In college I used to treat myself to these mouthwatering raspberry oatmeal muffins that the coffee shop in the library sold. I usually try to avoid such coffee shop treats, knowing that they’re full of sugar and fat, but these muffins were too good to pass up. After graduating from college and moving from Massachusetts to Chicago I didn’t have access to either the coffee shop or these muffins. Eventually I had to try my hand at creating a recipe to replace them.
The recipe I ended up with is nothing like the ones I got in college. This muffin is actually a rather healthy muffin–they contain no refined sugar, there is no oil, and I use only whole grains. The sweetness of the muffin comes from the juice that the oats are soaked in, the fruit pulp that is used in place of oil and egg, and of course the raspberries themselves. Of course this means that my recipe is nothing like your traditional muffin, but you can eat these essentially guilt free (which is always a plus!). I hesitate to call the muffins a dessert, unless your sweet tooth is on a very low setting, but I imagine with a glaze of some kind these could make a good stand in.
Raspberry Oatmeal Muffins
makes 18 muffins
2 cups rolled oats
2 cups juice (I used orange juice)
1 cup smashed bananas–about 2 bananas (or you can use apple sauce)
1/2 tsp salt
2 tsp baking powder
1 tsp baking soda
2 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp nutmeg
2 cups whole wheat pastry flour (or whatever combination of white/whole wheat flour you choose)
2 cups raspberries (I used frozen, fresh would also work, but probably need less time baking)
Preheat the oven to 400 °F
1. Soak the oats in juice until soft, about 10-15 minutes
2. Add the banana pulp (or applesauce, if using) and mix.
3. Mix in the salt, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, and nutmeg.
4. Add the flour and stir until just mixed.
5. Fold in the raspberries.
6. Fill muffin tins, about 3/4 full (a little extra is okay), and bake until lightly browned, about 20 minutes.
On another, completely unrelated note: here is a taste of my recent trip to Spain with my little sister! It’s like a Where’s Waldo game–can you find me?