Oatmeal muffins were first introduced in American cookbooks in the mid-1800s. They are similar in size and shape to a cupcake, but can be healthier for you if you include the right ingredients! Check out a list of the different types of oats, their benefits, plus a recipe for easy blueberry oatmeal muffins below!
What are the different types of oats available?
There are 5 main types of oats. They include:
- Instant oats: oats that have been steamed and flaked.
- Rolled oats (also called regular or old-fashioned oats): oats that have been steamed and rolled into flakes that are thicker (and thus take longer to cook) than instant oats.
- Steel-cut oats (also called Irish oats): you get the whole oat kernel, cut up. These take about 20 minutes to cook.
- Scottish oats: these are like steel-cut oats, but instead of being cut, they are ground.
- Oat groats: this is the whole oat kernel — no cuts, flakes, or grinding. They take longer to cook than other oats. Give them 50-60 minutes to cook, after you bring the water to a boil.
What are the benefits of oats?
Benefits of oats range from lowering cholesterol to protecting us against free radicals.
- Oats contain beta-glucan fiber. This particular fiber can aid in lowering cholesterol and can strengthen your immune system.
- Oats also have polyphenol compounds that have antioxidant properties that may protect your cells against the effects of free radicals — molecules produced when your body breaks down food or is exposed to tobacco smoke and radiation. Free radicals may play a role in heart disease, cancer and other diseases.
What are some healthier oatmeal toppings?
Healthier additives to incorporate into your oatmeal muffin (or just oatmeal!) recipes include:
- Nuts such as walnuts or nut butter such as almond butter or peanut butter
- Blueberries, bananas, unsweetened applesauce or other fruit
- Dark chocolate chips
- Cinnamon, pumpkin pie spice etc.
Bonus: instead of white flour (which has little to no nutritional value) put rolled oats in a blender to make your own oat flour!
Baked Blueberry Oatmeal Muffins
- Prep time: 5 minutes
- Cook time: 17 minutes
- Total Time: about 22 minutes
- 1 cup mashed banana
- 1 cup old-fashioned rolled oats, uncooked
- 1 egg
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1/2 cup blueberries, fresh or frozen
- Preheat oven to 425 degrees Fahrenheit. Spray large muffin tin with non-stick spray.
- Mash banana until smooth.
- Add banana, oats, beaten egg, baking powder and vanilla to a bowl.
- Stir until just combined.
- Stir in blueberries.
- Using a large spring-release scoop, fill muffin tins with batter. (I usually fill to the top; these muffins don’t rise very much.)
- Bake at 425 degrees for 5 minutes, then decrease oven temperature to 375 degrees and continue baking for 12 more minutes.
- Allow muffins to cool slightly in the muffin tin for a few minutes. Removing them while hot will likely cause the muffins to break apart, as they are very moist.
Original recipe written by Paula Jones – you can find it here: www.callmepmc.com.
For more information on how to incorporate healthy foods into your daily lifestyle please reach out to FFC Park Ridge’s registered dietitian, Alicia Huggler, at email@example.com
Post written by FFC Park Ridge registered dietitian Alicia Huggler.