Fruit sweetened muffins. (tasty ones).
That was my agenda. Could a muffin with no added sugar taste any good? My goal was to make the answer ‘yes!’ (definitely with the exclamation mark).
So then I figured out the recipe, and had to decide what to name them! The first name I typed out for these was quite out of control. It looked something like ‘Fruit sweetened chocolate-cherry hemp-heart oatmeal muffins’. I showed restraint and hadn’t added ‘dairy free’ or ‘whole grain’ into the mix.
How would you like to offer these to company with that name?
‘Yes, these are a new recipe I tried- fruit sweetened chocolate-cherry hemp-heart oatmeal muffins!’ 😛
Side note: I’m really a fan of mini muffins. As in, I rarely make regular sized anymore, or make 1/2 large, 1/2 mini…
Why? Way less muffin ends up on the floor, couch, carpet, and in the garbage when I use the mini muffin pans… And since i’m not overly fond of cleaning up muffin crumbs, (or just cleaning, to be completely honest) i’m sold on making these miniature! Plus, anything mini is fun for young kids.
When patience strikes and you’re including your small helpers in the kitchen, here are a few tasks that are easy & adaptable for any age.
- Measuring (For a toddler, pre-measure the oatmeal or flour and have him scoop with a small cup measure from a small bowl into the mixing bowl. Many ‘cups’ later, you still have the same amount!)
- Sniping up cherries with scissors
- Sprinkling the tops with hemp hearts
P.s. This is one of the recipes that will be included in my ‘soon to be oatmeal lover’s’ challenge for kids! It’s full of fun activities (stories, colouring pages..) and tasty, kid loved, oatmeal recipes. You can read more about it on the challenge page here!
These fruit sweetened muffins use applesauce + dates (make sure they’re soft or soak them in hot water), and of course, cherries for the sweet flavour. You can choose to add chocolate chips or skip them! I’ve done both and enjoyed them both ways.
- 1 ¼ cups oatmeal (ground in blender)
- 1 cup whole wheat flour
- 2 tsp baking powder
- ½ tsp baking soda
- ½ tsp salt
- ¼ cup cocoa
- 2 T hemp hearts
- ¼ cup coconut oil
- 6 dates (softened)
- 1 tsp almond extract
- 2 eggs
- 1 cup applesauce
- ⅓ cup milk (dairy or unsweetened alternative)*
- 1 cup chopped cherries (fresh or frozen)
- ½ cup mini chocolate chips (dairy free if necessary)
- Pulse oatmeal in the blender until it resembles a gritty flour.
- If dates are not soft, place them into a bowl of hot water for 30 minutes before using.
- Preheat oven to 400 degrees F
- Line a mini muffin pan with liners (aluminum or parchment paper liners work best) or grease pan well.
- Add all dry ingredients into a medium bowl and mix well.
- Add coconut oil, dates, almond extract, eggs, applesauce, and milk into a blender and blend until smooth.
- Pour blended mixture into a well in center of the dry ingredients.
- Mix gently just until no dry ingredients are noticeable.
- Fold in cherries and chocolate chip.
- Scoop into greased or lined mini muffin pans.
- Add extra hemp heart ‘sprinkles’ to decorate the tops!
- Bake for 10-12 minutes, until a toothpick comes out clean.
From my kitchen to yours, enjoy!