As the name of my blog indicates, I spend a lot of time thinking about home. Of course, my Heavenly Home is the one that is eternal, so that’s where I need to lay up my treasures, and that’s the one I’m striving for. But in the meantime, I have been given this tiny piece of the here-and-now—this home on the edge of town, this family, this neighborhood—in which to serve Him. And, though this is in the earthly realm, I want the things that happen here to be investments in the Heavenly realm.

Thursday, May 16, 2013

Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Muffins With Chocolate Streusel

When my grandchildren came for the weekend, I made these muffins.  The chocolate chips give them kid appeal.  (Who am I kidding?  Chocolate chips appeal to me too!)  The oatmeal makes them healthy.  (Okay...maybe healthier?)  And they just plain taste good!

I love for my guests to be greeted with yummy smells from the kitchen.  Years ago I read a hubby-pleasing pointer suggesting that you provide his olfactory sense with something appealing when he comes in from work, even if it is just some onions sauteing on the stove.  It is a welcoming feeling, just knowing that dinner is "in the works."  I have also heard that the aroma of freshly baked bread can aid in "staging" a house for a prospective buyer.  

So on the morning that my grands were coming, I took a little time out to make them a snack...and to make Gran's kitchen a warm, inviting place.  

Here's a peek at reality...on the counter along with my recipe notebook is the math answer key, as Bekah was reading off her answers as I baked.

By the way, the muffins were a hit--not only with the grands, but also with Kati and Bekah who have both asked me to make them again!  

Streusel Ingredients:
1/3 cup sugar 
1/4 cup all purpose flour
2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
2 tablespoons butter, melted 

Muffin Ingredients:
1  1/4 cups all purpose flour 
1 cup uncooked oats (quick or old-fashioned)
1/3 cup sugar
1/2 cup semisweet chocolate chips 
1 teaspoon baking powder 
1/2 teaspoon baking soda

1/2 teaspoon salt
2/3 cup buttermilk 
1/4 cup vegetable oil 

1 egg, lightly beaten

  1. Preheat oven to 350° F.   Butter muffin pans, or line with paper baking cups.     
  2. For streusel, combine all ingredients in medium bowl; mix well.  Set aside.
  3. For muffins, combine flour, oats, sugar, chocolate chips, baking powder, baking soda, and salt in large bowl.  Combine buttermilk, oil, and egg; blend well.  Add to dry ingredients all at once, stirring just until dry ingredients are moistened.  
  4. Fill muffin cups almost full.  Sprinkle with reserved streusel, patting gently.  
  5. Bake 20 to 22 minutes or until light golden brown.  Cool muffins in pan on wire rack 5 minutes; remove from pan. 

Do you like to welcome your guests (or your hubby) with yummy smells?


  1. They look so tempting! I don't think I ever thought of having something cooking to welcome home my husband, but I do have a recipe for lemon cookies that I give credit for selling 2 houses!

  2. Oh! I have all the ingredients! I am going to have to make these tonight for tomorrow!

    I made homemade bread today - love the smell and taste! Delightful!


  3. Rarely. =D

    Those sound very good! No chocolate chips in my world or I'd be tempted to bake some up!

  4. Making them right now....can't wait!
    Donna J.

  5. Hi dear Cheryl, your muffins look appealing to me too:-) I agree with you about the aroma that comes while we cook.I was away from blogging for quite sometime. Nice to catch up again with your muffin post:-)

  6. So, Erin asked me the other day, "isn't there a chocolate chip cookie recipe we can eat?". Nope. We're still doing well on our special diet but sometimes I really long for the day when the bakies are back on our menu!

    Lotsa love, Debbie

  7. You are a wonderful grandma, I can tell. And I love the pic of your "multi tasking!"

  8. They were a huge hit and will become a regular around here in NC! Thanks!
    Donna J.


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