Sunday, February 13, 2011

Strawberry Almond Oat Muffins (and pups!)

These are my Valentine’s Day muffins of Love :) Ok, well they aren’t really “Love” muffins, but strawberries are red and sweet and that’s good enough for me to declare them V-day appropriate!


I was pretty psyched when, in the dead of February, Whole Foods had strawberries on sale! 2 quarts/$6! I decided to buy 2 and declared that I would bake with them (and eat the rest).


But first, the day started with some group dog training at the beach! We’ve been taking Bromley to dog training class every Thursday night. Well, the woman who runs the program also offers “off-leash” training days on weekends. Lots of her current and former students gather with their humans and go for a long walk. The experienced dogs are off-leash and the newbie's are on long leashes and when they travel in the big pack the rookies learn from the veterans!


This was our first time to off-leash training. We met up at Nahant beach…and man was it cold!! But its all for our little furballs.

We all had a great time and it was good to use our training skills outside with lots of distractions.

Thankfully we bought Bromley a new fleece…definitely needed it today! It was in the high 30’s (which actually is pretty good for right now, but the sun was no where in sight and it was WINDY!)


One of those Basset’s is in our class and possible Bromley’s new girlfriend ;) They LOVE to play!




Sit. Stay. Good Dog!


Two hours later we were frozen and he was tired.

Perfect excuse for some baking!

My bff, gave me a muffin she made a few weeks ago. It was a cranberry oatmeal muffin and I loved it! I wanted to make a version using the strawberries that were now in my possession so I asked where she got the recipe. She took this Cooking Light recipe and heavily tweaked it (added oats, no OJ, used milk, added almond extract…etc). So I read it, and made my own version!

Strawberry Almond Oatmeal Muffins

pre-heat oven to 400.

  • 1 cup rolled oats
  • 3/4 cup White Whole Wheat Flour
  • 1/2 cup All Purpose Flour
  • 1/2 cup sugar (I used organic cane sugar)
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 egg (I used 1 flax egg – 1T ground flax seed, 2T water, let sit for 10-15 min)
  • 1 cup buttermilk (I used dried buttermilk, therefore added 4T of dried buttermilk powder to dry ingredients and 1 cup water to wet ingredients) or use skim milk
  • 3T canola oil
  • 1 tsp Almond Extract
  • 6-8 strawberries, chopped
  • 1/3 cup sliced almonds
  • 1/4 cup white chocolate chips


Combine dry ingredients in 1 large bowl (oats to salt, including dried buttermilk powder if using). In a separate bowl combine egg, oil, buttermilk, almond extract. Add wet ingredients to dry, then fold in strawberries, almonds, and chocolate chips until combined.


Spray a 12-cup muffin in with cooking spray. Divide batter among the 12 cups. Optional: Sprinkle muffins with raw sugar, or oats, or sliced almonds.

Bake for 14-16 minutes.


Run a knife around the edges and carefully remove from pan and place onto cooling rack.



These smell sooooo good!




Hope everyone has a great Valentines day :) This is actually the first year we kind of let the day slide under the radar. We almost made some dinner plans but the places we wanted to go all had prix fix menu’s…and I HATE that! Well, specifically Valentines prix fix menus. So I’m thinking a rain check til next weekend.

Wear Pink and Eat Chocolate today!



  1. I always think it's better to avoid restaurants on V-Day anyways. :) The muffins sound delicious, and the dog training looks like fun... though a little cold.

  2. lovely muffins, and what a great concept for dog training!

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  4. Those look so good, I am putting them on my list to make next time I get a bunch of strawberries. :)

  5. awww :) What a fun way to spend the day! I love the idea that the younger dogs learn from the older dogs. The muffins look fab! Perfect for Valentine's day. Berries are so good in baked goods. Happy Valentine's day

  6. Strawberries & almonds are such a great combination! Love muffins, indeed. Bromley is as adorable as ever :).

  7. Your dog is SO adorable! I'm not wearing pink but I'll definitely be eating chocolate today!

  8. Sooo fun! My roomie went to dinner w/her bf in the south end last night, and they changed the menu to Prix Fixe yesterday...after he made a res a WEEK ago!! It was 100 per person, and didn't have the dish that was the whole reason he wanted to go there in the first place!! Soo annoying huh!? Great idea to hold off :D I always swear I'm not a muffin person, but i just had a banana nut one from Pops this weekend, haha changed my tune!

  9. These look awesome! And perfect for the holiday... Or any day :) And what an awesome sale on Strawberries!!!

    Um, Bromley looks absolutely adorable in his sweater. Love it!!


  10. Fantastic looking muffins. Great job!

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