If I could capture the smell of these muffins, I would turn it into a perfume called Essence du Petit Dejeuner and sell it for $50 a bottle. And I don’t mean it like that gimmicky pizza or bacon perfume – I would legitimately wear this as my signature scent.

Honey Orange Oat Muffins (70 of 750)

Adapted from 750 Best Muffin Recipes by Camilla Saulsbury
Makes 36 mini-muffins

  • 1 cup old-fashioned rolled oats
  • 2/3 cup milk
  • 1/2 cup freshly squeezed orange juice (from 2 medium oranges)
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 1/4 cup vegetable oil
  • 2 tsp finely grated orange zest (from 1 orange)
  • 1 1/4  cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup wheat germ
  • 2 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 egg
  1. Preheat oven to 400F.
  2. In a medium bowl, combine oats, milk, orange juice, honey, oil, and orange zest until well blended. Let stand for 15 minutes.
  3. In a large bowl, whisk together flour, wheat germ, baking powder, baking soda, and salt.
  4. Whisk egg into oat mixture until blended. Add the oat mixture to the flour mixture and stir until just blended.
  5. Divide batter equally among prepared muffin tins.
  6. Bake in preheated oven for 10-12 minutes or until tops are firm at the center and a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.

If you want a complete breakfast, look no further than these muffins – it’s basically a glass of orange juice and a bowl of oatmeal in one bite. Which, admittedly, doesn’t sound like the most exciting breakfast, so it’s a good thing these muffins are better than the sum of its parts.

The key step here is soaking the oats in the liquids beforehand – this softens them up and prevents them from making the muffins dry or tough. This also ensures that the orange flavor really melds with the oats – bright citrus and nutty oats is a great combination. I rarely have orange juice for breakfast, so these muffins made me think of 60s housewives with a sunny kitchen and a pitcher of OJ on the table next to a platter of fresh waffles. They’re vintage, in a really comforting way.