The Bottom Line: December 19th is Oatmeal Muffin Day!
The Full Story:
December 19th is Oatmeal Muffin Day! Oatmeal can carry a label claiming it may reduce the risk of heart disease when combined with a low-fat diet. This is because of the beta-glucan in the oats. Oatmeal Muffin Day gives you therefore a chance to celebrate it by baking some of these healthy muffins of your own!
A muffin is a type of quick bread of American origin that is baked in portions appropriate for one person. They are similar to cupcakes in size and cooking methods. The can come in both savory varieties, such as corn or cheese muffins, or sweet varieties such as blueberry or banana.
‘Muffins’ in the Americas are referred to baked breads in small tins while “English” Muffins are oven-baked, then cooked in a griddle. And while these little lovelies are an American treat, the word muffin likely derives its name from the an Old German word Muffen, the plural of Muffemeaning a small cake. And just to up the ante, here are a few fun facts:
- Oatmeal is still a bargain at less than 15-cents a serving.
- An 18-ounce package of Old Fashioned Quaker® Oats contains about 26,000 rolled oats.
- And by the way? About 75% of U.S. households have oatmeal in their cupboard.