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Orange-Scented Oat & Dried Cherry Muffins

Orange-Scented Oat & Dried Cherry MuffinsThe subtle taste of orange and re-hydrated, sweet-tart dried cherries make these tender oatmeal muffins a winner in both taste and texture. Serve these scrumptious muffins for breakfast, brunch or anytime snacking.

Recipe Ingredients:

1/2 cup dried cherries
Very hot water, as needed
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 cup quick-cooking oats
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1 tablespoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon kosher or sea salt
1 cup milk
1/4 cup vegetable oil
1 large egg
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
Zest of 1 medium orange
Turbinado or coarse sugar for sprinkling (optional)

Cooking Directions:

  1. Place dried cherries in a small bowl, add enough hot water to cover; allow cherries to soak until slightly plumped and softened, about 15 minutes. Drain well before using.
  2. Preheat oven to 400°F (205°C). Line twelve medium muffin cups with paper baking cups or grease with vegetable shortening.
  3. In a large bowl, stir together the flour, oats, granulated sugar and baking powder; set aside.
  4. In small bowl, combine milk, oil, egg, vanilla and orange zest; blend well, stir in the well-drained cherries. Add to the flour/oat mixture, stir just until ingredients are combined (do not overmix).
  5. Fill prepared muffin cups three fourths full. Sprinkle tops with turbinado sugar, if using.
  6. Bake 18 to 20 minutes or until light, golden brown. Cool muffins in pan on wire rack 5 minutes. Remove from pan. Serve warm or room temperature.

Makes 12 muffins.

Nutritional Information Per Serving (1 muffin): Calories 216.91; Total Fat 6.49g; Sodium 176.65mg; Potassium 109.32mg; Total Carbohydrates 35.21g; Fiber 2.15g; Sugar 9.43g; Protein 5.17g.

Recipe and photograph by Hope Cantil; copyright © 2017; property of See Terms of Use.