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Steel Cut Oatmeal Muffins

Lately I have been having a bit of a focus problem. It basically goes like this. Sit at my computer, make a to-do-list for the day, ignore said to-do-list and spend an hour (and a half) catching up on my favorite blogs. Break for breakfast and coffee. Sit back at my computer determined to refocus. Spend an exorbitant amount of time in my inbox with zero efficiency. Break for a mid-morning snack and more coffee. Sit back down and maybe crank out 30 minutes of solid work before distraction returns. You get the idea. I could go on like this for another five paragraphs but I will save you the time, and distraction. Moral of the story is that I need to get my focus “mojo” back.

Cue the irony. So instead just trying to focus and work on Friday, I spent more time than I care to admit, googling tips for focusing, one of which suggested that steel cut oats and blueberries, among other foods, can help you focus. Cue today’s post and these yummy steel cut oat muffins. I can’t vouch yet that they will improve my focus but they did keep me full and tasted delicious. You can use any toppings you like, but I suggest making a variety to keep things interesting. One quick note on the recipe, if you can’t find quick cooking steel cut oats, soak your oats for 24 hours in water first.

Steel Cut Oatmeal Cups
Servings: 6 servings
Serving Size: about 1 muffin
Nutritional Info: 154.4 calories, 1.8g of fat, 31.5g of carbohydrates, 3.4g of fiber, 6.1g of protein
Weight Watchers® PointsPlus®: 4 *


  • 1 banana, mashed
  • 1/4 cup applesauce
  • 1 egg white
  • 3/4 cups nonfat milk
  • 1/2 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 1 cup quick cooking steel oats *
  • 1/4 tsp. salt
  • 1/2 tsp. baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp. cinnamon
  • Toppings of your choice
  • 0 point: Fresh berries, peaches, apples, pumpkin puree, other fruit
  • 1 point: ½ tbsp. chocolate chips, 1 tbsp. sunflower seeds, 1 tbsp. almonds or other nuts, 1 tbsp. sweetened shredded coconut, 1 tbsp. dried fruit
  • 2 point: 1 tbsp. reduced fat nut butter
  • * If you can’t find quick cooking steel cut oats, soak the oats in water for 24 hours first and drain well


  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
  2. In a bowl, mix together the banana, apple sauce, egg, milk, honey, and vanilla extract.
  3. In another bowl mix together the oats, salt, baking soda, cinnamon.
  4. Line your muffin tin with six liners. Spray with cooking spray. Add half of the mixture to the bottom of the muffin tins. Add toppings of your choice. Fill with the remaining oatmeal batter. Sprinkle with toppings.
  5. Bake for 25-30 minutes.

* PointsPlus® calculated by Slender Kitchen; Not endorsed by Weight Watchers International, Inc.

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5 Response to Steel Cut Oatmeal Muffins

  1. Kathy on June 23, 2013

    Tried this recipe. Smelled wonderful. Opened the oven and surprise! Muffin mixture was all over the muffin pan and the bottom of the oven. Was this recipe suppose to include any flour? So disappointed and now I have a fairly nice size mess to clean up.

    • Kristen on June 24, 2013

      I am sorry to hear this happened. I actually make this quite often and haven’t had this problem. Were you able to find the quick cooking steel oats? Although I haven’t tried, I could see this happening with regular cooking steel oats that would expand more.

  2. Chandra on August 26, 2013

    Hi Kristen,

    If I wanted to add pumpkin puree to this, how much would I add? Thanks!

    • sandy isaac on October 28, 2013

      same amount as whichever ingredient you are replacing

  3. Sandra on January 15, 2014

    Do you mix the dry and wet mixtures before putting in the muffin tins? The directions weren’t clear.


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