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I am always looking for ways to eat muffins. I mean, seriously, who doesn’t like muffins? However, I don’t like all of the fat, sugar and calories that generally come with this morning staple. I love oatmeal, it’s super healthy, but not always the best grab and go solution for those mornings on the go or just for a quick breakfast at home.
In this process of attempting to find new recipes that follow the Mediterranean Diet, I stumbled across baked oatmeal and it seemed like the logical choice to make into muffin form! I tend to look at vegan recipes because they tend to better follow the Mediterranean Diet format. Out of this was born Triple Berry Oatmeal Applesauce Muffins! While this version is more vegetarian that vegan, it can be made vegan, I was just using what I had on hand.
These muffins use applesauce instead of oil to retain their moisture and add a little bit of sweetness. Frozen fruit, cinnamon, vanilla extract also kick up the sweetness without overloading it with calories.
Why Oatmeal Instead of Flour?
There are many health benefits to eating whole grains (like oatmeal!) on a daily basis. While some gains are inherently more expensive than others, oatmeal is always on the lower end of this cost range. Whole grains also fall into the base of the Mediterranean Diet pyramid for daily consumption, making oatmeal a daily win!
According to Quaker Oats:
“Oats are low in fat, and are sodium free, cholesterol free and preservative free. When baking, you may substitute oats for up to one-third the amount of flour called for in the recipe using either Quick or Old Fashioned Oats. Instant Oatmeal is cut too fine, and is not recommended for baking.”
For this recipe, we are sticking with Old Fashioned Oats because they absorb more moisture and are better for baking.
Benefits of Applesauce in Baking
Applesauce, as long as it is sugar free and by sugar free I mean no “alternative” sugars as well, can replace some oils and fats in baking while still retaining moisture. Applesauce is also a good source of dietary fiber and small traces of vitamins that help improve the overall nutritional impact of any baked goods.
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Berry Oatmeal Applesauce Muffins
2.5 cups Old Fashioned Oats
- Prep Time: 20
- Cook Time: 25
- Total Time: 45
- Yield: 16 muffins 1x
- Category: breakfast
2.5 cups Old Fashioned Oats
1 teaspoon baking powder
.5 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1 teaspoon vanilla
1.5 cups applesauce
1.5 cups milk
2 cups frozen fruit
Step 1: Combine all dry ingredients ( Oatmeal, Baking Powder, Baking Soda, Cinnamon)
Step 2: Combine wet ingredients with the dry ingredients (milk, berries, egg, vanilla, applesauce). Mix ingredients together until well combined.
Step 3: If using a standard muffin tin, divide ingredients equally between 16 muffin liners. You can fill these pretty full as they don’t really rise during the baking process.
Bake muffins for 25-30 minutes at 400 degrees until the tops are golden brown and a cake tester / toothpick comes out clean.