Steel-Cut Oatmeal Sun Muffins

The next time you cook steel-cut oats in the GSO make extra for these muffins. The maple syrup and blueberries make them a sort of portable oatmeal breakfast. Keep a few in the freezer for those mornings when you want to grab something healthy as you head out for the day. Here in Arizona, a frozen muffin placed on the dashboard will defrost by the time it takes most people to commute to work.

Click here for the recipe.

Except for baking them in the GSO I made no changes to the original recipe. It makes 12 muffins. They can be baked together by separating the muffin pans with a rack and cross stacking them, or in two batches. Either way the baking time will be 25 to 30 minutes.

Getting an Early Start on Solar Cooking

Longer summer days mean more hours can be dedicated to solar cooking. Here in Arizona it’s not unusual to be able to cook with the sun from as early 8:00 AM to as late as 6:00 PM. But for an even earlier start to your solar cooking day turn the GSO “topside down” (the side with the thermometer will be on the ground), remove the leveling tray, then place a rack or trivet what is now the floor of the cooking chamber and you’ll be ready to catch the first rays of sunshine. I use this trick to bake breakfast casseroles that I assemble the night before or a simple bowl of steel cut oatmeal. First thing in the morning I pop my breakfast in the GSO then I go about my business. Oatmeal is usually ready by the time I’ve finished my morning routine; casseroles take longer and are best for week-ends. Solar cooked oatmeal tastes so good even my porridge hating husband will eat it.

Breakfast for two, oatmeal in the covered mug and and eggs in the other.

Now if only I can figure out a way to get my espresso maker to run on solar power.

corin