Whole Grain Maple and Brown Sugar Oatmeal Muffins
Delightfully moist and tender with the perfect amount of sweetness. These whole grain Maple and Brown Sugar Oatmeal Muffins need to make it to your breakfast table.
Have you ever eaten the Maple and Brown Sugar oatmeal packets? I remember growing up that flavor was always the favorite in the mix of oatmeal packets. Maple has a unique sweet flavor – hints of caramel with overtones of toffee……mmm and combined with that deep sweetness of brown sugar it makes these muffins so incredibly amazing. Oats have a nutty flavor and make this muffin feel more hearty and something that can get your kids through the morning. Combine all those delicious flavors and these Oatmeal Muffins will be your jam!
Which Oats are Best for You (especially in Oatmeal Muffins)
Let’s talk about oats for a minute. Oats are loaded with vitamins and minerals so adding them into a muffin is the perfect way to power pack nutrients into a food your kids will eat! Oats have protein and fiber and definitely add bulk to keep you feeling fuller longer. They are great for kids who don’t get to eat lunch until a little later in the day. So what are the different types of oats, and does it make a difference what kind you eat?
Whole Oat Groats
A groat is another name for a grain kernel. Whole oat groats are the result of simply harvesting oats, cleaning them, and removing their inedible hulls. You can most often ﬁnd these in health food stores. They take the longest to cook.
Steel Cut Oats
If you cut groats into two or three pieces, you get steel cut oats. They cook quicker than oat groats, because water can more easily penetrate the smaller pieces.
Rolled Oats – Regular /Old Fashioned
Rolled oats (sometimes called old fashioned oats) are created when oat groats are steamed and then rolled into ﬂakes. This process stabilizes the healthy oils in the oats, so they stay fresh longer, and helps the oats cook faster, by creating a greater surface area.
Rolled Oats – Quick/Instant
If you roll the oat ﬂakes thinner, and/or steam them longer, you create quick oats and ultimately instant oats. The nutrition stays the same (these are all whole grains) but the texture changes – a plus for some people and a drawback for others.
Basically the less processed the oats are, the better they are for you. However, the texture of the oats makes a difference in how you will want to use them. Steel Cut Oats are not as good for baking as rolled oats because of their rough texture. And depending on the type of texture you prefer, quick oats may not be as good for plain oatmeal.
How To Make Moist and Tender Muffins
There are a lot of reasons that muffins can turn out too short, dry, crumbly or bland! We have made hundreds of different muffin recipes and these are some good tips we have found to making muffins that are really delicious! If you are going to spend the time baking, you definitely want them to taste good so your kids will eat them!
- The number one rule to making muffins is to NOT overmix. Once you combine the wet and dry ingredients, you only want to mix until they are barely combined. If you overmix, you will have dry little hockey pucks!
- Don’t overbake. If cooking time is 25 minutes, think of that as 20-30 minutes. Ovens bake differently and so it is better to start with less time and add more if needed.
- Always use buttermilk! It makes your muffins super flavorful and moist.
- Quality ingredients make quality products. If your flour is getting a little stale, your oil is old or your frozen berries are covered in ice – those will affect the flavor and texture of your muffins. If you want a delicious muffin, start with ingredients that are fresh and tasty.
If you are wanting to switch up your breakfast routine, and try out a new recipe, these Whole Grain Maple and Brown Sugar Oatmeal Muffins are worth a try! Give your gets some good nutrition with a muffin that tastes delicious!
Whole Grain Maple and Brown Sugar Oatmeal Muffins
- 2 cup white whole wheat flour
- 1/2 cup oats, dry
- 2 teaspoons baking powder
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 cup brown sugar
- 1 cup buttermilk
- 1 large egg
- 1/4 cup coconut oil
- 1 tablespoon maple syrup, pure
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 1 ripe banana mashed
- Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Fill muffin tin with paper liners or spray with nonstick cook spray.
- In a large bowl, whisk dry ingredients together.
- In a separate bowl, mix wet ingredients together.
- Fold wet ingredients into dry ingredients; stir just until moistened.
- Fill muffin tins 3/4 full. Bake for 15 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Cool slightly before serving.
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My kids are allergic to coconut. Think subbing olive oil or melted butter would be good?
These look so good! But I don’t see brown sugar in the ingredients list…is the 1/2 cup sugar listed meant to be brown sugar?
Any suggestions for making it gluten free?? These looks delicious!
Do you think I could use coconut sugar instead?
I was wondering if can use coconut brown sugar not brown. Also what is substitute for buttermilk?
Where do you find your whole wheat flour?
It looks delicious!
Is it supposed to the a tablespoon of baking powder or a teaspoon? I used a tablespoon and I think they’re a little metallic tasting.
I have 2 questions. The recipe calls for dry oats. Which kind of oats are those. I also will like to find out what are buttermilk? I googled it, but I kept finding pancake buttermilk. Is there a specific one you recommend?
Banana is optional but do you use it instead of oil or add it to all the other ingredients?
Hi Gayle, I’m actually not sure why the bananas were in the recipe in the first place. I took them out since we recommend sticking to the maple brown sugar flavor.
I’ve made these muffins a bunch of times and they always came out great, however I think you guys adjusted the ingredients since the last time I made them. They came out terrible this time. I think there is supposed to be more buttermilk then just one cup? I had to add more due to the batter being too dry. There was not enough wet vs dry ingredients. Also, I believe there was way more than 1 tablespoon of maple syrup used in the past. Also, banana was definitely an option – I always used banana in my previous batches. If you guys could look into this and clarify that would be great. Thanks!
Hi Cathy, thanks for reaching out. I’m sorry these didn’t turn out for you the latest time! We did recently update the recipe because there was some confusion about the ingredients. My guess is that the missing banana accounts for all the changes you noticed with regard to the consistency of the batter (I didn’t change the buttermilk or the maple syrup amount.) I’m going to review this again and see if we can make it just as delicious as you remember. Regards!
Can I use milk instead of buttermilk?
Hi Giulia, if you use milk, try adding a tablespoon of vinegar so there’s enough acid for the muffins to rise well in the oven.
Made these muffins today and both myself and the kids love them! They will be a staple in our home from now on! I didn’t put in the extra maple syrup and I found them sweet enough without. I also used half whole wheat and half AP flour and they are a great texture.
Question – do you think you could substitute applesauce in place of the banana? I’m allergic, but would still like to try these muffins to have something new for the family.
Hi Addie, yes! I think that substitution would work. Enjoy!
Just made these, following the recipe and doubling the batch to give some to our neighbours. The kids don’t mind them but I won’t be giving them away. The only thing I changed was adding a crumble topping, which I think ended up being the saving grace to these muffins. The muffins are pretty flavourless, and the texture is kind of gummy. I was careful to not overmix to keep them as “fluffy” as possible. The mixture seemed dry before baking, so I’m surprised they are gummy. At least the kids will eat them and they won’t go to waste!
Thanks for sharing your feedback- sorry these weren’t a hit for you!