20 Jun 2011

Oats Butternut Squash Rosemary Breakfast Muffins

Breakfast has become a distant dream to most of the working adults especially Mommies with kids to take care of.  They always put their little angels/princes in front of them right from the moment they get up to the moment they go to sleep.

         Result : They compromise on their own health which is not a good thing obviously!!!


          I remember my mom [who is a busy practicing doctor even now],  used to get us ready for school every morning. She made sure that we had our breakfast but she didn't have any. My dad would join us sometimes but most of the times he was out of the door before we even woke up from our sleep.  I guess this is the case with most of our mothers and households.

          I didn't realise the importance of a good breakfast until I ultimately became a busy bee with my work, household duties and my daughter. When I don't have a good breakfast I often binge on the next meal which is not so healthy of course!!!!


          But during the busy morning hour it is easy to skip the meal as in my case because of laziness and I do take my health for granted. Now I realise that my daughter is going to follow my own unhealthy eating habit.

           Say this as pure timing, there was this new cookery show in BBC 2  earlier this year by Lorraine Pascal named "Baking made Easy" which featured these yummies. She is a former "Super Model" turned into a "Super Cook". Her recipes are just wonderful and oh so easy to make. Don't be misled by the name, it can be eaten anytime of the day to fill your tummy.

            It is an easy recipe with all the goodness of fiber and protein but lesser calories. The additional plus point is it can be made in 2-3 batches in one go and can be frozen for upto 3 weeks.


            Another interesting thing is she used greaseproof paper for the muffin cases which so easy to make and gave the muffin the "Deli feel"....

For the original recipe please visit this link :  Pumpkin and Rosemary Savoury Muffins

            I just substituted a few ingredients from the original recipe. First I will give my version and then the original one. I have tried both the recipes and both works fine. The only difference was in texture as my version resulted in thicker texture, not like the usual soft fluffy muffin texture.
           Taste wise both worked fine as these muffins are not sweet so you can have it with a little honey or with a savoury spread.



Dry ingredients:
Whole rolled oats: 180 gms.
Whole meal flour: 130 gms.
Baking powder: 1 tsp.
Bicarbonate of soda: 1/2 tsp.
Salt: 1 pinch.
Fresh rosemary sprigs: 3.


Wet ingredients:
Eggs [large]: 2.
Skimmed milk: 275 ml
Low fat yogurt : 100ml
Vegetable oil: 60 ml.
Honey: 3 tbsp.
Butternut squash: 240 gms.


Sprinkle on top:
Pumkin seeds: a handful.
Flax seed powder: 1-2 tbsp.

Making the muffin cases:
1.Preheat oven to 200 degrees/ 400 F/ Gas mark 6. Cut the grease proof to 14 cms square. Push the each square piece into each muffin hole . Let the sharp ends of the paper stick out.


Now for the muffins:
1. Peel the butternut squash and cut it into 1/2 cms cubes. Steam until soft and keep aside.
2. Grind the oats to a powder. Mix all the dry ingredients together. Chop the rosemary sprigs and add to the dry ingredients.


3.In another bowl mix the eggs, milk, yogurt, oil and honey. No need to beat the eggs, just mix until well combined.
4.Add the wet ingredient mix to the dry mix and mix gently. Do not over-mix the mixture.
5.Add 3/4th of the cooked butternut squash. Mix very gently as it will break very easily.
6.Spoon into the prepared muffin holes until 3/4th filled.


7.Place 1-2 pieces of the butternut squash pieces on top each muffin.
8.Sprinkle with pumkin seeds and flaxseed powder.
9.Bake for 20-25 mins until well risen.


Note: Once cool, freeze the required number of muffins wrapped in clinge flim and place in ziplock bags. Defrost for 1 hr and reheat in microwave for 4-5 mins until warm.



Sending this to "CWS-Cooking with Seeds" an event started by Priya  guest hosted by Gayathri with "Pumkin seeds" as the theme for June.



"Cooking it Healthy - Proteinicious" , an event started by Shobha .



"Wholesome Wholegrain Cooking-WWC", an event started by Sanjeeta KK , guest hosted by Heather of Girlichef.com with "Spelt/Oats" for breakfast as the theme for June.



"Quick and Easy recipe Mela" happening in www.spicytasty.com



Enjoy....


Scribbled by Reva.

60 comments:

Shama Nagarajan said...

delicious muffin

Prathibha said...

nice combination of ingredients....looks superb n yumm

GEETHA ACHAL said...

//When I don't have a good breakfast I often binge on the next meal which is not so healthy of course!!!!//கரொக்டாக சொன்னீங்க..

வாவ்...Muffins ரொம்ப கலக்கலாக இருக்கு...அப்படியே எனக்கு அனுப்புங்க..

பூவும் கொள்ளை அழகு...

Sayantani said...

thats a perfect recipe to start our day with. incredibly nutritous and the best part is its savory. like this idea of folded papers as liners.

kaveri said...

Yummy looking Muffins...Beautiful Clicks

Priti said...

Looks just so fab n yum ...lovely pics

AMMU MOHAN said...

looks very beautiful and yummy........

Mélange said...

Reva,here comes another breakfast skipper.As a kid and even when I was in hostels,unknowingly started the habit.But now I have completely changed.As you said,our angels can change us completely..
The muffins are healthy for sure..Nice presentation as always..!

