Mel's Kitchen Cafe: I always double this recipe because they freeze so well!
- 1 cup rolled/old-fashioned oats
- 1 cup unsweetened applesauce
- 1/2 cup milk
- 1 large egg
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 4 tablespoons butter or coconut oil, melted
- 1/3 cup sugar
- 3/4 cup whole wheat flour
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 cup dried cranberries or raisins, optional
- Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F. Line a 12-cup muffin tin with liners or grease the muffin cups. Set aside..
- In a medium bowl, stir together the oatmeal, applesauce, milk, egg, vanilla, butter and sugar. Set aside.
- In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon and salt (and cranberries or raisins if using). Make a well in the center and pour in the applesauce mixture. Stir until just combined (don't overmix or the muffins will be dense and dry).
- Distribute the batter evenly among the 12 muffin cups. Bake for 15-20 minutes until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Don't overbake or the muffins will be dry.
- Remove the muffins to a rack to cool completely. Once cool, I place 6-9 muffins in a large freezer ziploc bag, and seal the bag, then freeze, pulling them out one by one to stick in my kids lunches or warm slightly for a snack.
Note from Maria: These are really good. I made some applesauce with Mom so I was looking at some recipes that have applesauce as an ingredient. My kids love them, too even without butter or other topping.