Oatmeal Muffins with Dates, Cranberries and Pecans

You may not believe what I’m about to tell you. I only half believe it myself. But I really think that I am sweet-ed out from the holidays. I don’t even think I ate all that much, but all of the baking, oiy. I kinda don’t even want to look at a cookie right now. I have no yearning for cookies, chocolate, or anything of the sort. So I’m tackling some less-rich baking projects this week. Enter these muffins. I love having quick and easy breakfast options during the week, and oatmeal is one of my go-to favorites, so these were definitely calling my name.

The original recipe calls for dates, raisins and walnuts as the add-ins, but I somehow blew through 6 lbs of walnuts over the holidays and was completely out, and I had dried cranberries in the pantry, so I did some shifting based on what I had available and wanted to use up. These turned out absolutely fabulous. They have a great, soft yet hearty texture thanks to the oatmeal and the dates, cranberries and pecans all contribute to little bursts of contrasting flavors with each bite. Mine turned out a little dark because I forgot to turn down the oven a bit to account for the non-stick pan. I was also out of paper liners. Oops, my head is still in the snowy holiday clouds I guess!

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Oatmeal Muffins with Dates, Cranberries and Pecans

Ingredients:

1 cup traditional rolled oats

1 cup all-purpose flour

½ cup light brown sugar

1 teaspoon baking powder

½ teaspoon baking soda

½ teaspoon salt

½ teaspoon cinnamon

¼ cup finely chopped pecans (or walnuts)

1/3 cup chopped dates

1/3 cup dried cranberries (or raisins)

4 ounces (½ cup) unsalted butter, melted and cooled

1 cup buttermilk

1 large egg, lightly beaten

½ teaspoon vanilla extract


Directions:

1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F. Grease a standard 12-cup muffin pan or line with paper baking cups.


2. In a large bowl whisk together the oats, flour, brown sugar, baking powder, baking soda, salt and cinnamon. Stir in the pecans, dates and dried cranberries. In a separate medium bowl whisk together the butter, buttermilk, egg and vanilla.


3. Pour the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients. Use a rubber spatula to gently stir together just until the ingredients are mixed and moistened.


4. Divide the batter evenly between the 12 muffin cups. Bake for 15 to 20 minutes, or until a toothpick comes out clean. Cool in the muffin pan for a few minutes and then remove to a cooling rack to cool completely. Store in an airtight container at room temperature.


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(Recipe adapted from Simply Recipes)


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