You can go one of two ways for brunch: pancakes, omelets and the works or, coffee and a pastry. True, the latter is more of a snack than brunch, but if you’re eating it on Sunday and it’ before 3 p.m., I think that qualifies as brunch. I wanted something light because I had sort of blindly eaten a slice of Lou Malnati’s deep dish the night before. (We had recieved the frozen delivery versions of LM’s at work, and I jumped at the chance to embrace some Chicago here.) That slice and half was a big mistake. Man, the amount of cheese on that thing! The excess could’ve made me lunch for a week. I was not feeling great, so clearly I needed some recovery food the next day. I went for these fairly simple oatmeal raisin muffins.
Considering there’s olive oil and no butter in them, the prep and mix is a cinch. I don’t have a muffin pan because I already store my baking supplies in my clothing closest (ugh, NYC) so they cooked in cupcake tins. Which is nice because they’re smaller portions. Unless you eat three.