Mmm-muffins

Oatmealmuffins

I hope you don't feel my lunch box ego is getting out of hand. Truthfully, posting photos and sharing ideas keeps me in line. I've been on a mission for awhile now: to fill my kids' bellies with the healthy stuff. And when it comes to packing lunches, I want to reach for the good before the processed, you know?

These muffins are always devoured. They also double as a great on-the-run breakfast or after-school snack.  

Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Muffins with a Hint of Peach

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1 1/4 cup quick-cooking rolled oats

1 cup milk

1/2 cup pureed peaches

{Cheat: my pantry is stocked with small jars of organic baby food. It's the perfect amount. I also sneak butternut squash into mac n' cheese}

1 egg

1 tsp vanilla

1/4 cup melted butter

1 1/2 cups blended flour (1 cup all-purpose, 1/2 cup whole grain)

1/2 cup firmly packed brown sugar

2 tsp baking powder

1 tsp baking soda

1 tsp ground cinnamon

1/2 tsp salt

1/2 cup mini semi-sweet chocolate chips

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Preheat to 375 degrees and grease 12-cup muffin tin.

Pour milk over oats in medium bowl. Stir and let stand for 20 minutes.

Add peaches, egg, butter and vanilla.

Combine flour, brown sugar, baking powder/soda, salt, cinnamon in a large bowl.

Add oat mixture to flour mixture and stir until dry ingredients are moistened. Fold in chocolate chips.

Batter will be thick.

Divide batter among 12 cups.

Bake for 20 minutes until toothpick is clean.

Remove muffins from pan and let cool on wire rack.

Store in an airtight container.

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I've been using this collection of recipes for 10 years. The ingredients are always easy-to-find and the steps easy-to-follow (no matter how many children are hanging off your legs).

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