February is National Cherry Month, so why not bake a batch of cherry muffins to celebrate!
Why celebrate cherries? Besides the fact that they're delicious, they're good for you. Here are three reasons to include cherries as part of a healthy diet.
- Cherries help our bodies produce melatonin, which allows us to sleep better.
- Cherries have anti-inflammatory properties, so they help ease pain.
- Cherries contain antioxidants which fight heart disease, cancer, and more.
These muffins are loaded down with cherries, so you'll be getting plenty of good nutrition. The recipe includes oats, too, which is another power food that most of us don't eat as much of as we should. (January is Oatmeal Month, so keep this recipe in mind to celebrate that food holiday, too!)
The recipe calls for tart cherries; I had sweet cherries in the freezer so I used those and the muffins tasted great. The only other sweetener in the recipe is brown sugar (just a half cup), so the taste wasn't overly sweet at all. In fact, I thought they were perfect.
Serve these delicious cherry oatmeal muffins for breakfast on the run, enjoy for an afternoon snack, or stick one in your sweetheart's lunchbox.
Here's the recipe:
Cherry Oatmeal Muffins
1 cup old-fashioned or quick cooking oats, uncooked
1 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 cup firmly packed brown sugar
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
3/4 cup buttermilk (or use 3 Tbsp buttermilk powder plus 3/4 cup water)
1 egg, slightly beaten
1/4 cup vegetable oil (try coconut oil, another power food)
1 teaspoon almond extract
1 cup frozen tart cherries, coarsely chopped
Combine oats, flour, brown sugar, baking powder, and nutmeg in a large mixing bowl; mix well.
Combine buttermilk, egg, oil, and almond extract in a small bowl. (See note below if using buttermilk powder.)
Pour the wet ingredients into the oats mixture; stir just to moisten. Quickly stir in cherries (it is not necessary to thaw cherries before chopping and adding to batter.)
Spray muffin pan with non-stick spray. Fill muffin-cups 2/3 full. Sprinkle tops with granulated sugar.
Bake in a preheated 400 degree oven 15 to 20 minutes, or until golden brown.
Makes 12 Muffins
NOTE: If using buttermilk powder, include the powder with the dry ingredients and the water with the wet ingredients.
What Are Cherries Good For?
Foods That Help Produce Melatonin