Real maple syrup gives terrific flavor to baked goods. Serve these muffins warm to take the chill out of a snowy day.
1-1/4 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 cup quick oats
1/2 cup packed brown sugar
1 1/2 tsp baking powder
3/4 tsp cinnamon (or your favorite cinnamon-based baking spice blend)
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 cup real maple syrup
1/2 cup milk
1/4 cup melted butter
1 cup chopped walnuts
2 tsp maple sugar (if you can’t find this, use Demerara sugar)
Melt butter and set aside. Preheat oven to 400°. Prepare a 12-cup muffin pan with paper liners.
Combine flour, oats, brown sugar, baking powder, cinnamon and salt in a large bowl. I like to use a batter bowl so I can pour the muffin batter into the muffin cups.
Combine egg, maple syrup and milk. Stir in melted butter. Make a well in the middle of the bowl of dry ingredients and pour in egg mixture. Stir just until everything is combined.
Reserve about 1/8 cup of the nuts. Fold the rest of the nuts into the batter, then pour batter into prepared muffin cups.
Sprinkle reserved nuts over the tops of the muffins, then sprinkle maple sugar on top.
Bake 20 minutes, then use a cake tester to check for doneness.