February is American Heart Month, bringing attention to the importance of heart health and encouraging people to adopt lifestyle behaviors that reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease. According to the CDC, millions of Americans are living with some form of heart disease, and heart disease is the leading cause of death in the United States. Lots of factors contribute to heart health, including nutrition.
These Cherry Almond Mocha Oatmeal Muffins are packed with heart-healthy ingredients: whole-grain oats, almonds, and cocoa each support heart health in some way. Whole-grain oats are high in fiber, specifically beta-glucan, which helps to lower blood cholesterol. Increased intake of nuts, such as almonds, is associated with a lower risk for heart disease. Finally, minimally-processed cocoa powder has been shown to help lower cholesterol and reduce blood pressure.
So, celebrate heart month and support your heart by making these Cherry Almond Mocha Oatmeal Muffins! Better yet, share these with your friends and family and show them their hearts are important to you. Valentine’s Day is coming up - it’s the perfect time to share this heart-healthy treat with someone you love!
Original publication date: February 8, 2021 // Photos updated February 14, 2022
These Cherry Almond Mocha Oatmeal Muffins are packed with heart-healthy ingredients: whole-grain oats, almonds, and cocoa to celebrate American Heart Month in February.