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Oatmeal Spice Muffins

Wholesome Oatmeal Spice Muffins are perfectly spiced with crunchy tops and pillowy centers, making them a delicious breakfast on-the-go or anytime snack!

Oatmeal Spice Muffins ~ perfectly spiced with crunchy tops and pillowy centers, making them a wholesome, delicious breakfast on-the-go or anytime snack! | FiveHeartHome.com

I realize that there have been an overabundance of muffins shared on the blog over the past couple of weeks — first decadent Double Chocolate Muffins and then Savory Cheesy Zucchini Muffins — but bear with me here…these Oatmeal Spice Muffins are worth it! I wanted to make something yummy and easy for my boys’ first week of school last week, and this recipe hit it out of the park!

Oatmeal Spice Muffins ~ perfectly spiced with crunchy tops and pillowy centers, making them a wholesome, delicious breakfast on-the-go or anytime snack! | FiveHeartHome.com

First off, they’re not overly sweet. They’re loaded with protein- and fiber-rich oats that are first soaked in buttermilk (which lends the final muffins an almost creamy texture inside), and they’re perfectly spiced with cinnamon and nutmeg. Let me just warn you that your kitchen will smell goooood while these babies are baking!

Oatmeal Spice Muffins ~ perfectly spiced with crunchy tops and pillowy centers, making them a wholesome, delicious breakfast on-the-go or anytime snack! | FiveHeartHome.com

Normally I would have boosted the nutrition of these muffins even more by making them with my beloved whole wheat pastry flour and tub o’ coconut oil in place of the all-purpose flour and melted butter. However, seeing as how we’re still living in limbo at my mom’s house while renovations on our next house get finished up, I don’t currently have a pantry full of my usual ingredients at my disposal. So bake the recipe as written or swap out a few ingredients to make the muffins even more wholesome…I promise they will be promptly devoured either way!

Oatmeal Spice Muffins ~ perfectly spiced with crunchy tops and pillowy centers, making them a wholesome, delicious breakfast on-the-go or anytime snack! | FiveHeartHome.com

Another nice thing about these Oatmeal Spice Muffins is that you can jazz them up if you so desire. While preparing the simple batter, feel free to stir in a cup of your favorite chopped nuts, raisins, or (if you’re feeling naughty) chocolate chips. You can also sprinkle the top with a shower of cinnamon sugar. Or leave them perfectly plain like I did here today. Nope…you really can’t go wrong with these unassuming little muffins.

Oatmeal Spice Muffins ~ perfectly spiced with crunchy tops and pillowy centers, making them a wholesome, delicious breakfast on-the-go or anytime snack! | FiveHeartHome.com

So whether you need a quick, easy, on-the-go breakfast for busy school mornings (or teacher treats!), OR a relatively wholesome snack to boost energy throughout the day or welcome the kids home from school, a batch of these muffins will fit the bill. And if you don’t have kids and could care less about back-to-school? Well, these muffins are for you, too. OATMEAL SPICE MUFFINS FOR ALL!!!

Oatmeal Spice Muffins ~ perfectly spiced with crunchy tops and pillowy centers, making them a wholesome, delicious breakfast on-the-go or anytime snack! | FiveHeartHome.com

Oatmeal Spice Muffins

Yield: 22 to 24 muffins

Oatmeal Spice Muffins

Wholesome Oatmeal Spice Muffins are perfectly spiced with crunchy tops and pillowy centers, making them a delicious breakfast on-the-go or anytime snack!

Ingredients

  • 2 cups rolled oats (not quick oats)
  • 2 cups buttermilk
  • 2 cups flour (all-purpose or whole wheat pastry flour)
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1 cup packed brown sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, melted & cooled
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • Optional add-ins: 1 cup chopped nuts, raisins, or chocolate chips

Instructions

  1. In a large bowl, stir together oats and buttermilk. Allow to sit at room temperature for 30 minutes to 1 hour.
  2. Preheat oven to 400Β°F and line 18 muffin cups with paper liners. In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, and nutmeg; set aside.
  3. After oats have finished soaking, stir brown sugar and eggs into the oatmeal/buttermilk mixture. Mix in melted butter and vanilla, and then blend in flour mixture and optional add-ins (if using) until just combined.
  4. Evenly divide batter between prepared muffin cups. Bake for 20 to 25 muffins or until tops of muffins are golden brown and toothpick inserted into center of muffin comes out clean. Cool muffins in pan for a few minutes before turning out onto a cooling rack to finish cooling completely.

