Healthy Breakfast Muffins

Ingredients

  • 1 cup whole wheat pastry flour
  • 1/2 cup all purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 10 dates, pitted
  • 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 cup pumpkin puree or sweet potato puree
  • 2 ripe bananas (or additional 2/3 cup of pumpkin puree)
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1/3 cup maple syrup (or sugar)
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1 cup rolled oats
  • 1/2 cup nuts
  • 1 zucchini or carrot, shredded in a box grater or one chopped apple
  • 1 cup garbanzo beans (optional)

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 400-F. Grease muffin tin or use muffin liners.
  2. In a large bowl sift together all dry ingredients.
  3. In a food processor, mix dates, oil, banana, pumpkin, vanilla, syrup, egg and 1/2 cup milk.
  4. Into the bowl with the dry ingredients add the oats, nuts, zuchinni, along with the ingredients blended in the food processor. Stir until just combined.
  5. If the mixture seems dry add up to a 1/4 cup more milk.
  6. Bake for 18 minutes.

Note – these muffins are not very sweet. As with any baked goods that are low in sugar, they taste better refrigerated (in my opinion) and don’t taste as good fresh from the oven. Add about 1/2 cup more sugar to make them taste as sweet as traditional muffins.


Overnight Baked Oatmeal

Adapted from Amish Baked Oatmeal.

Ingredients

  • 2 large eggs
  • 6 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1.5 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 1/4 cup milk
  • 3 cups old fashioned oats
  • 1/2 cup fresh blueberries

Directions

  1. In a mixing bowl, combine eggs, brown sugar, baking powder, vanilla, cinnamon, and salt. Mix well.
  2. Whisk in butter and milk. Stir in the oats and fold in the blueberries.
  3. Pour into a greased, 9×9 inch baking dish.
  4. Cover and refrigerate overnight.
  5. The next morning, bake, uncovered, at 350 for 30-40 minutes, or until set in the middle.
  6. Serve hot with cold milk poured over.

*To increase fiber – Use 2.5 cup oats, 1/4 cup oat bran, 2 T flax, 2 T wheat germ.


Oatmeal Raisin Cookies or Bars

Makes about 4 dozen

Ingredients

  • 1 cup (2 sticks) butter, softened 
  • 3/4 cup firmly packed brown sugar
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1.5 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt 
  • 3 cups old fashioned oats
  • 1 cup raisins (optional)

Directions

  1. Heat oven to 350-F.
  2. Beat together butter and sugars until creamy.
  3. Add eggs and vanilla; beat well.
  4. Add combined flour, baking soda, cinnamon and salt; mix well.
  5. Stir in the oats and raisins; mix well.
  6. Drop by rounded tablespoons onto ungreased cookie sheet.
  7. Bake 10-12 minutes or until golden brown.
  8. Cool 1 minute on cookie sheet; remove to wire rack.

For bars: Bake 30-35 minutes in ungreased 13 x 9 inch metal baking pan.

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