kk September 12, 2011 at 8:17 pm #

    Loving the muffin Monday series..looks yum!

  12. Alan Cooke September 12, 2011 at 10:28 pm #

    Welcome to the crew of Muffin Monday Bakers! :) Glad to have you along, and your muffins look great. Pumpkin flavored granola sounds really interesting!

  13. Anita Menon September 12, 2011 at 10:39 pm #

    @Muffin gang – thanks so much for all the support and appreciation!

  14. Bianca @ South Bay Rants n Raves September 13, 2011 at 2:49 am #

    This won’t be the last time I’ll be making this either. That pumpkin granola sounds wonderful, especially with the cooler weather coming :)

  15. carolineadobo September 13, 2011 at 6:36 am #

    A great job for a first try baking muffins. The pumpkin granola sounds delicious. So glad you joined Muffin Monday, hope to bake with you again next week.

  16. My Inner Chick September 13, 2011 at 3:38 pm #

    —These look Amaaaazing. WOW.

  17. Anamika September 13, 2011 at 5:01 pm #

    Pumplin granola muffin sounds very very healthy & delicious too :) Will give it a try for Aarul’s tiffin & that reminds me why don’t u share it for HCC event…I’ve yet to do the roundup. Pics are great too :)

  18. Stay-At-Home-Chef September 13, 2011 at 8:04 pm #

    Welcome to muffin mondays! It’s such a fun group (and a GREAT way to start the week!) Love the idea of pumpkin flavoured organic granola…that must have been amazing. Hope to bake with you again next week :)

  19. aipi September 13, 2011 at 10:04 pm #

    ok, it cannot get better than that, so many good things mixed together got to be the best :)
    USMasala

  20. Tanvi September 14, 2011 at 12:50 am #

    Love the addition of pumpkin granola.never heard of it but sounds so so yum! And apples- its gotta my fav part!

  21. La @ FoodSlice September 14, 2011 at 2:48 pm #

    There were a few months when i was working in London where waking up early mornings in winter before the sun came up was tolerable just because of the breakfast cereal (i think it was fruit n nut kelloggs) i loved digging into.. hehe.. And is Mimi is going to pre-school already? Lunchbox and all haan? Btw, your muffins looks delightful.

  22. Julia @ Mélanger September 15, 2011 at 3:47 am #

    What a great little muffin recipe, and love the healthy twist. Love the sound of Muffin Monday, too. Agree, a great way to shake the Monday blues. :)

  23. Terra September 15, 2011 at 4:05 am #

    YAY! So excited you decide to be a part of muffin Monday! Your muffins look fantastic:-) Hugs, Terra

  24. Samantha Angela @ Bikini Birthday September 16, 2011 at 3:45 pm #

    I would never have thought to make muffins with granola! Awesome idea.

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