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June 11 2014 by Kristin at The Kitchen Sink in Breakfast,Recipe » 12 comments

oatmeal blueberry muffins

He was born six-and-a-half weeks ago, so it’s high time I introduce our son, Henry, here on this site. He’s a little lover; a sleepy, mellow baby; and the apple of his big sister’s eye. Avery truly adores him, favoring a French-ish pronouciation of his name and showing a real knack for picking out his outfits (hint: anything featuring whales, monkeys or “raffes” (giraffes)).  There are some photos of Henry, and Avery and Henry, at the bottom of the post.

oatmeal blueberry muffins

I’m settling into my maternity leave, and our initial rounds of family visitors have trickled off.  So, these days, it’s just Henry and me for much of the time.  He eats and sleeps, I change diapers and do laundry and try to remember how to “play” with a tiny baby, we stroll.  Avery is at school during the day, so my days with Henry are pretty peaceful, really.
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When we’re all home together, or when I’m home with Avery and Henry, the picture—predictably—is decidedly less serene.  After Avery was born, I wrote that she was the new axis on which our world was turning.  That’s still true, but if I’m not stretching the metaphor too far, Avery now lies at one end of that axis, and Henry sits at the other.  Their needs are very different at these stages of their lives: Henry depends on us for everything, right down to holding up his little neck, while Avery is exercising more independence, but still wants to play and talk and challenge and interact.  So, one end of the axis inevitably pushes while the other end pulls, and our world wobbles and sometimes feels downright off-kilter, but somehow it continues to turn round and round day in and day out.

oatmeal blueberry muffins

I know this will get easier with time.  And, really, we’ve already come a long way.  One thing that has been really successful so far has been for me to make sure that I get special one-on-one time with Avery, since Henry physically requires so much of the same.

oatmeal blueberry muffins

Avery and I used to have quite a bit of that time, and I miss it and I think she does too.  So I take her to the park or the farmers’ market, or read her bedtime stories or play with her many babies.  My favorite thing, though, has been baking these muffins together.
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Avery sits on the counter, and helps me pour the ingredients (after I measure them) into the bowl.  She likes to hold the whisk and sniff the cinnamon and vanilla and point out the ingredients she recognizes (egg-y!  milk!  oat-mee!) and occasionally stir.  I turn on the oven light for her as they bake and she loves to peer through the oven window, looking up at me and proudly saying, “Hot!  Hot!”

oatmeal blueberry muffins

We make a big mess, and she has a hard time understanding that she can’t eat the batter, and the 20-minute wait for the muffins to bake is long indeed for an almost-two-year-old.  But Avery’s gotten really into it and is so proud of our creation (which—major bonus—she will reliably eat!), and baking with my daughter is a dream come true, as trite as that sounds.  One day, Henry will join us, and I really look forward to that.  But for right now, it’s just Avery and me.
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Blueberry Oatmeal Muffins
Adapted from Orangette and The Wednesday Chef, who adapted from The Fannie Farmer Cookbook
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Yield: 12 large standard-sized muffins and 12 mini muffins*
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3 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 cup sugar
2 tablespoons + 2 teaspoons baking powder
3/4 teaspoon kosher salt
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
2 large eggs
1 cup whole milk
4 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted and cooled slightly
1 teaspoon vanilla
2 cups cooked oatmeal
1 cup frozen wild blueberries**
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Heat the oven to 400°F and butter a 12-cup standard muffin tin and a 12-cup mini muffin tin.
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In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, sugar, baking powder, salt and cinnamon.  In another bowl, whisk the eggs, milk, butter and vanilla together.  Add the oatmeal, stirring with a fork to break up the clumps.
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Fold the wet mixture into the dry mixture until almost combined.  Add the blueberries, folding briefly to just combine.
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Fill the prepared muffin tins and bake for 18-22 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center of one of the muffins comes out clean.  The mini muffins will be done before the standard-sized muffins.
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Cool slightly and serve warm or cool completely and then freeze.  For frozen muffins, reheat for 10 minutes at 400°F.
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*These muffins freeze beautifully, which is one reason for the high yield.  The other is that the original recipes yielded either quite small muffins, or not-quite-12 muffins.  So, I’ve doubled the original recipes, and the result is 12 nice, large standard-sized muffins and 12 mini ones, which Avery loves.
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**Because they are smaller, wild blueberries work best for the mini muffins.  If you can’t find them, use regular frozen blueberries, but give them a rough chop.

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  1. shanna mallon says on June 11 2014 at 12:03 pm:

    They’re both so beautiful! I love the mental image of you and Avery baking muffins together. That’s one to treasure.

  2. Diane erdahl says on June 11 2014 at 6:13 pm:

    I can confirm that these muffins are fabulous! The two grandchildren are as amazing! So blessed.

  3. Kel says on June 11 2014 at 6:25 pm:

    Congrats!! Every picture is so adorable. Enjoy your time off from work.

  4. Kate says on June 12 2014 at 6:26 am:

    He’s darling, Kristin. Congratulations! I love hearing that having a new baby has it’s peaceful moments, and I’m so happy about those muffins too. They look delicious, and Avery’s little toddler belly is adorable.

  5. Ali says on June 12 2014 at 8:36 am:

    I love these faces, these muffins and to see you back here. XO

  6. Devon says on June 15 2014 at 6:16 pm:

    How could I possibly comment on the muffins with that cute grand finale photo

  7. Molly says on June 16 2014 at 9:50 am:

    Love this, all of it. :)

  8. Shannon says on June 16 2014 at 12:52 pm:

    I love oatmeal muffins, but I’ve never thought to add berries to them. I’ll have to give them a try this week.

  9. Betsy says on June 22 2014 at 10:19 pm:

    Very sweet – congratulations!

  10. andrea says on June 23 2014 at 7:32 pm:

    oh my stars. your babies are precious! and the muffins are not so bad, either :)

  11. Rena says on June 26 2014 at 8:58 am:

    Love the pictures!
    The name of the recipe is Blueberry-Coconut muffins but coconut is not listed as an ingredient…am I missing something here?

  12. Kristin at The Kitchen Sink says on July 04 2014 at 1:00 pm:

    Thanks all!

    Rena: Oops—all fixed now! Thanks.

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