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July 21, 2012

Chocolate Raspberry Oatmeal Muffins

I am horrible about breakfast foods. I have tried unsuccessfully over the years to encourage myself to like breakfast and all my attempts have failed. Really I can look all the way back to my childhood and see the basis for my breakfast issues. When I was a senior in high-school my idea of a healthy breakfast entailed a cup of coffee and a spoonful of peanut butter straight from the jar. This wasn't the best beginning to my day which started with working two hours before I went to a full day of classes, then hours of swimming and dance classes in the evenings. College was even worse, I moved from a scoop of peanut butter to chocolate chip scones or giant cookies (and still lots of coffee). After having kids I started to try to change my habits. I was successful at getting my kids to eat healthy every morning, as for me I'm still a work in progress. Some days I do great, others I have a large cup of coffee and a scoop of peanut butter. Oh well. One breakfast food that I have found that my whole family enjoys is muffins. Last week I tried a new recipe for Chocolate Raspberry Oatmeal Muffins which looked very easy and a great way to start the day.

This recipe has 14 ingredients. It takes a total of an hour and 25 minutes and makes 12 servings. I did make a few modifications based on ingredients that I already had in my pantry. I did not have dark chocolate chips so instead I used semi-sweet. For the raspberries I used frozen since the raspberries available locally lately have been pretty mediocre. Instead of a 1/2 cup of butter I substituted unsweetened applesauce. I have discussed before how I prefer to substitute applesauce for butter or oil in a large number of baked goods. It keeps the baked goods moist while greatly reducing the fat. Finally, instead of adding vinegar to milk I used the low-fat buttermilk I already had in the fridge. Since my muffins had applesauce instead of butter my overall cooking time was much longer, approximately an additional 10 minutes. I followed the remainder of the recipe as written.

My two boys loved these muffins and didn't notice the substitution of applesauce for butter. I liked how they were great for breakfast or a snack and had a taste that was appealing to both my kids and my husband and I. These muffins could be modified to use a variety of fillings. They would be delicious with chopped apples and nuts, especially with the applesauce modification. Overall a very easy breakfast muffin recipe.

For the recipe go to Chocolate Raspberry Oatmeal Muffins.

14 comments:

  1. These might actually entice my daughter to eat breakfast :)

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    1. It's a struggle to get my youngest to eat breakfast also. He loved these muffins though!

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  2. Mmmm, those look delicious! and your phoodography is great! :)

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  3. Yay more breakfast food!! It's awesome that you substituted applesauce for the butter. I keep meaning to try that and then keep forgetting! Your substitutions on this recipe will help me remember. Can't wait to try it!

    Love the photo AND LOVE the new look of your blog :)

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    1. I love breakfast foods, yum :) Applesauce really does work well and it lowers the fat a great deal. Thanks for the sweet comments!

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  4. That looks yum!! Adding it to my list!!
    Visiting from the blog hop, and happy to be your newest follower!!

    Check out my blog if you get the chance.

    xo, Jersey Girl

    hairsprayandhighheels.blogspot.com

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    1. Tell me how it turns out if you try the recipe! Followed you back :)

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  5. Your food looks so delicious! I'm glad I found your blog. ;)
    -Bria

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  6. Sounds delicious! :) Adding that to things to make, my hubby and daughter would love them! They love chocolate raspberry anything, but in a muffin, pure awesomeness!
    Nicole
    http://justtoddlingalong.blogspot.com/

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    1. My kids loved them, they really are delicious! I hope you like the recipe if you try it :)

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  7. These look so good! Following you back from Refrigerator Memories.

    http://refrigeratormemories.blogspot.com

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