Spelt and Oat Muffins with Berries

Breakfast- (lunch-, high-tea-, snack-) muffins

Breakfast- (lunch-, high-tea-, snack-) muffins

This post is one big thank you to my dear friend MJ!

What for, you ask?

She was the one who got me blogging. She introduced me to the site “Tastespotting” – a real smörgåsbord of food blogs. And reading blogs inspired me to start my own.

Blogging made me discover that my passion for food is broader than just cooking. At some point I realized that I was really having fun styling food pictures and now I am learning that I might actually get pleasure from writing as well (“might” as sometimes stringing together words seems the hardest thing J ). Such a fabulous journey, so many hours spent doing something I enjoy.
….and she is the one who triggered this.

What is the occasion, you ask?

This week, for the first time, Tastespotting published a picture of mine. The result: 258 views in one day (and 200 the next). I was totally caught off guard. (Exactly as I was the first time somebody, who was not a friend, “liked” one of my posts.)

When I started this blog I had no clear goal in mind; one day I just found myself posting. The blog was about keeping a food dairy and about sharing my discoveries with friends; I never thought about any other visitors. By now I have made some lovely blogging friends and I have actually had responses from total strangers that have cooked recipes I shared (Can you imagine someone in Australia actually cooked my mum’s Ethiopian Lamb Stew?!).

What recipe could be good enough for the occasion, you ask?

How about one more thing that I am thankful for:  the recipe for those amazing muffins that MJ baked when I last visited her in Finland.

Just imagine: you are a house guest. You get to sleep in, but then the sweet scent of baking lures you out of bed and to the breakfast table where you are greeted with a tray full of fresh, golden muffins. And there you are, sitting at a kitchen table in sunny Finland digging into freshly baked muffins.

I’ve made these muffins several times since – gently sweet and brimming with goodness. They are just as fabulous with a quiet cup of afternoon tea as they are with a strong cup of morning coffee.


(slightly altered from ‘BBC Good Food‘)
12 muffins (around 180 kcal each)

1 ripe banana
2 large eggs
150ml low-fat yogurt (I use Total % Greek Yoghurt)
50ml canola oil (DE: Rapsoel, NL: Koolzaadolie ) alternatively you could use sunflower oil
100g apple sauce or puréed apples (I use my simple freezer apple sauce for this -about 1/2 apple)
4 tbsp honey
1 tsp vanilla extract
200g spelt flour (the original recipe uses wholemeal)
50g rolled oats, plus extra for sprinkling
2 tsp baking powder
1  tsp baking of soda (NL: zuiveringszout, dubbelkoolzure soda, natriumbicarbonaat, DE: Natron)
1½ tsp cinnamon
pinch of salt
100g (frozen) blueberries (or use raspberries as my friend MJ did)
2 tbsp mixed seeds (pumpkin, sunflower and flaxseed)



  1. Heat oven to 175C.
  2. Line a 12-hole muffin tray with cup cake liners.
  3. In a bowl mush the banana with a fork.
  4. Heat oven to (180C) 160C fan/gas 4. Line a 12-hole muffin tray with 12 large muffin cases.
  5. Mush the banana with the fork.
  6. Whisk in the eggs.
  7. Then add the yoghurt, oil, apple sauce, honey and vanilla. Mix well.
  8. In a separate bowl combine the flour, oats, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon and salt.
  9. Pour the wet ingredients into the dry and bring together quickly, but do not overwork.
  10. Fold in the (frozen) blueberries.
  11. Spoon the batter into the prepared muffin tin.
  12. Sprinkle with the extra oat flakes and seeds.
  13. Bake for 25-30min until they are golden and a skewer inserted into the centre comes out clean.
  14. Remove from the oven and allow to cool a little.
  15. They taste fabulous hot or cold (the next day)


Thank you M, for amazing memories of Finland, friendship and food ;-)

Thank you M, for amazing memories of Finland, friendship and food 😉

  1. “Tastespotting published a picture of mine. The result: 258 views in one day (and 200 the next).”

