A Quick Healthy Breakfast
Look no further. Applesauce Oatmeal Muffins. These are pretty awesome. They are not overly sweet. Sometimes having a very heavy breakfast muffin doesn’t stick with you. These are low in fat, nice, dense and great for breakfast. The muffins can also be frozen and reheated in the microwave! That’s what I am talking about! They are also great with a cup of coffee or tea. If you have decided to make these then let’s get muffin party started! Shall we? I am getting hungry!
Ready. Set. Go!
First gather your ingredients. This recipe is pretty flexible in that you can use different ingredients that are suitable to your liking. Anything from chocolate chips to raisins. Me? I like them simple with raisins. Adding dried cranberries might be good as well. It makes them hold the moisture with the plump raisins. It’s funny I like nuts but not in my muffins. I think it’s a texture thing. The only point I want to mention is soaking your oats. This is important. Don’t skip it. You want your oats to soak up all the milk. I used Almond Milk but you can use any kind of milk. So go set your timer for one hour. My suggestion to you…if you have a room full of hungry kid’s wait to make this recipe! They will be asking you if the muffins are done yet. 🙂
Prepping Is Important
Did you set your kitchen timer? Hopefully, you have gathered the rest of the ingredients. *Spray your muffin pan with cooking oil. Then preheat your oven to 350 degrees. Meanwhile, grab a bowl and add all the dry ingredients, whisk them together. I am sure that didn’t take an hour. At this point, you could throw in a load of laundry, or do some other task while you wait. 🙂 Or you could listen to Lord of the Rings Soundtrack if that’s your thing.
The timer has gone off and you are ready to start combining all the ingredients go together. Now take the bowl of soaked oats, add the applesauce,* and egg whites. Mix until combined. Then take the bowl of dry ingredients and combine it with the wet ingredients. Mix them until just combined. Simple right? Do not overmix the batter. Repeat after me. Do not over mix or you will have some very tough and chewy Applesauce Oatmeal Muffins. Also at this time, you can choose your add-ins like raisins, nuts or other. Be sure to use a spatula to fold in those ingredients. Now that I have made you nervous, start filling your muffin pan with batter. Using a spoon or a muffin/cupcake scoop, fill cups up half way. Take some of the cinnamon sugar and sprinkle on top of each muffin.
Next. Place on middle rack in the oven and bake for 20 minutes. Remove. Let cool for 5-10 minutes and put muffins on a wire rack.
The best part! Enjoy your muffins. The muffins will turn out moist and slightly sweet. Your kids will like them as well. In fact, your entire family will most likely devour these and you will have to make more. They aren’t bad either with a pat of butter on top when warm. I can almost smell the cinnamon.
- *You may use gluten-free oats.
- *Any kind of milk can be used.
- Substitute Unsweetened Applesauce for Cinnamon Applesauce or just add cinnamon to the applesauce.
Applesauce Oatmeal Muffins
Yield 12 muffins
Low fat healthy alternative to heavy bakery muffins. Slightly sweet. They can be gluten free friendly and can be frozen, then reheated for later. Goes great with a morning cup of coffee or tea. Your kids will enjoy them too!
- 1 cup old fashion oats*
- 1 cup Almond milk*
- 1 cup whole wheat flour*
- 1/2 cup brown sugar, packed
- 1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce*
- 2 egg whites
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 cup raisins or dried cranberries (optional)
- For the Garnish:
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1 teaspoon sugar
- Soak the rolled oats in a medium bowl with the milk for approximately one hour.
- Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Spray a muffin tin with cooking oil.
- Mix the oat mixture with the applesauce and egg whites, and stir until combined. In a separate bowl add baking powder, baking soda and salt.
- Stir together wet ingredients with dry and stir until just combined. Do not over mix batter or muffin will be tough and chewy.
- Now at this time, add the optional add-ins: Raisins or other?
- With a muffin scoop or spoon add batter to muffin pan. Stir together the cinnamon and sugar, then sprinkle each muffin with cinnamon sugar.
- Bake for 20 minutes. Let muffins cool for 5-10 minutes before removing from pan.
*You may use gluten free oats
*Any kind of milk can be used. Your preference.
*Replace whole wheat flour with a gluten free flour. Try using Bob's Red Mill Gluten Free 1 to 1 Baking Flour. You will not have to additional ingredients.
*Try using applesauce with cinnamon already added and reduce packed brown sugar to 1/4 cup.
Do not over mix the batter. Muffins will be tough and chewy otherwise.
These can be frozen and reheated for snack anytime.
Nutritional info can vary depending on ingredients used. Generally these are very low in fat.
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Note: I do not claim this recipe as my own. It has been adapted from https://recipes.sparkpeople.com/recipe-detail.asp?recipe=5763.