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The Everyday Chef: Moist & Perfectly Tart Oatmeal Cranberry Muffins

I can’t say enough good things about these muffins! I’ve made three different batches of them in the past week to share with friends and co-workers, each to rave reviews. They are perfectly moist, flavorful and the just right amount of tart, thanks to fresh cranberries. Put these on your must-make list this winter!

These muffins are a little more wholesome than traditional muffins, using applesauce and low-fat buttermilk to help cut down on the overall oil content. If you like your muffins with more fiber, feel free to substitute in whole-wheat pastry flour for some or all of the flour. I prefer pastry flour as it has less protein than regular flour, creating a more tender crumb that’s perfect for muffins and cakes. Sometimes, using regular whole-wheat flour can result in a too-tough product.

You can find fresh cranberries in the produce section of most grocery stores, and I recommend buying more than you think you’ll need. Fresh cranberries freeze wonderfully right in the bag, no prep work required. I keep a few bags on hand to use throughout the year in smoothies, breads, cakes and now – these muffins.

Oatmeal Cranberry Muffins Recipe

Ingredients

  • 1 ¼ cups flour
  • 1 ¼ cups rolled oats (not steel cut)
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • ½ teaspoon grated ginger
  • ¼ teaspoon ground cardamom
  • ½ cup applesauce
  • ½ cup low-fat buttermilk
  • ½ cup brown sugar
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • ½ cup walnuts
  • ¾ cup fresh cranberries tossed with 2 tablespoons sugar

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 375° F.
  2. Combine the flour, oats, baking powder, soda, salt and spices in a large bowl.
  3. In a separate bowl, whisk together the applesauce, buttermilk, sugar, egg and vanilla until well-mixed. Add the applesauce mixture to the oatmeal mixture and stir until just combined.
  4. Stir in the walnuts and cranberries.
  5. Line a muffin tin with paper liners or lightly spray with cooking spray. Fill 2/3 of the way full and bake for 16-18 minutes until golden browned and toothpick inserted comes out clean.
  6. Enjoy as is or with a smear of nut butter- my favorite way to eat these!

The Everyday Chef: Moist & Perfectly Tart Oatmeal Cranberry Muffins. Fruits And Veggies More Matters.org

The Everyday Chef: Moist & Perfectly Tart Oatmeal Cranberry Muffins. Fruits And Veggies More Matters.org

The Everyday Chef: Moist & Perfectly Tart Oatmeal Cranberry Muffins. Fruits And Veggies More Matters.org

Nutrient Analysis
Per muffin: (12) 167 calories, 5g fat, 1g saturated fat, 16mg cholesterol, 172mg sodium, 115mg potassium, 28g carbohydrates, 12g sugar, 2g fiber, 4g protein

Photo Credit: Alex Caspero

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