Healthy Spiced Oatmeal-Raisin Muffins

I hope everyone had a good 4th! I had a good birthday - I can't say that anything exciting happened though. The family got together and I opened up some presents....we had a little pizza...chewed the fat...good times. Then we went over to a neighbor's house and shot off fireworks. There were other people there, but I didn't know any of them.

We ended up taking the cake over to their house, along with some homemade vanilla ice cream that my mom made. My mom displayed the cake and stuck some candles in it, then left to do other things. It was her intention that we were going to sing happy birthday to me, at the end of the night, and have cake and ice cream.

Halfway through the night, I was alerted that somebody had gotten into the cake and taken a huge slice. I went to check, and sure enough, somebody had.
So I took a picture.

If you saw a birthday cake with candles stuck in it, untouched, would you slice it without asking? Hmmm.
I couldn't help laugh a bit - it's really kind of funny. And hey, now you guys can see what the interior of the cake looks like!

A few of us kept our eyes on the cake the rest of the night, and discovered who the culprit was, when they went back for SECONDS. Yes, seconds.

So later that night, everyone sang happy birthday to me, with a 1/4 of the cake missing. The culprit had disappeared by then. Too bad they missed out on the ice cream - it was really good.

Sugar Plum has a floating trip coming up next week and needs to look good in a swimming suit, so that's why I bring you a healthy muffin recipe. When I make healthy recipes, I like to have lots of flavors and elements going on, because it will distract you from the fact that they're low fat. So there are quite a few ingredients, but this was stuff I already had at home. And these only have 2 tablespoons of butter in them! Wow! I'm amazing. And they're good for your digestive system - eat one of these instead of Activia.

Healthy Spiced Oatmeal-Raisin Muffins

1 cup all purpose flour
3/4 cup whole wheat flour
1 3/4 teaspoons baking powder
1 1/4 teaspoons baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ground allspice
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground nutmeg
1/2 cup old fashioned oats, plus an additional 3 tablespoons, divided use
2 tablespoons finely chopped crystallized ginger
1 large egg
2 tablespoons honey
2 tablespoons molasses
1/2 cup chunky applesauce
2 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
1 cup reduced fat milk
3/4 cup fiber cereal (such as Fiber One)
1/2 cup jumbo raisins, soaked in hot water

Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Spray 10 Texas-sized muffin cups with cooking spray.

In a medium sized mixing bowl, sift together all purpose flour, whole wheat flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, allspice and nutmeg; stir in 1/2 cup oats and ginger until well combined.
In a large mixing bowl, whisk together egg, honey, molasses, applesauce, butter and milk, until well combined.

Add dry ingredients to wet ingredients, and stir until just combined. Stir in cereal and raisins until just combined. Divide batter equally into prepared muffin cups, filling each cup 3/4 full. Sprinkle the additional 3 tablespoons oats, evenly, over the tops of muffin cups.

Bake at 375 degrees F, for 22-25 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into muffins comes out with moist crumbs attached. Cool for 10 minutes, before transferring each muffin to a wire rack to cool.

Yield: 10 Texas-sized muffins


  1. So sorry about your cake Emiline! But I'm glad I could see it inside, it sure looks good. I think I would enjoy your muffins, I do similar stuff all the time. I love the addition of cristalized ginger, that thing is goooood!

  2. I can't believe someone ate part of your cake and that you found the culprit. Too funny!

    Have fun on your float trip. I was also being healthy before a boat trip I took over the weekend but now its time to relax and pig out! :0

    These muffins look great. I love muffins but mine never come out looking so perfect!

  3. I'm always amazed by people like that. I guess at least you laughed - I probably would have got mad.

    Great sounding muffins - and healthy too!

  4. Nice. I love all the flavors going on... AND you have oatmeal and fiber going on too. That's a good looking muffin, Em.

  5. Hi Emiline,
    Happy belated birthday!

    I can't believe that someone did that to your cake!!! I hope the culprit was not an adult??! And did you chastise him/her when you caught him/her red-handed?

    Have a good trip and this healthy muffins are right down my alley, thanks.


  6. What sort of person would eat someone elses' birthday cake?...And prior to it being presented?...some people! Your muffins look healthy and full of the oats and spices Em.

  7. No way. No way anything that looks so good could be healthy. You're a dirty, rotten liar. :)

  8. Good grief! I can't believe someone sliced into the cake before everyone sang to the birthday girl. Unbelievable. But you're right... it gave you a chance to show us the inside of the cake (which made me drool).

    Your muffins look so yummy too! It's way too hot here for me to even think about baking so I'll just have to drool.

    Cindy at Rosehaven Cottage

  9. I love the way the top looks, studded with oats. Really, anyone who says healthy food is gross doesn't know how to bake!

    Heh, that is pretty funny about the cake! I don't think I've ever heard of a case where someone cut into a birthday cake without asking first.

  10. I am a major muffin fan & I am definitely going to try your recipe in the near future.

    I love your blog!

  11. Glad that your birthday went well :0) OH MY, THOSE MUFFINS!!! **faints from beauty of baked goods**

  12. Happy belated Birthday! The cake looks wonderful! I need one of those healthy muffins...leaving at the beach should be an incentive to eat better, right?!!

  13. Don't be too hard on the cake cutter-that cake just looks way too good:) Healthy muffins look great too. I need those-I just keep baking bad for you stuff and it makes me want more bad for you stuff.

  14. That's a HUGE slice taken out of your cake. Methinks someone did it on the sneak tip and with malice. OK, well, not that much hack marks in it. is with this er, um healthy stuff? Hmm?? I want to see caramel, ganache, buttercream. I'm slightly disappointed. :)

    Activia costs too much anyway. I'll be making your muffins tomorrow :)

  15. I would've been irked if someone stole a piece o' my cake! It looks so fun with the candles, though.

    This muffin recipe certainly looks healthy :).

