By posting this recipe I am entering a recipe contest sponsored by National Dairy Council and the Quaker Oats Center of Excellence and am eligible to win prizes associated with the contest. I was not compensated for my time.
Here’s my definition of “breakfast muffin”~ noun A sweet, floury domed mini-cake often studded with a few small morsels of fruit or nuts in an effort to pass itself off as a quick and somewhat healthy option for breakfast. True breakfast muffins have a high glycemic index, which causes an instantaneous spike in glucose and insulin, thus causing the consumer to crash and burn within an hour.
So what the heck is she doing posting a recipe for a breakfast muffin, you might be asking yourself…
This isn’t just any breakfast muffin, and they’re definitely not mini-cakes. These are made with my favorite healthy breakfast (or anytime) power-food combo of oats and dairy. They feature about one-third of a cup of whole grain, high fiber oatmeal in each serving– enough to fill and satisfy you until lunchtime, AND, a healthy dose of protein and calcium from three different low fat diary foods – milk, yogurt and low fat cheese.
I love my oats every day (really), for their chewy delicious texture, their cholesterol and blood sugar lowering fiber, and of course their whole grain goodness. And I’m not gonna lie – I am a fan of real dairy. I love that it’s a natural source of calcium and lots of other vitamins and minerals, but mostly, I love its protein, something you can’t get with many other non-dairy milks and milk products. Oats and dairy together give me the fuel and energy I need to make it through the craziest of mornings.
Despite the fact that they’re packed with power-food ingredients (or maybe because of that?), these muffins are amazingly good, if I do say so myself. They have a perfect mix of sweetness from apple, cinnamon and some brown sugar, plus a touch of savory from the cheese and just a few crumbles of bacon in the streusel topping. Because doesn’t everything taste better with a little bacon? And really, it’s about time someone invented bacon streusel.