Eat Smart  |  Posted 10.22.14

Brown Sugar Oatmeal Muffins

Brown Sugar Oatmeal Muffins

Heart-healthy oats give these mildly flavored muffins extra nutrients and provide binding action for those suffering from diarrhea. Soaking the oats in buttermilk helps soften them. For added flavor, increase the amount of cinnamon used.

These muffins freeze well. Use just what you need and freeze the other muffins, defrosting one when you want something a little sweet.

With a few additions, these muffins are also a good option if you are experiencing constipation. Just add dried fruit, a chopped apple or pear, or nuts for additional fiber.

Makes 12 muffins

Prep Time: 30 minutes or less
Total Time: 1 hour or less


  • 1 cup old-fashioned rolled oats
  • 1 cup low-fat buttermilk
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 3/4 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 cup (packed) light brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup applesauce
  • 1/3 cup canola oil
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract


  1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Coat a muffin tin with nonstick cooking spray or fill with paper liners.
  2. In a bowl, combine the oats and buttermilk. Set aside for 25 minutes.
  3. Meanwhile, in a bowl, combine the flour, baking powder, cinnamon, baking soda, and salt.
  4. In a separate bowl, beat the eggs. Add the brown sugar, applesauce, oil, and vanilla and stir to combine. Add to the oat mixture, stirring well to combine. Add the dry ingredients and stir gently to incorporate. Spoon the batter evenly into muffin cups.
  5. Bake for 13 to 18 minutes, or until the tops just bounce back when touched. Leave in the tin for 5 minutes before transferring to a cooling rack.

Nutritional Information Per Serving (1 muffin): Calories 180, Total fat 8 g, Total Carbohydrate 25 g, Dietary Fiber 1 g, Sugars 12 g, Protein 4 g, Sodium 220 mg

Recipe from "What to Eat During Cancer Treatment" by The American Cancer Society.