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52 Weeks of Baking: Top of the Muffins To Ya

I wasn't really sure what I wanted to bake this week, I thought about baking something from the amazing book Super Natural Cooking by Heidi Swanson, but wanted to take some time and really do the recipes justice (I'll talk about the book more in the near future, but really it's amazing). However, I did get inspired by a cookie recipe in which she uses leftover quinoa (hopefully I'll try this one soon) and decided to just throw stuff together and see if rolled oats, couscous, and crushed/toasted almonds would work out. Turns out they're not bad all mixed up, especially if you add a bit of chocolate. Although my end result wasn't so much a cookie as it was a bread/muffin creation. In fact, they ended up looking so much like muffin tops, that I have inventively decided to call them: Top of The Muffins To Ya - a name which I have stolen from Seinfeld.

The couscous was leftover from dinner (only 1 cup, but I wished I had used 2), and the almonds could have been more consistently crushed, but the end result was pretty decent. They didn't turn out at all like I expected, but the folks around here seemed to like them. They're comparatively high in fiber, so you could convince yourself they're good for you, but they're still made with two sticks of butter and 1 1/2 cups of sugar, so they're not... To check out what I did with couscous (yes couscous and I'm going to try it again someday) and rolled oats,

Top of the Muffins To Ya
From YumSugar

2 1/2 cups whole-wheat flour
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
1 1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp nutmeg
1/4 tsp clove
1/2 tsp ginger

2 sticks of butter, room temperature
1 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup sugar
3 eggs
1 tsp vanilla
1/4 cup milk

1 cup cooked couscous
1 cup rolled oats
1/2 - 1 cup crushed/toasted almonds - I eyeballed it
1/2 - 1 cup chocolate chunks - or use chips - I just used what I had left

  • Preheat oven to 375F
  • In a mixing bowl combine, flour, soda, powder, salt, cinnamon, nutmeg, clove and ginger. Whisk or sift to combine thoroughly. Set aside.
  • In a mixer cream butter until it's light and fluffy - I turned it on and let it go for a few minutes.
  • When butter is creamed add in brown sugar, then white and mix until both are throughly incorporated and the mixture is smooth and creamy.
  • On low speed, add eggs one at a time, making sure each egg is mixed before adding the next.
  • When eggs are incorporated add in vanilla.
  • Add the flour mixture to butter mixture, 1/3 at a time. Mixing each time until incorporated.
  • Mix in milk.
  • Add in couscous, rolled oats, almonds, chocolate, mix until combined and each piece is coated.
  • Use a large ice cream scoop to scoop dough into balls on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper.
  • Bake for 15 minutes, remove from oven and leave on pan for 2 minutes.
  • Move cookies to wire rack to cool.

If I was to do this again, I'd add in more couscous, less milk, more chocolate and probably dried cranberries.


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jendudley jendudley 8 years
despite all the butter and sugar, they still look yummyDespite, DESPITE???? BECAUSE OF ALL THE BUTTER AND SUGAR!!!!!!!!LMAO!!!
jendudley jendudley 8 years
despite all the butter and sugar, they still look yummy Despite, DESPITE???? BECAUSE OF ALL THE BUTTER AND SUGAR!!!!!!!! LMAO!!!
mandiesoh mandiesoh 8 years
despite all the butter and sugar, they still look yummy!
Food Food 8 years
aflower, oops! thanks for catching my typo. it's 1 cup. i actually just took half of a bar i used for cupcakes i made last week and smashed it up, i didn't measure, but it was probably around 1 cup.
aflower aflower 8 years
just to be sure..for the chocolate chunks/chips, i assume that you meant 1 CUP, right?
aflower aflower 8 years
just to be sure.. for the chocolate chunks/chips, i assume that you meant 1 CUP, right?
SU3 SU3 8 years
I ♥ 52 Weeks of BakingThey look delicious! :)
SU3 SU3 8 years
I ♥ 52 Weeks of Baking They look delicious! :)
rubialala rubialala 8 years
Mmm, yummy.
kd0024 kd0024 8 years
Now, that's what I am talking about! Way to go YumSugar...
Food Food 8 years
Thanks ladies, they made me feel healthy too, but they were not... and i'm not sure where the 1 star is coming from. geeks, help!
Tech Tech 8 years
I am with Molly. Something about the texture made me feel healthy, even though I know it was a sugary/butter/packed delight. I think you went a little low with the one star though. I'd give them at least a 2 or 3. This is assuming <a href="217049">Jimmy's cupcakes</a> are a 10.
Tech Tech 8 years
I am with Molly. Something about the texture made me feel healthy, even though I know it was a sugary/butter/packed delight. I think you went a little low with the one star though. I'd give them at least a 2 or 3. This is assuming Jimmy's cupcakes are a 10.
Linda-McP Linda-McP 8 years
Wonderful recipe. I know what I'm going to make with that leftover couscous from last night!
Molly Molly 8 years
Mmmmm, they were delicious Yum. Plus, it somehow felt like I was eating something healthy. And <i>feeling</i> that way is all that matters, right?
Molly Molly 8 years
Mmmmm, they were delicious Yum. Plus, it somehow felt like I was eating something healthy. And feeling that way is all that matters, right?
celebrity_soup celebrity_soup 8 years
wonderful creation yum! yummy
celebrity_soup celebrity_soup 8 years
wonderful creation yum!yummy
jendudley jendudley 8 years
SO good. Am I the only one who DOESN'T like muffin tops, rather the fluffy inside. Those pics are awesome. Make me hungry!!!
crispet1 crispet1 8 years
Sounds good.
crispet1 crispet1 8 years
Sounds good.
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