Cranberry Oat Morning Muffins

Mornings are hard. Even as a natural early bird, I still suffer from morning syndrome from time to time.

It always starts off the worst way possible: with a near heart attack.

Imagine you are dreaming about something wonderful, like a summer beach. The sky is blue (if you dream in color) and the wind is blowing through your hair (if you feel sensations when you dream) and you are feeling happy and at peace. As you near the seashore, you notice a washed up wooden chest. A silver key materializes in your hand and you kneel by your mysterious find. You unlock the chains and begin to open it to see… BEEP! BEEP! BEEP!

You jolt awake, your heart racing from being woken so abruptly. Then you spend the rest of the day wondering about the contents of that chest.

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After the rude awakening starts the difficult process of getting out of bed. The fastest five minutes you will experience in your life are those precious five minutes the snooze buttons grants you.

When you finally crawl out of bed, you throw on the clothes you have prepared the night before. Oh, wait. You did not prepare your outfit the night before. In that case, it’s time to tear apart your wardrobe and throw it on your bed until you find something decent. The room is a mess, but you are going to clean it later (maybe).

Then comes the final issue: breakfast.

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Decisions can be annoying, and morning grogginess makes them even worse. It’s easy to grab a sweet bowl of cereal or packaged breakfast bars spiked with more sugar than you realize. It’s easier still to eat nothing, but this can lead to many negative issues. Many studies show that children and teens who skip problems concentrate less in school and may have behavioral problems related to hunger.

Many people purposely miss breakfast in order to ‘save on calories.’ Research has found this to be ineffective for several reasons. Here are two of the basic principles:

  1. Undereating commonly leads to overeating, which is the primary reason for being overweight and obesity. Studies discovered those who skipped breakfast ate more overall calories daily by lunch and dinner as opposed to those who ate all three meals.
  2. Breakfast gives energy. Those who eat in the mornings were more active than those who didn’t. A person who says, “I’m just not hungry in the mornings,” but feels tired and lethargic, may just be ignoring signals from his/her body to give it energy for optimal function.

So eat breakfast. Bake these hearty and healthy muffins the night before so you will always have something to grab on the way out the door.

But you will prepare them the night before. Right? RIGHT?

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Cranberry Oat Morning Muffins

Ingredients:

  • 1 1/2 cup gluten-free oat flour*
  • 1/2 cup gluten-free oats
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 cup almond or coconut milk
  • 1/2 cup natural maple syrup
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup dried cranberries
  • 1/2 cup chopped walnuts

*To make your own oat flour, blend or process steel-cut oats until they make a fine flour.

Directions:

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Mix the dry ingredients together in a small bowl.
  3. Stir the wet ingredients together with a whisk, and slowly add the dry ingredients until well combined.
  4. Pour into 12 lined muffin holders.
  5. Bake for 20 minutes until the muffins are golden and a toothpick comes clean when inserted.

Makes 12 muffins

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