Healthy Maple Oatmeal Muffins

Healthy Maple Oatmeal Muffins are my February therapy.

Healthy Oatmeal Muffins with Maple Syrup. Naturally sweetened, moist and delicious!

February and I do not have the best relationship. Its frigid weeks involve a lot of me grumbling with my head down into the wind, moping about the permacloud, and giving my worn winter boots the stink eye. In return, February dumps snow on my lawn, roars back with a ferocious gust to silence my growl, and lets its chill linger into March. February, you win.

Healthy Maple Oatmeal Muffins with Cinnamon Crumb Topping

The two of us (February and myself) went on a break last week. I escaped with Ben to Kauai, where we frolicked in the sun, ate too much seafood, and constantly uttered sentences comprised of the words “gorgeous,” “wow,” and “WOW,” in varying orders and intonations. (For a postcard-perfect visual of our trip—Kauai is highly photogenic—check out my Instagram feed, hashtag #wellplatedtravel.) Kauai was a dream, but all too quickly, my view transformed from the picture left into the one on the right:

Kauai Before and After Vacation

Arriving home to 14 fresh inches of snow, my inner rhythm tuned to the February blues, until I remembered the happy stash of Healthy Maple Oatmeal Muffins I’d carefully stowed in the freezer.

Healthy Oatmeal Maple Muffins

These moist, wholly satisfying, and healthy oatmeal muffins gently remind me that even my supposed arch-rival February brings blessings to treasure. Life slows down a little; cuddling is welcome and encouraged; warm, snuggly flavors reign supreme.

Maple syrup and oatmeal are two of my absolute favorite ingredients, and at no time do they shine brighter than dreary February. The only sweetener in these healthy oatmeal muffins is maple syrup, so its golden taste is rich and defined.

Healthy Maple Oatmeal Muffins

The oatmeal I used in two ways, leaving some of the oats whole for texture, then grinding the rest in the food processor to create a quick homemade oat flour.

Make your own oatflour by grinding oatmeal in a food processor. Then use it to make healthy oatmeal muffins

A pinch of cinnamon and nutmeg, along with a cinnamon crumble topping, give these healthy oatmeal muffins a cozy, comforting taste that’s ideal for a chilly morning or snug afternoon snack. They freeze beautifully and are perfectly portable for munching on-the-go.

In addition to their warming powers and tummy-filling dynamo, Healthy Maple Oatmeal Muffins are a sweet treat to share with friends. I can see them nestled happily in a basket at a brunch table or dropped off to a neighbor just because.

Healthy Oatmeal Muffins with Maple and Cinnamon Topping

Count your blessings and bless your friends with a warm batch of Healthy Maple Oatmeal Muffins. February, I might just survive you after all.

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Healthy Maple Oatmeal Muffins

Healthy oatmeal muffins with maple syrup, cinnamon and nutmeg. An easy, healthy muffin recipe that your entire family will love!

Yield: 12 muffins

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 20 minutes

Total Time: 35 minutes

Ingredients:

For the Muffins

  • 1 cup whole wheat flour
  • ¾ cup old fashioned rolled oats
  • ½ cup oat flour (or ½ cup plus 2 tablespoons oats finely ground in a food processor)
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1½ teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • ½ teaspoon kosher salt
  • ¼ teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1 cup plus 2 tablespoons non-fat milk
  • ½ cup pure maple syrup
  • ¼ cup melted and cooled coconut oil (or substitute canola oil or melted and cooled unsalted butter)
  • 2 large eggs, at room temperature
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

For the Crumb Topping

  • 1 tablespoon cold unsalted butter, cut into small pieces
  • 3 tablespoons flour
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar

Directions:

  1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F. Lightly grease a standard 12-cup muffin tin or line with paper liners and set aside.
  2. In a large bowl, stir together the whole wheat flour, oats, oat flour, baking powder, cinnamon, salt, and nutmeg.
  3. In a separate bowl, whisk together the milk, maple syrup, oil (or butter), eggs, and vanilla. Make a well in the center of the dry ingredients, then pour the wet ingredients into the center.
  4. By hand, stir the batter gently, just until combined (it will be somewhat lumpy). Divide the batter evenly between the prepared muffin cups.
  5. For the crumb topping: In a small bowl, quickly rub the butter, flour, brown sugar, and cinnamon together with your fingers until fine crumbs form. Sprinkle over each unbaked muffin.
  6. Bake the muffins until golden brown and a toothpick in the center comes out clean, 18-20 minutes. Allow the muffins to cool in the pan for 5 minutes, then gently remove to a wire rack to cool completely.

