Oatmeal raisin muffins have always been a favorite of mine--especially in the fall. There is something welcoming about their hearty texture and homey taste. Honestly, I would be perfectly happy having these for breakfast every day between September and February with a big mug of steaming coffee.
So, perhaps it isn't surprising that once we had our first few mornings with a cool fall breeze, I felt the urge to bake up a batch of oatmeal muffins. After all, there is nothing that says fall more than cinnamon and oats, right? Well, maybe there is. Maybe cinnamon, oats, and apples. That's right, I finally admitted that summer is coming to an end and bought some apples. And, since I had them on hand, I decided it might be fun to substitute my usual 1/2 cup of raisins with 1 1/2 cups of diced apples. I was rewarded with wonderfully tender muffins that taste a little like an apple crumble. I can promise you that no one over here is complaining.
Oatmeal Apple Muffins
Note: I have been making this recipe for many years and can no longer remember where I got it from. However, I do know that this version is quite heavily adapted from the original.
Yield: 22 Muffins
1 1/2 cup rolled oats
1 1/2 cup lowfat buttermilk
1 1/2 cup all purpose flour
3/4 tsp salt
3/4 tsp baking soda
2 1/4 tsp baking powder
2 tsps cinnamon
4 tbsp oil
1/2 cup unsweetened apple sauce
1 large egg, room temperature
3/4 cup brown sugar, firmly packed
1 1/2 cup diced apple (approximately 1 large)
- Line or grease muffin tins and pre-heat oven to 350 degrees F.
- Combine oats and buttermilk, let stand for a minimum of 30 minutes. I sometimes even let the mixture stand in the fridge overnight.
- Whisk together flour, salt, baking soda, baking powder, and cinnamon in a large bowl.
- Beat egg and stir it into the oat and buttermilk mixture. Stir in applesauce, oil, and sugar.
- Create a well in the dry ingredients. Pour in the wet ingredients and mix with the dry ingredients just until combined.
- Spoon batter into the tins by scant 1/4 cup measures.
- Bake until golden brown and tester inserted into a muffin comes out dry. Approximately 18-21 minutes.