Apple Cherry Oatmeal Muffins (sugar free, fat free)

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For your Sunday morning, I give you some fresh baked fruit-filled muffins. For your Monday morning I give you an awful commute, and some delicious and healthy fruit-filled muffins.

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Commuting is the pits. I doubt I’ll get any argument about that. Dan and I both commute–me about 45 minutes, him over an hour, each way. What a complete waste of time.

But at least we can productively (and safely) eat a healthy breakfast along the way.

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Here are some more muffins that substitute fat and sugar with applesauce. But since the fruit in these muffins isn’t terribly sweet I’ve added a recommendation on how to sweeten it up with honey.

Apple Cherry Oatmeal Muffins (sugar free, fat free)

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 15 minutes

Total Time: 25 minutes

Yield: 12 muffins

Ingredients

  • 1 egg
  • 1 cup milk or buttermilk
  • 1 cup applesauce
  • 1/2 cup honey (optional)*
  • 2 apples, grated
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 cup oats
  • 3/4 cup whole wheat flour
  • 3/4 cup all purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup dried cherries

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.
  2. Beat or whisk eggs until mixed.
  3. Add milk, applesauce, honey if using, and apples and mix until combined.
  4. In a separate bowl, combine baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, nutmeg, oats, and flours. Whisk until mixed.
  5. Add the dry ingredients to the wet in 3 batches, mixing briefly after each one, until just combined.
  6. Stir in dried cherries.
  7. Grease or line 12 muffin cups.
  8. Scoop batter into muffin cups. They will be very full.
  9. Bake the muffins for 15 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.
  10. Remove to a cooling rack and cool. Store in the refrigerator.

Notes

* these muffins are not terribly sweet with just the applesauce and the apples. If you have a sweet tooth, you may want to add some honey to sweeten this recipe up a bit.

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