Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Cranberry Oatmeal Muffins {with orange cream cheese frosting}

This recipe comes from my friend JoAnne. She has the best muffin recipes!
This one is SO DELICIOUS! If you don't like cranberries, you could leave them out or substitute something else. I added the frosting- and --whoa-- this could be dessert- or breakfast....or a snack...or a meal. :)
Whatever you want...they are just too too good.

Cranberry Oatmeal Muffins
(I double this recipe)
1 cup oats
1 cup vanilla yogurt-BUT you can use any flavor and it works great
1 cup flour
1 tsp. salt
1 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. baking soda
1 cup applesauce
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup brown sugar
1 egg
3/4 cup dried cranberries (crasins)
2 tsp. grated orange peel
TIP: when you peel an orange, throw the peel in the freezer in a zip-lock baggie, and then you can use it later for recipes like this. (got that from the Food Network- and it is a great tip!)

Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Soak oats in yogurt for about 15 minutes. Sift dry ingredients and add oat mixture. In a separate bowl combine egg, applesauce, and sugars. Beat until well blended. Fold in dry ingredients. Add orange peel (grated) and cranberries (crasins). Stir gently until combined. Bake in greased muffin tins for 20 minutes.

Optional Cream Cheese Orange Frosting

1  4 oz. portion reduced-fat Cream Cheese (1/2 a regular package)
1/4 cup butter or margarine softened (but I think I just used a little more cream cheese)
2 TBSP frozen orange juice concentrate
1 1/2 cups Powdered Sugar
1/8 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. vanilla

** I never follow a frosting recipe exactly- so this may need adjustments- w/ sugar or cream cheese. --- That is how I do it. :)

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Ess said...

Those sound great! Thanks! :)

malia said...

beautiful photos and i bet they tasted even better!

malia said...

following u (-:

TheCraftBarn said...

Yummy!! I featured this recipe on my Yummy Wednesday blog post!

Niki said...

That last picture is making my mouth water!!!!! I am definitely going to be trying these!!

Amber Omer said...

Goodness gracious those look sinful! Another must try!! I think you can put cream cheese frosting on anything and it will be good! (ok, just kidding--that gave me some gross phantom flavor mixtures in my mouth! lol)
Thanks for the recipe Sharla! You are awesome!