Oatmeal Raisin Muffins & A Giveaway

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These oatmeal raisin muffins are the perfect snack or treat when you’re craving a cookie but want something a little lighter!

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It’s currently 4:45 am here in Singapore and, welp, you guessed it, I’m wide awake. And I’ve been wide awake since 2 am. Jet lag is no joke, especially when you’re facing a 13 hour time difference.

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I thought, given the fact I’ve been to this side of the world before, I’d be able to handle this time lag easily and effortlessly. But no, I hit me harder than it did last time and, much to my dismay, I fell asleep for two hours before my dinner engagement. If there’s one thing you should never do, it’s nap the you arrive to an exotic local with a vast time difference. That’s when you wake up with wide eyes and a racing mind at 2am unable to fall back asleep.

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Oddly enough, my current exhaustion is the perfect segway to today’s giveaway item, a Nespresso Essenza! Oddly enough, this exact machine is the one that’s currently keeping the caffeine flowing through my veins in my hotel room. And honestly, it’s absolutely perfect. It brews two sizes of espresso and is the perfect size for just about any kitchen, even the very small ones you find in studio apartments in NYC. It’s compact, cute and absolutely necessary when you’re trying to make it as a writer.

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But that’s not the only thing I’m giving away! I’m also including a bundle (80 capsules!) of HiLine coffee. I got a box of this less than 2 months ago and sadly (and shamelessly), we’re completely out of them. My husband went on a Hi-Line spree a few weeks ago and drank the entire box (10 capsules) of Broadway Dark Roast in 4 days. Besides the high quality coffee, I love that each box is named after an iconic NYC neighborhood. My favorite is the Chelsea Light Roast because it’s the perfect mix of Colombian, Costa Rican and Kenyan coffee beans in a very smooth, very creamy taste. The light, easy drinkability of the roast pairs wonderfully with a moist and fluffy breakfast snack, like an oatmeal raisin muffin!

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If you think these look familiar, it’s because I’ve actually made them before. And by before, I mean BDSLRC (before DSLR camera). As much as I love to see how my photography has grown over the years, those iPhone 3g photos were not cutting it anymore and these beauties deserved a reboot. Each muffin is packed with your favorite oatmeal raisin cookie flavor, only in a slightly lighter, healthier and lower fat body. These are what the cookies would look and taste like if they went on a juice cleanse for 3 days. Plus, they are completely egg-free, making them a fantastic breakfast option for those who suffer from egg allergies.

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I think I’ll go have another espresso, these words are starting to blur together.

Oatmeal Raisin Muffins (Egg-free)

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CLICK HERE FOR THE PRINTABLE VERSION OF THIS RECIPE!

Yields about 12 muffins.
Prep time: 10 minutes
Cook time: About 17 minutes

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup whole wheat flour
  • 1/4 cup all purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 cups quick-cooking rolled oats
  • 1/2 cup firmly packed brown sugar
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 2/3 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 cup 1% milk
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1/3 cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/4 cup + 2 tablespoons unsweetened applesauce
  • 1/2 cup raisins
  • Optional: Walnuts or hazelnuts

*If you want to use eggs, sub in one egg for the 1/4 cup of applesauce.

Directions: 

  • Heat oven to 400 degrees. Line a 12 cavity muffin tin with paper liners and set aside.
  • In mixing bowl, combine flours, baking soda, salt, oats and pumpkin pie spice. In the bowl of a standing mixer, beat the butter, sugar, vanilla and applesauce until fluffy. Add the flour mixture to the butter mixture, alternating with the water and the milk, ending with the dry ingredients. Stir until just moistening. Fold in the raisins.
  • Spoon batter into prepared muffin cups, filling 2/3 full.
  • Bake for 15-20 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean and immediately remove from pans. Let cool and enjoy!

Nutritional information per muffin: 

Calories: 160
Fat: 5.25
Carbohydrates: 27.25
Fiber: >1 gram
Protein: 3.08 grams
Weight Watchers Points: 4

To enter the giveaway, be sure to fill out the prompts below! Giveaway goes from February 23, 2014 at midnight until March 8th, 2014 at midnight. Good luck!

