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Oatmeal-Apple Muffins …and a gift for you!

Oatmeal-Apple Muffins

I think I’ve been bit by the baking bug.  I’m not really sure how it happened…it kinda came out of nowhere.  I’ve always avoided baking for some reason, partly because I’ve never been good of it (not a big fan of measuring!) and because honestly, I just don’t like the temptation of having sweets in the house.  Lately though I’ve just wanted to bake bake bake.  And luckily I have had reasons for the baking…so after a nice taste or two, off the sweets go to a good home.  I think I may have finally found a healthy balance…

Oatmeal-Apple Muffins

Now this basket of sweet little muffins were actually not meant for sharing.  These muffins were baked with love on Saturday morning for my little guy who just beams with excitement anytime I ask him to help me in the kitchen lately.  He’s a big fan of stirring and likes to sample everything from the flour to the sugar to the chopped apples that were added into this batter.  His enthusiasm is pretty cute if I do say so myself.  🙂

I made these muffins from a recipe I found in a new cookbook I picked up for myself the other day at Home Goods…The Complete Magnolia Bakery Cookbook.  There are so many recipes I want to try in this book.  There is a good variety of different treats…from cookies to bars to cheesecakes (uh hello Mocha Rum Cheescake!) to pies.  I started with the muffins since I had everything I needed on hand and because my kids absolutely go crazy for muffins.  I love that there is oatmeal in them, and the addition of finely chopped apple gave them that little extra something.  They weren’t overly sweet and turned out very moist. These muffins are a perfect mid morning or afternoon snack for the kids…or with a cup of hot tea for yourself.

Print Recipe

Oatmeal-Apple Muffins


  • 2 cups rolled oats (not quick-cooking oats)
  • 1 1/2 cups milk (I used non fat)
  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 TB baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 2 large eggs, lightly beaten
  • 1/2 cup firmly packed light brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, melted and cooled slightly
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped apple, optional


  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
  2. Grease well a 12 cup muffin tin.
  3. In a medium bowl, mix the oats and the milk and set aside for 10 minutes.
  4. Meanwhile, in a large bowl, mix together the dry ingredients, making a well in the center. Stir in the liquid ingredients and the oatmeal mixture until just combined, being careful not to over mix. Batter may be lumpy. Fold in chopped apple.
  5. Fill muffin cups about 3/4 full. Bake for 16-18 minutes until lightly golden or a cake tester inserted into center of muffin comes out with moist crumbs attached. Do not over bake.

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Oatmeal-Apple Muffins

So in the spirit of the holidays and because I loved this cute little cookbook so much… I ended up picking up an extra copy to share with one of you!  All you need to do is leave a comment on this post answering this question:

What is your most favorite thing to bake?

Earn additional opportunities to win by sharing this giveaway on Facebook, Twitter and/or on your own blog, just leave an additional comment or comments telling me you did so.

Giveaway ends Thursday night 10pm Eastern time.  (Sorry, US residents only) I will draw a comment number using and announce the winner on Friday!

Enjoy the rest of your week!

Oatmeal-Apple Muffins

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42 comments on “Oatmeal-Apple Muffins …and a gift for you!”

  1. The Magnolia Bakery vanilla cupcake recipe is amazing! I love baking everything, but especially anything in miniature… mini cupcakes, mini cakes, etc.

  2. Love to bake pecan pie because it makes my boys happy! I am with you Aggie…don’t like the measuring etc that is required with most baking..I’d rather just take a guess and get close enough!

  3. Nothing like the smell of a warm banana bread…

  4. Cookies! Just look at my blog-I have almost 70 cookie recipes:)

  5. That book looks great Aggie! Those muffins look amazing and my husband would love the oatmeal addition.

    I know what you mean about the baking bug. I think I’ve had it since I was about 10 and can’t get rid of it! Cookies are probably what I make most often, but I love to make pastries and pies… when I’m not chasing kids at the same time! (Which is probably why I make cookies most often!)

  6. I haven’t heard of this cookbook befoore but it sounds awesome. I love to bake marble cupcakes. But I also will try pretty much any muffin recipe out there because I love muffins in the morning. And I am an early riser so I can usually throw together a batch of muffins and enjoy one hot out of the oven before He-man wakes up.

  7. I enjoy makin apple pie. The house smells so good when it’s baking in the oven. It also connects me back in time.

  8. Muffins are one of my favorite things to make- especially mini muffins! This recipe looks great- love cooked apples in anything. I’m also a huge fan of quick breads that go perfectly with soup!

  9. We love muffins here at our home! Pumpkin cream cheese swirl has been a hit lately. We’ll have to try your latest they sound yummy!

