It’s HOT HOT HOT outside, but I need to fill my freezer with “not too nasty” snacks to keep me and the kids happy with our afternoon tea.
What’s a girl to do ? Get out my solar oven !
Baking in a solar oven can be a bit limited, but when the oven temp gets up to around 150°C I have a few favourite recipes that seem to work well (this Berry Clafouti is nice too).
These delicious muffins freeze really well (to then be quickly defrosted in the ……. SOLAR OVEN 😉 ) They have hardly any sugar (the dark chocolate helps though) and lots of oats to add structure and fiber. They are practically good for you 😉
This is a forgiving recipe. Any milk will do and I sometimes play around with the flours. I had some beautiful Farro flour that a friend brought me from Provence. So here I used half of the whole wheat flour I can get locally and half Farro flour.
I make my own vanilla extract by soaking sliced open vanilla pods in vodka for about a month. WAY better than the shop bought stuff and dead easy !
Chocolate Oatmeal Muffins - low sugar
- 1 cup oats
- 1 cup milk (whatever you have, I used fresh Jersey cow milk)
- 1 cup whole wheat flour
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon (or any other spice you fancy with chocolate)
- 1/3 cup brown sugar
- 1 egg
- 1/4 cup melted butter or oil
- 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
- 3/4 cup chopped dark chocolate
Prehead your oven to 180°C (350°F) if you are not using a solar oven 😉 . Line or grease a muffin tin.
Mix your oats with the milk and set aside to soften while you prepare the other ingredients.
In a large bowl whisk the egg and sugar until smooth. Add vanilla and melted butter or oil. Add flour, oat-milk mixture, baking soda, salt and cinnamon. Stir until well combined but don’t over mix (muffin rules !).
Fold in the chocolate and distribute the batter between the 12 muffin tins.
Bake for 15 – 18 minutes or until a knife comes out clean. In my solar oven at 150°C they took less than an hour.
Bon Appetît !
**Directly inspired by the Family Food on the Table blog