I think muffins are the thing I crave most. Like, I crave muffins over ice cream or cake or pizza. I routinely have strong urges for a 500 calorie Starbucks blueberry muffin and, you know what? Those cravings are really, really hard to quiet. Especially when I know they’re just a drive-thru stop away.
I’ve been making a lot of muffins recently because my children have decided they don’t like cereal for breakfast. And real breakfast is absolutely not happening during the week. They’re lucky if I remember to set out vitamins and pour milk for them.
So I’ve been making muffins at night (yeah, every night – they eat entire batches of muffins for breakfast) which works out well for them because the muffins usually have chocolate chips or a sugary topping. And it works out well for me because I can start my daily 6 hours of CNN viewing as soon as I’m out of bed.
You know, when I was small, I used to think it was so lame that my mom would come home from work, turn on a news channel, and just leave it on as background noise all night while she cooked, cleaned, whatever she needed to do.
But that’s totally what I do now.
And it’s amazing.
These are Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Muffins and I think the healthfulness (is that a word?) of the oats negates the unhealthfulness of the chocolate. They’re super light and fluffy and chocolatey and delicious.
Make ’em today and you won’t be stressing about breakfast tomorrow!
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- 1/2 cup butter softened
- 3/4 cup brown sugar
- 1 egg
- 1 cup flour
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 3/4 cup applesauce
- 1 cup rolled oats
- 1 cup semisweet chocolate chips
Preheat oven to 350F.
In a large bowl, cream butter and sugar. Beat in egg. Combine dry ingredients; add alternately with applesauce to the creamed mixture. Stir in oats and chips. Fill paper-lined muffin cups three-fourths full.
Bake for 25 minutes or until golden brown and a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean. Cool completely on a wire rack.