I looked at the large bowl of leftover porridge sitting in the kitchen. I thought about putting it out on the lawn for the birds to eat but that seemed like a bit of a waste, especially with three children in the house.
I decided I would have a hunt on the internet for something to do with the leftover oatmeal. There were quite a number of people suggesting leaving it to cool and then frying it like a pancake, but I could see my three darling children turning their cute little noses up at that. There was also a recipe for a cake, which seemed like far too much effort at the time. But I found a recipe for muffins, which sounded like it might have possibilities, although somewhat on the plain side. So I jazzed it up a little, and this is what the leftover oatmeal transformed into.

Morning Oatmeal Muffins

Wet Mix

  • 1/2 cup of melted butter or margarine or oil (you can use any of these they will all work fine)
  • 1 grated apple or pear
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup leftover porridge/oatmeal
  • 1/2 cup of sultanas
  • 1/2 cup of long thread coconut
  • 1 tspn of vanilla

Dry Mix

  • 1 cup of flour
  • 2/3 cup of brown sugar
  • 1 tspn baking powder
  • 1 tspn baking soda
  • 1 tspn cinnamon

  • Cinnamon sugar for dusting the tops - optional

I also added in some finely chopped glace papaya chunks since I happened to have some in the kitchen.

Place the wet mix ingredients in a large bowl and use a whisk to mix just to break up any lumps of oatmeal.

Sift the dry mix into the wet mix and stir just to combine.

One of the secrets of making good muffins is not to stir too much.
Muffins should be stirred as little as possible. The more you stir the tougher the muffin. If you see peaks on your muffins when you take them out of the oven it’s because you have over mixed them. Restraint is the answer.

Fill muffin cups 2/3 full with the mixture. Bake for roughly 15 minutes at 180C/350F - they may require slightly more than this. They are done if they spring back when touched.

If you want to you can brush the tops lightly with melted butter and dip in cinnamon sugar. Or just sprinkle a small amount on before baking, or leave it off altogether. Muffins are pretty flexible little things, they are fun to play around with. I’d love to see what variations you come up with of your own for these.

This makes 12 regular sized muffins. Who would have thought leftover oatmeal could make something so good? In Isaac’s wise words “these muffins are really, really yummy!”