Super Strawberry Oatmeal Muffins

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Muffins1/3 cup vegetable oil
1/2 cup brown sugar, lightly packed
1 cup strawberry applesauce (no added sugar)
1 egg
1 cup white whole wheat flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup chopped fresh strawberries
1 cup quick-cooking oatmeal

  1. Preheat oven to 350°F.
  2. Mix together oil, brown sugar, applesauce, and egg.
  3. In a separate bowl, combine flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Add to oil mixture to dry ingredients and mix until moistened.
  4. Carefully blend in strawberries and oatmeal.
  5. Spoon into 12 muffin cups sprayed with cooking spray or use paper muffin liners. Bake at 350°F for about 20 minutes or until golden brown. Remove from oven and cool. Makes 12 muffins. Each muffin contains 164 calories, 7 grams fat, 25 grams carbohydrate and 2.1 grams fiber.

Cook's Notes:

  • Two of the little "cups" of strawberry applesauce were used for this recipe but plain applesauce could be used as well. Look for brands with no added sugar.
  • White whole wheat flour is a little lighter in texture and color than traditional whole wheat flour which also could be used. All-purpose flour is another option but won't give the added benefits of a whole grain.
  • Other fresh or frozen fruit could also be used such as blueberries, raspberries, peaches, etc. Tossing the fruit with a little bit of flour before adding to batter can help prevent the fruit from sinking to the bottom of the muffins.
  • A sprinkle of old-fashioned oats before baking adds a quick, eye-appealling touch to the muffins.  A light dusting of cinnamon and sugar could also be used.

Your young child can help:

  • Measure ingredients or add ingredients to the mixing bowl
  • Stir the batter
  • Place paper muffin liners in the muffin tin