Applesauce Oatmeal Muffins >>>

This morning I talked to both my Nanna and my bestie on the phone and they were both baking pies today for Thanksgiving.  As I walked back into my house after I hung up the phone (I have to talk on our porch b/c our reception is so bad inside the house) - I decided to stop my 'work' plans and throw them to the wind for a while.  I turned on Christmas music and played in the kitchen instead.  I flipped through my recipe books until I found something that looked yummy, and that I also happened to have all of the ingredients for right in my pantry.  I was for sure I was going to be out of luck with the hunt, but to my surprise, I found a winner!  I made oatmeal applesauce muffins with cherries.
The recipe come from Tosca Reno's Eat Clean Diet cookbook.  

<<< ingredients >>>

1 cup dry old-fashioned oatmeal flakes
1 cup unsweetened applesause
1/2 cup skim, soy, rice or almond milk
2 egg whites, beaten
2 Tbsp ground flaxseed
2 Tbsp canola oil
1/2 tsp baking soda
1 Tbsp baking powder
1 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp ground nutmeg
3/4 cups whole wheat flour
1/4 cup dried cranberries
1/4 dried cherries
1/4 cup raisins

*since I was using what i had on hand, I used organic unbleached white flour, rice milk, olive oil and cherries only + I added a handful of chopped walnuts, but, shhhhh - dont tell my husband!  I also sprinkled a little raw cane sugar on top for a little added sweetness - oh, and I used organic applesause with cinnamon.  I wanted to make a bit more than it asked for so I added one more 1/2 of all ingredients*

Preheat oven to 375 F.

Combine oatmeal, applesauce, milk, eggs, flax and oil.  In another bowl mix all dry ingredients.  Then stir the two bowls together until just blended.  Add to your muffin tins and bake for 15-20 minutes.

Happy holiday baking!