Breakfast/Brunch

March 2, 2022

Cherry Almond Mocha Oatmeal Muffins

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!

Ingredients assembled for Cherry Almond Mocha Oatmeal Muffins
Assemble your ingredients.

Stages of mixing up the Cherry Almond Mocha Muffin batter
Combine dry ingredients. Combine wet ingredients. Mix dry and wet ingredients together.

Scooping Cherry Almond Mocha Oatmeal Muffin batter into a prepare muffin tin
Scoop oat mixture into prepared muffin pan. Sprinkle sliced almonds on top of each muffin, then bake.

Baked Cherry Almond Mocha Oatmeal Muffins in a muffin tin
These muffins are rich in flavor and nutrition!

A heart-shaped Cherry Almond Mocha Oatmeal Muffin on a small red heart plate
Serve Cherry Almond Mocha Oatmeal Muffins immediately, and store leftover muffins in an airtight container in the fridge.

Original publication date: February 8, 2021 // Photos updated February 14, 2022

Cherry Almond Mocha Oatmeal Muffins

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.

Author:

Kira Freed - The Joyful Plateful

Prep:

10

min

cook:

20

min

total:

30

min

Ingredients

2 cups rolled oats

3/4 cup dried cherries

3/4 cup sliced almonds, divided

1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder

2 tsp. instant espresso powder

1 tsp. baking powder

1/2 tsp. ground cinnamon

1/2 tsp. sea salt

3/4 cup plain unsweetened almond milk

1/2 cup plain Greek yogurt

1/2 cup pure maple syrup

2 eggs

1 tsp. almond extract

1/2 tsp. vanilla extract

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Lightly grease a 12-cup muffin pan with coconut oil or spray with cooking spray. Set aside.
  2. In a large bowl, combine dry ingredients: oats, dried cherries, 1/2 cup of the sliced almonds, cocoa powder, espresso powder, baking powder, cinnamon, and salt. Stir to combine.
  3. In a medium bowl, whisk together wet ingredients until combined: almond milk, yogurt, maple syrup, eggs, almond and vanilla extracts.
  4. Pour wet ingredients into large bowl with dry ingredients, and stir until well combined.
  5. Using a 1/3-cup measuring cup, scoop oat mixture into prepared muffin pan, dividing equally among the 12 cups.
  6. Use the remaining 1/4 cup of sliced almonds to garnish the top of each oatmeal muffin.
  7. Bake oatmeal muffins at 350 degrees F for 20 minutes.
  8. Remove muffin pan from oven and let cool for about 10 minutes before removing or serving. Gently remove oatmeal muffins from pan, and let cool completely on a wire rack.
  9. Serve immediately, or store cooled oatmeal muffins in an airtight container in the refrigerator.
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May 24, 2022
Elizabeth
I don't normally comment on recipes but this has got to be the best thing I've ever made. It came together pretty easy and made five meals - perfect for meal prep for the week. I already can't wait to make it again.
January 22, 2022
Sherry Ruiter
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