  10. Your muffins look delicious Aggie! I’m liking that you got the baking bug! :o)

    Mocha Rum Cheesecake? Just those 3 words make someone want that book! I will tweet and announce this on FB for you!

  11. I love baking cakes… all types… as long as it is fluffy and light… i’m there.

  12. I love baking muffins and quickbreads! This cookbook sounds wonderful! I am marking this recipe to try soon… I know my oldest would love them!

  13. Just posted on FB! 🙂

  14. Just tweeted it as well! 🙂

  15. Cookies…but they never last long enough in my home!

  16. I love to bake muffins and bread!

  17. Fave thing to bake: brownies! Yummy, chocolatey goodness!

  18. Aggie,
    I am so making these muffins this week…I have all the ingredients in the house. Now, you know how I love to bake so I would REALLY love this cookbook (I actually don’t have this one).
    It’s hard to choose my favorite thing to bake but it would have to be brownies and quick breads.

  19. These look so flavorful and delicious! I love muffins. That is so sweet that your little boy wants to help in the kitchen! Good thing your baking kick is setting in right around the holidays 🙂

    It’s hard for me to choose my favorite thing to bake, but I think it would have to be quick breads – not much mixing required and often just a one bowl prep!

  20. What a great recipe, especially since I can still get some great fresh and local apples! I might bake these as a Christmas morning brunch side for my family.
    I love baking cookies…any kind…from scratch. I still feel like a novice when it comes to attempting cakes but I’m always up for a challenge!

  21. I don’t really like to bake either. But I love baking banana bread!

  22. I love to bake Cinnamon Lemon Cookies…they are easy and delicious!

  23. Ooh, what yummy muffins! I love baking quick breads – pumpkin, banana, beer bread….

  24. Banana bread – my girls love it!

  25. I love making pecan pie, followed by quick breads, apple cake, sour cream coffee cake and on and on. I love to bake but I don’t do it as often as I would like to because, unfortunately, I love to eat as much as I love to bake!

  26. Sometimes I can handle a muffin right now. If it’s after IV therapy especially. I need to save this so I can have the hubby make them for me

  27. oh I love oatmeal apple muffins! I just recently started baking again it is a lot of work but it is so worth it

  28. Bread! Yes, fresh bread– love the aroma wafting all through the house. So comforting!

  29. Your muffins look delicious! I absolutely love Apple Oatmeal Muffins and oh, how I would love to win the Magnolia Cookbook!

    My favorite thing to bake is cookies… because no one can be mad at the person who shows up with a fresh plate of cookies to share 🙂

  30. Oh my.. they look some wholesome and remind me of the oatmeal packets I ate when I was a kid… apples and cinnamon… but a muffin.. double the fun.. or taste if it were… hehe

  31. The muffins you made look so easy. I’m not a fussy baker. Simple and healthy is what appeals to me. This time of year, my favorite thing to bake are my Ginger Drizzle Cookies (the recipe is on my site under the Recipes/Desserts section). They are popular with kids and adults and are perfect for a holiday cookie swap (and they’re made w/ canola oil vs. butter so they’re lower in the bad fat than most cookies).
    I’d love to win the cookbook!!

  32. I absolutely love a good cookie! anne

  33. These muffins look amazing! I wish I had a hot muffin right now.

  34. Hi Aggie!! Can’t wait to try these! I’m not a huge fan of baking either…I’m actually terrible at it (something about measuring everything perfectly always trips me up, lol), but I love oatmeal and apple!! So awesome you have a helper too…some of my greatest memories were helping my mom in the kitchen!!

  35. Yummy! Everything always looks yummy!

  36. For someone who says they don’t bake, your stuff looks great and is making me crave carbs. I had to eat one of your cookies!!!! YUM!

  37. Yum! I love warm muffins!

  38. Hi Aggie those apple muffins look awesome. My muffin man will love them. I have been wanting that cookbook. TY for the chance to win.

  39. I forgot to put what i like to bake LOL CAKES!!! they are my favorite.

  40. Hey Aggie! I am obsessed with baking! I just dedicated an entire shelf in my pantry to baking ingredients! I especially love baking cakes and trying new flavor combinations…decorating them and giving them to my friends and family make me so happy! 🙂

  41. Hello, fantastic post I have just subscribed to your RSS

  42. I have had the Magolia Bakery Cookbook for a few years now. I saw the adapted recipe on your site and thought I would try it. Overall its ok. I like the added apple, but we find them a bit too crunchy. I make several other muffins with oats and they aren’t so crunchy. I soaked them in milk for 10 min like the recipe said. I am not sure what went wrong.