One of the number one things that I was told to prep before Bernie’s arrival was oatmeal muffins! Oatmeal to help with lactation and muffins because they’re quick and easy to thaw from frozen and you can eat them with one hand. I do love oatmeal in the morning, and I usually have it with peanut butter or almond butter, cinnamon, berries, a little dark chocolate, and Trader Joe’s crunchy super seed mix for some Omega-3s, so I made a muffin version of this! They’re super good and filling, they’ve got pockets of melty chocolate, and they’re topped with just a few sprinkles that I thought would add a little humor to times that were destined to be insane, filled with Bernie wails, and true muffin emergencies. This is a pretty versatile recipe— you can add different spices, use butter or coconut oil, and change up the nut butters and mix-ins (don’t skimp on the chocolate though!). I would definitely recommend topping them with something, whether it’s sprinkles or turbinado sugar and/or seed mix, the added crunch on top is the loveliest.
Side note: I can’t really eat these muffins without thinking about the Bojack muffin episode when Neal McBeal the Navy Seal calls dibs on muffins at the store and Bojack eats them all. I wonder how Bojack is doing these days. I’m afraid to watch it with Bernie in ear shot and all.
Chocolate Peanut Butter Oatmeal Muffins
Makes 8 Jumbo Muffins
1 1/2 c (120g) rolled oats
1 c (240g) milk (2%, whole, or almond)
1/2 c (65g) all-purpose flour
1/2 c (65g) whole wheat flour or more all-purpose flour
2 tsp baking powder
1 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp kosher salt
1/2 c (113g) unsalted butter or coconut oil, melted and slightly cooled
1/2 c (128g) creamy unsweetened peanut butter (almond butter works too!)
2 tsp vanilla extract
2 large eggs
1/2 c (150g) maple syrup
3/4 c (90g) dried cherries, blueberries, or raisins
3/4 c (4 oz) chopped dark chocolate
3/4 c (45g) unsweetened coconut flakes
Super seed mix, optional, for topping
Coarse sanding sugar or sprinkles, for topping
Preheat the oven to 400ºf. Line 8 jumbo muffin tins with liners and set aside.
In a medium bowl, combine the oats and milk and let soak for 20 minutes.
In a separate medium bowl, whisk together the flours, baking powder, cinnamon, and salt.
In a large bowl, whisk together the butter or coconut oil, peanut butter, vanilla, eggs, and maple syrup until smooth. Add the oats and flour mixture and stir to combine and then fold in the dried fruit, chocolate, and coconut. Scoop into muffin tins and sprinkle with seeds, if using, and sanding sugar or sprinkles. Bake until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean; begin checking for doneness at 22 minutes. Let cool in the pans for a few minutes and then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely or enjoy warm!
Cooled muffins can be stored in a ziploc bag in the freezer for up to 3 months. Reheat in the microwave for about a minute.
photos by chantell and brett quernemoen