Thursday, March 14, 2013

Steel Cut Oatmeal & Blueberry Muffins



A few weeks ago I was cleaning off my desktop and going through lots and lots of old photos.  The realization that I primarily shoot everything on a stark white background became very apparent.  When I set out to make these muffins I knew I wanted to try photographing them against a dark backdrop.  I have a big piece of plywood that's been painted with chalkboard paint that I usually use for a semi-dark background (see here).


As these muffins were baking I was shooting a couple of test set ups.  The best setup I found was propping up a poster board and draping a black maxi dress over it (it was the only black cloth I could find in the whole apartment). It ended up working great! I'm super happy with the results and excited to start playing around with dark photos.  I will definitely have to go buy a square of black fabric to use instead though, as I was so nervous the whole time about getting food on my dress (it costs $2 a load to do laundry in our building so I'm not trying to spend $4 in quarters on washing blueberry juice out of my dress)


My brother gave me this cute mini cake stand for Christmas and I have yet to use it so I decided to make muffins.  We also had an abundance of blueberries in our fridge this week. As I was thinking about the muffins I wanted to make I knew I wanted them to be 'healthy' muffins. Something you feel good about eating in the morning for breakfast and that aren't full of sugar.  After reading some articles about sugar being 'toxic' and all the serious health problems it can lead to I've been trying to keep a watchful eye on my intake.  Sugar is literally in everything and trying to reduce my intake has been a challenge, especially since I'm a candy fanatic.  The only added sugar here, besides the sugar contained in the milk and fruit, is the maple syrup and even with the addition of the syrup the muffins only come out with 8g of sugar per muffin.  The oatmeal helps bulk them up and give them a nice chewy texture, the banana makes them moist and the blueberries add that hit of sweet and tart.


Steel Cut Oatmeal & Blueberry Muffins
lightly adapted from Recipes for Health

  • 1 1/2 cups whole wheat flour
  • 1 cup all purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup mashed banana (about one banana.  Alternatively, you could use 2 eggs)
  • 1 1/3 cup milk (I used 1%)
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup
  • 1 cup cooked steel cut oats
  • 1 cup blueberries
  1. Mix whole wheat flour, all purpose flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt together in a bowl. Set aside.
  2. Mix banana, milk and syrup together.  Add to the dry ingredients. Stir until just mixed.
  3. Fold in cooked oats and blueberries.
  4. Cook for 20-25 minutes at 375 degrees. Makes 12 muffins. 

14 comments:

  1. Love the black backdrop for your photos. Really makes everything really stand out. Also love the mini cake stand. Love following your blog! Can't wait to see what's up next!

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    1. Thanks!! I too like the way the dark background makes everything pop

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  2. Your muffins look so gorgeous, I just love your photos!

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  3. Gorgous pictures and these muffins look ever so tasty!

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    1. Thanks! They were definitely as tasty as they looked :)

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  4. Those muffins look delicious! Great photos! Can I use almond milk?

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    1. Hi Moniq! You most certainly can use almond milk as a substitution for regular milk. From what I've read there is no need to adjust the quantity but your baking time might be slightly shorter so keep an eye on them towards the end!

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  6. What incredibly gorgeous photos. The black backdrop is so different but I love it!

    Josie
    FineandFeathered.com

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    1. Thanks Josie! I love it too, I feel like with the right composition I can get a more 'artful' look out of the photos

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  7. These look delicious! Beautiful pictures :)

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    1. Thanks Gabrielle! They were delicious :)

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  8. Just made these they are yummy yummy! They rise so beautiful too, I've never had such tall perfectly domed muffins and I only used one egg. crazy good!

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