Oatmeal Blueberry Muffins

What a weekend! The weather was pretty dreary all week but the sun happened to come out on Saturday and Sunday so we took advantage of it and did a lot of walking around the city.

First, we stopped by the Better Block party that was happening in Church Hill. The city has a lot of revitalization projects going on and we wanted to check it out. We stopped by a few street vendors and then grabbed lunch at Union Market. I loved this kale caesar salad.

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Β A new brewery opened up near our apartment so after a huge dinner at Kuba Kuba, we walked over on Saturday evening to see what it was like. I’m normally not much of a beer drinker but I actually really liked the honey ginger beer we had.

Ardent Craft Ales

After we grabbed a drink at Ardent Craft Ales, we headed to Isley Brewery, a few blocks away. We met up with a few friends and Alex and I split a flight so we could try all 6 beers. It was a really fun evening and I’m looking forward to more outdoor festivities this summer. Linking up for a Marvelous Monday!

On Sunday afternoon, while Alex watched a bit of the Twins game, I decided to get busy in the kitchen. I’m loving berry season and the fridge has been stocked with blueberries and strawberries so I thought it might be fun to do a little baking. I’m not much of a baker in general, but I ended up adapting this blueberry bread recipe from Betty Crocker into some tasty muffins. These aren’t super sweet so you could add more sugar if you wanted to, but I liked them less sweet. It makes the sweetness of the blueberries really stand out.

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Oatmeal Blueberry Muffins
 
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Recipe type: Breakfast
Serves: 18 muffins
Ingredients
  • ⅔ cup packed brown sugar
  • 1 cup almond milk
  • ½ cup applesauce
  • 2 eggs
  • 2¼ cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup quick-cooking or old-fashioned oats
  • 3 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup fresh or frozen blueberries (thawed and drained)
  • ¾ cup chopped walnuts
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350.
  2. Combine the brown sugar, almond milk, apple sauce, and eggs in a large mixing bowl.
  3. Stir in the flour, oats and baking powder until just combined.
  4. Fold in the blueberries and chopped walnuts, being careful not to over mix.
  5. Lightly grease a muffin tin and fill each muffin cup with ¼ cup of batter.
  6. Bake for 13-16 minutes.

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I ended up nibbling on these all day on Sunday. I may freeze a few for breakfasts on the go. I’m thinking next time I may add in a little lemon zest. We’ll see.

Which do you prefer: strawberries or blueberries?

Comments

  1. Mmm love the sound of these muffins- I might have to turn them into a loaf though until I buy a muffin tray! I’ve always been more of a strawberry fan but lately, blueberries are my number 1!

    • I’m sure it would work as a loaf! I had too much batter for one muffin tray so I used mini loaf pans for the rest and they turned out great πŸ™‚

  2. I’m in the mood for baking muffins today, these look wonderful!

  3. Mmm! There is just something I love about baking with blueberries. I just love the taste of baked goods with blueberries, and admittedly I love just how pretty it looks, too! πŸ˜‰

  4. Beauuuttiful pictures, you guys look like you belong in a movie πŸ˜› Ooooh dont make me choose between, but I would go for blueberries too…especially baking wise, strawberries can come out a bit mushy. Although I would chose raspberry ahead of both of them.

  5. Glad to see you are enjoying married life : ) I love both berries. But if I had to choose, I’d go with blueberries.

  6. i love both! for muffins, definitely blueberries!

  7. Mmmm, I love muffins! Looks like a fun weekend. Cheers!!

  8. That looks really delicious πŸ™‚ Glad they’re revamping Richmond because I swear the only images of it I have are ghetto and not so nice. For it being our states capital I’d really hope they’re putting more effort into fixing it up. Have a great one Liz! -Iva

    • Haha yeah I think Richmond is definitely headed in the right direction but I’ve heard it wasn’t always like that!

  9. When it comes to muffins, blueberry all the way. Just eating berries though…I prefer strawberries!

  10. Don’t make me choose! It’s a tie between blueberries and strawberries – always depending on the individual pint I picked up. Or even the individual berry. Whichever is tasty at any given moment is my favourite then. I’ve had good and bad blueberries making me think strawberries won and vice versa. Give me all the berries – and a muffin, please.

  11. I would definitely love a honey ginger beer. Blueberry muffins are my favorite type of muffin. You just can’t go wrong!

    • If we’re being honest, I think my favorite muffin is a chocolate chip muffin… But deep down I know that’s just a cupcake πŸ˜‰

  12. Oatmeal+Blueberry is one of my favorite combinations ever. So comforting! These look delicious.

  13. I love both strawberries and blueberries! It just depends which ones are better at the time! πŸ˜‰ I am very curious about that honey ginger beer, though…

  14. I made blueberry banana muffins this weekend (via Jen from Peanut Butter Runner). They were delicious! I still have a bunch of blueberries waiting to be used up so I may try your recipe as well!

  15. What a fun weekend!! and the honey ginger beer sounds so good!

    xo,
    Angela

  16. I don’t like super sweet things so this recipe sounds great for me!

  17. Yum! These muffins look delicious!

    I love both strawberries and blueberries but thanks to food intolerances I can’t eat strawberries so I make it up to myself by eating ALL THE BLUEBERRIES! Haha πŸ˜‰

  18. mmmm looks great!! I adore blueberries, but only when they are part of something, like in baked goods or paired with yogurt. For some reason I don’t like to eat them by the handful like I do strawberries, but I do still adore them!!

    • I’m kind of the same way! And I love frozen blueberries on yogurt but frozen strawberries are hard to eat!

  19. Depends on my mood but overall I’d have to say blueberries!!

  20. I can not get enough of blueberries right now! Only a few more weeks and we will have fruit on our own blueberry bushes. I’ll be sure to make these muffins!

  21. Sounds like a fun weekend! We’ve been meaning to try out more local breweries! Also those muffins look AMAZING!

  22. Aren’t you newlyweds just gorgeous & glowing with pure love <3

  23. Yum these look delicious. I think I prefer strawberries to blueberries but I actually prefer raspberries above them both.

  24. I love both berries, but it’s hard to beat a good strawberry. Sounds like you had a great weekend. I still need to try out the new brewery – I’ve heard lots of good things!

  25. There are so many breweries popping up around town it’s crazy! I hadn’t heard of this one, but I’ll have to pass the name on to my husband. He’s becoming quite the beer aficionado these days!

  26. Liz – I am SO glad you posted this recipe. I’ve been looking for a healthy muffin recipe for the past week or so and haven’t really liked the majority I’ve seen. I like that you used both applesauce and oats πŸ™‚ Thanks for sharing!

  27. have you been to french meadow in minneapolis? they have a kale caesar with soft boiled egg that makes me dizzy with joy. and as for these muffins? they look delicious- i think you can officially call yourself a baker when you successfully make a bread recipe wok as muffins, right?

    • Yes!!! I actually have been there! We met my cousin and his girlfriend there and it was SO good. I seriously wanted to eat everything on the menu. I’m demanding to go back when we visit in August!

  28. Mmmm these look amazing! Blueberry muffins are my favorite:) I always use fresh wild blueberries from my aunt’s camp!

  29. Oooh these muffins sound amazing! I love blueberries (one of the best parts of summer) hehe

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