Apple Oat Muffins 

Based on a recipe from Canadian Living Test Kitchens.


1 cup (250 mL) large-flake rolled oats
1 cup (250 mL) buttermilk (milk and lemon juice alternate)
1 cup (250 mL) whole wheat flour
1-1/2 tsp (7 mL) baking powder
1/2 tsp (2 mL) baking soda
1/2 tsp (2 mL) ground cinnamon
1/4 tsp (1 mL) salt
1/3 cup (75 mL) liquid honey
1/3 cup (75 mL) vegetabIe oil
1/4 cup (50 mL) packed brown sugar
1 egg

3/4 cup (75 mL) diced apples 
1/4 cup chopped walnuts (optional)
2 tbsp brown sugar
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1 tbsp chopped walnuts

Lightly grease muffin tins.
In large bowl, stir oats with buttermilk; let stand for 15 minutes.

In separate large bowl, mix together flour, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon and salt.
Whisk honey, oil, sugar and egg into buttermilk mixture; pour over flour mixture. Stir just until dry ingredients are moistened.
Add apple and walnuts.  Stirring just to mix in.
Fill muffin tins. 
Mix topping ingredients and sprinkle over unbaked muffins.
Bake in centre of 375°F (190°C) oven until tops are firm to the touch, about 17 minutes.
Let cool in pan on rack for 5 minutes. 
Remove from pan; let cool completely.

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