This recipe comes from one of my favorite cookbooks- The Eat-Clean Diet Cookbook by Tosca Reno. I try to minimize the amount of processed food my family eats, so a clean-eating lifestyle really works best for us and these muffins are a great substitute for sugary baked goods!
Applesauce Oatmeal Muffins
1 cup dry, old-fashioned oatmeal flakes
1 cup unsweetened applesauce
1/2 cup skim, rice, soy, or almond milk (I used Almond Breeze's unsweetened vanilla almond milk)
2 egg whites, beaten (vegans, you can substitute egg-replacer also- I've tried it and it works well with this recipe)
2 tbsp ground flaxseed
2 tbsp + 1tsp canola oil
1 tbsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
1 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp ground nutmeg
3/4 cup whole wheat flour
1/4 cup dried cranberries*
1/4 cup raisins*
1/4 cup dried cherries*
*if possible try to get these from your health food store- "juice sweetened" or unsweetened dried fruit works best. The typical store bought dried cranberries, etc. are loaded with unnecessary sugars.
1) Preheat over to 375 degrees. Prepare muffin tin with cupcake liners.
2) Combine oatmeal, applesauce, milk, eggs, flax and oil in a medium bowl.
3) In another medium bowl, combine dry ingredients, including dried fruit.
4) Make a well in the center of the dry ingredients and pour wet ingredients into it. Stir until all ingredients are just combined.
5) Fill muffin cups 3/4 full. Bake 15-20 minutes (I bake mine for about 15-16). Cool. And enjoy!
I usually like these best after they've cooled and sat for awhile. They are beyond delicious, and healthy too!
Special thanks to Danielle for sharing!
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