Oatmeal Muffins with Nutella Frosting

This past weekend, my husband and I went to the Big City (I never thought I would describe a city of 270,000 as "big") to buy a grill and outdoor furniture - neither of which we got.

Instead, we drove an hour and a half so that a piece of equipment could be stolen from his truck while we were eating lunch. Good times.

But, I did find Nutella, so I guess it wasn't a total waste of a day.

I don't think I've had Nutella since I was a kid, and Russell had never had it. For the past few days, I've been racking my brain trying to remember how I used to eat it, but all I can remember is eating it out of the jar with a spoon.

Or, more likely, my finger.

It turns out, Russell's not down with eating a chocolatey spread with his finger. It's one of his few flaws. So, I made oatmeal muffins, with a Nutella frosting. And now Russell is a Nutella convert.

I much prefer putting frosting on a muffin rather than a cupcake. Somehow it seems healthier.

And these muffins actually are fairly healthy - the whole grains make a pretty hearty muffin and not too much sugar means they're not too sweet. They got the Russell seal of approval for healthy carbs.

Considering they are really just a vessel for getting Nutella frosting into your mouth, there's no sense loading the muffins down with sugar and fat.

Oatmeal Muffins
(Makes 6 muffins)

Start by soaking 1/2 a cup of old-fashioned oats with 1/2 cup of buttermilk. Soak until the oats are soft, about 30 minutes.

In a separate bowl, combine and stir until just mixed:

  • a little less than 1/4 cup packed dark brown sugar
  • 3 tablespoons melted and cooled butter
  • 3 teaspoons of egg whites
  • a splash of vanilla

In another bowl, combine:

  • 1/4 cup whole wheat flour
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • a pinch of salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda

Once the oats are soft, combine all of the ingredients and stir until just mixed.

Divide into 6 muffin tins. Bake for 14 minutes at 375, or until it passes the toothpick test. Turn out and let cool on a wired rack.

Nutella Frosting
(for 6 muffins)

Mix together:

  • 2 tablespoons softened butter
  • 1/8 cup powdered sugar
  • a little more than 1/4 cup Nutella

Beat on high until a cream frosting is made.

Once the muffins are cool, spread frosting on top.

Enjoy!

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