The Best Part of the Muffin!
For me, the yummiest part of any muffin whether made at home or fresh from your local bakery is usually the top of the muffin. The upper half of any good muffin is often sprinkled with some extra flavor, adorned with toppings such as crystalized or powdered sugar, cinnamon, mini-chocolate chips. Really the possibilities are endless and each option adds that extra pop of flavor to every bite! So, when I found a muffin-top pan (yes they do exist) and muffin-top baking cups that fit the pan perfectly in one of our neighborhood stores, it was a must-have purchase! Now, both my older daughter and my husband agree, the muffin-top muffins are their favorite way to enjoy my homemade muffins.
Here is a slightly sweet, but healthy recipe to try at home with your little ones. An easy texture for picky eaters to enjoy! These muffins are delicious as muffin tops OR as traditional muffins. Either way, your little ones will love them.
Easy Brown Sugar Muffins
For the topping, you will need:
1/4 cup instant oatmeal
1/4 cup packed brown sugar
1/2 tablespoon ground cinnamon
1 tablespoon melted butter
For the muffins, you will need:
1 1/2 cups instant oatmeal
1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
3/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 cup packed brown sugar
1 egg white
1 cup applesauce
1/2 cup milk
(add mini chocolate chips or raisins if you want some added flavor or texture)
1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Grease muffin pan or line cups with paper muffin liners.
2. To make the muffins: Mix together the oatmeal, the flour, baking powder, baking soda, and cinnamon and set aside.
3. In a separate bowl, mix together brown sugar, egg white, applesauce and milk until smooth. Slowly add flour mixture. Pour the batter into the muffin cups.
4. To make the topping: Slowly melt butter over low heat on the stove in a small pan. Stir in the oatmeal, brown sugar and cinnamon. Mix ingredients together and sprinkle over the muffins.
5. Bake for about 20 minutes, until the edges are golden and the topping is slightly crispy. Let cool and enjoy!
*Here is a picture of a muffin top pan with a muffin top cup in place. From the picture you can see how shallow the cups are; therefore creating a shorter muffin and the muffin top effect. Muffin top cups are made more stiff and sturdy, as well as wider and more flat than traditional muffin cups to help them keep their shape.