Biny Anoop said...

dats awesome...it looks more than the name...i wud like to have it as my b'day cake...gorgeous clicks...awesome recipe

S.Menaga said...

muffins looks absolutely very tempting...nice clicks!!

Jagruti જાગૃતિ said...

tasty and healthy...

Priya said...

Omg, beautiful muffins, soo flavourful and delicious..

SravsCulinaryConcepts said...

Delicious combo and perfectly made muffins !!

Suman Singh said...

Wow, everything in that muffins sounds so healthy and delicious..love the combo of ingredients..what a great recipe..thanks for sharing!

Hamaree Rasoi said...

liked the outer thin liners. I don't skip my breakfast as it's the most imp meal of the day. Nice looking muffins. beautifully clicked

Deepa
Hamaree Rasoi

Sadhana Valentina said...

Really delicious!! Pics r inviting!!

Mugdha said...

nice combination of ingredients....looks superb..:)

Suja said...

Looks great,loved the ingredients..yum

Shanavi said...

Nice combo and the result, delicious muffins.. Would love to taste one..

Krithi's Kitchen said...

Awesome clicks as usual.. Super looking muffins.. love the idea of adding sunflower seeds.. Incidentally I too made oats breakfast muffins last week..

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Vimitha Anand said...

Flavorful and deliciously done muffins..

aipi said...

What a great blend~ loved everything about these wonderful muffins! Fab as always :)
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ANU said...

Wow Reva! your muffins look awesome! I always try to add a touch of healthy ingredient in my cooking, so this is kinda what I would like to cook too!

Reshmi Mahesh said...

Healthy and delicious one....Great clicks dear...

Priya (Yallapantula) Mitharwal said...

wow, gorgeous pictures :)

Taste Junction said...

Great healthy recipe and superb pics. Muffin like a bouquet, quite unique. Love it!!

Sobha Shyam said...

Awesome muffins dear..what a lovely combo..very healthy too..excellent clicks..Thanks for sending it to my event.
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Swarnavalli Suresh said...

lovely muffins and awesome clicks!!!

Ganga Sreekanth said...

looks superb.....awesome clicks

Sharmilee! :) said...

Wow soft n yummy looking muffins

Vardhini said...

Yummy muffins .. pictures look amazing Revathi.

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purabi naha said...

Lovely presentation...you have a great collection of recipes. Happy to visit your blog again and again.

Valarmathi Sanjeev said...

Looks great and delicious...nice clicks.

Lena Rashmin Raj said...

WOWW... WHAT A SNAP... YOU HAVE EXCELLENT PHOTOGRAPHIC SKILLS.. :)

SouthIndianHome said...

Delicious and yummy muffins and wonderful shots
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Rekha shoban said...

muffins looks perfect n yum! it looks like a flower!nice click reavs!

Mano Saminathan said...

Beautifully done with those fascinating photographs! A very good and nutritious recipe!

kothiyavunu.com said...

Ooooooh that one looks absolutely delicious! I am bookmarking this one!!! great click too..

அப்பாவி தங்கமணி said...

//lesser calories//

Really tempting to hear the term less calories... will try it sometime... never thought you could use squash this way...:)

Sobha Shyam said...

hi reva, saw that this recipe is linked to my event, but plz send it to my mail dear..I dont want to lose a wonderful entry for the event..just thought of reminding u in case u have forgotten :)


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divya said...

Yummy looking Muffins...Beautiful Clicks

Rachu said...

What a treat to the eyes!!! Muffin flowers i should say.. and its so healthy and filling!!!
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Plateful said...

This looks like a super idea for breakfast...and yea I'm one of those people who usually skip breakfast.. :) And Reva, your clicks are simply mind blowing!!

Hamaree Rasoi said...

I have shared few awards with you, please accept these :-)

Deepa
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hemalata said...

Wonderful muffins,looks so tempting and lovely treat.Simply superb.

arthi said...

very tempting muffins and nice clicks too..love them!!

Zareena said...

Lovely and amazing muffins. Nice presentation.

Usha said...

Muffins look wonderful and so very inviting !

You have a lovely space here, added you to my blogroll so that I can follow your updates :-)

JishasKitchen said...

wow..muffins looks so delicious and tempting..loved it..

rekhas kitchen said...

Beautiful flowers and fantastic muffin recipe Reva looks wonderful.

Gita Jaishankar said...

I try to make sure I have something light like oatmeal for breakfast...these days its quite a heavy one since the babies were born :) Love those muffins, they looks absolutley delicious, what a lovely presentation.

Nithu said...

Muffin looks so delicious. Lovely pics. I would like to invite you to our "Quick and easy recipe mela" and enter your recipe. We would be glad to see your participation. Thanks.


http://www.spicytasty.com/misc/quick-and-easy-recipe-mela/

Sutapa said...

Looks superb delicious muffins!

SouthIndianHome said...

Muffins looks so delicious.Wonderful clicks
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Now Serving said...

Your muffins are eye-candy Reva! I am hearing the a great deal about the goodness of pumpkin seeds esp for insomnia which I suffer from -A delicious post indeed!

Loveandcalories said...

Absolutely love your blog! Your new follower!

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girlichef said...

Well, not only do they sound amazing and healthy..they are absolutely gorgeous to look at!! So lovely, thank you for sharing them with WWC this month =)

Pushpa said...

Superb presentation and superb muffins.

Rinku Naveen said...

A very different and healthy muffins. Good one Rev's..

Sarah Naveen said...

Beautiful clicks..healthy and yummy muffins :)

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