Oat & Applesauce muffins

Breakfast is a struggle for me. When I'm dilligent, I alternate betweent these oven baked oats and a bowl of these creamy, crunchy oats. I've found that oats are one of the few breakfast options that don't leave me gnawing my arm out of hunger at 09h00. However, a girl can only eat so many spoons of fiber before she needs a change. Enter these muffins. Filled with delicious aromas of ginger, cinnamon and nutmeg, the goodness of oats and apple, and topped with a little crunch, they're the perfect all-in-one breakfast snack, and perfect with a cup of coffee.

These also freeze really well - I made a full batch, put most of them in the freezer, and then microwaved them till slightly warm each morning. Much cheaper and healthier than buying them from your local shop on the corner. I'm sure kids will also love them as lunch box treats!
Spiced Oat and Applesauce Muffins
Recipe adapted from Crepes of Wrath

1 1/2 cup cake flour
1 1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
2 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp allspice
1/4 tsp ground ginger
1/2 tsp ground nutmeg
1/4 tsp salt
2 eggs
3/4 cup light brown sugar (plus more for sprinkling)
2 tbsp honey
1/3 cup buttermilk
1 cup applesauce
7 tbsp melted butter
1 1/2cup rolled oats (plus more for sprinkling)

Preheat oven to 180 degrees C.In a small bowl combine the flours, baking powder & soda, cinnamon, allspice, ginger, nutmeg and salt and whisk together.

In another medium bowl whisk the eggs, brown sugar, honey & buttermilk  together until combined. Add the melted butter and again stir to combine. Then add the applesauce and mix until incorporated.

Use a spatula to add the flour and fold in to combine, followed by the oats.
Spray and flour your muffin pan or line with muffin cups if your pan isn't non stick. Add enough batter to bring it about 3/4 of the way to the top. Sprinkle more oats on the top with a little brown sugar.

Bake for 18-22 minutes, or until the tops spring back up when touched, or a toothpick inserted into the middle comes out (mostly) clean. Due to the applesauce, these are deliciously moist muffins, so don't be tempted to over cook them!
Let the muffins sit in the pan for a couple of minutes, then let them cool completely on a wire rack.


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