Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Big Bird’s Good-for-you-good-for-me Oatmeal Muffins

Are these Big Bird's or Angry Bird's muffins?

We are sorry if we have confused you. Although these muffins were made with angry birds cupcake liners, they are truly Big Bird’s good-for-you-good-for-me oatmeal muffins made with Big Bird's recipe from the book, "B" is for Baking by Sesame Street, Susan McQuillan.

We are the mummy-and-son tag team again baking these muffins and we are extremely proud and happy to serve these moist and delicious oatmeal muffins to our very "fussy" big boss daddy... LOL!

With extra crunchy oats toppings, these muffins are very yummy... In fact, these muffins disappeared very much faster than our previous Abby Cadabby's disappearing strawberry muffins. Beware! With all these angry-birds-look-alike muffins disappearing, we might be mistaken and get bombarded with lots of angry birds soon...

healthy oatmeal cranberry muffins
Angry bird's muffins?
Mixing the wet ingredients
My boy's favourite... angry birds!
Mixing the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients
Ready to bake...
These freshly baked muffins smells really good!
Watching my boy enjoying his bakes can be my enjoyment too :D

Here's the recipe from the book, "B" is for Baking by Sesame Street, Susan McQuillan
(with my sight modification in blue)

1 cup old-fashioned rolled oats
1/2 cup firmly packed light brown sugar
1 cup low-fat yogurt, or buttermilk (I used buttermilk)
1 large egg
1/2 cup olive oil (I used rice bran oil)
1/2 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 cup whole-wheat flour
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda (replaced by baking powder)
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 cup dried cherries, golden raisins, or dried cranberries, finely chopped (optional)

(increased to 3/4 cup of dried cranberries, not finely chopped)

Mum's extra toppings:
25g butter, soften
30g brown sugar
30g all-purpose flour
1/4 tsp of vanilla paste
20g oats

Mum: Combine all topping ingredients except together to form a dough. Allow it to rest in fridge for at least an hour.

Boy: In a large bowl, with a rubber spatula, stir together the oats, brown sugar, yogurt, egg, and oil. Be careful not to overmix. Let stand 15 mins while the oven is preheating.

Boy: Preheat the oven to 400°F.

Boy: Line 12 muffin cups with paper or foil liners.

Boy: In another large bowl, whisk together the all-purpose flour, whole-wheat flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt until well-mixed. Add to oat mixture, stirring with the spatula until just combined. Gently fold in dried fruits. 

Mum: Divide batter evenly among prepared muffin tins (about 1/3 cup batter per muffin). Pinch and divide pieces of topping dough on top of the muffin batter and sprinkle the extra oats on top. 

Mum: Bake muffins 15 mins or until golden on top and a toothpick inserted in the center of a muffin comes out clean. Transfer to rack to cool for a minute or two. Turn the muffins out to cool further.

Happy Baking and Eating and... beware of the angry birds!
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  1. It is so nice to see little hands baking!It teaches so much to children.
    These muffins look so good with a cup of tea!

  2. Good morning, Zoe! Love to see these oatmeal muffins in the morning!We have 6 angry birds at home, 4 for Ethan & 2 for Isabelle. A friend has given me some angry bird cupcake liners but I haven't thought of what to use them for. 1 thing for sure is that he will surely like the cupcake liners, haha!

  3. Angry birds are also our boys' favourite. The angry bird cupcake liners look very cute and the oatmeal muffins sound so healthy too. Would love to try them for sure. Thanks for sharing, Zoe :)

  4. Love to see you baking with kid, he will be a good cook in the future! The oatmeal muffins look nice and healthy, great for breakfast and teabreak!

  5. Your boy seem enjoying baking with mum, so good!

  6. Zoe, these look magnificent! Perfect for my breakfast :) And I just love to see those little hands helping in your kitchen...so sweet!

  7. look amazing Zoe and I love these little hands LOL
    Esperanza love play angry birds, wait she look these angry birds cups:)

  8. These oatmeal muffins looks delicious.

  9. Love the cute Angry Bird cupcake liners... your son is going to grow up to be a very good baker :)

  10. love the angrybird cupcake cases, so cute... oatmeal muffin, delish...:))

  11. Hi Zoe, those muffins look so delicious...im drooling here, wud luv to have some for my breakfast :)
    And luv those cute lil hands..awww so cute <3
    Have lovely week ahead Zoe.


  12. Zoe, I love those cute little hands making the muffins! I like the idea of crunchy topping with oats. This must be so delicious.

  13. Hi Zoe, cute cupcake liners. Your muffins look really good, yum yum!
    Great to go with cup of coffee.

    Have a nice week ahead.

