{oatmeal raisin muffins}

I love making two or three batches of these muffins on a Sunday night so my family can enjoy them for breakfast during the week. There is no added sugar and the fiber from the oats along with protein from the almond flour help keep you healthy and satisfied!
This recipe was born out of necessity. My mom has high cholesterol and knows that soluble fiber (like that found in oatmeal) can help her lower it. However, like many of us out there, she cannot stand the taste or texture of oatmeal prepared in the traditional way.
Obviously, I am always on her case about eating healthier and getting her cholesterol down so I finally gave up the nagging and got creative. I wanted to create a recipe that would be easy to make, have tons of fiber, and convenient for my mom to eat during her busy work week.
I took a traditional muffin recipe and did a lot of tweeking to find the perfect combination of health and flavor. Many of the first batches I tried turned out dry, so I increased the applesauce, decreased the cooking time, and experimented with different fats.
The final recipe is delicious and healthy without the added sugar that most muffins contain. I hope you enjoy it as much as my family does!
{oatmeal raisin muffins}
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Serves: makes 1½ dozen muffins
 
These nutritious little muffins are sweetened naturally with apple sauce and stevia. They also have tons of fiber and protein to get your day started on the right foot.
Ingredients
  • 1 C raisins (check the label and make sure there's no sugar added)
  • 2 C oatmeal
  • 1½ C unsweetened apple sauce
  • 1 C whole wheat flour
  • ½ C almond meal
  • 2 tsp baking soda
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 2 eggs
  • 1½ tsp Stevia powder
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • ½ C rice bran oil (you can also use coconut or canola oil)
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Spray a muffin tin with cooking spray or insert cupcake wrappers.
  2. Combine the oatmeal, raisins, and applesauce in a large bowl and set aside while you measure out the rest of the ingredients.
  3. In another bowl, combine the flour, almond meal, baking soda, and salt. Set aside.
  4. To the bowl with the oatmeal, add the eggs, stevia, vanilla, cinnamon, and rice bran oil. Combine well.
  5. Slowly add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients and stir until just mixed.
  6. Divide the batter into the muffin tin (using a large ice cream scooper helps with this!)
  7. and bake in the oven for about 12-15 minutes. Insert a toothpick into the center of one of the muffins. If the toothpick comes out with a few crumbs, the muffins are done. Be careful not to over bake!

 

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