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Apple-Oatmeal Muffins

February 28, 2011

By Brianne Harrison Moore

I’m a big fan of muffins straight out of the oven on a weekend morning, but since I can never eat just one (or, let’s be honest, two), I’m always looking for ways to make them healthier. On a recent Saturday morning, I raided my kitchen on a baking kick and uncovered oatmeal, an apple, and some dried cranberries and realized they’d make a delicious breakfast treat. I wasn’t wrong. The resulting muffins were delicious and hearty enough to keep me from eating a half dozen at a time. Try experimenting with different spices or dried fruits—these muffins take well to different flavorings!


Apple Oatmeal Muffins with Dried Cranberries and Walnuts

1/3-1/2 cup walnuts, chopped

1 cup flour

3 tsp baking powder

½ tsp salt

1 tsp cinnamon

½ cup packed brown sugar

1 cup oatmeal

1 cup apples, peeled, cored, and shredded

1 egg

½ cup fat-free milk

½-3/4 cup dried cranberries


Preheat the oven to 425 degrees. Spread the walnuts on a baking sheet and toast for a few minutes, until fragrant (be careful they don’t burn). Set aside to cool.

Whisk together the flour, baking powder, salt, oatmeal, and cinnamon. Add the cranberries and walnuts.

In a separate bowl, beat egg, milk, and sugar. Add the apple and stir.

Add the egg mixture to the dry ingredients and stir well to combine. Spoon the batter into muffin cups or a prepared muffin tin and bake for 15-20 minutes, until baked through and browned on top. Let cool a few minutes, and enjoy!


Healthy Roundup

Oats are high in fiber, which has a number of health benefits, including lowering cholesterol levels and stabilizing blood sugar. Antioxidants found in oats have also been credited with reducing one’s risk of cardiovascular disease, and possibly bolstering the immune system.

Walnuts are very high in omega 3 fatty acids, as well as manganese, copper, and tryptophan. Walnuts, along with pecans and chestnuts, have the highest concentration of antioxidants amongst tree nuts, and a study conducted in Barcelona, Spain indicates walnuts promote heart health and blood vessel function in a variety of ways, including reducing bad cholesterol and increasing the elasticity of the arteries by 64%.

Cinnamon is anti-microbial and can stop the growth of bacteria, fungi, and yeast. It’s also been credited with anti-clotting and anti-inflammatory properties and with boosting brain function. It can also help control blood sugar in people with diabetes, and it’s a powerful antioxidant.

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