  14. Lovely muffins, Zoe and son team! You have a pastry chef in the making!

  15. 'Mummy and son' always comes up with a yummy creation:) Those oats and raisins are a real treasure in the muffin. YUM!

  16. Zoe~
    one more healty cupcakes u baked!!!

  17. Zoe,
    I love your mummy and boy tag team. You and your boy must have lots of fun making this healthy muffin. May be,just may be next time you can create a blog hop event like mummy and son or mummy and daughter.I would love to join you..LOL

    Your oatmeal muffins looks great!! Yes, watching kids having their own bakes can be really enjoying..:D


    1. Hi Mui mui,

      I really like your idea. Are you serious about this? Do you want to host the event of mummy and kiddy baking?


  18. Happy kids love angry birds!

    Joyce, I'm sure your boy had a great time with you in the kitchen! I love to involve my kids in my cooking too... Awesome muffins!

  19. I love those cupcake liners - too cute! And who doesn't love a healthy oatmeal muffin? These look perfect!

  20. Zoe , that little hands can surely whipped up some delicious bakes ! :D Love this another mom and son baking session ! Keep 'em coming !

  21. Mother and son team produce great and healthy muffins. Thumbs up! Looks like your son is having a lot of fun!

  22. These muffins looks perfect for busy mornings! Love these

  23. Oh Zoe! Your post cracked me up in so many different ways. I love the angry bird in the background, I also love the little comment from Big Bird. I also see your son has a shirt with California on it. Hmmm... maybe someday you might come this way for a visit :)

    I'm also glad to hear that these muffins were a bit more successful than your strawberry ones. It's great that you are cooking with your son. I love cooking with my kids. It's hobby that we will always be able to do together and it really teaches them so much and us as well. Have a wonderful Thanksgiving with your family!

    1. Hi Jackie,

      We have been LA for more than once but my son has not been to California at all.

      Strangely, this California shirt from H&M bought at Hong Kong... LOL! Funny that people likes to use the word, California for fashion. My son must be wonder where is California... Funny that he knows about NY... he said that NY is the place with hurricane! LOL!


  24. Oh Zoe, I love the pictures of the little helping hands...so cute :)
    The muffins look great...perfect for breakfast and as a quick snack...yum!
    Have a great week!

  25. Fun recipe! I always used to cook with my mom, too. OK, I mainly tasted, but still - I was there for moral support! Really fun recipe - thanks.

  26. Everything about this post is so cute! The timer, the liners, the chubby helper hands, the theme, even the muffins! Lovely =)

  27. I love when you and your sous chef cook from this book!

  28. Oh your son must be a big fan of Angry Bird. I love his cute fingers :)

  29. I adore this kind of muffins!So healthy and yummy!
    Kisses from Greece,dear Zoe!

  30. great way to get fussy eaters to eat something healthy without the usual food battle

  31. Hi Zoe, it's amazing you got your kid to be involved in the baking process. I'm sure he had lots of fun! The muffins look delicious too, yum!

  32. LOL..."fussy" big boss daddy! We have one at home too! hahaha Another wonderful bake from you & mini chef! These muffins look yummy & love the addition of cranberries that I simply adore. Very healthy with whole wheat flour & oats too . Looking forward for Cook Like A Star event in Dec. I've already 2 recipe for it. :)

  33. Delicious looking muffins. When I team up with my son, it's always to make something he likes. He is not ready to be adventures like his mom and help baking something new :(

  34. That looks yummy and so healthy! I should bake more muffins instead of cakes and cupcakes! A great recipe to start:D

  35. My kind of muffins; Great that you are baking with your sons; I did that too; with 4 of of them and they all love to cook.

  36. Hi Zoe,
    This is one great team work with your son. They look so good! Hahaha don't we all love our fussy big boss daddy ( yes we have one too).

  37. i havent seen these angry birds cupcake liners here. i made some oat muffins too few weeks back. well done to little ryan, he sure is enjoying himself in the kitchen with his mummy!tell him that these muffins look great, send my hugs to him! hope he remembers me!

  38. One of these every morning would keep me going through school for sure, these look gorgeous :D

    Choc Chip Uru

  39. Those muffins look good and you're lucky to have a helping hand. The angry bird's cupcake liners look so cute!

  40. What a wonderful idea to involve the kids in the process. I'm sure they appreciate them better. I'm amused with the cute plump hands at work.

  41. Delicious and so healthy looking muffins!! I'd love to try this with my kids too :) I'm sure they'll love the yummyness :)

  42. They look sooooo cute with the muffin cups!! :D And the muffins look amazing and healthy at the same time. I may have to try those out ;D

  43. These muffins look delicious and full of good ingredients!