Apple Oat Muffins

My breakfasts lately have been far from healthy. When I’m in a rush, I grab the nearest bowl and pour myself some raisin bran or frosted shredded wheat. When I have a little more time, I whip together some pancakes or waffles and pile the whip cream several inches high.

muffinBut when I made a goal to eat healthier this year, I realized that I needed to start the day right with a better breakfast. I browsed around online for some recipes, but I didn’t like how most of the healthy options took ages to prepare, involved fancy ingredients I never buy, or tasted like dirt when I finished.

Eventually, I stumbled across this tasty apple oat recipe, and I thought I’d give it a shot. When I looked at the ingredients, it reminded me of my favorite baked oatmeal recipe. Low-and-behold! It tasted just like baked oatmeal, but in easier-to-manage muffin shapes.

This is definitely a recipe I’ll add to my regular morning routine, and I hope you like it as much as I did.

Ingredients

The ingredients are fairly straightforward, though the list is a bit lengthy to remember. I doubt I’d be able to remember it off the top of my head, so I’m listing them here to use again later.

First the dry ingredients:

  • bag of flour1 1/4 Cup All-Purpose Flour
  • 1/2 Cup Brown Sugar (Packed)
  • 2 Cups Quick-Cooking Oats
  • 2 Teaspoons Baking Powder
  • 3/4 Teaspoons Baking Soda
  • 1/2 Teaspoon Ground Cinnamon
  • 3/4 Teaspoons Salt

And for the wet ingredients:

  • 1 Cup Apple (Peeled, Chopped)
  • 1 Cup Milk
  • apple1 Large Egg
  • 2 Tablespoons Vegetable Oil

These ingredients are optional:

  • 1/2 Cup Walnuts (or other nuts)
  • 1 Tablespoon Ground Cinnamon
  • 1/4 Cup White Granulated Sugar

Note: You do not have to use all the optional ground cinnamon and sugar. I just like to sprinkle the muffins with cinnamon sugar when I need an extra sugary boost in the morning.

Step-by-Step Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit.
  2. Grease standard muffin pan or line with paper muffin cups.
  3. In a large bowl, mix the dry ingredients (oats, flour, sugar, baking powder and soda, salt, and cinnamon).
  4. In a medium bowl, mix the wet ingredients (egg, milk, and oil) until well blended.
  5. Stir apple pieces into the wet ingredients.
  6. Add wet ingredients to dry ingredients. Stir until mixture is moistened. Feel free to add optional walnuts or nuts into the mix.
  7. Spoon batter into the cups, and sprinkle optional cinnamon sugar over the tops of the muffins.
  8. Bake for 23 to 25 minutes, or until the tops look golden brown. Insert a toothpick in the center of a muffin. If it comes out clean, the muffin is done cooking!

Yield: About 12 Muffins

Nutritional Information

This nutritional information is for a single muffin, assuming you made about 12 muffins. I calculated the following via the MyFitnessPal App:

  • Calories: 127
  • Total Fat: 3.8 g
  • Saturated Fat: 0.6 g
  • Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.9 g
  • Monounsaturated fat: 1.5 g
  • Trans N/A
  • food pyramid doodleCholesterol: 17.1 mg
  • Sodium: 250.3 mg
  • Potassium: 34.2 mg
  • Total Carbs: 20.0 g
  • Dietary Fiber: 1.5 g
  • Sugars: 10.6 g
  • Protein: 3.3 g
  • Vitamin A: 1.5 %
  • Vitamin C: 2.0 %
  • Calcium: 3.3 %
  • Iron: 2.4 %

Please remember that the nutritional information isn’t precise because the numbers vary depending on which brands you use and the number of muffins you make. Also, you should note that this nutritional information doesn’t include the optional ingredients such as the nuts or the cinnamon sugar sprinkling.

Look at Me Cook

These muffins came together easily, so I had a lot of fun making them in the morning. I did worry for a bit that I cooked them too long, since the tops came out darker than I was used to seeing on a muffin. But they were still soft and delicious.

What a yummy way to start the day!