When they asked me to read a story to the students out at the Chartiers Valley Primary School to celebrate READ ACROSS AMERICA WEEK I couldn’t resist selecting “If  You Give a Moose a Muffin.”  It’s a wonderfully silly story and the kids all seemed to enjoy it.  What a treat to see all their bright faces and attentive smiles.  It also made me realize that we can’t possibly pay teachers more than they are worth since the future is in their hands every day.  So, how about a muffin recipe?



2 cups oat bran

¼ cup brown sugar

2 tsp baking powder

1 tsp cinnamon

½ tsp salt

1 cup milk

1 egg

¼ cup molasses

2 TBS canola oil

1 grated apple


The key to fluffy and tender muffins is to mix the dry and wet ingredients separately.  In this case blend the oat bran, sugar, baking powder, cinnamon and salt in a large bowl. In another bowl, beat the egg then add the milk, molasses and oil.  Slowly add the liquid to the dry ingredients, stirring gently with a fork just until everything is moist.  Peel the apple and grate it into the bowl then fold in gently.  Divide the mixture among 10 muffin cups that you have sprayed with non-stick spray or lined with paper cups.  Bake at 350 degrees for 20 minutes.