It really has been one of those weeks.

Work is really busy right now both for me and for my boyfriend. We are both surviving on limited sleep and our interaction is mainly confined to a muffled conversation every morning about how exhausted we feel.

Despite that, I’m not really complaining though. I may be slightly sleep deprived but I come to work every morning feeling energised. I’ve always been one of those people who likes working to tight deadlines. When I was at university, I used to start writing an essay a couple of hours before it was due and finish writing my last footnote a minute before handing it in. I thrive on the adrenalin rush and the focus that it brings even if I do miss being able to dive into twitter conversations and read my favourite blogs at my leisure.

I know all too well that not everyone is like this. I am, most likely, incredibly irritating in these situations. The more pressure there is, the tighter our timings get, the happier I am. I like to think that my cheerfulness helps to keep up team morale but really, I expect people would just like me to shut up.

Some days this week even going to the loo has seemed like an unnecessary extravagance. Those few minutes could be used more productively. The idea of taken twenty minutes out of my day to eat lunch wouldn’t even cross my mind  I know I need to eat though and so it seems rather fortuitous therefore that I whipped up a batch of muffins last weekend that were stuffed full of goodness.

I probably eat a small bowl of yogurt and granola at some point most days. When I stumbled upon this recipe from the  New York Times which combined the two in a healthy muffin, it immediately jumped to the top of my ‘to bake’ list.

I made a few small changes to the recipe subbing in agave nectar for the honey and using extra virgin olive oil rather than canola (this decision was, I should add, prompted by the posts that Winnie from Healthy Green Kitchen has recently written on various forms of healthy fats). It also stands to reason that not all granolas are created equally in terms of their nutritional value. I used a nut based granola which added some texture as well as some more healthy oils. Despite the use of whole wheat flour, these stay wonderfully moist and light with a heady kick of vanilla. These babies have fuelled my working days almost single handedly.

Granola muffins
Adapted from the New York Times
Makes 12
  • 90g granola
  • 120ml semi-skimmed milk
  • 115g whole wheat flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda/baking soda
  • 2 large eggs
  • 60ml agave nectar
  • 120ml low fat yogurt (I used vanilla) 
  • 60ml extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Cooking Directions

  1. Preheat the oven to 200C/375F. Line a muffin tin with paper cases or grease it well.
  2. Combine the granola and milk in a bowl and leave to stand for 30 minutes.
  3. Beat together the eggs, agave nectar, yogurt, oil and vanilla.
  4. Add the dry ingredients and fold until just combined.
  5. Finally fold in the granola mixture.
  6. Fill baking cases 3/4 full and bake for 20-25 minutes until golden brown.
  7. Remove to a wire rack to cool.

    21 Responses to "granola muffins"
    1. Mmm – these look like exactly my kind of muffin! I love adding yogurt to muffins – it’s totally my favourite trick, and I genuinely think it makes them more filling too!

      I’m always racing to deadlines too – but more because I procrastinate than that I thrive on stress…eek!

    2. These look great, just up my street as i always have breakfast on the go. I work in a hospital and this week has put a lot into perspective. What is life if you cant take 10 minutes to sit down and have a cuppa with a loved one per day?

    3. Snap! These muffins look unbelievably yummy. And I love that they actually are healthy and full of goodness. Will definitely give them a try this weekend.

    4. Erin says:

      These sound like perfect breakfast muffins!
      Good luck with all of your work stuff…hope you are able to catch up on your sleep soon!

    5. Just thinking of writing an essay close to deadline gives me heart palpitations! I’m definitely the kind of person who likes to plan in advance and I think I might snap under the amount of stress it sounds like you’re under :-)

      So glad that you managed to take time out to bake these muffins though – they look delicious and nutritious, and the photos must be a beautifully calm antidote to your working week.

    6. london bakes says:

      @Em – I think they’re more filling too but I wasn’t sure if it was just my imagination! And, er, yes, there may be an element of procrastination in there!

      @ruthie – I think it’s important to make time to just have a break from everything. I’ve worked in hospitals too and I know how draining it can be.

      @Skye – I thought the same when I saw your post today! It’s obviously the season for muffins ;)

      @Erin – Thanks! Hoping to be able to catch up tonight :)

      @thelittleloaf – My best friend is exactly the same, she’d have essays written weeks before I’d even thought about it!

    7. brandi says:

      these look perfect! i hope things calm down for you guys soon :)

    8. Ah, I know what you’re feeling all too well. This is my last week in my current unit before I go to my new unit & it’s going to be crazy busy there. As much as I’ve enjoyed this laziness, I’m excited to be stressed out and swamped again. I’m weird, I complain when I’m overwhelmed but I love the pressure haha, I would love to snatch up a few of these muffins to throw in my purse so I can munch on them throughout the day!

    9. Aw, I hope you both can rest up over the weekend :D I do know what you mean though, I work way better with a deadline – it’s almost energizing to know I need to get something done 5 minutes ago, haha. These look delicious, I love the whole wheat flour and yogurt, they sound so healthy!

    10. Leanne says:

      I’m coming around to the idea of granola in general, these muffins might help make the transition easier! And they can be eaten on the fly, even better ; ) Hope the pace keeps up but that you get to have a real chat with your bf soon!

    11. Angharad says:

      Ahh that’s how I work best too! And the essay at uni thing was me to a tee. My friends would laughingly check on me the day before a big deadline as I bashed out a mega-essay, promising I’d still make it out that night. I could thump out something in 12 hours and be ready to go out, glass of wine in hand, by 10pm. Pressure = the only way I can work. These look EXCELLENT! Olive oil in baked goods is one of my faves.

    12. Jen says:

      these are the perfect thing to eat after working such long hours.

      I’ve also started swapping olive oil for canola, or even using extra virgin coconut oil.

    13. london bakes says:

      @brandi – Thanks on both counts!

      @Julie – Oh yes, you should never give up the right to complain about being tired and stressed ;)

      @Heidi – Definitely planning on catching up on some sleep this weekend!

      @Leanne – Anything I can grab while running out the door suits me at the moment. The good thing about granola is you can make it how you like and leave out stuff you’re not so keen on.

      @Angharad – I always wanted to be one of those really organised people who got things in before the deadline but I just can’t! The olive oil is really perfect here, much better than vegetable oil.

      @Jen – So much better than just eating junk food! I will have to hunt around for some coconut oil, I’ve never seen it but I’m sure it must be available. I’d love to try baking with it!

    14. There’s no surprise that I love muffin + granola :) Too much!!!

    15. Joanne says:

      You know things are bad when you feel guilty going to the bathroom! Or I guess for you…that’s when they’re good?

      It’s definitely a good thing you had these muffins around! I have no deadlines for anything coming up…but I still want a batch!

    16. london bakes says:

      @Kiran – It’s such a good combination isn’t it?

      @Joanne – I think I will still be baking them every week even when work calms down because they’re so darn tasty!

    17. andreja says:

      Very good idea, lovely recipes.

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    18. First, I think your cupcake mould is really pretty. Second, I am probably quite different regarding deadlines. I hate having to rush for things. Hence, i organize what i have to do weeks beforehand. Third, I am highly irritable during those times. Giving the stare to anyone and everyone.. :p

    19. london bakes says:

      @Andreja – Thank you very much!

      @Jesica – I think it’s good that there’s a mixture of people, it wouldn’t be very helpful if everyone left their work to the last minute!

    20. Hi Kathryn, this is my kind of recipe. It’s not trying to be anything other than nutritous and tasty. Totally lovin this one.

    21. london bakes says:

      @Claire – Exactly! Glad you like it :)

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