Store leftover muffins in an airtight container at room temperature for up to two days or individually wrap and freeze for up to two months.

I am also sharing this recipe in a guest post over at The Lemon Bowl.

// All images and text ©/Well Plated.

Nutrition Facts

Serving Size: 1 muffin

  • Amount Per Serving:
  • Calories: 161
  • Total Fat: 6.4g
  • Saturated Fat: 4.4g
  • Cholesterol: 36mg
  • Sodium: 244mg
  • Carbohydrates: 23.4g
  • Fiber: 2g
  • Sugar: 7g
  • Protein: 4.3g

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About Erin Clarke

I’m fearlessly dedicated to making healthy food taste incredible. Wearer of plaid, travel enthusiast, and firmly convinced that sweets and veggies both deserve a place at the table. MORE ABOUT ERIN…

26 comments

  1. I love using ground up oats to bake with – these muffins with their crumb topping sound irresistible!

  2. These muffins are the real deal! I wish I had one to go alongside my coffee right now.

  3. Thank goodness February is a short month. We were in sunny Dallas last week and felt the same way when we flew back to blustering, snow covered Columbus. If only I had had these muffins to come home to! Delightful!

  4. Those muffins look amazing! Such amazing flavors and I love the crumb topping too! Pinned :)

  5. Erin, I loved following along on your trip to Kauai.  My husband and I went there for our honeymoon and absolutely LOVED it. It’s hard to come back to reality after a trip like that, but these yummy muffins definitely help!

  6. It’s never fun to come back from a sunny vacation to cold and snow. Eating baked goods is a wonderful way to help ease the pain of coming back to less than stellar temperatures. Just think, only six weeks until it’s officially spring and we can start to count down the amount of cold days left. 

  7. Is there such a thing as ‘too much seafood’? ;) That photo with your pretty toes looks pretty inviting…as do these muffins! They’re just the kind of thing I like to have waiting in the fridge when I stumble out of bed on a weekday morning. 

  8. I hope one day we can share some yummy muffins together and cheers to finally meeting!

  9. One, I am sooo jealous of your trip! We went to Hawaii for our honeymoon and I would kill to go back!! And two, these muffins look delicious! :)

  10. I love having healthy muffins stashed in my fridge for when I need a quick breakfast or a yummy snack! I’m also super in love with maple syrup, so this sounds heavenly!

    {Teffy’s Perks} X

  11. I loved seeing your gorgeous photos! Especially since I was trapped inside working with blue skies just outside! You brought them inside for me :)
    I don’t do well with late winter either, but I know when that time rolls around here in the southern hemisphere that I can turn to your healthy oatmeal muffins and a good friend to make the grey days disappear.

  12. I just made carrot oatmeal muffins recently and they were totally mediocre – these sound much better, I’ll have to try again!

  13. I love adding maple syrup to muffins, such a nice touch. I also appreciate real maple syrup as I once was involved in the production of it. It’s very involved! :) It’s looks like you had a wonderful trip. I, too, am utterly tired of this winter. I’m ready for shorts and swimming. 

  14. Loved seeing all the pretty pics from your trip, it looked like so much fun! Coming home to wholesome muffins sounds perfect! Love all the ingredients in these muffins, they delicious!

  15. I love a simple, flavorful muffin like this, especially with some crumb topping. Great muffins, Erin!

  16. Your IG pictures of Kauai were making me simultaneously jealous and happy for you! And I’ve been craving shaved ice with ice cream on the bottom ever since :) These muffins though! If anything can get us through the rest of this dreary winter it would be these muffins.

  17. Oh these look so yummy! I have been on a muffin kick lately. They are the perfect snack and quick breakfast all week long. 

  18. So Tasty and even Husband approved!! I added a tsp of maple extract because we like BIG Maple flavor – very tasty and wholesome – I’m new to your blog, but can already see its going to be VERY helpful as I try to take diet to a healthier/non-sugar place :)

  19. Can I use whole milk?  

  20. kentuckylady717 Reply

    These look and sound yummy….love anything maple flavored……

  21. I just made these and I must say they are pretty yummy- great texture and flavor.

    I made a couple of tweaks. I used almond meal instead of whole wheat flour in the muffin and I used ground oatmeal in the crumble topping instead of flour. Next time I will substitute coconut sugar for brown sugar. One comment – my batter was pretty thin/runny which concerned me but it baked up just fine. I am definitely making these again! This is a keeper!
    Healthy can be delicious even in breads.

    Rating: 4.5
    • Judy, I am so excited that you loved the recipe! Thank you so much for trying it and for reporting back. I’d love hear how it goes with coconut sugar too!

  22. I also used almond milk instead of milk.

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