Muffin Monday: Tropical Chai Oatmeal Muffins

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I know I know I know…the name of these muffins is quite a mouthful. But as you’ll soon see there is a lot going on in terms of ingredients and so I’m opening my muffins up to suggestions! The best proposed name (please leave your ideas in the comments section of this post) will be the new winning name for this week’s muffin!

The original recipe tasked to us from Baker Street, was for Oatmeal Muffins with Raisins, Dates & Walnuts from Simply Recipes. Since I am not a fan of raisins, Mr. Spock does not enjoy dates in baking and the kids’ least favourite nut on the planet happens to be walnuts, that left me with oatmeal.

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Wanting to really dial up the oatmeal flavour of these muffins but also jazz things up in terms of ingredients, I skipped the aforementioned undesirables and replaced them with one cup of Nature’s Path Organic Love Crunch Aloha Blend granola. The combination of pineapple and white chocolate chunks with this cereal is amazing, and I thought it would add a nice element to the muffins. I also added 1 tsp of chai spice as I thought the flavour profile of these spices would compliment the tropical vibe I had going on this week.

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It’s been awhile since we tackled what one could call a ‘traditional’ muffin, and after my adaptions I’m not sure if my muffins still fall into this category but damn they were good.

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Next time I would add additional chunks of white chocolate to the batter, as the pieces in the cereal got lost during the baking process. Fresh pineapple combined with the dried in the granola would also punch up the flavour while keeping the muffins moist.

Okay now it’s your turn: what on earth should I call these muffins?!

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