Monday, November 7, 2011

Starting the Day Off Right

No these are not the delicious Nutella-Filled Pumpkin muffins.  They will be up later this week.  It is Monday and I like to start the week of a bit more nutritious.  

I like cranberries in small doses.  Adding dried cranberries to trail mix or cookies is always a good thing. Those sweet, little, color blasts make many treats that much better.  Plus, it adds a bit of healthiness to the mix.  Fresh cranberries are another story.  They are tart and I have never been a fan of tart.   These muffins are just that...tart.  However, the walnuts bring a balance to the cranberries tartness as does the cinnamon.  And while I am not a fan of tartness Mr. J certainly is.  As I am going out of town this week I thought having these little babies around for breakfast would ensure some good eating.

Cranberry Walnut Muffins

Adapted from Guilty Kitchen

1 1/2 cups whole wheat flour
1 cup flour
2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
3/4 tsp salt
1 tsp cinnamon
2/3 cup brown sugar, packed
1/3 cup applesauce
2 Tbsp vegetable oil
1 tsp vanilla
1 egg
1 cup plain yogurt
3/4 cup fresh cranberries
3/4 cup chopped walnuts

1. Preheat oven to 400°F. Line muffin tins with paper and spray lightly with baking spray.
2. Combine flours, baking soda, baking powder, salt, cinnamon and sugar in a small bowl.
3. In a separate bowl, combine applesauce, oil, vanilla, egg, and yogurt.
4. Pour dry into wet, stir a few turns and then fold in the cranberries and walnuts. Mix until just blended.
5. Scoop 1/4 cup of mix into muffin tins.
6. Bake for 15-20 minutes. Remove and cool on wire rack.


  1. They do look like a very healthy breakfast. I may have to do a batch of muffins for my "troops." I am sure it will make an easier weekday breakfast and the smell would be gorgeous.

    I hope I get you too in the cookie swap.

  2. Cranberry and walnuts are an excellent combination!

  3. I will take the tart, especially in the morning..kind of has a way of waking you up! Love the rustic looks of these and the pairing of the walnuts with the cranberries sounds like a tasty blend.

  4. whoa, I want those. That looks way better than my bowl of cereal did this morning.

  5. I love tartness and I love fresh cranberries so I am in! This looks like a great recipe and I can't wait to try it. Also looking forward to those nutella muffins. Yum!

  6. These sound great! I love cranberries and I love that I could serve these to my kids for breakfast with no guilt. Thanks!

  7. These muffins look so so yummy! I love using cranberries in baking. I love the nice tart flavor you get when you get a bite of them!

  8. I've got a bag of craisins itching for a recipe. I think this is where I'll use them. Thanks for the great idea!

  9. Oooh, where you're not a fan of the tart fresh cranberries....I AM! Very nicely done

  10. I love using fresh cranberries this time of the year and your muffins look like a great way to start a week!

  11. These muffins look so delicious and I love the fresh cranberries for this time of year!


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