Best apple raisin oatmeal muffins ever!

I love being in my kitchen, although cooking is usually my thing.  Sometimes though, I'll try my hand at baking and always have fantastic results.  These muffins here are absolutely to-die-for delicious.  The chunky apples, the plumped up raisins, the oh so yummy hint of spices and to top it all off, you can feel good feeding these to your kids every day!  They're healthy AND yummy!

To start : 

2 eggs

3/4c milk

1/2c olive oil

1c whole wheat flour (I use all purpose whole wheat)

1 1/4c large flakes oatmeal (NOT the quick cooking kind!)

1/3c brown sugar

1 tbsp baking powder

1 tsp salt

1 tsp nutmeg

1 tsp cinnamon

1/2 tsp allspice

3 apples (I used empire), peeled, cored and chopped

1/2c raisins + water (probably about 1/2c)

1/3c unsweetened coconut flakes

1 tbsp chia seeds

1/4c pecans (in pieces)

Now here's what to do!

Add the raisins in a small pan and cover barely with water.  Bring to a boil, then simmer for 7-10 minutes until the raisins are plumped up.  DO NOT discard the juice!

Whisk the eggs, milk and oil together in a large bowl.  Add flour, oatmeal, sugar, coconut, baking powder, salt, spices and chia seeds to bowl.  Do not overmix.

Peel, core and chop apples.  This is EASY if you have an apple peeler/corer as seen here  Seriously. If you love apples, or love baking with apples, this is the tool to get!  I peeled, cored and chopped almost 16 lbs of apples for apple butter the other day in about 10 minutes! Anyway to get back to my recipe...

Add apples, pecans and raisins to mixture.  This is including the raisin "juice". This adds incredible moistness and sweetness, don't discard the water!

Now let it sit for 15-20 minutes.  I add saran wrap to the top of my bowl and let it sit on the counter.  You need to let it sit to allow the oatmeal and the chia seeds to absord some liquid. Prehead the over to 400 F.

Depending on how much water you used, the muffin mix might be too liquidy.  Add flour if necessary (I used about 1/2c water and my consistency was great after waiting).  

Place in greased muffin tin (or muffin paper cups).  Bake for 17 minutes or until toothpick comes out clean.

This yielded approximately 20 medium size muffins.  



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