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Strawberry Oatmeal Muffins

I have a love/hate relationship with muffins. I do love them but sometimes hate them. They can be so dry and boring. I generally won't eat them out because they are such a crap shoot. These looked interesting because you macerate the strawberries - although I was worried they might be too wet. Strawberries are like little mini sponges. They also had yogurt to add moisture. I decided to give them a try and was pretty pleased with the results.

Strawberry Oatmeal Muffins (Adapted from TakeAMegaBite)

1 1/4 c oats (I used old-fashioned)
1 c greek yogurt
3 T buttermilk
1 1/2 strawberries, chopped
2 t sugar
1T balsamic vinegar
1 c flour
1 T baking powder
1/2 t baking soda
1/2 t salt
1/2 t cinnamon
2 eggs
1/2 stick butter, melted
1/2 c brown sugar
1t vanilla

Mix oats, yogurt, and buttermilk together and set aside. Toss strawberries with 2t of sugar and balsamic vinegar. Set aside. Whisk together flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, and cinnamon. Set aside. Add the eggs to the oat mixture. Next, add the butter, brown sugar, and vanilla. Stir until incorporated. Stir in flour mixture until just blended - do not over stir. Gently fold in strawberries (including the liquid). Spoon into muffin cups. Bake at 400 for 15-20 minutes. Cool for 10 minutes and then remove from tins.

I think since I used old-fashioned oats, I had to add more liquid (the buttermilk). If you don't have buttermilk on hand (which I happened to have and was looking to use up), just add additional yogurt. I made mini muffins. The recipe made 36 and then an additional 8 regular sized muffins. These came out quite tasty and moist.


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