Frugal Healthy Recipe: Oatmeal Raisin Muffins


By Marissa Bognanno, Professional Chef & Zumba Instructor, and Author of The Boot Blog

Half-asleep, I stumbled and shuffled into the kitchen, squinting at the wall clock - 8:02. Heaving a sigh of, “I wish someone was here to make these muffins for me,” I pulled out a bowl, measuring cups and spoons. By the time the batter was together it was 8:06 - dang! That was fast! The muffins were in the oven at 8:15 and all the dishes were washed. Productivity, my friends. Now, I’m sitting here talking to you with a fresh-outta-the-oven oatmeal raisin muffin, probably the most comforting flavor combination around. And since we’re all warrior princesses, I adapted the recipe a bit to make them slightly better for you. That’s friendship, I tell ya!

Oatmeal Raisin Muffins
(adapted from this recipe)
1/2 cup whole wheat flour
1/2 cup all-purpose flour
1/4 cup brown sugar
1 tablespoon baking powder
3/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1 cup old-fashioned oats
1/2 cup raisins
1/4 cup olive oil
1 egg, beaten
1 cup soy milk
for the cinnamon topping 
2 tablespoons brown sugar
2 tablespoons flour
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1 tablespoon olive oil

Heat the oven to 425°F. Grease a muffin pan, or line the wells with paper muffin cups. Mix the flour, sugar, baking powder, salt, and cinnamon together in a large bowl. Stir in the oats and raisins. In a large measuring cup, whisk the olive oil with the egg and milk. Stir the liquid into the dry ingredients just until combined. Fill the prepared muffin cups 2/3 full with the batter. Mix all the ingredients for the cinnamon topping together in a small bowl until crumbly. Sprinkle evenly over the muffin batter. Bake for 15 minutes. Remove from the oven and let cool in the pan on a rack until they are cool enough to be handled. Remove from the pan and eat while warm, or let cool completely and then store in an airtight container.

Tonight Italy is playing against Croatia so we’re having Antonio and Barbara over for antipasti and beers! I can’t wait to see the crazyness that will occur if we win! (Fingers crossed.) I’ll be live-tweeting the game so find me (@thebootblog) if you want to follow along! 


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