Notes

You may use melted coconut oil in place of the melted butter, if you wish, though the flavor may be slightly affected.

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  1. These are absolutely amazing, I made one batch and split the mixture so I could try them plain and then with fruit and nut.
    The plain are perfect with just a bit of butter, super soft in the middle and have a nice little crunch on the top.
    The ones with the added fruit and nut give a sweet flavour which is a nice surprise when taking a bite of these beautifully homely muffins with a palatable neutral taste, I feel like I could add anything and they would still taste great.
    Will definitely be making again!
    Thank you for such a great recipe.

    (I didn’t even have enough butter so I used half butter half coconut oil AND I also had to improvise for 1/2 cup of buttermilk but they taste tip top!)

    • Samantha at Five Heart Home Samantha at Five Heart Home says:

      I’m so happy to hear that you enjoyed these muffins, Kara! I have to agree that their simplicity is what makes them so good, as well as the contrast in texture between the soft center and crunchy exterior. Have fun experimenting with this recipe…I can’t wait to try adding fruit next time! πŸ™‚

  2. Just made these muffins tonight, and they are delicious! I appreciate how simple and classic the flavors are, and they are easy to “dress up” with other flavors. I split my batter — half for plain muffins, and half with blueberries. I think kiddos will love the plain muffins, especially for a breakfast with some fruit or eggs. The blueberry muffins are delicious — adds a perfect tart addition to the muffins.

    • Samantha at Five Heart Home Samantha at Five Heart Home says:

      I love the idea of adding blueberries, JoAnna! I agree that these muffins are a great blank canvas…have fun experimenting! πŸ™‚

  3. Joanna Krell says:

    Another hit at our house! My 3 year old son LOVES them. I see myself whipping up another batch this weekend. Might throw in some dried cranberries this time around though. Question. I thought I had rolled oats when I started making these. Turned out they were QUICK rolled oats. They still tasted great. However, what is the difference?
    Thank you again for the amazing recipes!

    • Samantha at Five Heart Home Samantha at Five Heart Home says:

      Great question, Joanna! Quick oats are simply pressed to be thinner than regular rolled oats, meaning they cook faster and have less texture. It’s usually not a problem to substitute quick oats for rolled oats in a recipe, but keep in mind that they may measure slightly different (since they’re thinner, more of them can get packed into a cup) and the final baked good will have less of a chewy texture. Hope that helps! At any rate, I’m so happy that your family enjoyed these muffins, and I think dried cranberries would be a yummy addition next time! πŸ™‚

  4. Brittanne says:

    These are delicious! I added 1 cup of chopped pecans. I really like the crunchy texture. I also split them up between 24 muffin wells and cooked them for 18 minutes.

    • Samantha at Five Heart Home Samantha at Five Heart Home says:

      So happy to hear that you enjoyed these, Brittanne! I totally agree that pecans make a great addition. πŸ™‚

  5. Hey Samantha, I have made these three times in the last few weeks. We absolutely love them! I shared a photo of them on Instagram today and linked the recipe in my email newsletter to my followers. I just wanted to let you know. Yum!

    • Samantha at Five Heart Home Samantha at Five Heart Home says:

      Thanks so much, Christina…I’m very happy to hear that your family enjoys these, and I appreciate you sharing the recipe with others! πŸ™‚

  6. Hi Samantha, I’ve just made these plain for Easter brunch and they are yummy (you know I had to taste test them!) but if I wanted to kick them up a notch how much extra cinnamon and nutmeg do you think I should use?
    Thank you,

    • Samantha at Five Heart Home Samantha at Five Heart Home says:

      Hi Jean! I’m glad you enjoyed your taste-test of these muffins! πŸ™‚ You may certainly add extra cinnamon and nutmeg, but I wouldn’t go overboard because both of those spices can become pretty overpowering if too much is added. To increase the amounts in this recipe, I’d probably start by trying 1 tablespoon cinnamon and 1 1/2 teaspoons nutmeg and see if that suffices. πŸ™‚ Good luck!