    Yay! Congratulations. Well deserved. And those muffins look delectable.

    • afracooking said:

      Makes me glow all over 🙂 Thanks!

    • afracooking said:

      Thank you, darling!

  2. Afra, these are beautiful! I’ll be posting my apple cinnamon wholewheat muffins today – they’re cousins of these ones! Much simpler cousins of course! 🙂

    • afracooking said:

      Just popped over to check out your post and very simply: you are wrong! Your muffins are certainly not a simpler cousin! More like best friends, that are so similar they seem like siblings 😉

    • afracooking said:

      I really am still discovering spelt and love to see it back in so many of your recipes!

  3. PotSoup said:

    “You get to sleep in, but then the sweet scent of baking lures you out of bed and to the breakfast table where you are greeted with a tray full of fresh, golden muffins”

    Temptation thy name is Muffin.

    • afracooking said:

      Please, to meet you 🙂 And let me also say: parting is such sweet sorrow 😉

  4. Karen said:

    It is terrific that your photo made it to Tastespotting…congratulations. I love the muffins, they remind me of a breakfast bread that I had while in Austria.

    • afracooking said:

      Thank you very much for the congratulations!! And the compliment, as Austria is known for its amazing cakes 😉

  5. Your muffings look wonderful – what a lovely gift for your friend! She did well to get you blogging, Afra :-).

    • afracooking said:

      Your comment put a massive smile on my face! Thank you so much 🙂

  6. Afra…that is so cool!! Congratulations!!! You must be so excited… floating on air! I’m happy for you.. 🙂
    Wonderful muffins.. bananas and blueberries? Yep, perfect combo!

    • afracooking said:

      It really is so unexpected and so much fun!

    • afracooking said:

      Thanks sweetie, it is always great to see you drop by!

  7. A huge congratulations to you and what a great thing to inspire you to make ‘celebratory muffins!’ Love friends who bake and waking up to these must be the best way to kick start a holiday, any day!

    • afracooking said:

      I guess I should have called the post: my cup-cake floweth over. ’cause that really is how it feels 🙂

  8. They look and sound beautiful! I know that place in Helsinki well myself… lovely photo (and nice memories for you of Finland too, no doubt) 🙂

    • afracooking said:

      Thank you! So lovely to see you drop by. I miss your posts, but then I also know that is because you are living some beautiful moments 🙂
      And true, I remember reading that you live in Scandinavia, do you live in Finland?

      • Hi! Very sweet 🙂 I live in Sweden… so close by!

      • afracooking said:

        Ah, Sweden,I’ve been there quite often visiting friends and in the past also for work. It has been a while since I have been though. Last time I visited I picked up a recipe for Moose Liver 🙂

  9. Lucky you, having a great friend like that. I bet the freshly baked muffins smelled amazing & just wonderful. Now, we all can make them too,…they look just stunning too,…Yum Yum yummmm. 😀 I have never visited Finland before but my husband has been there many times. ☺️

    • afracooking said:

      Yes, I really am lucky to have such a lovely friend! I’ve been to Finland quite a few times – in the past usually work related. I’ve had quite a few interesting meals there: reindeer, rye pastry, barley dishes – yum!

      • My hsuband , when he was there for work, he tasted reindeer stew & loved it too! He also was in love with the many yummy pastries! 🙂

  10. Liz said:

    I am not yet on “tastespotting” I’m always a step behind…I don’t even know the procedure for getting there. Like you, I’m just focusing on posting and posting and it really is exciting when someone from another end of the world cooks from the blog. I hear you….the oat muffins look delicious. Thanks for sharing healthy stuff. I know where to go when I want to stash away my cakes…enjoy Sunday night!

    • afracooking said:

      As much fun as it was to get all these views, it also reminded me that this hobby of mine has nothing to do with the number of views or likes or comments. I just like eating, cooking, taking pictures and sharing with whoever is interested. Wishing you a fabulous weeks (with posts, posts and more posts) 🙂

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