I first saw these muffins on Southern Plate under the name of Pecan Pie Muffins, and I was planning on making them since they only required 5 ingredients (4 if you subtract the nuts). Then, the other day, I spotted more pecan pie muffins on Bake at 350 and knew that that was a sign to finally make these.
Well, as many of the regulars of my blog know, I abhor nuts of any kind, so I usually solve the problem by making nut desserts without nuts, as I've done with my Pecanless Pie Tarts or Cinnamon Swirl Bread.
I thought over and over about making these muffins without nuts, and it seemed like it wouldn't taste right. So, in order to retain some of that "meatiness" in the muffin, I added oats in place of pecans, and they came out perfectly!
These are so quick to make that I had halved the recipe and then decided to make another half portion, since I wanted a full dozen. You need only one bowl, and you don't need to use a mixer.
Make these promptly; they will take only a few minutes!
(sounds better than Oat Pie Muffins or Oat Muffins)
2/3 cups melted butter (Southern Plate's recipe calls for 1/2 cup of butter)
1 cup brown sugar
1 cup oats
1/2 cup flour
2 eggs, room temperature
Preheat the oven at 350 degrees F. Spray the muffin pan with Baker's Joy (I love this stuff), cooking spray, or butter.
Melt the butter, and set aside. In a medium-sized bowl, put in the rest of the ingredients. Add the melted butter. Do not overmix. Spoon the mixture in the muffin pans. Bake for 18-20 minutes.
Store: When the muffins are completely cool, place them in a freezer bag, and freeze them for up to 2 months!