Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Oatmeal Applesauce Craisin Muffins

I took advantage of one of our recent snow days to do some baking - it had been far too long since I'd pulled out my trusty KitchenAid mixer and went to town with flour, butter, and sugar. I had a hankering to do something with oats, and once my brain went to muffins, there was no turning back. Muffins are not generally one of my go-tos when baking; I'm a cookie girl all the way. For some reason, though, I needed muffins immediately.

So, a few minutes of Googling later, I came up with what I thought would be a pretty good recipe - based off one I found, with a few tweaks, to create a muffin that is sweet but not too sweet and packs a good nutritional punch. Whole-wheat flour, oats, applesauce, and a little brown sugar are the key players in these little babies, which are quick and easy. I'd be willing to bet that they freeze well, too, though they didn't last long enough for me to find out. Especially good after being zapped in the microwave for a few seconds, with a little dab of butter in the middle... yum!

Oatmeal Applesauce Craisin Muffins
Lightly adapted from Mel's Kitchen Cafe
Makes 12 muffins


Ingredients
  • 1 cup rolled or old-fashioned oats 
  • 1 cup applesauce 
  • ½ cup skim milk 
  • 1 large egg 
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla 
  • 4 tablespoons butter, melted 
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar 
  • ¾ cup whole wheat flour 
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder 
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda 
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon 
  • ¼ teaspoon salt 
  • ½ cup Craisins, chopped 

Directions
  1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees. Line a muffin tin with liners or grease the cups. 
  2. In a medium bowl, mix together oats, applesauce, milk, egg, vanilla, butter, and brown sugar. Set aside. 
  3. In a large bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, and salt. 
  4. Make a well in the center of the dry ingredients and pour in the applesauce mixture. 
  5. Toss Craisins in a spoonful of flour so that they don’t sink to the bottoms of the muffins, then add Craisins to mixture. 
  6. Stir until just combined (don’t over-mix or the muffins will be dense and dry). 
  7.  Distribute batter evenly among muffin cups. 
  8. Bake for 15-20 minutes until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Don’t over-bake or the muffins will be dry! 
  9. Remove muffins to a rack to cool completely. Enjoy!

2 comments :

Lisa C said...

These look super tasty!

Stephanie @ My Freckled Life said...

Yummm, these sound delicious!! I was literally having a hankering (<-- ok, who really uses that word??) for muffins the other day. I'm pretty sure I have every one of these ingredients at home, so I'm going to have to throw some of these together immediately. LOVE!