Wednesday, September 16, 2015

Oatmeal Raisin Cookie muffins

Muffins are so good for breakfast or an anytime snack. I wanted to find a recipe that tasted great but was a bit healthier. Those huge muffins full of butter and sugar with frosting or a beautiful crumble over the top from coffee shops or the grocery store are awesome; but let's face it...they are dessert, not breakfast, or at least not an even semi-healthy breakfast.

This recipe was from WebMD so it's definitely healthier; but is still moist and delicious.

Oatmeal Raisin Cookie Muffins


1 cup Oats - either Old Fashioned or Quick oats work just fine
1 cup Low Fat Buttermilk
1 Egg
¼ cup Brown Sugar
¼ cup Light Pancake syrup
1 tsp Vanilla
¼ cup Canola Oil
½ cup Whole Wheat Flour
½ cup All Purpose Flour
½ tsp salt
1 tsp Baking Powder
1 tsp Cinnamon
½ tsp Baking Soda
 cup Raisins ( I use Golden )

Combine oats and buttermilk in a large bowl; stirring until oats are moistened by the buttermilk. Refrigerate and let sit for one hour. 
(If you are like me and don't keep buttermilk on hand you can always add a tiny splash of vinegar to milk to sour it up as a substitute. Almond milk is my go-to milk and that works just fine too.)

Pre-heat oven to 400 degrees. 

To the oat/buttermilk mixture add egg and mix well. Stir in brown sugar, pancake syrup, vanilla extract and canola oil. Stir until well combined. 

In a separate bowl combine whole wheat flour, all-purpose flour, salt, baking powder, cinnamon and baking soda. Stir this mixture into the wet ingredients until the dry ingredients are completely moistened. Fold in raisins. 

Prepare 10-12 muffin cups. The recipe called for 12 muffins but Husband likes more of the "muffin top" so I fill the cups a little extra and only get 10 muffins from the recipe. 
Use a 1/4 cup measuring cup or a cookie scoop to fill the muffin cups equally. I like a cookie scoop; I feel like I have more control. 

Bake for 20 minutes or until golden. 

 Of course they are awesome still warm out of the oven. They freeze very well too; just zap in the microwave a few seconds to warm them up again. 

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