Source: Nancy Hughes | Category: Baking, Breakfast

Muesli Muffins with Almonds and Cranberries

Whole grains, cranberries and almonds jack up the nutrient power in these muffins compared to common, cake-like ones. To round out breakfast, pair a muffin with some nuts and a piece of fruit for additional protein, energy and nutrients. Canola oil provides a moist, tender texture, plus adds vitamins E and K.

Muesli Muffins with Almonds and Cranberries

Ingredients

  • canola cooking spray
  • 1 cup white whole-wheat flour 250 mL
  • 2/3 cup granulated sugar 150 mL
  • 1/4 cup ground flaxseed 60 mL
  • 1 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon 7 mL
  • 3/4 tsp baking soda 4 mL
  • 1/2 tsp salt 2 mL
  • 1/3 cup sliced almonds 75 mL
  • 1 1/2 cups quick-cooking or old-fashioned oats 375 mL
  • 1/2 cup dried cranberries 125 mL
  • 1 cup non-fat Greek yogurt 250 mL
  • 1/3 cup canola oil 75 mL
  • 1 (4 oz/114 mL) jar pear purée baby food
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 1/2 tsp almond extract 7 mL 

Instructions

  • 1. Preheat oven to 350 °F (180 °C). Lightly spray 12-cup, non-stick muffin pan with cooking spray. 
  • 2. In large bowl, whisk together flour, sugar, flaxseed, cinnamon, baking soda and salt. 
  • 3. In small bowl, combine almonds, 1/4 cup (60 mL) oats and 1/4 cup (60 mL) cranberries and set aside. Stir remaining oats and cranberries into flour mixture until well blended. 
  • 4. In medium bowl, whisk together yogurt, canola oil, pear purée, egg and almond extract. Stir yogurt mixture into flour mixture until just blended. Do not overmix. 
  • 5. Spoon equal amounts of batter into muffin cups. Sprinkle evenly with reserved almond mixture. Bake 18 to 20 minutes. Cool in pan 5 minutes. Remove from pan; serve warm or let cool to room temperature. 

Yield

12 muffins

serving size

1 muffin

nutritional analysis

Per Serving

Calories240
Total Fat9 g
Saturated Fat1 g
Cholesterol15 mg
Carbohydrates34 g
Fiber3 g
Sugars18 g
Protein6 g
Sodium115 mg
Potassium73 mg