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Comments

  1. Posted by meg on
    Sunday, February 23rd, 2014
    Blueberry cornmeal buttermilk scones - a mouthful to say, but so delicious!
  2. Posted by Pam Gurganus on
    Sunday, February 23rd, 2014
    My favorite baked breakfast goodie is cinnamon rolls!
  3. Posted by laura m on
    Sunday, February 23rd, 2014
    bagel with cream cheese!
  4. Posted by Darlene R. on
    Sunday, February 23rd, 2014
    Blueberry!
  5. Posted by Cristina on
    Sunday, February 23rd, 2014
    Blueberry Pancakes!
  6. Posted by Gillian on
    Sunday, February 23rd, 2014
    Those muffins look great - they're at the top of my baking list!
  7. Posted by Karen Ostrom on
    Sunday, February 23rd, 2014
    what a yummy recipe and who wouldn't want a great cup of coffee
  8. Posted by Kat on
    Sunday, February 23rd, 2014
    Pumpkin scones!
  9. Posted by Heidi on
    Sunday, February 23rd, 2014
    Cherry scones with fresh cherries
  10. Posted by Amber on
    Sunday, February 23rd, 2014
    Chocolate Muffins!
  11. Posted by Sheree on
    Sunday, February 23rd, 2014
    Cappuccino muffins!
  12. Posted by tammigirl on
    Sunday, February 23rd, 2014
    If I can have blueberry-raspberry or blackberry muffins, I'm in heaven.
  13. Posted by cassandra on
    Sunday, February 23rd, 2014
    Looks delicious! Muffins are my go-to breakfast item. Will definitely try.
  14. Posted by Jennifer on
    Sunday, February 23rd, 2014
    I love to make scones. Warm out of the oven with butter yum!
  15. Posted by Julia Kaye on
    Sunday, February 23rd, 2014
    Those muffins look delicious and easy to make!
  16. Posted by Corisa Jubinsky on
    Sunday, February 23rd, 2014
    I love to splurge on cinnamon rolls ! Can never go wrong!
  17. Posted by Cory on
    Sunday, February 23rd, 2014
    My favorite baked goodie is a peanut butter muffin served with fresh raspberries or raspberry jam.
  18. Posted by Auntiepatch on
    Sunday, February 23rd, 2014
    Scones! Any flavor!
  19. Posted by Brandi on
    Sunday, February 23rd, 2014
    Scones!!!
  20. Posted by Miranda on
    Sunday, February 23rd, 2014
    My weakness is cinnamon rolls
  21. Posted by Danni on
    Sunday, February 23rd, 2014
    I love me some cheese danish! I wish my thighs could say the same :)
  22. Posted by Shaina on
    Sunday, February 23rd, 2014
    Quiche!
  23. Posted by Nicole Trevisan on
    Sunday, February 23rd, 2014
    boston cream donuts!
  24. Posted by Kelly D on
    Sunday, February 23rd, 2014
    I Like chocolate chip muffins.
  25. Posted by Kristine on
    Sunday, February 23rd, 2014
    The old standby - blueberry muffins are my favorite.
  26. Posted by Robin M on
    Sunday, February 23rd, 2014
    I love an apple muffin!
  27. Posted by Natalie S on
    Sunday, February 23rd, 2014
    I love blueberry muffins!
  28. Posted by Rachel S on
    Sunday, February 23rd, 2014
    I love a good cranberry scone!
  29. Sunday, February 23rd, 2014
    Cinnamon rolls drenched in icing!
  30. Posted by Emily @ Life on Food on
    Sunday, February 23rd, 2014
    Cinnamon chip scones are my ultimate indulgence.
  31. Posted by Sandy Headtke on
    Sunday, February 23rd, 2014
    Does pizza count? If not then pineapple coconut muffins.
  32. Posted by jacquie on
    Sunday, February 23rd, 2014
    any kind of quick bread with seasonal fruit
  33. Posted by Molly Niespo on
    Sunday, February 23rd, 2014
    French Toast!
  34. Posted by Sarah H.P. on
    Sunday, February 23rd, 2014
    I love scones for breakfast!
  35. Posted by Kara D on
    Sunday, February 23rd, 2014
    Blueberry muffins!
  36. Posted by itzia on
    Sunday, February 23rd, 2014
    blueberry muffins
  37. Posted by Brittanie B on
    Sunday, February 23rd, 2014
    Anything that slightly resembles dessert for breakfast is a winner in my book
  38. Posted by Sarah on
    Sunday, February 23rd, 2014
    I'm boring and like savory breakfast, so my favorite baked breakfast goodie is probably an everything bagel. If I'm in the mood for something sweeter, I absolutely LOVE croissants.
  39. Posted by MK on
    Sunday, February 23rd, 2014
    Scones. Give me all the scones! (You can keep the calories.)
  40. Posted by Cynthia on
    Sunday, February 23rd, 2014
    Baked oatmeal!
  41. Posted by Jim Fletcher on
    Sunday, February 23rd, 2014
    My favorite breakfast goodie would have to be blueberry muffins, but I can't wait to try these!
  42. Posted by Gina Guthrie on
    Sunday, February 23rd, 2014
    baked omelet.
  43. Posted by Sandy on
    Monday, February 24th, 2014
