Muffins, along with cookies, are one of my favorite things to bake. They’re easy to make and are perfectly portioned little morning snacks. My sister was searching for a healthy oatmeal muffin recipe, but having trouble finding what she wanted. I was excited for the challenge of creating an oatmeal muffin that was not only healthy but also crave-worthy.
I’m very happy with the way these muffins turned out, and my sister loved them too. You might think an oatmeal muffin would be dense or heavy, but these are neither. The muffins have a light texture and are filled with plenty of oats. I used applesauce to help keep the muffins moist, and this also allowed me to get away with only using ¼ cup of butter. I made a few batches of these, some with apple pieces and some without. They were delicious both ways, and would also be great with raspberries or blueberries.
Oatmeal Muffins with Apple
Makes 12 muffins
For the Muffins:
- 1 cup old-fashioned oats
- ½ cup applesauce
- ¾ cup milk
- 1 ¼ cups all-purpose flour
- 1 ½ tsp. baking powder
- ½ tsp. baking soda
- 1 tsp. cinnamon
- ½ tsp. salt
- ¼ cup (4 tbsp.) unsalted butter, at room temperature
- 1/3 cup light brown sugar
- ¼ cup granulated sugar
- 1 large egg
- 1 tsp. vanilla extract
- 1 cup peeled apple, cut into ¼-inch pieces
For the Oat Streusel:
- ½ cup oats
- 1 tbsp. all-purpose flour
- 1 tbsp. brown sugar
- ¼ tsp. cinnamon
- Pinch of salt
- 2 tbsp. cold unsalted butter, cut into small cubes
- Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Line a muffin tin with paper liners or spray with cooking spray.
- Combine oats, applesauce, and milk in a medium bowl and set aside for 15 minutes while you prepare the rest of the muffins.
- In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, and salt. Set aside.
- In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, cream together the butter and both sugars on medium speed until light and fluffy. Add the egg and mix on medium-low speed until well combined; mix in vanilla extract. Add in the oat mixture and mix until combined.
- Reduce mixer speed to low and add in the dry ingredients, mixing until just combined. Use a rubber spatula to fold in the apple pieces. Scoop muffin batter into the prepared muffin cups, filling about 2/3 of the way full.
- To prepare the oat streusel, stir together the oats, flour, brown sugar, cinnamon, and salt in a medium bowl. Use your fingers to mix in the butter pieces until they are evenly distributed and the mixture clumps together. Sprinkle topping over the muffins.
- Bake for about 15 to 18 minutes, until a toothpick inserted into the center of a muffin comes out clean. Cool for 5 minutes in the pan on a wire rack, then remove muffins to the wire rack to cool completely.
Source: Kristine’s Kitchen original.