Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Oatmeal Muffins Your Way

I wanted something similar to eating a bowl of oatmeal, but without the mush... I'm not big on mush for breakfast. We all know oatmeal with a little fruit is a healthy breakfast so I was determined to come up with a fun way to eat it. Muffins. I love muffins. But many muffins can be worse for you than a donut as far as calories, fat and sugar are concerned!

These muffins were so perfect in my mind as I lay there trying to sleep, but unable to because of the NyQuil I knew I shouldn't have taken because it always keeps me up. Lucky me they turned out just as perfect the next morning.

Base muffin ingredients:

* 1 cup Oats
* 1/4 cup Almonds
* 1/4 cup Flax Seed Meal (ground flax)
* 1/4 cup flour
* 2 teaspoons Baking Powder
* 1/2 teaspoon Salt
* 3/4 cup Milk (1%)
* 1 Egg
* 1/4 cup Canola Oil
* 1/4 cup Applesauce, unsweetened
* 1 Banana (very ripe)
* 2 teaspoons Cinnamon


Heat oven to 350 F and grease 24 mini muffin tins or 12 regular.

Mix oil, applesauce, banana, milk and egg in a large bowl.

Put dry ingredients in your food processor and grind to a fine powder.

Fold dry ingredients into your wet ingredients and mix until just combined.

Fill muffin tins to the top with batter.

*For the regular muffin tins you can fill them half way, add some of the topping (I'll describe in a minute) and then top with remaining batter and topping. The nutrition information below is for the base muffin recipe (12 regular muffins) and does not include the toppings.

12 Servings

Amount Per Serving
Calories 121.8
Total Fat 7.4 g

Saturated Fat 0.9 g

Polyunsaturated Fat 2.6 g

Monounsaturated Fat 4.0 g
Cholesterol 18.5 mg
Sodium 106.8 mg
Potassium 155.2 mg
Total Carbohydrate 15.9 g

Dietary Fiber 2.8 g

Sugars 2.6 g
Protein 3.2 g

Vitamin A 1.3 %
Vitamin B-12 1.8 %
Vitamin B-6 4.5 %
Vitamin C 1.8 %
Vitamin D 2.5 %
Vitamin E 8.2 %
Calcium 8.6 %
Copper 6.1 %
Folate 4.3 %
Iron 7.1 %
Magnesium 8.6 %
Manganese 39.6 %
Niacin 2.2 %
Pantothenic Acid 3.3 %
Phosphorus 12.1 %
Riboflavin 6.4 %
Selenium 4.1 %
Thiamin 9.0 %
Zinc 4.9 %

*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

The toppings here are what make these muffins what they are. Think about what you like to top your oatmeal with and go from there. These are some of the toppings we tried:

Apple Cinnamon Brown Sugar:

1 Tablespoon butter (melted)
1 apple (chopped into small pieces)
1 Tablespoon brown sugar
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon

Mix melted butter into apples and cover well. Mix cinnamon and brown sugar together and then toss with apples.

Top each muffin with some goodness :)

Banana Brown sugar Cinnamon:

1 banana (sliced)
1 Tablespoon brown sugar
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon

Mix cinnamon and brown sugar together. Toss in banana slices and coat well.

Top each muffin with some goodness :) This was our favorite version.

Top with Blueberries as they are or any berries for that matter.

We also mixed in some dried cranberries with the apples.

Raisins and brown sugar would also be great!

Bake for 20-25 minutes.

The options are endless! What a fun way to eat your oatmeal in the morning or as a snack! Compared to the almost 450 calories and over 30 grams of sugar in a regular muffin these under 150 calorie with less than 2 grams of sugar muffins are the way to go. Thank you NyQuil.

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