Monday, September 7, 2009

Oatmeal Fruit Cocktail Muffins

What to do when you open up a huge can of fruit cocktail and the kids say, "I don't want to eat that!" First of all you call them little stinkers and then you start dreaming up ways to get rid of it. I did make them eat some of it then I pureed the rest. I instantly thought of putting the puree into muffins. I have been on a really big muffin kick lately! Anyways I thought it would be a great way to sneak these multiple fruits into a recipe.

Oatmeal Fruit Cocktail Muffins

Ingredients:

1 cup old fashioned oatmeal
1 cup pureed fruit cocktail
1 large egg
2 tablespoons vegetable oil
1 tablespoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 cup apple juice or cider
3/4 cup flour
1/4 cup sugar
1/2 cup raisins or dried cranberries (optional)

Topping:

2 tablespoons old fashioned oatmeal
2 tablespoons brown sugar
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon

Directions:

Spray 12 muffin cups with Pam or use metal muffin liners. Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Stir together the oatmeal, fruit cocktail, juice, egg, and oil. Set aside. Stir together the flour, baking powder, soda, sugar, and cinnamon. Make a well in the center, and add the fruit cocktail mixture. Stir until well combined, but do not over beat. Add raisins or cranberries if desired. Pour into the muffin tin. Each cup should be 2/3 full. Mix topping ingredients together with a fork. Press one teaspoon of topping onto each muffin. Bake 15-20 minute, or until a tester comes out clean. Cool on a rack for 15 minutes before removing muffins. Makes 12 muffins.




(I adapted this recipe from a applesauce oatmeal muffin recipe on cooks. com although I added the topping ingredients and changed the ingredients a little.)



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