Cranberry Banana Oat Mini Muffins

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On the third day of my newest blog series, Santa came to me, pleasssee help me lose weight! I’m getting so fat, I can barellyyy, fit into my pants, dear Claire, please make me skinnny! (Sung to the tune of the 12 days of Christmas). When the man of the hour tells you to help him lose weight, you do it. I don’t want coal in my stocking. So, Santa, I’ve made you the perfect skinny sweet to fuel you up for your long night of squeezing your overweight arse into chimneys. Cranberry banana oat mini muffins!

Aren’t they just the cutest things you ever did see? Now, many would argue that a muffin isn’t a “sweet” per-say, and to those naysayers I say “It’s my blog! I can do what I want!” Because that’s how 27 year olds act! Regardless of your version of a sweet (or your definition of the word IS – come on, Bill Clinton anyone?) these mini muffins are the perfect bite size treat for your breakfast or your midnight munching.

Each muffin is loaded with oats, cranberries, almonds and bananas, so you’re not only getting a ton of fiber in each bite, but tons of disease fighting antioxidants too! Santa is legitimately traveling all over the world, going into strange homes and dealing with a ton of temperature changes, so he needs food that will help him thwart off bacteria and viruses. This is why these healthy mini muffins are the perfect snack for his journey.

Unlike many healthy muffins, these don’t taste like dirt, bark or dust! Each bite is sweet, tart and a bit crunchy, with the perfect balance of fruit to delicious whole grains. Santa, these muffins will help you fit back into those skinny red pants in no time. Plus, they are mini! So you can take a few for the road. I know Santa, I totally do deserve that brand new Nikon for Christmas 🙂

Cranberry Banana Oat Mini Muffins

Yields about 32 mini muffins.
Prep time: 5 – 10 minutes
Cook time: About 16 minutes


  • 1 cup all purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup whole wheat flour
  • 1 cup oats
  • 1/3 cup brown sugar
  • 1/3 cup unsweetened applesauce
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • Dash of salt
  • 1 tablespoon cinnamon
  • 2/3 cup skim milk
  • About 3 mashed brown bananas
  • 1/3 cup chopped fresh cranberries
  • 1/4 cup chopped almonds


  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Grease a mini muffin pan with nonstick cooking spray and set aside.
  2. In a large bowl, whisk together the flours, oats, baking soda, baking powder, cinnamon and salt. Make a well in the center.
  3. In another bowl, beat the sugar, egg, milk, vanilla, mashed bananas and applesauce together creamy. Pour bananan mixture into the well of the flour and mix until fully combined. Stir in cranberries and almonds.
  4. Fill each mini muffin cavity about 2/3 the way full with batter. Bake for about 16 – 18 minutes, or until golden brown.

Nutritional information per serving (2 muffins):

Calories: 138
Fat:  5 grams
Carbohydrates: 17.5 grams
Fiber: 1.2 grams
Protein: 2.5 grams
Weight Watchers Points:  3

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  1. Posted by Rachele Funk on
    Friday, December 7th, 2012
    Love your recipes. Thanks for all of your hard work!
  2. Posted by Tutti Dolci on
    Friday, December 7th, 2012
    Love mini muffins, how cute!
  3. Posted by Donna on
    Saturday, December 8th, 2012
    Could I do this in a loaf pan with equally spectacular results? (Too lazy to portion out mini-muffin style!)..Advice for temp..time in the oven?
    • Posted by realistic nutritionist on
      Saturday, December 8th, 2012
      Yes! Same temp.
  4. Posted by Ashley on
    Saturday, December 8th, 2012
    Hey my little muffin - these look amazing!
  5. Posted by Stephanie on
    Saturday, December 8th, 2012
    Wow, what a cute idea! Love love love!
  6. Posted by Julie @ Table for Two on
    Saturday, December 8th, 2012
    I love that this is so different from regular banana muffins - the added cranberry is so festive and they look adorable!
  7. Posted by Stephanie @ Eat. Drink. Love. on
    Sunday, December 9th, 2012
    Mini muffins are just so much cuter than regular muffins! I love these! I have made banana muffins and cranberry muffins, but have never combined the two!
  8. Posted by Christina on
    Sunday, December 9th, 2012
    I'm so happy Santa wants to take better care of himself this year :)
  9. Posted by Elaine @ Cooking to Perfection on
    Monday, December 10th, 2012
    Love the addition of cranberries! What a pretty and tasty twist. :)
  10. Posted by Christina on
    Monday, December 10th, 2012
    These look amazing!! Love the addition to cranberry, it makes it so festive :)
  11. Posted by Sally on
    Saturday, March 22nd, 2014
    this says 1 tsp baking soda twice - is that an error? I guess I'll find out - I'm making them right now.