August 27, 2012

Apple Oatmeal Whole Wheat Muffins

We recently wrapped up a unit study on apples, just in time for fall!  I have to admit, I am in denial that summer is almost over.  It is my favorite season, and I always get a bit depressed when it comes to an end.  One of the ways I get past my fall blues is by embracing all the wonderful colors and fragrances and tastes that autumn has to offer.  We have a giant apple tree in our backyard, so we cook with apples often.  Here is one of my favorite recipes the big boys and I enjoy making together.

Streusel Topping
2/3 cup old-fashioned oats
1/4 cup firmly packed brown sugar
1 teaspoon cinnamon
2 tablespoons butter, melted

Muffin Batter
1 1/2 cups whole wheat flour
1 cup old-fashioned oats
1 tablespoon chia seeds
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1 cup unsweetened applesauce*
1/2 cup milk
2 carrots**
1/2 cup firmly packed brown sugar
1/4 cup canola oil
1 large egg

*We had a small amount of apple butter left that needed to be used, so I substituted apple butter for the applesauce this time.
**If you don't have a Vitamix or comparable machine steam and puree carrots before preparing the muffin batter.

Preheat over to 400 degrees and prepare a 12 cup muffin tin.

Stir together oats, sugar and cinnamon for streusel topping then combine the melted butter.

Combine flour, oats, baking powder, baking soda, chia seeds and cinnamon for the batter and set aside.

Add the applesauce, milk, carrots, sugar, oil and egg to the Vitamix.  If you don't have a Vitamix, simply combine the ingredients in a separate bowl.

Blend until combination is smooth.

Combine wet and dry ingredients then pour into prepared muffin tin.

Sprinkle streusel topping over muffin batter and bake for 18-20 minutes.  We love to bake and enjoy sharing our favorite recipes.  There are so many lessons to be learned in the kitchen, so I encourage my boys to cook beside me daily.  


  1. This recipe looks delicious, thank you so much for sharing this! :)

  2. This sounds good! I love muffins and I am always trying to find healthier muffin options for me and my daughter. I found you through Tuesday Tots.

  3. interesting way to add some nutrients to yumminess. might have to try this. thanks for linking up to tip-toe thru tuesday!

  4. Yum. All of these posts I've been reading lately with apples and pumpkins make me so excited for Fall.

  5. How much carrot purée does 2 carrots make? I only have baby carrots.

    1. probaby a cup. I make a lot of muffins with purees and they usually call for a cup of whatever the puree is.

    2. Yes somewhere between 1/2 to 1 cup. I know that is a broad number for a recipe, but I didn't measure. I looked at the final batter and thought the consistency looked normal for muffins, and it turned out. :)

  6. Man, I have to get myself a Vitamix! It just blends those raw carrots up to a puree? These look wonderful. I can't wait to try. Thanks for sharing at Mom's Library!

    1. It does! I can't tell you how many healthy meals and snacks we enjoy now, and they are EASY to make. Clean up is a breeze, too.

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