  7. These are absolutely delicious! I have made them multiple times over the past month! My whole family loves them, even my picky children. I have even given them to friends who are sick or have had a baby because they are so simple and delicious that everyone will like them. I have tried many different muffin recipes in the past. But these are my new go-to recipe!

    • Samantha at Five Heart Home Samantha at Five Heart Home says:

      Yay, Sarah…so happy to hear that! I’m thrilled that you enjoy this recipe so much and I appreciate you taking the time to let me know. πŸ™‚

  8. Hi there! These look scrumptious – do you think that instead of buttermilk the oats could just soak in say Almond milk? My son is allergic to dairy and so I can’t use buttermilk, but wonder if it would be a huge difference in outcome to use a non dairy milk. Thanks πŸ™‚

    • Samantha at Five Heart Home Samantha at Five Heart Home says:

      Hi Ashley! I’m no food scientist, but I think that the acidity in the buttermilk helps break down the oats a bit and contributes to the final consistency of the muffins. That being said, I bet this recipe would turn out just fine with almond milk instead. The consistency of the muffins might turn out slightly less tender, but maybe not. If you wanted to take it a step further, you could soak your oats in almond milk with a tiny splash of lemon juice…not enough to change the flavor of the muffins but enough to add a bit of acidity (1/2 teaspoon?). Hope this helps and I hope these muffins are a hit if you have a chance to try them!

    • I sympathize, most my family is lactose intolerant so I am use to maneuvering around that in the kitchen! If you use Lactose free milk such as Lactaid you can turn it into butter milk, Add about 1 tsp vinegar (or lemon juice) for ever 1 cup of milk until it starts to thicken.

      • Samantha at Five Heart Home Samantha at Five Heart Home says:

        Thanks for sharing that, Sammy! I’ve never tried making buttermilk out of Lactaid…great to know that it works. πŸ™‚

  9. MikeGen says:

    Absolutely gastrogasmic! We did half batch with golden raisins and the other half with milk chocolate chips, toasted coconut chips and golden raisins. Replaced half cup of all purpose flour with cake flour. Thanks for the recipe!

    • Samantha at Five Heart Home Samantha at Five Heart Home says:

      Wow, MikeGen…thanks! I’ve never had one of my recipes described as gastrogasmic. πŸ™‚ I’m thrilled to hear that these were such a hit, and I love your modifications!

  10. Charmaine says:

    What can I use to replace buttermilk?

    • Samantha at Five Heart Home Samantha at Five Heart Home says:

      Hi Charmaine! You can easily make your own buttermilk by pouring 2 tablespoons of lemon juice (or white vinegar) into a 2-cup liquid measuring cup. Fill the remainder of the measuring cup (up to the 2-cup line) with milk (whole milk is preferred but low-fat/skim milk will work). Allow to sit for 5 to 10 minutes before proceeding with the recipe. The acidity in the buttermilk (or from the lemon juice or vinegar) helps break down the oats in this recipe, which gives these muffins such a creamy consistency. Hope that helps and enjoy!

  11. Charmaine says:

    Thanks for the reply. Looking forward to baking it over the weekend.

  12. I made these tonight – they’re fantastic! I make a new muffin each week for ‘Muffins for Monday’ to make the school mornings easier. I love that I can add ingredients to change these muffins from week to week! This recipe made more than 18 regular size muffins – more like 30! Thank you for my new ‘go-to’ muffin recipe! πŸ™‚

  13. I used this recipe and added fresh figs and diced apples! I was a bit concerned as the batter looked thinner than I expected, but they came out perfectly and are delicious! Couldn’t let my fresh figs go to waste! I ended up with more batter than I could possible fit into 18 normal size cupcakes. I have jumbo muffin tins… what changes would you suggest, if any, were I to make these again in jumbo size?

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