Strawberry Oatmeal Breakfast Muffins

Fresh strawberries, oats, and buttermilk combine in these healthier breakfast muffins that are perfect for breakfast, a snack and even dessert!

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Strawberry muffins with a bowl of whole strawberries

Post updated: June 15, 2019

It finally feels like spring in Atlanta and for me that means strawberry season. Bursting with flavor and packed with nutrition, strawberries have a lot to offer. Since they are abundant right now, I’m sharing the nutrition benefits of strawberries and my Strawberry Oatmeal Breakfast Muffins recipe.

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With whole oats, fresh strawberries and a secret ingredient to keep them super moist, these healthy breakfast muffins are a satisfying morning treat.

Strawberry Oatmeal Breakfast Muffins

Though the recipe can be adapted for special diets, these muffins are easy to make – no special flours, oils or seeds. They are also freezer-friendly. I made these a few weeks ago, and put a couple of batches in the freezer. I’m still happily enjoying one for a snack or quick breakfast every now and then.

Tips for making healthy muffins

  • Add nuts or seeds. Adding in a source of healthy fats like walnuts, pecans, pumpkin seeds or flaxseed can add a little health boost to your favorite muffin mix.
  • Add fruit. Pieces of fruit can add flavor, color, and even a little fiber to the mix.
  • Swap the flours. Try whole grain flour or almond flour to add more fiber and/or protein to your muffins. Wheat pastry flour offers a lighter, less dense result compared to regular wheat flour. I’m also a huge fan of oat flour or oats added to muffins. And remember that you can but don’t have to make a 1:1 swap. Start with half to see how you like it.
  • Cut back on sugar. I’m not a fan of removing sugar altogether. These are muffins after all. Plus, sugar helps with browning. That said, many muffin recipes have way too much sugar and end up tasting like cake. You might try cutting back by 25% to start then test out smaller amounts.
  • Add fruit puree for some of the oil. Sub in up to half the oil in a recipe with pumpkin or banana puree or unsweetened applesauce.

Can you freeze muffins?

Yes. You can freeze muffins. And I highly recommend it! To freeze muffins:

  1. Allow the muffins to cool completely.
  2. Store in a freezer safe bag or container that’s tightly sealed.
  3. Freeze in a single layer.

When you’re ready to eat the muffins, allow to thaw overnight in the refrigerator, for a couple of hours on the counter or pop them into the oven or toaster oven for 10-15 minutes for a toasty morning treat. The last method is my preferred way to reheat muffins.

More healthy breakfast muffin recipes

Here are some of my favorites:

Apple Cinnamon Oatmeal Muffins

Healthier Blueberry Blender Muffins

Flourless Gingerbread Muffins

White Cheddar Zucchini Muffins

And now, get the recipe for these Strawberry Oat Muffins below and everything you want to know about strawberries over on the KitchenAid blog!

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Strawberry muffins on a brown table

Note: A previous version of this recipe appears on the KitchenAid blog as part of a past partnership (2015). 

Strawberry Oatmeal Breakfast Muffins
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5 from 3 votes

Strawberry Oatmeal Breakfast Muffins

Fresh strawberries, oats, and buttermilk combine in these healthier breakfast muffins that are perfect for breakfast, a snack and even dessert!
Prep Time20 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Total Time40 mins
Course: Breakfast, Snack
Cuisine: American
Keyword: healthy muffins, strawberry muffins
Servings: 12 muffins
Calories: 163kcal
Author: Marisa Moore

Equipment

  • muffin tin

Ingredients

  • 1 cup uncooked old fashioned oats
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 1 cup all purpose flour can sub up to ½ cup whole wheat or almond flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 cup packed light brown sugar
  • 1 egg beaten
  • 1/4 cup avocado or olive oil (or any neutral tasting oil)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 1/2 cup diced fresh strawberries

Instructions

  • Preheat your oven to 400F*. Lightly spray or grease a standard 12-well muffin tin. Set aside.
  • In a large bowl, combine oats and buttermilk to soak 15 minutes. In a second bowl, whisk the flour, salt, baking soda, baking powder, salt, and cinnamon.
  • Stir the oil, egg, brown sugar and vanilla into the soaked oat mixture. Add dry ingredients. Stir just until combined. Do not overmix. Gently fold strawberries into the batter.
  • Spoon the batter into the prepared muffin tin. Bake 18-20 minutes, until a toothpick inserted into the center of 1-2 muffins comes out clean.
  • Let the muffins cool in the pan 5 minutes then transfer to a cooling rack.

Notes

  • I recommend skipping the paper muffin cups in this recipe. Baking directly on the muffin tin produced the best results – keeping the moisture in and creating a nice crust on the outside.
  • These strawberry oat muffins are best served warm but also freeze and reheat well.
 

Nutrition

Calories: 163kcal | Carbohydrates: 24g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 6g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 16mg | Sodium: 172mg | Potassium: 141mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 11g | Vitamin A: 55IU | Vitamin C: 10.6mg | Calcium: 55mg | Iron: 1mg

9 Comments on Strawberry Oatmeal Breakfast Muffins

  1. Judy
    May 3, 2016 at 4:58 PM (3 years ago)
    These look like my kind of muffin, Marisa! Not too sweet nor too much fat. Love the fruit and oats. Reply
    • Marisa
      May 3, 2016 at 5:56 PM (3 years ago)
      Thanks, Judy! I rarely bake but I was very pleased with how these turned out. The buttermilk really adds something special to the entire thing! Reply
  2. Marlynn | Urban Bliss Life
    June 25, 2019 at 11:39 AM (2 months ago)
    We've got lots of strawberries right now and I can't wait to make these! Love your tips for making muffins healthier, too.

    Reply
  3. Dannii
    June 25, 2019 at 11:50 AM (2 months ago)
    we love muffins for breakfast. A great way to get extra fruit in to my daughter too.

    Reply
  4. Beth Pierce
    June 25, 2019 at 12:02 PM (2 months ago)
    Such a quick and flavorful breakfast recipe! My whole family loved this; it has quickly become a family favorite!

    Reply
  5. Sophia
    June 25, 2019 at 12:07 PM (2 months ago)
    I love muffins in the morning, but they're normally so full of sugar. This recipe is perfect for a healthier alternative! And the strawberries are so good for spring and summer. Yum!

    Reply
  6. Heidy L. McCallum
    June 25, 2019 at 12:25 PM (2 months ago)
    I made these and tey totally came out wonderful. I will be making these more often. The entire family was thrilled!

    Reply

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