Friday, November 19, 2010

Time to Hit the Trails!

I won't be baking this weekend because Laura and I will be backpacking in the Monongahela National Forest in West Virginia. Woohoo! I've been looking forward to this hike for months! Thinking about hiking reminded me of the Trail Mix Muffins I made for a day hike some months ago. They were delicious and perfectly packable!

Trail Mix Muffins

2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 cup rolled oats (plain oatmeal)
1 1/2 cups sugar
2 tsp baking powder
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp salt
2 large eggs
2 cups buttermilk
1/2 cup vegetable oil
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 1/2 cups trail mix (got mine at Trader Joe's. It had chocolate and peanut butter chips. Yumm!)

Preheat oven to 400. Line two 12-cup muffin tins with paper liners.

In a large bowl, whisk together flour, oats, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, and salt.

In a medium bowl, whisk together eggs, buttermilk, vegetable oil, and vanilla extract. Pour into dry ingredients and mix until just combined. Stir in trail mix.

Divide batter evenly into prepared muffin cups. Each cup will be about 3/4 full.

Bake for 15 minutes, or until muffins are golden brown and a toothpick inserted into the center of each comes out clean. Cool on a wire rack.

Makes 24 muffins

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