Oatmeal Muffins–a delicious and delightful combination of food that might even just make oatmeal jealous of itself!
To find the history of this delectable breakfast, it is time to delve deep into the oven for the tasty past of the celebration that represents National Oatmeal Muffin Day.
Let’s get started!
History of National Oatmeal Muffin Day
While muffins have been a staple for quite a few centuries. This probably started with English-style muffins that are made with yeast, cooked on a griddle, and have been dated back to the 10th or 11th century in Wales.
American-style muffins are known as quick bread muffins, which are made in individual molds and do not use yeast in their recipes. Quick bread muffins were not developed until close to the end of the 18th century, when pearlash, a refined form of potash, was discovered.
In the very first American Cookbook titled American Cookery, author Amelia Simmons published recipes using pearlash. Then, in 1792, approximately eight thousand tons of it were exported to Europe. Baking powder was eventually developed but did not become commercially available until 1857.
Quick bread muffins really need to be baked in molds because they are created with a batter instead of a dough, which means they will not hold up on their own. While there is not much history for the Oatmeal Muffin, there are plenty of recipes for it that all vary in ingredients.
How to Celebrate National Oatmeal Muffin Day
Celebrating National Oatmeal Muffin Day is easy, whether simply eating oatmeal muffins, making them, or learning more about them. Try out these interesting ways to get a start on the celebration this day:
Learn the Health Benefits of Oatmeal
This is one of those special days where the food in question is not only delicious, but it also has ingredients that are good for you! While these muffins also contain a few ingredients that are a bit less healthy (such as refined sugar or vegetable oil, oatmeal is a grain that offers a few different possible health benefits, such as:
- High in Fiber. Studies have shown that a diet that is filled with sources of soluble fiber (including whole oats) may help to minimize the risk of coronary disease, which is one of the biggest killers of Americans today.
- May Help Lower Blood Pressure. One side issue related to coronary problems is high blood pressure, and eating whole grains (such as oats) may help to reduce blood pressure just as much as taking medication for it.
- Reduce the Risk of Colorectal Cancer. A diet high in fiber has been linked to the reduction in occurrences of colorectal cancer. It has been estimated that for every 10 grams of whole grains (including oatmeal) per day, there may be a 10% reduction in the risk of colorectal cancers.
- Increased Digestion and Reduced Obesity. The high fibrous content also helps to keep the digestive system clean and clear, improving the health of the gastrointestinal tract, which can lead to reduced risk of obesity as well as other chronic diseases.
Share Oatmeal Muffins
In addition to eating a delicious oatmeal muffin, this is a great day to go ahead and share some with those people in your life. Friends, family members, neighbors and coworkers can all benefit from a little healthy fiber in their lives–and this is just the time to remind them. Plus, it’s just a nice gesture that will help them feel loved and cared for!
Either bake up a batch of oatmeal muffins for the day, or stop into a local bakery and pick some up. Then spread the cheer by sharing them around the office, at school, or with other moms and their at the playground. It’s a delicious way to make people happy and spread the word about National Oatmeal Muffin Day.
Make Oatmeal Muffins at Home
Those who want to make muffins in celebration of the day can follow the recipe below and make a batch of Oatmeal Muffins for the whole family to enjoy in the morning with some coffee and hot cocoa.
Ready to get baking? Here’s a recipe that is fun to knock out for a fresh hot treat to start the day!
- One Cup of milk
- One Cup of Quick Cooking Oats
- One Egg
- 1/4 Cup of vegetable oil
- One cup of all-purpose flour
- 1/4 cup of white sugar
- Two teaspoons of baking powder
- 1/2 teaspoon of salt
Those who want to get creative can also stir in a little bit of spice to the mix at the end, using cinnamon or nutmeg.
Now for the instructions:
- Preheat oven to 425 degrees Fahrenheit
- Grease muffin cups with oil or butter, or line with paper muffin liners
- In a small bowl, combine the milk and oats; let soak for 15 minutes
- In a separate bowl, beat together the egg and oil; then slowly stir in the oatmeal mixture.
- In a third bowl, sift together flour, sugar, baking powder and salt. Stir flour mixture into wet ingredients, just until combined.
- Spoon batter into prepared muffin cups until the cups are 2/3 of the way full. Any cups in the muffin tin that remain empty should be filled with hot water so that the rest of the muffins bake evenly.
Bake in a preheated oven for twenty to twenty five minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center of a muffin comes out clean.
Let the muffins rest for a few minutes and then enjoy!