  16. I have to say I got such a kick out of your story and the cake napper that I had to read it to my hubby. So does this person read you blog and will he (it has to be a he to eat that much cake) be felling a little foolish?

  17. I am all for ANY alternative to Activia. Plus, those look beyond yum!

  18. I mean, if you had made cupcakes, that's one thing but taking a BIG slice of cake! WOW! I would probably laugh in amazement. These muffins look really good.

  19. Who would do that to your cake. Well Im sure it was enjoyed by all! The muffins look healthy yet good. More fun than a cup of Activia!

  20. Shame about the cake - can't believe someone would do that - cheeky bugger. Anyway Im always looking for healthy muffins to take to work - these would be perfect!

  21. I am TOTALLY making these. You know me -- I'm obsessed with muffins and (apparently) obsessed with fiber. Yum yum yum!

  22. Whoever took that slice of cake took a huge slice. I'm glad there was enough for everyone else - especially since some had seconds.

    I hope whoever stole that piece didn't get seconds!

    I'm trying to be healthy before my beach vacation in less than three weeks, but it's not working too well. I've actually gained 5 pounds in the past three weeks.

  23. Happy belated birthday, Sugar Plum!!
    Sucks about your cake, I would not have stayed as cool as you. Heck, it was YOUR birthday!
    I guess it looked to good to resist. I think the cake was super cute.

  24. first of all, that's a mammoth slice of cake. i thought i was the only person who opted for slabs of cake that large. i always ask first though. :)
    secondly, your muffins are chock-full of goodness. nicely done.

  25. Healthy...does that mean I could eat more than one!!!

  26. You should have taken a picture of the thief. There is really no excuse for that, unless HE (I'm sure it was a HE) was 10 years old and even then...

    And healthy schmealthy, who cares? Those muffins just look fantastic.

  27. Who just eats someone else's birthday cake? Have they ever been to a birthday party before?

    Those muffins look yummy. I'm an old lady for fiber- these look right up my fiber lovin' alley! I can't wait to try them.

  28. I can't believe the nerve of some people. Seriously, it's not rocket science to know that if candles are on the cake it's off limits! Duh.

    Glad you get to go on vacation, I tend to do the same thing before vacation, try to diet, then eat like crazy on vacation. Have a great trip!

    The muffins look picture perfect!

  29. hey food buddy...I hope you had a nice one anyway. My nephew shares your birthday he is now 13 (I think) He hates having his b-day on the 4th! Creep and social 'tard for slicing the cake...dang.

  30. wow I cannot believe someone would take a piece of your cake. Atleast it looks gorgeous on the inside! Great muffins also. I recently made something really similar for bathing suit time too.

  31. The cake thief was a familiar site around our household. One might think they'd never seen a cake before.

    I entirely love the healthy muffins - would be a great submission to Tried Tested and True Two (nudge nudge, wink wink)

  32. WOW that cake is A-MAZING..

    I am sorry someone stole a piece of it, but I can see how tempted they would be.

  33. oatmeal raisin is the ultimate combo! love that crust you've done on top...beautiful!

  34. this healhty spiced oatmeal raisin muffins is what i need to put me back in the track :-) just love all the flavors!!

  35. you certainly are amazing :)

    I guess your cake was so good they couldn't walk away :) These muffins also look very yummy!

  36. I think that taking the slice of the cake was pretty rude, but it does look irresistible... ;)

    Happy belated birthday, darling!

  37. Hi Emiline! I just stumbled across your blog and I love it! Oh my goodness, you're recipes look delcious...I'll be making some of them very soon!

  38. I like sooo your muffins Emiline, look so good.and Happy belated birthday!!xxxxGloria

  39. Those healthy muffins look great!

  40. I can't believe someone took a slice off your cake! It actually happened in a restaurant once, the person hosting the birthday party came to the kitchen insisting he wanted to try the cake before dinner. And he did! So embarassing! What an ass!! Hehe.

  41. Brilliant!!! I'm trying it tonight… this looks fantastic

  42. :) Did you make your own header? It's awesome!

  43. I can't believe the audacity of someone, to steal from your very own birthday cake! Rude. At least it's a compliment to your cake-baking that they risked getting caught for one more taste of that sweet, sweet cake.

  44. I've been AWOL for a bit so this is a very, very belated Happy Birthday, Em.

    Sorry that someone got to your cake before you did, that was darned ignorant if you ask me. But I'm glad you didn't let it spoil things for you.

  45. the muffin looks so delicious it's hard to believe it's healthy!

  46. Enjoy your trip!
    Those muffins look tasty!

  47. I'm glad to hear your birthday went well. :]

    And those muffins...
    They look fabulous!

    I really could go for one right about now.

  48. :)) I would've laughed too, it was funny! Consider it as a compliment: maybe they couldn't wait that's how tempting your cake was!
    Be sure to pack up some of these muffins for your trip, BUT be careful with displaying them haha :D. They look great!

  49. I really hope that the cake-stealer at least had the good grace to either apologize or look properly guilty when you caught them! I would've been just amazed if someone did that to me.

  50. Maybe the person was absolutely oblivious to the fact that those were candles... Maybe they were old and couldn't see too well.

    But then again they saw the cake well enough to cut a HUGE piece out. Oh well, at least they saved some for you!!

    These muffins are right up my alley, I have to make some.

  51. Have you seen the episode of Friends where Chandler cuts into the cake before the guy being celebrated does? Everyone at the party turns on's pretty funny.
    Sorry someone ate part of your cake before you!




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