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National Oatmeal Muffin Day is on December 19 and we are eager to fill up our tummies with delicious muffins without having to worry about cholesterol or the calories consumed. Healthy muffins that look like cupcakes and satisfy our sweet cravings? It doesn’t get better than this!
History of National Oatmeal Muffin Day
What are the origins of National Oatmeal Muffin Day? Nobody knows. All we know is that oatmeal muffins are a staple in American households and we welcome any holiday where we can just eat a muffin and have fun. The best part is that oatmeal is known to be ‘heart-healthy’ and has a lot of nutritious value.
Muffins have been around for several centuries, beginning with English-style muffins. Dating back to the 10th century in Wales, this type of muffin uses yeast for rising and is cooked on a griddle. By the end of the 18th century, Americans improved on the recipe for muffins and developed it into what we know today as quick bread muffins, prepared in individual molds. This style of muffin was made possible when pearlash was discovered. Pearlash, or potash, as it is commonly known, was eventually replaced when baking soda became mainstream.
American-style muffins need molds for baking because batter is used to create them instead of dough. The shape and size are similar to a cupcake, and recipes for oatmeal muffins started to be published in American cookbooks from the mid-1800s onwards.
Amelia Simmons, the author of the first-ever American cookbook called “American Cookery”, used pearlash in her recipes. Such was pearlash’s rise to popularity that over eight thousand tons were exported to Europe in 1792. It wasn’t until 1857 that baking powder became commercially available.
Today, the oatmeal muffin is loved by many as it is packed with rich flavor and has a lot of health benefits. They become even more delightful when complemented with fruits like blueberries, raisins, and bananas. Sometimes nuts are incorporated into the recipe as well for that extra crunch.
National Oatmeal Muffin Day timeline
Oats and other grains are first brought to North America.
Americans alter the recipe for muffins and create quick bread muffins.
One of the earliest recipes for oatmeal muffins appears in the “Boston Cooking School Cookbook”.
American businessman Henry Parsons Crowell establishes the Quaker Oats Company.
National Oatmeal Muffin Day FAQs
What is the healthiest muffin to eat?
Wholewheat carrot-cake muffins and apricot-date muffins are some of the healthiest muffins to eat.
How do you make your muffins moist?
Substituting your buttermilk, plain yogurt, or sour cream partially with milk in your muffin recipe makes them moist and improves the texture.
What is the most popular muffin?
Americans have voted that blueberry muffins have the best flavor.
How To Celebrate National Oatmeal Muffin Day
Bake your own oatmeal muffins
Now is the time to bake oatmeal muffins, if you’ve never done so before. Experiment with different recipes and make your own versions.
Order in oatmeal muffins
You can also just order some from a local bakery. Grab a cup of coffee or tea and enjoy these soft morsels from heaven with your family and friends.
Encourage a picky eater
Oatmeal muffins are healthy and filled with rich nutrients. Encourage the picky eater of the family to incorporate oatmeal muffins into their diet.
5 Mouthwatering Facts About Muffins
The word ‘muffin’ most likely originates from the old German word ‘Muffen.’
I’m lovin’ it!
McDonald’s introduced its Egg McMuffin in 1972, consisting of Canadian bacon, American cheese, an English muffin, and an egg.
National Blueberry Muffin Day is another muffin celebration on July 11.
Four states in the US have adopted a muffin; Minnesota and Washington — blueberry, Massachusetts — corn, and New York — apple.
One for the Weight Watchers
One large blueberry muffin contains 385 calories.
Why We Love National Oatmeal Muffin Day
It is truly marvelous how every baked good or sweet treat we eat has a history. It is also amazing that these treats did not start out the way they are today but rather evolved over time.
We have a sweet tooth!
Give us any day that celebrates and satisfies our sweet tooth and we will be all for it!
Oatmeal is healthy
According to the American Heart Association, whole grains such as oatmeal contain fiber, protein, and other nutrients that are essential for preventing chronic diseases. Oatmeal is also great for maintaining cholesterol levels.
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