    Love the looks of these muffins since they look like my favorite cookie.
  44. Posted by Humberto on
    Monday, February 24th, 2014
    Definitely will try the recepie.
  45. Posted by Ashley E on
    Monday, February 24th, 2014
    Favorite baked breakfast goodie - french toast casserole
  46. Monday, February 24th, 2014
    I love a good muffin for breakfast!
  47. Posted by Kristi on
    Monday, February 24th, 2014
    Cinnamon Rolls. I can't stop.
  48. Posted by Mai on
    Monday, February 24th, 2014
    I love cranberry orange scones.
  49. Posted by Ksenija on
    Monday, February 24th, 2014
    This look addictive and delicious. WIll give it a try this week.
    Please check my attempts on making baking healthy on my blog www.heelsandbuns.com
    x
    K
  50. Monday, February 24th, 2014
    I've got to go with a trail mix cookie - filled with oats, nuts, seeds and fruit!
  51. Posted by Kayli on
    Monday, February 24th, 2014
    Baked oatmeal
  52. Posted by Torie on
    Monday, February 24th, 2014
    My fave breakfast goodie is almond croissants, the kind with the paste in the middle. I especially love these while seated in a hipster coffee shop with a cappuccino. mmMMMmmm.
  53. Posted by Jenny on
    Monday, February 24th, 2014
    I love muffins and quick breads and make them frequently.
  54. Posted by Linda Martin on
    Monday, February 24th, 2014
    Greek yogurt with fresh fruit and granola
  55. Posted by Ruth Gochenour on
    Monday, February 24th, 2014
    So glad I found this blog. Lots of recipes, tips and comments from other fans! Keep up the excellent postings!
  56. Posted by Ruth Gochenour on
    Monday, February 24th, 2014
    Banana Pancakes!
  57. Posted by Margot C on
    Monday, February 24th, 2014
    I've been making these whole wheat muffins with honey, almonds and reconstituted dried cranberries. Everybody can't get enough of them!
  58. Posted by Celtin on
    Monday, February 24th, 2014
    Scones!
  59. Posted by Tiffany F. on
    Tuesday, February 25th, 2014
    Blueberry Coffee Cake: Yummy Yummy!
  60. Posted by malerie d. on
    Tuesday, February 25th, 2014
    there is nothing better than a scone in the morning!
  61. Posted by Kristy on
    Tuesday, February 25th, 2014
    When I was in London, I would splurge on scones with clotted cream and blackberry jam on the regular. Soooo good.
  62. Posted by Lauren Hayward on
    Wednesday, February 26th, 2014
    baked oatmeal...or donuts
  63. Posted by Heather on
    Wednesday, February 26th, 2014
    I'm a fan of the simple scone.
  64. Posted by James on
    Wednesday, February 26th, 2014
    Something with dried cherries for a bit of zing to wake up my palate...swapped for raisins in a muffin similar to what you posted is my Go To day-starter.
  65. Thursday, February 27th, 2014
    Gosh so many good ones to choose from. I love a good honey bran muffin or a super chewy bagel with cream cheese!
  66. Posted by Lori Larsen on
    Thursday, February 27th, 2014
    I love to drink coffee and other beverages that might be able to be used in this machine. We drink coffee daily, but often don't need a full pot and this would be perfect for those days when we just need one cup! Thank you for the offer and love your recipes!
  67. Posted by barbara n on
    Friday, February 28th, 2014
    I love cinnamon rolls!
  68. Posted by Wendy R. on
    Friday, February 28th, 2014
    My favorite is baked oat bran with a poached egg!
  69. Posted by Jess on
    Saturday, March 1st, 2014
    Sourdough toast and fried eggs. With cream cheese!
  70. Posted by Julie on
    Saturday, March 1st, 2014
    love cinnamon rolls
    thanks for the giveaway
  71. Posted by Katie on
    Sunday, March 2nd, 2014
    Tough call - toss up between blueberry muffins and cinnamon rolls hot out of the oven!
  72. Posted by Nichole N on
    Monday, March 3rd, 2014
    Bananna-Nut muffins! I'm completely addicted!
  73. Posted by Ashley B on
    Tuesday, March 4th, 2014
    Chocolate chip muffins with whipped cream!
  74. Posted by Carolsue on
    Thursday, March 6th, 2014
    That would definitely be coffee cake!
  75. Posted by Puja on
    Thursday, March 6th, 2014
    Scones! Sweet one and savory ones!
  76. Posted by Megan Marlowe on
    Thursday, March 6th, 2014
    A cranberry orange scone!
  77. Posted by Stefanie on
    Friday, March 7th, 2014
    Pecan sticky buns!
  78. Posted by Annette on
    Friday, March 7th, 2014
    I love blueberry scones for breakfast.
  79. Posted by Keosha on
    Friday, March 7th, 2014
    So yummy! Love that fancy coffee mug!