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Healthy Oatmeal Raisin Muffins

Healthy Oatmeal Raisin Muffins

A new year calls for new eating habits, right? But that doesn’t mean we have to give up all the foods we love entirely. One of my biggest food weaknesses is baked goods. Not the cookies and bars, mind you (although those are never turned away at my house!), but rather the coffee cakes and scones and muffins that tempt me for my first meal of the day. Send me out to brunch or to a bed and breakfast, and I’m a lost cause when that basket of baked goods comes my way. Which is why I love, Love, LOVE these Healthy Oatmeal Raisin Muffins. This recipe allows me to have my muffin…and eat it, too. 

These babies are stuffed full of wholesome ingredients that don’t threaten your resolution for healthier eating habits. I’m talking whole wheat flour, flaxseed and wheat germ. Yet even with all those hearty ingredients, these Healthy Oatmeal Raisin Muffins stay light and tender with just the right amount of sweetness from the dried fruits. Pick any combination of fruits you like. I’ve done all raisin as well as various combos of raisins, craisins, dates and figs, depending on what I have in my pantry. And they freeze beautifully so I can pop one out of the freezer whenever I need a carb fix without the guilt. 

If this is what healthy eating tastes like, I’m all in. 

Healthy Oatmeal Raisin Muffins

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Healthy Oatmeal Raisin Muffins
 
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Serves: 12
Ingredients
  • 1 cup whole wheat flour
  • ¼ cup granulated sugar
  • ¼ cup packed brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons wheat germ
  • 2 tablespoons flaxseed meal
  • 1½ teaspoons baking soda
  • 1½ teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1½ cups quick cooking or rolled oats
  • 1 cup dried fruit (raisins, dates, craisins, figs, etc.)
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • ¼ cup canola oil
  • 1½ teaspoons vanilla
  • 1 egg, lightly beaten
  • ½ cup boiling water
Instructions
  1. Add first 8 ingredients in a large bowl and whisk together. Add oats and dried fruit. Stir to combine. Set aside.
  2. In a small bowl, stir together buttermilk, oil, vanilla and egg. Add buttermilk mixture to dry ingredients. Stir until just moist. Gently pour in boiling water and stir until incorporated. Let stand for 15 minutes.
  3. Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Grease a twelve-cup muffin pan. Evenly divide batter among muffin cups and bake for 20 minutes. Muffins will spring back lightly when touched. Remove from pan immediately and cool on a wire rack.

9 Comments

  1. I have been trying to eat healthier, but I just can’t resist the baked goods. Muffins are one of my weaknesses too! Love that these are a healthy one that I can totally get on board with eating! They sound amazing!
    Jocelyn @BruCrew Life recently posted…Peanut Butter Reese’s CookiesMy Profile

    • Thanks, Jocelyn! They make awesome snacks, too. Hope you try them!

  2. I just made these for breakfast and subbed crasins for the raisins. They turned out great and were a good way to use up left over buttermilk from holiday baking. Thanks :).

    • Hooray! So glad you enjoyed them, Beth!

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  4. These look awesome! And so very healthy. Flaxseeds, wheat germ and whole wheat flour. Wow. :D

    Just scheduled them on G+. :)
    Erin @ Texanerin Baking recently posted…100% Whole Grain Pancake MixMy Profile

    • Starting off the new year right! Thanks for the G+ love, Erin.

  5. Question:can regular reduced milk be substituted in place of the buttermilk?

    • Hi Terrance, I wouldn’t suggest subbing straight milk for the buttermilk. Two alternatives that come to mind are 3/4 plain yogurt and 1/4 milk mixed together or 1 tablespoon lemon juice mixed with 1 cup milk (allow to sit for 10 minutes to “curdle”). Hope that helps!

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